The meaning of health and safety in the workplace may seem too obvious to need explaining, but when it comes to health and safety, with all its legal ramifications, things are rarely as simple as they seem.Continue reading
"Health and safety gone mad" is a phrase we all hear from time to time, and it seems to imply that the regulations are incredibly complicated and over-fussy. We'll let you be the judge of that. But to help you decide, here's a quick guide to what the average employer needs to know about the UK's main health and safety regulations.Continue reading
Handling large machinery always comes with associated risks and it can be impossible to pinpoint the injury rate for a particular type of machine.
When using heavy equipment, like a packaging machine, it is imperative to put a formalised safe system of work in place and to train workers appropriately. Daily safety checks and routine hygienic cleaning ensure that staff are not at risk of injury.Continue reading
Risk assessments can seem to be an endless task but if you fail to have them in place there can be serious consequences.
Businesses have a responsibility to ensure all staff are aware of and understand the risks associated with their work as well as the environment they work in. A failure to do this can result in large fines and opens up the possibility of accidents in the work place.Continue reading
When it comes to health and safety on a construction site, making sure workers have the correct training and undertake the required procedures is imperative.
Working with heavy machinery, construction equipment and vehicles comes with a number of risks meaning you could injure yourself, someone else or cause a fatality.Continue reading
That’s a question health and safety professionals and educators are often asked. But one with no easy answer, because there are a variety of different courses and qualifications for different purposes and candidates. So here’s a much more interesting question, leading to a much more useful answer.Continue reading
Common-sense says that ‘working at height’ means being anywhere off the ground when performing a task. The Health and Safety Executive definition extends that idea with this definition: "Work in any place where, if precautions were not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. You are working at height if you:
- work above ground/floor level
- could fall from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface or
- could fall from ground level into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground."
In short, if there’s somewhere lower and a chance of injuring yourself by falling there, you’re working at height.Continue reading