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Myth Buster: office lights must have a working bulb

Myth Buster: office lights must have a working bulb

The Issue: A worker has been informed that for health and safety reasons all the lights in the open plan office must have working bulbs in them. Due to a pre-existing eye condition, the worker has switched off a strip light above their workstation for the last three years, but this will not now be allowed. light...   <a href='http://www.whatnosafety.co.uk/blog-article/myth-buster-all-office-lights-must-have-a-working-bulb' title='Myth Buster: office lights must have a working bulb'>Read More »</a></p>
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Reporting - what you need to know

Reporting - what you need to know

Accident and Near Miss reporting and Accident Investigation - n ew research has shown that one in five managers admitted to not following health and safety protocol. Some types of accidents and incidences have to be reported by law under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences), but all types of accidents and near misses should be reported internally whatever the size of...   Read More »

 
Fire Safety: what to check and test

Fire Safety: what to check and test

The type of fire protection and detection identified in your fire risk assessment will vary for all of us, but here is a list of items that should be checked or tested on a regular basis. Daily Checks ✔ All corridors, stairs and escape routes are...   Read More »

 
Colour vision, defects and assessments

Colour vision, defects and assessments

When considering safety, colour is used in a number of ways, but where safety depends entirely on the correct recognition of a colour code (e.g. in some electrical and electronic engineering work and in some transport applications such as a train driver) normal colour vision will be required. There are also some jobs where safety considerations are minimal, but quality control required the correct identi-fication of colours (e.g....   Read More »

 
Myth Buster: Every possible risk needs a safety sign

Myth Buster: Every possible risk needs a safety sign

The reality is  using too many signs just guarantees no one will read any of them. Safety signs are useful when there's a significant risk which can't be avoided or controlled in any other way. But that doesn't mean you should add a sign for every possible risk, however trivial. Where there are serious risks in your workplace, don't just rely on signs - take practical steps to deal with them. If you do...   Read More »

 
Is Legionella a problem in your business?

Is Legionella a problem in your business?

Legionellosis is the collective name given to the pneumonia- illness caused by Legionella bacteria. Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection.  However, some people are at higher risk, including: People over 45 years of age Smokers and heavy drinkers People suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease Anyone...   Read More »

 
Carbon monoxide awareness

Carbon monoxide awareness

You can’t see it, taste it or smell it but CO (carbon monoxide) can kill quickly without warning. According to the HSE statistics around 14 people per year die from CO poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues that have not been properly installed, maintained or that are poorly ventilated. Levels that do not kill can cause serious harm to health if breathed in over a long period. In extreme cases paralysis and brain...   Read More »

 
Occupiers Liability

Occupiers Liability

Occupier’s liability generally refers to the duty by land owners to those who come onto their land. However, the duty imposed on land owners can extend beyond simple land ownership and in some instance, the landowners may transfer the duty to others, hence the term occupier rather than owner. The term occupier itself is misleading since physical occupation is not necessary for liability to arise. Occupiers’ liability is perhaps...   Read More »

 
Preventing slips and trips at work

Preventing slips and trips at work

There were 72,702 employee non-fatal injuries reported by employers under RIDDOR (Reported of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) in 2015/16, of which 19% were due to slips, trips and falls. What does the law say in brief? The Health and Safety at Work...   Read More »

 
Sight test for Display Screen Equipment users

Sight test for Display Screen Equipment users

Display Screen Regulations 1992 only apply to employers whose workers regularly use DSE as a significant part of their normal work, that is daily for continuous periods of an hour or more. These workers are known as DSE users.  The Display Screen Equipment Regulations clearly state that there is a requirement to provide eye and eyesight tests, on request, to all current or new Display Screen Equipment...   Read More »

 
First response: spills

First response: spills

Even seemingly benign materials can be hazardous when they escape their containers. Sugar spills at the Imperial Sugar plant near Savannah, Georgia in the US contributed to a chain of explosions in 2008 killing 14 workers and causing millions of dollars, worth of damage. Something as innocuous as milk, in enough volume, will kill fish in a watercourse or promote algal growth in drains. One litre of diesel can pollute one million...   Read More »

 
Health and Safety Myths

Health and Safety Myths

Children banned from waiting in car at a recycling centre A recycling centre manager requested that children be removed from their parent’s car and taken outside the centre to wait, as they are not allowed on site for health and safety reasons. There is specific industry guidance which clearly states that “children should stay in the car” at civic amenity sites, so this is...   Read More »

 
Ensure your risk assessments stand up in court

Ensure your risk assessments stand up in court

According to HSE figures, around 92% of UK workplaces surveyed in 2014 claimed that they undertook regular health and safety risk assessments. However' during routine inspections and / or accident investigations HSE inspectors constantly find risk assessments that are inadequate. Read More »

 
Do you employ young people?

Do you employ young people?

Do you employ young people either paid or for work experience? Work experience placements offer young people valuable insight into working life, help them decide on future careers and improve their understanding of risk. In the UK a young person is anyone under 18 and a child is anyone who has yet to reach the minimum school leaving age. Pupils reach the minimum school leaving age in the school year in which they turn 16, and are...   Read More »

 
Road Safety In Winter

Road Safety In Winter

During winter we all need to take extra care when driving, when weather conditions can be extreme and unpredictable. Information given out by the media often carry warnings that you should not drive “unless it is absolutely necessary” and we certainly should not ignore this advice. However, there are often times when driving is necessary and in many cases for drivers of commercial vehicles, company business will demand...   Read More »

 
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

Breathing in air containing asbestos fibres can lead to asbestos-related diseases, mainly cancers of the lungs and chest lining. Asbestos is only a risk to health if asbestos fibres are released into the air and breathed in. Past exposure to asbestos currently kills around 4500 people a year in Great Britain. Workers who carry out building maintenance and repair are particularly at risk. There is usually a long delay between first...   Read More »

 
Business Continuity Management - what is it?

Business Continuity Management - what is it?

What would your company do if there was a major fire in your warehouse, shop or office and all your stock and information was destroyed? Business Continuity Management is about identifying those parts of your organisation that you cannot afford to lose , such as information, stock, premises and planning how to maintain these if an incident occurs. Any incident large or small whether it is...   Read More »

 
BREXIT and impact on health and safety

BREXIT and impact on health and safety

The head of Policy and Public Affairs at the  Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH)  Richard Jones said: Post Brexit, the UK now has less influence over EU law, now we are exiting.  However, it is vital the UK continues to apply our successful risk based health and safety systems, which includes laws from EU directives because it’s been found to be fit for purpose by several independent...   Read More »

 
Maximum working temperatures?

Maximum working temperatures?

MP’s have tabled an early day motion (EMD) calling for the introduction of a maximum working temperature, beyond which employers would have a statutory duty to introduce effective control measures. You may not be aware but at present, there is no statutory maximum temperature at which employers need to introduce control measures, such as breaks, access to water or air conditioning.  

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

This reform replaced most previous fire safety legislation with one simple order. It means that any person who has some level of control in premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire. Where does the...   Read More »

 
 
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