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  • Slips, Trips and Falls at Work
    made aware of any hazards that may be present Cones and barriers should be used to prevent people walking over wet floors especially if they are on well used routes Under no circumstances should cardboard or any other disposable surface be placed over wet floors that are awaiting to be cleaned A fast food company was fined 15000 after an employee slipped on a temporary cover an ice machine had been leaking and the manager decided to place cardboard over the leak until the shop was less busy with customers The girl reached out to prevent her falling but her arm came in contact with hot fat She suffered serious burns to her arm People A positive attitude towards health and safety can prevent most slips trips and falls A see it sort it attitude is always best The opposite of this is an attitude whereby people leave things they see Just because one person sees something and is able to avoid an accident doesn t mean that everyone else will be able to do the same Often if there is a slip type hazard consulting with the workforce is the best thing that can be done Ask staff what the problem is and how they think it should be fixed Usually most staff will come up with simple but effective solutions to problems Environment Too much or too little light can have a significant impact slips and trips It is essential that changes in level are properly lit and it is also important to avoid glare or unnecessary reflection on surfaces that are prone to be slippery By taking simple precautions the risk of personal injury from a slip trip or fall at work can be greatly reduced Previous Page Next Page You might also like General Office Safety Mechanical Lifting Equipment Using Personal Protective Equipment Guide to Safe Equipment at Work The Most Common Injuries and Causes of Accidents at Work Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice paulmit8 Your Question I have a small office in London In it we have a 7 step staircase properly designed with non slip nosings and good handrails And well dimensioned treads and risers And yet we still have near miss trips Do you know of anyone who can assess our staircase and advise if there are improvements we could make All comments much appreciatedPaul Our Response I m afraid we can t recommend specific companies I can only direct you to the HSE website here which should help you further WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 18 Nov 15 10 05 AM I have a small office in London In it we have a 7 step staircase properly designed with non slip nosings and good handrails And well dimensioned treads and risers And yet we still have near miss trips Do you know of anyone who can assess our staircase and advise if there are improvements we could make All comments much appreciated Paul paulmit8 17 Nov 15 2 42 PM I new

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  • Falls From Vehicles
    do not take extra care Drivers need to take more responsibility for their own safety Many often jump down from their cabs instead of using the handrails and steps that are available to them This can cause injuries such as a broken ankle and over time their knees are likely to suffer from long term damage Drivers should look down when they are climbing out of their vehicle and check for things like potholes kerbs and other hazards which could be potentially damaging They should also wear slip resistant footwear and make sure the soles are kept clean and free from the likes of diesel oil and mud etc which may be present underfoot Those who drive refrigerated vehicles should be aware of the slippery surfaces caused by ice It s usually the drivers themselves who are the first to become aware of the dangers from falling from their vehicle often as the result of a near mishap Whilst this may be sometimes put down to their own negligence on occasion it will be the inappropriate equipment they are using or perhaps a defect with the vehicle itself that presents a potential safety hazard In such instances they should report this to their health and safety officer as well as feeling able to offer any suggestions that would make their job safer Thorough consultation with drivers and others who are responsible for loading and unloading vehicles where falls could occur should always form part of any effective risk assessment procedure And although it may seem obvious to state the fact you should never attempt to join a vehicle which is already moving This practice is probably one of the most significant factors in the number of injuries which happen each year when considering the reasons why people fall from vehicles Previous Page Next Page You might also like General Office Safety Mechanical Lifting Equipment Using Personal Protective Equipment Guide to Safe Equipment at Work The Most Common Injuries and Causes of Accidents at Work Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion ask for advice or share your story If you d like to ask a question one of our experts workload permitting or a helpful reader hopfully can help you We also love comments and interesting stories Title Miss Ms Mrs Mr Dr Rev d Prof Other never shown Firstname never shown Surname never shown Email never shown Nickname shown Comment Validate Enter word Topics Work Safety Law Case Studies Ask Our Experts Avoiding Accidents Work with Substances Transport High Risk Workplaces Health Issues Safe Environment Working with People HR Matters Site Information Latest Comments WorkplaceSafetyAdvice Re Dealing with Employee Theft EvertonBoy Your Question My brother has stole 100 from the supermarket where he works and all I wanna no is what will happen 16 February 2016 Scole Re Dealing with Employee Theft I m am pregant can my emplpyerget rid of me because I am on

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  • Fire & Explosion
    All portable electric appliances also need to be regularly tested and where any of them are faulty or damaged they should be immediately taken out of service and either disposed of or fully repaired Fire alarms and any emergency lighting your company might also use needs to be regularly tested and you need to carry out a full fire drill evacuation procedure at least twice a year For some companies you might need to carry out more than two fire evacuation drills per year and if you operate a business which runs 24 hours a day the tests must be carried out to include all shift patterns so that all of the staff who work for you have been exposed to the evacuation drill You should also make sure that the workplace is kept clean and tidy and that you keep any potentially combustible material well away from heaters and that all flammable liquids are stored properly and kept secure and out of harm s way What to do in the Event of a Fire Before even considering whether or not a fire which has broken out can be tackled internally you must first raise the alarm in order to activate the safety fire emergency procedures your company has in place A fire is not something which should be tackled out of heroism Extinguishers and blankets are only for small fires so if you have any doubts whatsoever about your ability to tackle a blaze just get out of harm s way and evacuate by the nearest exit and never try to extinguish a fire yourself that involves burning gas Do not attempt to tackle a fire if there is even the slightest possibility that your escape route might be cut off either from the fire itself or from the smoke it emits If you ve time and it is safe to do so try to close any doors or windows behind you in a room where a fire threatens to get out of control It will buy you and the other people on the premises more time in which to make your escape but you should only do this if it s not going to jeopardise your own safety Ultimately however if you have any doubts you need to place evacuation as your number one priority and leave the fire to the fire brigade to deal with Previous Page Next Page You might also like General Office Safety Mechanical Lifting Equipment Using Personal Protective Equipment Guide to Safe Equipment at Work The Most Common Injuries and Causes of Accidents at Work Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion ask for advice or share your story If you d like to ask a question one of our experts workload permitting or a helpful reader hopfully can help you We also love comments and interesting stories Title Miss Ms Mrs Mr Dr Rev d Prof Other never shown

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  • Can I Leave the Premises on my Lunch Break?
    57 AM I worked for a year and a few months at a highway gas station trucker stop as utility cleaning and fixing stuff Full time but get 30minute unpaid lunch break Unknowingly as I punch out for lunch my girlfriend comes in with her young sister for lunch too Figured we could sit down together before me clocking back in One of the managers who is a friend informed me that I couldn t have lunch with visitors on my unpaid break from his boss Is this illegal as I m not on company time and they bought food at this establishment And if so is there any legal action I can take Also had other issues with the certain boss that could result in legal action I m just trying to compile my list before taking course of action Despair 10 Jan 16 4 52 AM I am a nurse at a nursing home i work work double shift 2 10 10 6 Due to the census being low they want me to take a one hour break each shift with no pay even though I do not have any relief and they do this They expect me to stay on the premises for an hour without pay just in case something happens and then expect me to clock back in if that occurs And though the Medicare census is low there are still over 40 patients one licensed nurse that I m responsible Nurse 8 Jan 16 6 24 AM Raaay Your Question Where I work we are currently given a 30minute unpaid break per 6 7hour shift Although there is sufficient cover to the department to ensure accidents and emergencies are rare we are now being told that during this break time we are expected to be on the floor and can not leave the building under any circumstances Where do we stand on this Our Response You would have to read what the terms of your employment contract states It would also depend upon whether your employer has a valid reason for requesting this If this does not answer your question fully you may wish to get in touch with ACAS directly WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 6 Jan 16 2 40 PM Where i work we are currently given a 30minute unpaid break per 6 7hour shift Although there is sufficient cover to the department to ensure accidents and emergencies are rare we are now being told that during this break time we are expected to be on the floor and can not leave the building under any circumstances Where do we stand on this Raaay 6 Jan 16 12 09 AM I work for the government A Job Corp to be exact I was told today in a meeting that we are not allowed to leave the premises on our 30 minute unpaid break unless we have prior authorization from our employer And if we do leave it has to reflect on our time cards I work with students ages 16 to 24 usually I had left work one day beacuse I had forgotten my keys at home there were 2 other staff members there and my crew had not shown up I told staff I was leaving I went home and picked up my keys and was back to work within my half hour When it was brought up later from my supervisor she asked me if I had left and I told her yes and the response from her was that I need to approve it first this at a place where you rarely get your 30 minute breaks and never on a scheduled time I am just wondering if this is legal or are my 30 minutes mine to use for something like this Sulajo 30 Dec 15 11 38 PM I work nightshift 11 hrs a night over 4in large supermarket They lock the front door at 10pm and do not unlock them until 6am We get a 1 hr unpaid and 30 mins paid soon to be unpaid for lunch break but are not allowed to leave the building Weve been told it is for security reasons we are not allowed to leave I have checked both staff hand book and contract and there is nothing in there to say we will be locked in and not allwed to leave the building Can we do anything about this Also as the 30 min is becoming unpaid can we leave 30 mins early rather than take that break Many thanks Pfg 29 Dec 15 7 58 PM Davie Your Question Hi I work as a van driver from 8 30 to 17 30 within this time I am SUPPOSED To have 15 mins in the morning 30 mins around noon and another 15 mins in the afternoon it s always difficult to have these 15 min X 2 due to the demand of customers wanting their goods could you please inform me of my writes or by law am I entitled to take my 1 hour unpaid break in one go ie 12 00 till 13 00 thank you Davie Our Response You would have to have a look at your employment contract and see what it specifies There are certain businesses such as retail that has an exemption However if you cannot take your break because of customers you should be offered compensatory rest as near to the break as possible and on the same day Should you have any other queries regarding this matter you may wish to contact ACAS WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 21 Dec 15 2 12 PM Hi I work as a van driver from 8 30 to 17 30 within this time I am SUPPOSED To have 15 mins in the morning 30 mins around noon and another 15 mins in the afternoon it s always difficult to have these 15 min X 2 due to the demand of customers wanting their goods could you please inform me of my

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  • Electrical Safety - Overhead Power Lines
    putting up barriers and any other precautions you ve been asked to put in place are carried out to the letter If there is no alternative however and the work needs to be done then if the only way to make sure that everything is safe is to switch off the power line temporarily then the company s representative would have to get that authorised and would need to confirm that with you in writing first before any work could go ahead What the Law Says All of the relevant legislation with regards to working beneath overhead power lines is contained within the Health and Safety Executive Guidance note GS6 and it is GS6 which will ultimately govern what you can and cannot do and any leeway the operating company are able to make in order to assist you must still fall within the regulations as laid out in GS6 On the Job Itself Assuming you have been granted permission to go ahead with the work there are still responsibilities on your part to make sure that things remain safe You need to ensure that any machinery which contains any kind of lowering or raising device has a limiter placed upon it which is then locked off to prevent it from rising any higher than the permitted limit beneath the lines You also need to ensure that safety barriers are placed around the worksite and other warning notices are placed on the vehicles themselves and around the site in accordance with GS6 Likewise your workforce needs to be careful about keeping their distance if they are working on any scaffolding or ladders in close proximity to the lines More detailed information about this can be found in the Health and Safety Executive Guidance note GS6 which you can obtain from the HSE Previous Page Next Page You might also like General Office Safety Mechanical Lifting Equipment Using Personal Protective Equipment Guide to Safe Equipment at Work The Most Common Injuries and Causes of Accidents at Work Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion ask for advice or share your story If you d like to ask a question one of our experts workload permitting or a helpful reader hopfully can help you We also love comments and interesting stories Title Miss Ms Mrs Mr Dr Rev d Prof Other never shown Firstname never shown Surname never shown Email never shown Nickname shown Comment Validate Enter word Topics Work Safety Law Case Studies Ask Our Experts Avoiding Accidents Work with Substances Transport High Risk Workplaces Health Issues Safe Environment Working with People HR Matters Site Information Latest Comments WorkplaceSafetyAdvice Re Dealing with Employee Theft EvertonBoy Your Question My brother has stole 100 from the supermarket where he works and all I wanna no is what will happen 16 February 2016 Scole Re Dealing with Employee Theft I m am pregant can my emplpyerget rid of me because I

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  • Forklift Truck Safety
    a call or you can also try the Just Answer online advice link here which may also help answer your question WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 15 Dec 15 11 25 AM Hi was driving a forklift movon portable buildings weighing about 3 ton I basicily went to pick one up that s was double stacked and missjuged the fork slots and knocked a cabin over the yard next door where it hit two brand new trucks where wud I stand with the company if the truck was not up to regs and I basicly only had one day course to get my liscence in house craig 15 Dec 15 11 13 AM Hi I was driving a forklift and there was one box a bit high which I couldn t see and it was to high and fell off and the contents broke do I have to pay for it Korny 12 Dec 15 6 27 PM Hi my company has just amalgamated to departments into one warehouse Is there a limit on how many fork trucks that can be working in one area and how many pedestrians that are in the same area regards cliff redrover 9 Dec 15 8 18 PM jimmy d mm Your Question Whilst operation a gas powered FLT are you supposed to be able to smell gas Our Response For comprehensive safety instructions you should refer to the operating manual You may also wish to speak with your Health and Safety Officer if you think there may be an issue or if you are concerned WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 3 Dec 15 1 01 PM Whilst operation a gas powered FLT are you supposed to be able to smell gas jimmy d mm 3 Dec 15 7 52 AM What does the distance have to be between an area that a fork lift operates in the specific area is where the FLT will be sat while loading things onto the first floor mezzanine and where staff will be walking It will be marked out but the gap behind where the FLT will be isnt huge and there is also racking next to this which people will need to get to while the FLT is operating Many thanks Lou 24 Nov 15 12 53 PM My company has just had a new factory built and are getting there first forklift truck To my knowledge no employee has a license or driven a forklift especially in the last fours years My question is should the company be responsible to make sure that someone has a test before they drive one Ratcatcher 7 Nov 15 8 52 PM munckin Your Question My company has recently got a new forklift which we are sometimes required to use early morning and late evening the forklift has no no front lights would you consider this acceptable Our Response Not if you or another of your staff were driving in non daylight hours and there was no light to drive by I would have a word with your health and safety rep and ask for this to be put right WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 6 Nov 15 2 43 PM My company has recently got a new forklift which we are sometimes required to use early morning and late evening the forklift has no no front lights would you consider this acceptable munckin 6 Nov 15 10 59 AM Merc Your Question HelloDo you think it s safe to still drive a forklift that has a broken key inside it I just started with this company and I am their safety operation Lead they use a flat head screw driver or their personal driver key or their finger nail to start up the forklift I red tagged it an individual stated that the supervisor did not make a bid deal about it and crown the forklift manufacture said that it was safe to drive Our Response The fact you have brought this to our attention means you are concerned Therefore even if the supervisor does not think the issue important if you overlook it it will continue to be a concern to you and you will question whether you are carrying out your job properly If you are employed in health and safety your job is to ensure that you work safely and without risk to yourself and others Therefore I would make sure you make every attempt get the job done to ensure there are no repercussions in the future WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 27 Oct 15 9 57 AM Hello Do you think it s safe to still drive a forklift that has a broken key inside it I just started with this company and I am their safety operation Lead they use a flat head screw driver or their personal driver key or their finger nail to start up the forklift I red tagged it an individual stated that the supervisor did not make a bid deal about it and crown the forklift manufacture said that it was safe to drive Merc 26 Oct 15 12 16 AM Hi we are looking to promote safe driver in our plant starting in November how could I highlight this iesafe October Any ideas ray 15 Oct 15 10 14 PM I work with people that takes drugs and use folklifts every day and i keep thinking one day he will kill someone what should i do Bruiser 14 Oct 15 11 54 AM My partner is a fork lift truck driver He took his seat belt off just to reverse and has been put on a warning for it what is the legislation around this please Carlzberg 13 Oct 15 8 39 PM I have recently been dismissed for not noticing that a delivery driver had left his cab whilst I was unloading his vehicle but have been advised that drivers should not be in their cabs whilst I am unloading to minimise the risks can any one clarify this and tell me where I can back up any evidence of this

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  • Working At Height
    protective equipment which would help to prevent falls from occurring e g safety barriers guard rails soft landing strips nets etc Worker Responsibilities It is a worker s responsibility to use all the equipment which has been provided in the correct and proper manner and to follow all training and instruction to the letter except in the case where the worker feels the instruction still has the potential to be dangerous which would then call for a review of the safety instructions and procedures until the worker was satisfied that all necessary precautions were in place They must also report any specific hazards or faulty or dangerous equipment to their employer Risk Assessment An employer must ensure that a proper risk assessment is carried out before any work at height is undertaken It s not simply a fall from height at which a person is working but also the risks associated with trips and slips which could occur at height too It must take into account what protection is already in place such as rails barriers etc and whether that can be improved upon and the risk assessment should be regularly reviewed This is especially true in areas like construction where the requirements for scaffolding are often changing on a regular basis as a building gets nearer completion so each time the scaffolding structure is changed a further risk assessment needs to be carried out Previous Page You might also like General Office Safety Mechanical Lifting Equipment Using Personal Protective Equipment Guide to Safe Equipment at Work The Most Common Injuries and Causes of Accidents at Work Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion ask for advice or share your story If you d like to ask a question one of our experts workload permitting or a helpful reader hopfully can help you We also love comments and interesting stories Title Miss Ms Mrs Mr Dr Rev d Prof Other never shown Firstname never shown Surname never shown Email never shown Nickname shown Comment Validate Enter word Topics Work Safety Law Case Studies Ask Our Experts Avoiding Accidents Work with Substances Transport High Risk Workplaces Health Issues Safe Environment Working with People HR Matters Site Information Latest Comments WorkplaceSafetyAdvice Re Dealing with Employee Theft EvertonBoy Your Question My brother has stole 100 from the supermarket where he works and all I wanna no is what will happen 16 February 2016 Scole Re Dealing with Employee Theft I m am pregant can my emplpyerget rid of me because I am on a temporary contract 16 February 2016 EvertonBoy Re Dealing with Employee Theft My brother has stole 100 from the supermarket where he works and all I wanna no is what will happen to him Im so worried in case 15 February 2016 emma Re Do I Need a Hygiene Certificate to Make Sandwiches I work in a nursery which has a cook who works mornings In the

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  • Coping With Workplace Stress
    culture of open communication between the workforce and management A company should also look at ways of incentivising its workforce in order to boost staff morale Often the most important aspect in alleviating workplace stress however is for companies to take on board the concerns of most workers in the modern day workplace when it comes to trying to achieve a healthy work life balance This may mean introducing things like job sharing flexible working home based working childcare provision and the like Coping as an Individual It is important to speak out if you feel you are suffering from workplace stress Often employers are not aware that a worker may be handling stress related problems badly because the worker will keep it to themselves for fear of losing their job It might sometimes mean having to say no to certain unreasonable requests if you want to maintain a healthy balance between work and your personal life It s important that as an individual you make sure that you eat a healthy balanced diet that you take regular exercise and find time for relaxation and get a decent night s sleep You should also place as much emphasis on the importance of spending time with your family and friends and pursuing hobbies and other social activities Ultimately it s a combination between companies recognising the damage that workplace stress can cause and introducing ways of alleviating that alongside your own efforts in taking care of yourself both physically and mentally that will improve your ability in handling stress Previous Page Next Page You might also like The Health Risks of Shift Work What to Expect When the Health Safety Inspector Calls Food Hygiene The Law Hospital Acquired Infections MRSA Farming Foot Mouth Disease Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion ask for advice or share your story If you d like to ask a question one of our experts workload permitting or a helpful reader hopfully can help you We also love comments and interesting stories Title Miss Ms Mrs Mr Dr Rev d Prof Other never shown Firstname never shown Surname never shown Email never shown Nickname shown Comment Validate Enter word Topics Work Safety Law Case Studies Ask Our Experts Avoiding Accidents Work with Substances Transport High Risk Workplaces Health Issues Safe Environment Working with People HR Matters Site Information Latest Comments WorkplaceSafetyAdvice Re Dealing with Employee Theft EvertonBoy Your Question My brother has stole 100 from the supermarket where he works and all I wanna no is what will happen 16 February 2016 Scole Re Dealing with Employee Theft I m am pregant can my emplpyerget rid of me because I am on a temporary contract 16 February 2016 EvertonBoy Re Dealing with Employee Theft My brother has stole 100 from the supermarket where he works and all I wanna no is what will happen to him Im so worried in case 15 February

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