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  • How to Carry Out a Safety Inspection
    debris left lying around the outside of the building Lighting are all lights working and are they bright enough for the work that is being carried out Chemicals are all containers in good condition and do all containers have suitable labels First aid arrangements are all first aid kits in good condition and easily accessible Protective clothing have all staff who work in hazardous areas been supplied with personal protective equipment and are they all using the appropriate clothing Vehicles have forklift trucks and other vehicles been fitted with warning lights and warning horns and are these being used properly Slips and trips are all floor surfaces in good condition and are there signs of spillages of water oils or other substances Temperature is the temperature suitable Ventilation is the air quality suitable Computer equipment are all display screens being used properly and have they been set up correctly Safety signs are there enough safety signs fire exists hazardous chemicals mandatory protective equipment areas etc around the workplace Inspection Feedback It is important that after an inspection has been carried out feedback is provided for the department manager or supervisor A simple checklist with comments against each item is the best way to record the findings of the inspection The report can then be forwarded to the manager or supervisor for action Over the course of a year inspection reports can be analysed to see if there are any trends appearing For example if each month fire doors are recorded as being jammed open then this will show up at the end of the year as a concern Management will then have to address this issue in a more formal way Health and safety inspections are a simple way of checking the workplace Although they are simple they are an extremely effective way of identifying things that are wrong and provide a means of fixing those things before a serious accident occurs Previous Page Next Page You might also like Health and Safety Management Systems Workplace Safety Representatives Do You Have the Correct Fire Extinguishers Expectant Mothers in the Workplace First Aid Training for 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

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  • How to Investigate an Accident at Work
    investigates an accident to fully understand the sequence of events An accident often occurs not because of the immediate thing that went wrong but because of something much earlier going wrong Analysing the Information Once information has been gathered it should be analysed thoroughly This is the stage when the investigator can start to piece together the sequence of events and to start understanding why the incident occurred and more importantly the underlying reasons for the accident Many accident investigators use a tree diagram to show the events that led up to the accident This technique puts the accident at the top of the tree and the branches that come from the top show the contributing factors In fact this is why the main causes of an accident are caused the ROOT cause the root of the tree feeds its growth The root causes of the accident contribute towards the final accident Cut off the root and the plant dies By identifying the root cause of an accident and then by eliminating that cause the accident can never happen again Identifying Risk Control Measures After the accident has been analysed and the root causes have been identified control measures can be identified that will cut off the root Control measures cover many different aspects of health and safety and can include personal protective equipment training of personnel procedures for doing the job better equipment improved maintenance and improved safety inspections Action Planning and Implementing The final stage of the accident investigation is to ensure that a plan is put together for implementing the control measures that have been identified By following the five stages of accident investigation employers can greatly improve workplace safety Unfortunately often it takes an injury for lessons to be learned but at least if an injury does occur the event can be used to help increase the standard of health and safety at work Previous Page Next Page You might also like Health and Safety Management Systems Workplace Safety Representatives Do You Have the Correct Fire Extinguishers Expectant Mothers in the Workplace First Aid Training for Work Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice Add a Comment abdul Your Question Two cctv footage been recording an accident at work and no witness only cctv and the company wont give cctv to the court and the person hasnt been trained to use the mashine and they lie and say they tell him dont use the mashine what can I do on this matter to gey justice done please help Our Response I suggest in this instance you contact the HSE directly via the link here I hope this helps WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 20 Aug 15 10 23 AM two cctv footage been recording an accident at work and no witness only cctv and the company wont give cctv to the court and the person hasnt been trained to use the mashine and they lie and say they tell him dont use the mashine what can i do

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  • Workplace Safety Representatives
    with management safety reps help interview witnesses and help to draw conclusions about the incident Regular site inspections are one of the most common duties of the safety representative Usually carried out every month safety inspections are undertaken so that housekeeping fire safety and working practices can be checked ensuring any deficiencies can be spotted quickly Safety inspections should be considered as an early warning tool After inspecting the site or area the safety representative should report their findings formally to management The results of the inspections and any corrective action taken by management should be discussed at the next safety committee meeting What about Training Although not mandatory there are many courses for safety representatives Again management must allow anyone who has been elected as a safety representative to take time off with full pay and benefits to attend relevant training The cost of such training should be met by the company Training courses usually lasting three to four days consist of a wide range of health and safety topics such as safety management systems accident causation theory safety inspections roles and responsibilities of safety reps how to prevent accidents at work and working with management Over 2 million people are seriously injured at work every year Safety representatives can play their part in reducing this figure so that the workplace can be kept as safe as possible Next Page You might also like Health and Safety Management Systems Do You Have the Correct Fire Extinguishers Expectant Mothers in the Workplace First Aid Training for Work Workplace Safety Fines and Court Cases Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice Hi I am being asked to clean the branch everyday where I work with bleach and other cleaning material When I used to work in the other branch same company I never did any of this And I am alergic to dust and I am just not comfortable doing all this Is there any solution for this or i might just have to resign thanks keta 5 Oct 14 2 30 PM This has been very helpful for me Mr Gerard 6 Oct 11 9 48 AM Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice 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

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  • Workplace Safety: Fines and Court Cases
    A radioactive source was removed from a radiotherapy machine in a hospital The source was transported from the hospital for disposal by a licensed road transport company However when the source arrived at its destination it was found to be emitting a high level beam of radiation through the bottom of the transportation container It was found that a shield plug which should have been fitted when the unit was removed from the radiotherapy machine was missing thereby allowing radiation to be emitted from the source The judge said I find myself driven to the conclusion that the company must face a substantial penalty However the company put forward a guilty plea and were awarded a discount of one third from their fine The fine was 250000 Even Emergency Services Are Not Exempt A fire fighter was seriously injured when he slipped into a portable grain dryer on a farm A fire had started inside the grain dryer and the fire fighter was sent inside to help clear the wet grain which was clogging up the internal auger However he lost his footing and slid down into the auger which was turning at the time His foot was completely destroyed and was later amputated at the ankle The fire brigade was found to be negligent because they had failed to carry out proper risk assessment of this type of incident and had therefore failed to provide suitable procedures and safe systems of work They were fined 2000 All of the above incidents could have been prevented Loss of life personal injury pain and long term disability occur because people fail to look at the hazards associated with their work These cases highlight the need for employers to carry out risk assessments to put proper procedures in place and to train their employees in the procedures hazards and risks that exist With a little thought and effort pain and suffering as a result of accidents at work can be greatly reduced Previous Page Next Page You might also like Health and Safety Management Systems Workplace Safety Representatives Do You Have the Correct Fire Extinguishers Expectant Mothers in the Workplace First Aid Training for 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

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  • Safe Chemical Manufacture & Storage
    of and what to do in the event of an accident The MSDS needs to be provided to companies to whom you are supplying chemicals to and from other companies who are supplying chemicals to you When storing any chemicals in large volume it s mandatory for you to have a secondary container often called a bund in place into which any chemicals which may leak out of containers can be contained within this secondary tank in their entirety and with sufficient space left over It s also crucial to store chemical tanks as far away as possible from drains and other areas of water into which chemicals could flow into and contaminate Have leak detection systems installed and only permit authorised personnel into these storage areas so they should be kept securely locked unless being used and then only authorised staff should have access Remember even if pollution from your site has been caused by vandalism you as the company are liable Regular maintenance and testing for leaks must also be carried out and all containers should be clearly labelled with their contents identified If pollution should occur the company must have a comprehensive pollution incident response planning procedure in place and all of its staff must understand what that entails and what their specific responsibilities are For more information you should contact DEFRA s REACH department which aims to make manufacturers and chemical importers fully aware of the risks and management within the industry as a whole REACH is an acronym meaning Registration Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals which is part of a wider EU legislation which came into force in June 2007 Previous Page Next Page You might also like Working With Asthma Causing Agents Working With Dust Working With Explosives Working With Biocides What You Need to Know About Working With Asbestos 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

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  • What You Need to Know About Working With Asbestos
    Work Regulations 1992 Within this legislation employers are obliged to carry out a full risk assessment with regards to the presence of asbestos in a building and to prepare a report of the presence location and condition of all asbestos related materials which are present on the premises They must ensure that exposure to asbestos is prevented or at the very least reduced to the lowest practical level to ensure the health and safety of staff If asbestos needs to be repaired or removed from the premises due to it being damaged then a company should appoint a specialist which deals with this to carry it out Although this isn t mandatory a company could be putting itself at risk by undetaking the work themselves and this could prove very costly in terms of both putting employees health at risk not to mention the possible cost of facing litigation Good Practice Even if the asbestos is in good condition a company must have a plan in place as to how it s going to manage any potential risks from the presence of asbestos As much information should be recorded about the various locations amounts and the condition of the asbestos and it s also necessary to assess risk in terms of the proximity of it to where people are working and whether or not it has the potential to be disturbed If it s decided that the asbestos is in a good enough condition to be left where it is and that it s not going to be disturbed then it s important that the company monitors its condition on a regular basis However asbestos can be a killer and it can often take years for potential health problems associated with it to manifest themselves so if you re in any doubt about the exact presence or condition of all asbestos in your premises it is far better to bring in an asbestos removal specialist to assess the situation Previous Page You might also like Working With Asthma Causing Agents Working With Dust Safe Chemical Manufacture Storage Working With Explosives Working With Biocides 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

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  • Working With Asthma Causing Agents
    to pay you some compensation for the loss of your job and you may be eligible for a small amount of compensation from the Benefits Agency You might also want to consider legal action against your employer in certain circumstances and can find out more about this from the Citizens Advice Bureau What Causes Occupational Asthma The list of agents which are capable of causing occupational asthma is already long and growing all the time as a result of new research The condition could be caused by common factors such as dust fumes or certain gases but there are many others which affect people in a huge range of occupations including Bakers Animal handlers Furniture restorers Hairdressers Nurses Welders Electronics workers Regulations governing materials which are hazardous to health COSHH regulations stipulate that employers must ensure that all equipment controls are kept in good condition There should be supervision of certain tasks or equipment use exhaust ventilation systems must be in good working order and employees at risk should wear protective gloves If you begin working for a company where you might be exposed to hazardous substances you should be asked to fill in a questionnaire when you start work relating to any asthma or breathing problems in the past and your employer should check again in a reasonable amount of time that no symptoms of asthma have appeared In some cases the use of a face mask or breathing equipment may be advised by HSE and employers must always ensure that the correct ventilation is installed and working properly Common Substances Can be the Culprit Substances which can cause asthma do not need to be unusual or regarded as toxic or poisonous Many people working with wood such as joiners are at risk from wood dust shavings laboratory staff are at risk from the ingredients in certain drugs and those working with food could be affected by flour dust Certain paints common cleaning products and manufacturing processes can also lead to illness People who don t usually work with any substance likely to cause asthma should ensure that they always read the label when dealing with a new substance Often packaging for a substance will highlight the potential for harm if inhaled Always ensure that you wear the recommended protective clothing or mask Next Page You might also like Working With Dust Safe Chemical Manufacture Storage Working With Explosives Working With Biocides What You Need to Know About Working With Asbestos 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

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  • Working With Biocides
    will advise you of ways you can dispose of biocides safely and how to wash out any containers afterwards Further details are also available in the Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products Biocides and Your Health Many biocides products contain chemicals formaldehyde being just one example and there are other ingredients which can cause skin disorders respiratory problems and various types of cancer That s why it s necessary to follow strict regulations with regards to working with biocides and to things like ensuring that there is adequate ventilation that workers are given the right protective clothing and that they are trained and fully competent to work in this field The two main pieces of legislation which cover this are the Biocidal Products Regulations in the UK BPR and Europe also has its own directive of which we are also subject to which is called the European Biocidal Products Directive BPD Many people who work with biocides only begin to suffer symptoms of potential illnesses which may have been caused by the incorrect management of exposure to biocides many years later in life In order to reduce the risks companies must ensure that they take full responsibility in minimising possible health problems by offering regular medical checks maintaining equipment providing protective clothing and suitable ventilation If you feel your health is at risk is being compromised or you feel that you are suffering health problems as a direct consequence of working with biocides you should contact the HSE for more advice Previous Page Next Page You might also like Working With Asthma Causing Agents Working With Dust Safe Chemical Manufacture Storage Working With Explosives What You Need to Know About Working With Asbestos 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

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