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  • Working With Dust
    the Hazard Once information is gathered about the type of dust and the nature of exposure to the dust control measures can be considered Eliminating the hazard is the best method of control However this is not always practical because it may involve discontinuing a process or operation Substitution is the next best method of control This involves using a different substance or material to do the same job For example the dust from red wood is known to be carcinogenic but white wood presents much less risk Containment of the process is a good idea because it helps to prevent the general workplace becoming contaminated Improving maintenance of plant and equipment can significantly reduce the amount of dust that is expelled into the environment Methods of work can help to reduce the level of dust that escapes into the environment By providing training for employees on how to handle dust producing equipment a greater awareness of the hazards and risks can be appreciated Simple changes to working methods can help to increase workplace cleanliness Ventilation control is often the last resort when it comes to reducing dust in the working environment Special systems called Local Exhaust Ventilation LEV use extractor fans to raise dusts into ducting Usually ducts lead to collection bags where the dust can be removed for proper disposal It is important to remember that although dust in the workplace can be a hazard dust escaping into the atmosphere can also present problems It is a legal offence to pollute the environment and dust is classed as a pollutant So regardless of the control measures that are employed it is vital to ensure that nothing escapes from the working premises Next Page You might also like Working With Asthma Causing Agents 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 i work in a warehouse at night 2100hrs to 0500hrs During the day at least 120 movements of diesal transit vans and lorries use the warehouse for loading of goods I have just had week off work with a severe chest infection I believe this was mainly caused by the carbon dust in the air as we handle about 12 000 parcels during the night These parcels are placed on the floor stirring up unseen dust I have shown my management and HR a phiall of dust i brushed off the pipes but nothing seems to be done What is my next step Ray coco 19 May 15 3 56 PM Thank you I have a question If a person has allergies what is the recommended amount of dusting of surfaces vacuuming and shampooing of carpet and inspection and cleaning of air vents at the work place The work space and cubicle is a small to medium area Sandra 10 Oct 14 6 47 PM Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice Title Miss Ms Mrs

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  • Working With Explosives
    be used within any military commercial or leisure establishment These include Ammunition Detonators Propellants Blasting explosives Fuses Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices COER states that anyone wanting to store such explosives must be issued with an Explosives Certificate These can be obtained from the police Individuals or companies wishing to obtain one of these needs to ensure that accurate and updated records are kept of the explosives which are being stored and that you must immediately inform the police of any theft or loss of explosives Anybody who has been imprisoned for certain offences is not permitted to keep control or handle explosives or certain other substances which could be used to manufacture explosives COER must also be adhered to in conjunction with the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 1995 as it was amended from the original 1991 legislation Other Safety Precautions The HSE have published risk assessment checklists with regards to the manufacture and storage of explosives but other issues that need to be taken into account are the correct procedure for the disposal of explosives and the proper decontamination of any explosive contaminated items With regards to supervision workers between 16 and 18 must always be supervised if their job entails the manufacture and storage of explosives and of paramount importance are the people who come to a visit a site It is an offence to enter a licensed and registered explosives facility without the express permission of the licensed owner and to refuse to leave if asked to do so Previous Page Next Page You might also like Working With Asthma Causing Agents Working With Dust Safe Chemical Manufacture Storage Working With Biocides What You Need to Know About Working With Asbestos Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice Why is lightning dangerous when working with explosives scott 25 May 15 5 56 PM 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 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 afternoons the staff prepare

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  • Dealing with Patient Violence in Hospitals
    diffuse a potentially hostile situation and to de escalate any potential incidents before they occur What if That Fails Taking the heat out of a potentially violent situation is always going to be the first option a staff member will use but physical restraint the use of rapid tranquillisation and removing the offender into a secure area of seclusion are also options that can be used if all else fails Of course hospitals will have security staff that they can also call upon if a situation gets beyond reasonable control and can also resort to calling the police if necessary Major Reasons Why Violent Attacks Occur Although a person can become violent for a whole host of reasons hospital staff will have received training in how to spot the most likely situations where violence might manifest itself These can include Patients who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol especially within the accident and emergency department Those suffering from head injuries Those trying to come off drugs alcohol and who may be experiencing withdrawal symptoms In patients who may be suffering from dementia or a psychiatric problem which causes them to either become confused or where their perception of reality can sometimes become distorted Those with poor communication skills Frustration with delays prolonged waiting times The fact of the matter is however that hospital staff should not have to tolerate any violence or the threat of violence at work and both patients and visitors to hospitals should be clearly left in no doubt about the likelihood of facing criminal charges should they commit or threaten any acts of violence whether physical or verbal on any member of staff Previous Page You might also like Staying Safe When Working in the Community How to Ensure Your Personal Safety as a Taxi Driver Staying Safe When Working Behind a Counter Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice i work as a care assistant in a home for elderly dementia and alzheimer sufferers what should my employers be doing to ensure our health when we are attacked by patients do we have any rights in way of removing ourselves from situation and taking stress breaks i work 12 hour shifts mol 6 Oct 14 5 25 PM 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

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  • Staying Safe When Working Behind a Counter
    carrying Such is the shock of a sudden attack of this nature that it s difficult to remain calm but even though you re going to be scared it s important to try to hold yourself together not to panic and to do exactly as the robbers ask you to do The more compliant you are the less likely it will be that you ll be physically harmed and the ordeal is likely to be over as quickly as possible After a Robbery Attempt Once the robbers have left the shop you should lock up the shop and call the police immediately Apart from the police you should refrain from allowing anybody else to enter the premises until after the police have arrived This is now a crime scene after all Therefore you should try to keep the scene as uncontaminated as possible in terms of not moving or touching anything in and around the crime scene at the risk of disturbing any potential evidence such as fingerprints and any other forensic material Where possible try to recall as many physical details as you can about the attackers e g what they were wearing height build any noticeable facial features the description and perhaps even the registration of any vehicle they may have used to make a getaway and their escape route Obviously such will have been your fear at the time of the attack that you may not be able to recall all of these details but the more information you re able to give to the police the more likely the attackers will be caught Prevention In some instances preventing such an attack if a perpetrator is determined to target your store can be quite difficult but having deterrents and other plans in place can often put off an attacker CCTV is the most obvious deterrent as well as carefully concealed panic buttons behind the counter which can alert police and or members of staff in other areas of the building instantly to a robbery attempt Using special code words only familiar to other staff members in terms of them meaning there s the likelihood of an attack can often help others working in the store to alert the police which could speed up the police s arrival Panic alarms and having good lighting and strategically placed counters which are visible to passers by on the street are also good deterrents Fundamentally however the main thing is to comply with the attackers and give them what they want in order to minimise the risk of being physically harmed Previous Page Next Page You might also like Staying Safe When Working in the Community How to Ensure Your Personal Safety as a Taxi Driver Dealing with Patient Violence in Hospitals 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

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  • Staying Safe When Working in the Community
    They can also encounter intimidation in many other forms Health Safety Training All workers who work in the community receive full and comprehensive safety training and back up support You are trained in all aspects of personal safety such as prevention and response techniques when encountering an aggressive situation Therefore issues like de escalation physical restraint and breakaway technique are just some of the safety issues covered You are trained in understanding the importance of incident reporting as well as how back up support from the police works as many areas where care in the community is provided will require collaboration between the local authority and the local police force Lone workers receive additional occupational health and safety training and may also be given additional security devices such as panic alarms mobile phones with satellite positioning and there are other procedures in place to help all workers out there who are doing a job in the community to stay safe These might include in and out boards to keep track of staff movements and records will also be kept of a worker s car registration number their photograph home phone numbers and details of their next of kin for example which will help the police if staff do not return when expected If you re usually employed as a lone worker you ll also often be accompanied by a colleague in certain instances when you are working in certain areas at night Health and safety procedures are very carefully thought through and planned in this type of work and this has resulted in increased awareness and confidence on behalf of the workers themselves who feel more empowered and able to get on with the job in hand Next Page You might also like How to Ensure Your Personal Safety as a Taxi Driver Staying Safe When Working Behind a Counter Dealing with Patient Violence in Hospitals 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

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  • Do I Need a Hygiene Certificate to Make Sandwiches?
    In the UK food handlers don t have to hold a food hygiene certificate to prepare or sell food Skills may be obtained through on the job training self study or relevant prior experience please see FSA link here I hope this helps WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 27 Aug 15 1 38 PM I currently make bacon rolls in my local rugby club I have a good hygiene cert if anyone helps do they need one too D1972 26 Aug 15 4 41 PM Jp I have included a CAB link here which should give you more information In addition and as specified in the article the Environmental Health Department of your local authority will always be able to provide advice and guidance on specific queries relating to food safety and you can find out more about handling food safely from the Food Standards Agency website I hope this helps WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 9 Jun 15 2 34 PM Hi I belong to a church ministry that prepares hot breakfast for the homeless Please advice as to what procedure is needed Currently there has been no food handling training nor is there any food certified person on the team How can we ensure that we will not face any legal issues Jp 8 Jun 15 9 12 AM Clo Fish In the first instance you should contact your local council who will send someone from the Environmental Health to assess the kitchen or workspace you will be working from You may also have to undertake a food hygiene certificate course I have included a link from the FSI here which should also help further Good luck with your new venture WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 1 May 15 12 20 PM Hi I have started a franchise of a children s party entertainment business and one of the packages other branches provide includes party food boxes for the children I have had one of the costumers ask me if I can provide these and it is something I think I would like to offer I have looked for local caterers to provide the food like the other branches do but I have had no luck I am thinking now that I would like to just do it myself I have tried looking into the licenses and hygiene certificates etc and if I would need them but I cannot see if they apply to me I would only be providing party food boxes which would contain something along the lines of a sandwich packet of crisps carton of juice dried fruit and a biscuit or muffin I would prepare on the morning of the party and transport to the venue in my car Could you help shed some light on this for me please Many thanks Clo Fish 30 Apr 15 8 07 PM Hello I have a pick n mix sweet stall the sweets are brought from wholesale and I then bag them up into small bags I wear gloves to do this the area is clean with freshly

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  • How Many Breaks am I Entitled to?
    Jan 16 7 49 AM I recently resigned from a health care nursing assistance position healthcare agency at a client s home I was told I was not allowed to have any breaks during my 12 hour shifts client safety reasons Legal Missus 29 Jan 16 12 40 AM Bf Your Question I currently work 7am 6pm and given half an hour break is this legal Our Response As you are working 11 hours and not more than 12 in which case you would be allowed a further 20 minutes break this is legal WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 28 Jan 16 12 59 PM I currently work 7am 6pm and given half an hour break is this legal Bf 27 Jan 16 10 34 PM Tj Your Question I m a community carer and have been working 12 hours with only a 30 min break is this right Our Response Yes as specified in the article you are allowed a break for every six hours or more that you work If you work beyond the 12 hours then you would be entitled to an additional break WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 25 Jan 16 12 28 PM Interesting My parents worked in the 50s and 60s in factories and did 8 hours but had 15mins morning and afternoon break plus an hour lunch seems very different now Mike 24 Jan 16 11 45 PM I m a community carer and have been working 12 hours with only a 30 min break is this right Tj 24 Jan 16 1 47 PM with the 20 minute break is paid and part of my 8 hour working day tobyjug 13 Jan 16 10 40 PM tobyjug Your Question L work an 8 hour day but if l want a break l have to be at work for 8 5 hours is this legal Our Response No as specified in the article you are entitled to a 20 minute break for every six hours or more you work You need to firstly have a look at your contract and see what it specifies if it is at odds with what you are being given you need to raise the issue with your boss and if you don t get a satisfactory answer give ACAS a call WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 13 Jan 16 12 48 PM l work an 8 hour day but if l want a break l have to be at work for 8 5 hours is this legal tobyjug 12 Jan 16 10 12 PM Get your facts wright if you are publishing wtd rules it s 15 mins before or at 6 hrs also 30 mins must be completed before or on 9 hrs completed so 20 mins in 12 hr shift like what you have said in previous post is completely wrong and where are you getting the figure of 20 mins from intervals of15mins are only excepted so if you have 20 mins on 6hr mark you need to have an other 15 mins at 9 hr

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  • Kitchen Workplace Safety
    help none 7 Dec 15 10 26 PM jade Your Question I recently burnt myself in work on a pizza oven door that didn t close properly and fell open on to my arm the outside of the oven door was roasting hot and that s what burnt my arm I m now left with a scar on my arm I know new ovens are now triple insulated so they don t get hot but is there any legal requirements on oven doors Should the ovens in work be replaced with new safer ones Our Response You may find more information via the HSE catering and hospitality site here Alternatively you would have to contact them directly WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 21 Oct 15 11 21 AM I recently burnt myself in work on a pizza oven door that didn t close properly and fell open on to my arm the outside of the oven door was roasting hot and that s what burnt my arm I m now left with a scar on my arm I know new ovens are now triple insulated so they don t get hot but is there any legal requirements on oven doors Should the ovens in work be replaced with new safer ones jade 20 Oct 15 10 35 AM angie Your Question I work in a kitchen for a well known supermarket I often work alone is this illegal as ive burnt my several times and also fainted Our Response I have included a link to one of our partner articles Guide to Your Rights When Working Alone link here which should answer your questions I hope this helps WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 6 Oct 15 11 35 AM i work in a kitchen for a well known supermarket i often work alone is this illegal as ive burnt my several times and also fainted angie 5 Oct 15 12 17 PM SY I have included a link to the CAB leaflet here which tells you about what under 14s are allowed and what they are not allowed to do in the workplace If you are unhappy about the children being in the workplace you should have a word directly with the owners I hope this helps WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 12 May 15 12 25 PM Hi Our local cafe allows under 14 year olds to serve food during school holidays these are the owners children They also allow 6 7 8 year olds to wander in and out of the kitchen while their mothers who work there are in for a coffee Likewise when the mothers are not actually on duty they go in and out of the kitchen to pick up what drink and food they want Is this allowed should they not be treat as customers when they are not on duty There is no evidence that they wash their hands when entering the kitchen SY 10 May 15 8 31 AM Allnut I think in this case you might want to give Age UK a call

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