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  • The Health Risks of Shift Work
    some instances lead to headaches A study published in 2005 in America made a connection between irregular work hours and cluster headaches This type of headache is particularly unpleasant It affects around one in a thousand people and appears with little warning The sufferer is in severe pain for up to three hours or more Research from a study of 200 shift workers has also highlighted other potential health problems Among these are stress difficulty concentrating and poor sexual performance Such problems mainly occur in the short term Car Accidents Lack of sleep causes car accidents and shift work can be a contributory factor Research conducted in 2000 showed that driver tiredness leads to 45 000 serious injuries or deaths on the road This figure is as high as the number of alcohol related accidents Sleep Humans are not naturally nocturnal In normal circumstances most people function better during the day rather than at night But it is possible to adjust to working at night and thereby help reduce problems of tiredness and ill health The crucial factor according to doctors is to have sufficient sleep during any 24 hour period It s also important to have this sleep and to wake at about the same time every day or night This establishes a routine to which the body can adapt Medical experts recommend eight hours sleep per 24 hour period Individuals differ of course but the amount of sleep should fall somewhere between five to nine hours Staying Awake Even with sufficient sleep it can be hard to stay awake during a night shift Tried and tested techniques can help however Where possible avoid stimulants such as coffee A quick walk in the fresh air can be far more effective at refreshing the mind and body Take exercise before the shift starts This increases oxygen flow to the brain and enlivens the nerves Don t drink alcohol before starting a shift Alcohol can make the body and mind tired rather than stimulated When at work don t become too warm Ensure there s plenty of ventilation and light And either talk to colleagues or listen to music to help keep the brain active Next Page You might also like What to Expect When the Health Safety Inspector Calls Coping With Workplace Stress Food Hygiene The Law Hospital Acquired Infections MRSA Farming Foot Mouth Disease Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice I work for an agency at one place where I work they do not pay me for my break am I allowed to have a sleep on my break their own workers are not allowed as they are paid for their breaks nette 22 Apr 15 6 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

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  • Legal Minimum Temperature in a Warehouse?
    big laundrette as a cleaner and I m told I have to Wear a safety helmet at all times even in areas I don t have to wear one and as being a laundrette the tempture can get very hot in their I work 8 hours a day with one 30 minbreak I m only alould to remove my helmet on my break only and all I seem to get is headaches all the time in their because of it what type of rights do I have on this because its getting to the point when I m going to have to give the job up Davey 7 Jun 15 1 57 PM Hi I work for one of the UK s biggest diy chains I was on tge shop floor of the mini warehouse as a customer advisor Due to multiple knee surgeries three on the left knee for pvns with fourth impending and one on the right for osteoarthritis I have been put on the checkouts They have asked me to be at the front of the checkout to welcome the customer walk round to the checkout point scan the custoners items through which sometimes does require walking round thr trolley and sometimes lift objects to individually scan every item as the company requires I have obtained a stool that I sit on at the front of the checkout whilst waiting on customers I sometimes take the stool round to the checkout point to sit to I told my employers that I sometimes get too sore at the knees to walk round the checkout all the time which was met at some dismay by the deputy manager but I wouldnt back down The stool is uncomfortable and doing 8 hour shifts with 30 min breaks doesnt exactly ease things off any Sitting at the checkout which is at the exit when the doors open the wind can sometimes be ridiculous bringing in the cold You want customers to keep you busy but you dont want them to leave because it gets to cold I have a vest and ajumper under my uniform which is a long sleeve t shirt and a body warmer and I still feel the cold Thisis meant to be summer so I m certainly not looking forward to winter The cold does go for my knees causing sometimes significant ache Some days are a real struggle Is there anything I can do or someone I can speak to about help taking action as there is no union and HR is pointless in going too as if you complain you get the feeling you are getting looked down at for not being a company person Cheers in advance for any information Diycheckoutguy 1 Jun 15 9 02 PM Jim I m afraid not Under the Working Time Directive which applies to most adult workers you are entitled to one rest break of 20 minutes if you are employed for more than six hours a day Payment for these breaks is at the discretion of your employer There is no legal ruling to say your employer should have to pay you for your break You don t say what your work is but as specified in the article If you feel that the temperature in the warehouse is unacceptable then you have every right to ask for it to be raised Use the guidelines in the article as your basis and find out what the current temperature is If it is significantly less than 13 degrees Celsius then you will have a strong case for having it increased WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 18 May 15 11 45 AM I am a night shift worker and we were told by management years ago we were entitled to be paid for our tea breaks under European law then they just stopped paying us also our warehouse is very cold could you tell me if i am entitled to 10 Minutes break every hour thanks Jim 14 May 15 4 48 PM carlinha I have directed you to the HSE article chilled and frozen products workroom temperatures in places where food is handled here which should give you more information If you have any other queries you should give ACAS a call for some free advice on how to best approach the situation with your line manager I hope this helps WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 1 May 15 2 42 PM Hello I work in food factory and the temperature there its around 7 degrees and it s cold windy as well We work very fast on the lines but not moving anywhere How many breaks are we intitle Many thanks carlinha 30 Apr 15 3 06 PM AnnaC as specified in the article an employer has a duty of care towards their employees and the responsibility of making sure that the workplace is a comfortable environment to be in It also has to keep within the HSE guidelines listed in the article and if it doesn t then you will have cause to complain I hope this helps WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 20 Mar 15 12 06 PM I work in a warehouse and we are moving to a new warehouse soon the big manager wants to have an open warehouse which will be very cold in the winter and no office to get warm is this against the law AnnaC 18 Mar 15 1 25 PM juju I m afraid I cannot comment on this as you are in the US and as this is a UK based site we can only answer UK based questions regarding workplace law WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 17 Mar 15 11 21 AM I work in a warehouse and it is hot temperature is set for 75 degrees it s Uncomfortably hot and everybody complains a couple people felt like they were going to fall out and some people you know don t but the issue is that we turned it down And were told that we could get fired it s 70

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  • WorkplaceSafetyAdvice Newsletter Registration
    to add your comments We show only your firstname and never show your surname email address or any other personal information May we add your comments Yes No PRIVACY Your details will not be passed to anyone else or used for any other reason other than to send you our monthly newsletter which will update you about new content or features on the WorkplaceSafetyAdvice website You may unsubscribe at any

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  • Risk Assessment in the Workplace
    a major injury although it may cause minor discomfort But an electric shock from faulty equipment may result in a fatality Therefore the risk from a slip type hazard could be classed as low while the risk from an electrical hazard may be classed as medium or even high Controlling Risk The final part of the risk assessment process is to look at all those hazards that present a medium or high risk and to think about some additional things that could help to reduce the risk and therefore reduce the chance of an accident Perhaps a control measure for our cleaning example would be for any electrical equipment to be checked by a qualified person on a six monthly basis This would reduce the chances of an electric shock and would therefore reduce the risk to a more acceptable level The process of risk assessment is not only mandatory in terms of health and safety law it is an excellent way of identifying the type of risk that exists with the jobs that we do at work By taking a few moments to identify risk we can prevent people getting injured or killed 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 cris Your Question My company wants to introduce a backpack vacuum cleaner and most of us are women the weight of the machine is 7 3kg when is empty and about 8 2 8 5 kg when is full it is a train company and the task involves hovering inside coachesBecause we already tried everybody consider is too heavy special for women and more problems as back injuries etc can occurred using in a daily basisPlease I would like to know how many kilos we are allowed to put on our back Our Response Backpack vacuums are designed for both commercial and residential use Plus the carrying system for most are designed to ensure that the weight is evenly distributed across the entire body in order to prevent back problems due to frequent or consistent use Your employer should have carried out a risk assesment However if you are concerned about this and if you are based in the UK you can contact the HSE directly via the link here to see what the health and safety standards are Alternatively if all the staff are in agreement then you should take this up with your employer directly or via your trade union rep to voice your concerns WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 8 Oct 15 11 07 AM my company wants to introduce a backpack vacuum cleaner and most of us are women the weight of the machine is 7 3kg when is empty and about 8 2 8 5 kg when is full it is a train company and the task involves hovering inside coaches

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  • Manual Handling at Work
    If the assessment determines that the job is low risk then nothing more needs to be done Perhaps some training would be a good idea but generally the job would be quite safe to continue If the assessment determines that the job is medium risk considerable thought needs to be given as to how the risk may be reduced Installing equipment providing training or changing the way that the job is done are some of the things that may need to be considered However the most serious case is when the assessment determines that the job is high risk In this case action must be taken as there is likely to be a risk of serious injury High risk jobs must be stopped and control measures put in place to reduce the risk to at least a medium Musculoskeletal Disorders Many things can be done to help prevent MSD Firstly risk assessment is essential From the findings of risk assessment employers will be able to identify the level of risk that exists and will be able to put in place controls to help reduce the risk The best form of control is mechanical lifting equipment which includes items such as lifting trucks portable trolleys conveyor machines and mechanical hoists These can be costly but are certainly the most effective An important consideration is training People who are expected to lift or move heavy loads at work should be provided with manual handling training There are many different types of training course but one that looks specifically at the type of work being undertaken is best Training courses should cover the following Basic theory of the spine and how it responds to strain Spinal damage scenarios Looking after your back The principles of kinetic lifting Practical lifting techniques pulling pushing lowering and lifting 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 Add a Comment Julius I have directed you to the HSE here which will be able to provide more information I hope this helps WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 23 Mar 15 10 10 AM am a student studying transport management am given an assignment about advising workers employees to work towards a safer workplace so i need you to help me with more information about guiding employees of a manufacturing company were manual handling is involved julius 19 Mar 15 11 23 AM Does all the law and advice detail I read on these pages also apply to volunteer situations such as members of an amateur dramatic group lifting heavy stage extensions scenery etc EddiePalladio 2 Sep 12 11 26 AM please give more detail on pulling pushing lowering and lifting with practical pictures attached i love your simple analysis johnmaria 7 Jun 12 12 48 PM Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice Title Miss

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  • A Guide to Working With VDUs - Visual Display Units
    Your employer must provide you with health and safety information about working with VDUs but you ll be happy to know that latest government research suggests that VDUs in themselves are not harmful to health Radiation Danger Although it was once thought that VDU operators could be at risk from radiation research has now shown that they do not expose you to harmful radiation They do give off a small amount of electromagnetic radiation but this is well below the level thought to be harmful Most discomfort reported by VDU users can be relieved by changing the monitor settings such as brightness text size or adjusting its position Pregnancy Many pregnant women worry about using VDUs but latest guidance suggests they are completely safe and will not cause damage to an unborn baby The main problem for VDU operators is tired eyes and some people believe their eyesight deteriorates after long periods of VDU work If you are covered by VDU regulations it is a legal requirement for your employer to cover the cost of regular eye tests Contact Lenses Some contact lenses wearers complain of discomfort when working with a VDU and it is likely that this is because the heat from a VDU can dry the air If this is a problem you could try tear substitute lenses or wear glasses when using a VDU for prolonged periods Repetitive Strain Injuries RSI have been linked to VDU work and you can find out more about this in our separate RSI article The Health and Safety Display Screen Equipment Regulations require that risks from VDUs are minimized for employees and the regulations also cover employees who work from home The regulations do not cover self employed people unless you are using a client s workspace in which case they must ensure the workspace has been risk assessed and give you the relevant VDU information Previous Page Next Page You might also like Safety for Restaurant Workers The Risks to Hair Salon Workers Dermatitis Have Your Electrical Items Been PAT Tested Staying Safe When Handling Cash A Guide to Manual Handling and Lifting Techniques 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

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  • Ventilation in the Workplace
    s also important that these are legally approved Some circumstances will require you to wear steel or metal toe capped boots to give additional protection to your toes and the top part of your foot whilst others will give you added impact protection for jobs in which you might be pushing around carts which carry heavy equipment or where you may be working with heavy pipes for example Other types of boot or safety shoe may have additional puncture resistant soles where the workplace can often be subject to loose nails and other sharp objects falling onto the floor If you re working with electricity you should also choose safety boots or shoes which have insulation and conductive properties In some jobs it may even be necessary to have different types of safety shoes or boots for the particular task you re carrying out at a specific time This is sometimes overlooked but if you re wearing the wrong type of safety shoes in a particular environment they may well be as equally ineffective in protecting you as wearing normal dress shoes or trainers So you should always fit the shoe or boot to the situation you re working in The important thing is not to underestimate the potential for foot injuries and to take the appropriate safety precautions when it comes to wearing the correct footwear You d not think of working on a construction site without wearing a hard hat for example so you should equally give your feet the same level of consideration when it comes to safety and the importance of wearing the correct safety shoes or boots Previous Page Next Page You might also like Safety for Restaurant Workers The Risks to Hair Salon Workers Dermatitis Have Your Electrical Items Been PAT Tested Staying Safe When Handling Cash A Guide to Working With VDUs Visual Display Units Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice I love you so much and this website such good detail and it has helped me through my college course many thanks Sam Tank 22 Sep 15 2 29 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

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  • WorkplaceSafetyAdvice Register for Discussions
    have forgotton your username or password you can Retrieve it Here User Info Email Password Stay Logged In 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 Get Our Newsletter onclick return fbs click rel nofollow Contact Us Sitemap About WorkplaceSafetyAdvice Home You should seek independent professional advice before acting

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