Health and Safety is imperative in any industry, but in construction it’s even more important. Following the correct practices can be the difference between life and death. Here is everything that you need to know about health and safety whilst working in the construction industry. Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Health and Safety Practices in Construction” »
Whether you’re clearing a gutter or your employees are working on a roof, any tasks completed above the ground must be conducted carefully with health and safety firmly in mind. Even the shortest fall can result in serious injury, while more significant falls can even result in fatalities. Continue reading “How to Work Safely at Height: 5 Essential Tips” »
As a health and safety officer it is your job to ensure that a culture of safety is present at your workplace.
That means ensuring regulations are adhered to and procedures reviewed when necessary, safety inspections and equipment inspections are carried out, and other duties that work towards keeping employees and visitors safe are completed. Continue reading “What Health and Safety Professionals Need to Know About Defibrillators” »
One of the most important aspects of being successful in a health and safety manager role is experience in health and safety. However, experience does not count for everything, so we’ve taken a look at the other common key skills and competencies required to be a great health and safety manager. Continue reading “What do Companies Look for in a Health and Safety Manager?” »
The importance of appropriate Chemical Hazard PPE
When operating in an area where there is a possibility or likelihood of chemical hazard, employees must be provided with appropriate chemical safety Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as standard. They must also know how to wear it correctly and understand its purpose. Once provided with chemical PPE it is the employee’s responsibility to deploy it where chemical hazards are suspected or in evidence.
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It may not happen very often, but when the UK is sweltering in a heatwave it’s not always everyone’s idea of paradise.
If you’ve ever been stuck on the London Underground on a particularly hot summer’s day, you’ll know the feeling! As the UK has just ‘enjoyed’ the hottest September day in over 100 years, the issue of workplace temperature has once again been raised.
The rules that govern the temperature of indoor workplace are covered by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
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The Spanish health and safety system is something rather complicated. First of all, to be understood, you must be conscious that their philosophical approach is paternalistic, where the focus is on what is done or not done, rather than the results and where the employer is the most responsible for it.
It is a highly bureaucratized system where everything has a legal screen and for some years very judicial. It is already very difficult to find Health & Safety Advisors who have not passed through a court due to some accident.
It is a great paradox where the people most concerned with Health and Safety are the most aggrieved by the system.
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Health & safety laws exist to protect everyone in the working environment, and should therefore be stringently adhered to. By ensuring that the following legislation is complied with at all times, your company will be a safe place for employees. Continue reading “Health & Safety: The Legal Facts You Need to Know” »
Workplace safety has become a hot-button issue in every industry. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 3 million non-life threatening injuries occurred in the workplace in 2014. The good news is, that figure is 54,000 less than it was in 2013.
We can quote statistics until the cows come home, but the bottom line is, companies still have to work very hard to minimize the risk of injuries to their employees. Three million represents only a small segment of the population, but it is still a large enough number to draw attention to safety issues that are often ignored in many workplaces. Continue reading “Industrial Safety Practices That Cannot Be Ignored In Today’s Workplace” »
The HSE, who publish detailed statistics every year regarding the number of injuries and deaths within different industries, released data last year* that stated that over 40% of all fatal injuries from 2013 to 2014 were caused as a result of falls from height. On top of this startling figure, 581 falls were recorded during that same time period which caused specified or major injuries.
We all know, however, that these incidents can always be avoided, and the risk certainly lowered, by properly researching, acquiring and using the correct safety equipment for any given situation. Continue reading “At The Sharp End Of Safety – How To Select Fall Arrest Equipment For Unique Risk Protection” »