We are happy to provide this information, but we do not create Written Schemes of Examination.
Pressure systems must be inspected in accordance with a written scheme of examination created (or certified) by a competent person.
The user (or owner) of the pressurised system must ensure that the competent person has the necessary knowledge, experience, and independence to undertake the tasks required of them.
With respect to the written scheme of examination, the role of the competent person is either:
- to create and certify a written scheme of examination, or
- to certify a written scheme of examination created by somebody else(such as the owner or user of the pressure system)
In this blog article, Mike Ellerby deals with some of the questions concerning employers about vast subject of Work Equipment and Machinery. Consideration is given to the issues of machinery guarding, operator checks, worker training and maintenance of the work equipment.
A few years on, and not all organisations have come to terms with the implications of the Work at Heights Regulations 2005 on their work activities. Many organisations originally viewed the Work at Heights Regulations 2005 as construction related legislation, but the regulations apply to all working at height activities in all work places. This may include:
- manufacturing areas
- storage areas
- fabrication areas
- mixing areas
- gantries; etc.
- In common with nearly all recent health and safety legislation, risk assessment lies at the heart of the Work at Heights Regulations 2005
All too frequently, the emergency planning element is often not considered when work at height is being planned. Largely, this is because:
- there is a general lack of awareness of suspension trauma and its consequences
- employers often fail to appreciate where and when rescue provision is required
- employers often fail to provide adequate rescue equipment or appreciate what is suitable equipment for use in rescue
In this question and answer section, Mike Ellerby addresses some of the issues facing smaller businesses when faced with undertaking COSHH risk assessments and introducing and enforcing the use of appropriate control measures in the workplace. Most of the companies in the UK are small or medium sized enterprises.
The same health and safety laws apply to small businesses as apply to big ones, with a few exemptions on written risk assessments and written policy documentation for very small companies. It should be noted that these size based exemptions are not exemptions from the risk assessment itself, but from the need for a written record of the assessment.
The exact nature of what you need to do with respect to health and safety depends on what your business does, or will do. The management of health and safety does not need to be complicated, but it does need to be proportionate to the level of risk created by your undertakings. Also, it does not need to be overly bureaucratic. It does need to be effective at protecting the health, safety and welfare of employees and of non-employees that may be affected by the operation of the business. In order to help new businesses, the HSE have proposed a ten point list of essential health and safety matters.
Too much sunlight is harmful to your skin. A tan is a sign that the skin has been damaged. The damage is caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight. When working outdoors the effects of the weather in this environment can potentially have a very serious impact on an employee’s welfare if the risks have never been previously considered or managed properly. This impact may be immediate or it can occur over a long time period of time.
For example, exposure to the sun can cause skin damage including sunburn, blistering and skin ageing and in the long term can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK with over 50,000 new cases every year.
Each year many people suffer, unnecessarily, from sunburn and over 2300 people die from skin cancer caused by sun exposure.
In this question and answer section, Mike Ellerby looks at some of the issues associated with reporting workplace accidents and incidents under RIDDOR.
Q – What is RIDDOR?
RIDDOR stands for the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.
These regulations place a legal duty on employers (and self-employed people and people in control of premises) to report:
- work-related deaths
- major injuries
- over-seven-day injuries
- certain work related diseases, and
- certain dangerous occurrences (near miss accidents)
With respect to fire Safety, LRB Consulting can:
- Assist the responsible person with their fire safety duties
- Carry out a fire safety risk assessment of your premises
- Create a fire safety improvement plan
- Help to create emergency procedures
- Provide suitable documentation for fire safety records