Staying Safe in Cold Weather
Dec
23

What do I need to do to protect my staff from cold weather?
The mercury in the thermometer has gone through the floor (almost literally!) and the cold is biting at fingers and toes. But what does the law say about your staff, is there a minimum temperature for them, and what must you do to protect them?
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What is the minimum/maximum temperature in a workplace?
Well, its quite simple really, the law does not state a minimum temperature, but the temperature in workrooms should normally be at least 16°C, or if much of the work is physical, then 13°C.
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 lay down requirements for most aspects of the working environment. Regulation 7 deals specifically with the temperature in indoor workplaces and states that:
‘During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable.’

International Health and Safety Training
Dec
20

Over the last year, I have become more involved in the delivery of international health and safety training courses. Much of this has been training delivered in the Gulf Region (including Dubai (in the United Arab Emirates) and in Oman), with a series of Webinars providing health and safety training services into the American Market. This international health and safety training is in addition to the work that I continue to do in the United Kingdom.

International Health and Safety Training Courses for 2015

Looking forward to the New year, there are several Health and Safety Training courses planned for delivery in Dubai and also a small American seminar tour, with two-day training courses organised for San Francisco (California, USA) and for Richmond (Virginia, USA). The number of courses to be delivered in the Gulf Region has not been finalised at present, but new opportunities are arising on a reasonably regular basis.

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Slips, Trips and Falls
Dec
20

Slips, trips and falls – what are the common reasons for them?

There are many reasons for slips, trips and falls. The most common reasons are associated with:

  • the floor
  • contamination on the floor (or footwear)
  • obstacles on the floor
  • cleaning of the floors
  • damaged flooring
  • missing handrails inappropriate footwear
  • environmental factors, such as: poor lighting
  • etc

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Electrical Safety
Dec
20

In this blog article, we look at some of the questions that are concerning employers about electricity in the workplace.  Consideration needs to be given to the system that we plug into (the fixed electrical installation) as well as what we plug in (portable electrical equipment). In both cases, testing should be carried out by a competent person, and there are recommended periods between inspections.

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Unsafe roof work – work at height
Dec
19

Unsafe roof work – work at height: a West Midlands building firm has been fined after being spotted twice carrying out unsafe roof work just a few days apart. An employee of CB(WM) Ltd was seen working on the roof of a house in Quinton in  2014, having used a poorly-built tower scaffold to access the roof. A Prohibition Notice was served by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as the access to the scaffolding was unsafe and there was no bracing. The notice immediately stopped work on the site until the scaffolding was improved and edge protection or another suitable platform was used.

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Fork Lift Truck Overturned – Fatal Accident
Dec
19

Fork Lift Truck Overturned at a recycling company. The Company has been fined £180,000 after a worker was killed on his first day at work when the forklift truck he was driving overturned.

IA (who was aged 29) was using the forklift at Recresco Ltd’s glass recycling plant in Manisty Wharf, North Road, Ellesmere Port, on 26 April 2010 when the vehicle overturned, crushing him to death. The Crown Court in Liverpool heard that IA had been hired on a temporary 4 day contract and was just a few hours into his first day when the incident happened. The Company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found that forklift truck drivers regularly had to work in an area that was often covered in waste materials. This prevented them from turning the vehicles safely.

On the day of the incident, IA was moving waste material (known as aggregate)  from the recycling process  production area to a storage shed when the forklift truck became unstable on the uneven surface and overturned.

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Snow and ice clearance advice
Dec
08

It is a popular misconception that it is against the law to clear snow and ice from pavements.

Put simply, there is nothing stopping you from clearing ice and snow from your property, or from public pavements and areas outside your property. Heads of establishments are responsible for ensuring that the means of access to their establishment is safe for both employees and visitors and that adequate arrangements are made to ensure that the risks from snow and ice are minimised. The true position is that a company may be held liable for ‘failing to act reasonably’ in order to prevent accidents caused by snow and ice.

With snow and ice clearance, you must be careful not to make the situation worse, and to clear snow and ice sensibly, particularly from around steps, and steep slopes.

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