When I carry out Risk Assessment Training, I nearly always use “Crossing the Road” as an example. There are lots of potential control measures, and we determine the correct ones by reviewing the exact circumstances. look right and left cases zebra crossings bridges in high-risk cases The point is: you choose the control measure to

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Running a successful business is hard work. The costs associated with accidents can push a business over the edge and can also damage its commercial reputation. Sometimes it seems that Mother Nature is not helping us! According to the HSE, slips & trips tend to peak in the autumn and winter due to natural phenomena,

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People still put profit before safety. The man who created a fire safety risk that was described as “too awful to contemplate” by massive overcrowding during at an event at York’s Kuda nightclub has been given a suspended prison sentence. The club was rated to a safe capacity of 645, but during a Basshunter event

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I do love my job, though it is not easy. I love dealing with a range of people, premises, problems, etc. Today’s gem: Invasion of the external areas of a business by a badger. Lots to look into, including the protected status of Badgers and setts; (limited) actions that can be taken; allaying staff concerns

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Introduction We are now quite a few on from its debut, and not all organisations have come to terms with the implications of the Work at Heights Regulations 2005 on their work activities.  Many organisations initially viewed the Work at Heights Regulations 2005 as construction related legislation, but the regulations apply to all working at

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Over the next few weeks, HSE inspectors will be focusing some of their time and effort on construction, woodworking and food manufacturing where occupational lung diseases, including in some cases occupational cancers, are more common. They will be asking what measures have been put in place to protect workers’ lungs from the likes of asbestos,

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The legal responsibility (and thus the accountability) for Health and Safety lies with the employer. So, in different types of schools: who is the employer? This will depend on the category of school.  In England, the Local Authority is the employer in: Community schools, community special schools, voluntary controlled schools, maintained nursery schools and pupil

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We are arriving at the time of year when schools have established plans for works to be carried out on site. This could be small or large construction projects, electrical work or estate maintenance. It’s important that schools consider the needs of DBS and ensure that all contractors have the correct type of DBS before

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We offer some advice and tips to avoid risky school trips, and we start by asking a couple of simple questions: Who needs to be involved with the risk assessment? Should parents see the risk assessment? It’s important where possible to bring classroom subjects alive. This may involve trips. To do this the school needs

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Lifting operations must be planned. Not a difficult concept. Think about what is being lifted and what can go wrong, and make suitable arrangements. One of the common methods to be used is the creation of an “Exclusion Zone”, so that if things fall they do not hit people (including members of the public)! Child

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