A Quick Guide to Health and Safety by R Gilbert

By R Gilbert

Health and issues of safety now impose upon virtually the whole lot of industrial lifestyles. The procedure of enforcement is controlled and carried out within the united kingdom through The wellbeing and fitness and security government (HSE) – yet from time to time it may be tough to grasp precisely which bits of this problematic spider’s net can be utilized in a given example, and that are most crucial. This quickly advisor places the topic into context, delivering a rational assessment and a sound start line to employing well-being and protection within the office, and supplying a concise and effortlessly available interpretation of what wellbeing and fitness and defense laws skill in practice.

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Guideline documents issued by the HSE or local authority do not have quite the same legal status as ACOPs, nevertheless, if you do follow the guidance given, you will almost certainly have done all that is required by the law. 1 A word of advice on asking for advice If you ask your HSE or local authority inspectors for advice, they will surely give it as best they can. This advice will probably, and understandably, be conservative and cautious because they may at some future time be faced with the need to take strong action against or even prosecute the company or person they give the advice to.

Every year there are about 30 000 major injuries. The main causes are shown in Fig. 7. You will see that the main cause is not a very exciting one – it is slips, trips and falls. WPNL0206 24 Health and Safety . . so What Business are You in? 7 Major injuries to employees . Every year there are about 120 000 injuries that prevent persons from working (or doing their normal job) for more than 3 days. The main causes are shown in Fig. 8. 8 Over 3 day injuries to employees . About 7 000 000 working days are lost every year as a consequence of injury at work.

5 Employer’s duty to consult WPNL0206 34 The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSAW Act) . provide adequate information to enable it to be used safely. Remember, if you make some of your own tools or equipment for your own activities, then you will be considered to be the ‘manufacturer’. You must then comply with the above requirements. e. the HSE and local authorities) in the exercise of their duties. These powers include the authority to: . enter premises at any reasonable time for the purpose of discharging their duties (or at any time if they consider a dangerous situation exists); .

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