News

Breaking News – Inexcusable’ welfare and safety conditions

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A contractor carrying out refurbishment and basement extension work has been fined more than £50,000 after a HSE inspection found a series of serious safety breaches. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that PVAD Limited was the contractor controlling work at a construction site at on Montholme Road, London, SW11, when it was inspected by the HSE in March 2017. The inspection found that numerous areas of the site had no edge protection to prevent falls, including where workers could fall four metres into the basement from the site entrance area. Unsafe ‘homemade’ ramps were being used to allow access to some…

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Noise In The Workplace

Noise In The Workplace

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Noise is described as an unwanted sound. If you’re exposed to loud noise for a sustained amount of time, it can lead to health problems in the long run. This blog will therefore look at identifying the most common ways to reduce noise and explain some of the health implications. Legal Requirements In April 2006, the revised version of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. These regulations require employers to: Conduct noise risk assessments on areas of high exposure Eliminate or reduce sound Provide appropriate PPE Provide instructions and training Comply with the legal limits Measuring Sound The…

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Stress Risk Assessment

Stress Risk Assessment

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Continuing with the theme of workplace stress in honour of April being stress awareness month, we will be looking at how to conduct a stress risk assessment. The risk assessment is an essential tool for identifying the hazards your workforce face. Moreover, it plays a role in helping prevent the hazards from developing. Stress Recap According to the HSE, workplace stress is ‘a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work’. It accounts for over a third of reported ill health and 43% of ill health related absence from work. Stress can lead to…

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Workplace Stress

Workplace Stress – Causes And Prevention

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With April being stress awareness month, we want to further provide our knowledge and give advice around this subject. Last week we discussed the symptoms and health implications of stress, which can be read here. This week we will look at the causes of stress and some forms of prevention. Stress Recap According to the HSE, workplace stress is ‘a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work’. It accounts for over a third of reported ill health and 43% of ill health related absence from work. Stress can lead to numerous health problems,…

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Workplace Stress

Workplace Stress

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Since 1992, April has been Stress Awareness month. Workplace stress often occurs when the demands of the workplace environment are greater than the worker’s ability to control them. If this occurs for a long period of time or is exhibited as an intense period, it could lead to health issues. This blog will look at what workplace stress is and what you can do to combat it. Workplace Stress According to the HSE, workplace stress is ‘a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work’. It accounts for over a third of reported ill…

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ISO 45001

Launch Of ISO 45001

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The very first International Standard for occupational health and safety has just been published (ISO 45001). The new standards will look to increase employee safety and improve working conditions by combating workplace injuries and accidents. It will be replacing the existing ISO 18001. This blog will outline what the new standards are and how it’s likely to affect you. The new management system uses the Plan, Do, Act, Check framework which was designed to help integrate health and safety into the organisation’s culture and create a plan to help minimise risks. In addition, you can read more about the Plan,…

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Fire Drill

Conducting A Fire Drill

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Fire drills are essential to make sure your workforce are aware of the necessary steps to safely evacuate the premises. Without this training, your workforce will be at risk should there be an emergency. This blog will look at what a fire drill is and the importance of conducting them. What is a Fire Drill? A fire drill is a simulation of an emergency evacuation. It aims to train and remind employees on the correct evacuation procedures. The usual practice involves sounding the fire alarm and observing how the workforce acts. Unsuccessful drills will require further training. The Regulatory Reform…

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Competent Person

What Is A Competent Person?

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Throughout Health and Safety legislation, the phrase ‘competent person’ commonly appears due to the legal requirement for one to be present to help achieve the required health and safety standards. In this blog, we will define what a competent person is and their importance to the workplace. Competence As the name suggests, a competent person, should be ‘competent’ in a certain area. Competence is the ability to undertake a task on a regular basis to a set standard. There are three important elements that determine the competence of an individual: Knowledge This can be an individual’s qualifications or training. Skill…

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Toolbox Talks

What Are Toolbox Talks?

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Toolbox Talks are a useful method in addressing certain areas of health and safety. The talks are an informal safety meeting that can come in multiple forms including short presentations or group activities. The talks can cover a variety of topics such as, use of ladders, manual handling and employee duties. This blog will look at why you should conduct Toolbox Talks and how Sure Safety can help. Characteristics of Toolbox Talks Below are some key characteristics of a Toolbox Talk: Usually held before the start of the day or shift. Held regularly, for example, weekly. Last no longer than…

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Workplace Inspections

Conducting Workplace Inspections

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The ability to conduct your inspections correctly will help improve the quality of your health and safety management systems. This blog will discuss how to measure and monitor performance and what you should be looking out for. Safety Checks Checks in the workplace should happen regularly for a number of reasons. This may include making sure the workplace is complying to all the legal standards. Checks come in a range of methods: Survey – An examination of a certain practice in the workplace, for example, handling of chemicals. Tours – Unscheduled tours of the workplace. The aim is to identify…

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