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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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Health and Safety Training

Health and Safety Training

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Training is essential and is a legal requirement as per the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. It is the employer’s responsibility to issue training to all employees upon induction and at regular intervals throughout their career. Some regulations require set refresher intervals, for example, First Aid at Work certificates every three years. Without this, the workplace can be a dangerous place for everyone present. Therefore, this blog will be discussing a method used to help manage training requirements. 1) Identifying Training Needs Firstly, it is important to identify the skill gaps in the workforce. Only then…

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Plan, Do, Check, Act

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It is a legal requirement to have a clear and simple health and safety management system. Even with this, employers have to keep in mind that the workplace is always changing. Therefore, even the best management systems need to be continuously developed. This blog will look at a common method used to manage health and safety practice. Plan, Do, Check, Act. This aims to integrate health and safety into the organisation’s culture rather than have it as a system on its own. It is a continuous cycle. Plan Firstly, Plan refers to how you will deal with any issues in…

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Safety Systems In Procurement (SSIP)

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SSIP stands for Safety Systems in Procurement. Founded in 2009, SSIP is an umbrella organisation responsible for prequalification schemes and generating recognition between member schemes. This results in the need for only one health and safety standard which is transferable across different contracts. Therefore, if you are accredited for one, it will be recognised by another. The process works by the selected scheme conducting a desktop audit of your health and safety documentation. For example, your health and safety policy, risk assessments and training records. This is to make sure you’re up to the regulated standards. You will need to…

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What Causes Accidents In The Workplace?

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An accident is an unplanned and unwanted event leading to loss, harm or damage. They can lead to fatalities or simply be near misses. Either way, they can have a large impact on the business. Click here to see the impacts of an accident in the workplace. This blog will be looking at some of the most common causes of workplace accidents. Human Factors Human Factors are elements that can affect an employee’s behaviour. This is the greatest cause of accidents. It essentially looks at what individuals do and why they do it. Certain Human Factors can lead to an…

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Role Of The Supervisor In Health And Safety

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Supervisors should note that the successful running of a business largely depends on the employee’s ability to act safely in the workplace. Therefore, written health and safety policies are a requirement. These policies discuss certain procedures and how to act appropriately in the workplace. As a supervisor, it is your responsibility to correctly implement the policies. In addition, you must make sure everyone understands them. This blog will be looking at some of the main responsibilities a supervisor will have. A supervisor is an individual with authority over another individual, individuals or work area. A supervisor’s role can vary from…

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Fire Safety in the Workplace

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Fires can be devastating. Without the proper safety equipment and procedures, they can spread rapidly putting employees, customers and your premises at risk. It is your legal obligation to have sufficient measures to prevent the outbreak of a fire. Failure to do this could lead to substantial fines or even imprisonment. This article will be discussing common fire prevention methods. Fire Prevention¬† Fire prevention consists of two categories; the physical building and people management. Physical Building Escape routes: Escape routes need to be clearly identified and quickly lead people to a safe place. Avoid the use of anything electrical, such…

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Encouraging Safe Practices From Employees in the Workplace

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You might have a sound set of Health and Safety policies and procedures for your workplace. However, if your employees don’t show commitment to following them, they aren’t going to be effective. This article will discuss a number of ways to increase the commitment of your employees to acting safely at work. Increasing Commitment: Training It is important to make sure employees are aware of how to act safely at work. Following policies and procedures can be difficult if you can’t understand them. Therefore, you should educated employees on what the policies mean and how to appropriately follow them. A…

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