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Don’t Overlook Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

    The levels of chemical pollution present in the pool water can be measured using an instrument called a ‘Total Dissolved Solids’ meter (TDS meter). This measures the electrical conductivity of the pool water. As pure water is not a conductor of electricity, the more conductive the swimming pool water is, the more it

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Reporting Incidents, Including near Misses and Accidents

  Employers, self-employed persons, and persons in control of work premises, have legal duties under RIDDOR to report and record certain work-related accidents by the quickest means possible. Exercise The following accidents must be reported: The easiest way to report an accident, in most cases, is via the appropriate online report form at www.hse.gov.uk/riddor. The

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Quick and easy Hazard Reporting Tool. Free to use.

Identifying hazards is the first step in the risk assessment process. But the task should not be left exclusively to the ‘health and safety manager’ or line manager. Identifying hazards should be something that everybody is actively encouraged to do. It should also be an ongoing process, not something that’s only done when the risk

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What Is Meant by the Terms ‘Incident’, ‘Accident’ and ‘Near Miss’

There can sometimes be confusion about different terms incidents, accidents, near misses: ‘Accidents’ are incidents that cause harm (Figure 1, below); ‘Near misses’ are incidents that could have caused harm, but didn’t on this occasion (Figure 2, below); ‘Incidents’ then, is a collective term encompassing both of the above; ‘Undesired circumstances’ are what can usually

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The Importance of pH in Swimming Pool Water

    pH is an abbreviation of ‘power of hydrogen’ and is a critical factor in the treatment of pool water. pH is a scale of acidity to alkalinity from 0 to 14. Substances that aren’t acidic or alkaline (that is, neutral solutions) usually have a pH of 7. Acids have a pH that is

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Not the Same: Method Statements, Safe Systems of Work, Permits to Work

  Method Statements (or, Work Instructions) These are step-by-step, documented procedures that explain how to perform tasks safety. It’s a guide or set of instructions for doing a task right, first time, every time. They are intended to be used by those people actually carrying out the work, therefore, they should be as user-friendly as

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