Health & Safety

The health surveillance cycle

Health surveillance is any activity which involves obtaining information about employees’ health and which helps protect employees from health risks at work. The objectives for health surveillance are: Protecting the health of employees by early detection of adverse changes or disease; Collecting data for detecting or evaluating health hazards; Evaluating control measures. As part of …

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Objectives and Planning to Achieve Them

Introduction It is not reasonable to expect much in the way of meaningful progress without setting clear objectives. As with many other areas of business, health and safety performance will be improved by the setting of appropriate objectives and the subsequent achievement of them. Setting Objectives Objectives can be strategic, tactical or operational: strategic objectives …

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Some Approaches to Identifying Hazards

Hazard identification is the first, and most important, step of the risk management process on the basis that a hazard has to be identified before its corresponding risks can be controlled. There are many different approaches to hazard identification and many techniques have been developed. Some of the approaches are oulined below: Observational techniques such …

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HSE Enforcement – When the Inspectors Come Knocking!

  The enforcement of health and safety depends upon the main activity undertaken at a place of work. The Health and Safety Executive typically enforces at higher risk workplaces such as construction sites and factories. Office of Rail and Road (ORR) enforces on the railways. Local Authorities (usually Environmental Health Officers) enforce at lower risk …

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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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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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How Attitude and Behaviour Can Affect Health & Safety

  People are involved in all aspects of work. Human factors are concerned with three interrelated areas: What people are being asked to do (the job and its characteristics); Who is doing it (the individual and their competence); Where they are working (the organisation and its attributes). The job Tasks should be designed in accordance …

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