Category: Health & Safety

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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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 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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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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You’ve Done Your Risk Assessment…What Now?

Completing a risk assessment is a means to an end, not the end itself. It’s an input, not an output. If, after conducting a risk assessment, new or improved controls are required, their selection should be determined by the principle of the hierarchy of controls, i.e. the elimination of hazards where practicable, followed in turn

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Differences: Hazards, Risks, Risk Assessments

What are Hazards? Anything that may cause harm, such as chemicals, electricity, working from ladders etc. Some hazards are easy to identify (an open container of a corrosive substance), others are not easily identifiable. This can be because the harm that some hazards cause is not immediate, but occurs instead over a long period of

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