Category: Health & Safety

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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IOSH Working Safely

Why it is Important to Work Safely

  Society exerts pressure through three overlapping and interacting spheres of influence: moral, legal and financial.     Moral Morals are the codes of conduct, or rules of behaviour imposed by a society about what is right and wrong. For people to be killed, or seriously injured, or to suffer illness because of work is

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Some Guidance on Stress and Musculoskeletal Disorders

Stress and musculoskeletal disorders are the most significant source of work-related ill-health (source: click here for source). So, here is some guidance produced by European Agency for Safety and Health at Work on how to tackle both of these issues in your workplace: click here to download the guidance booklet I found the guidance to be

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Legionella at Leisure Centre – Council to be Prosecuted

Back in 2016, it was reported that a leisure centre user had contracted legionnaires disease after using the facilities at Walton-on-the-Naze Lifestyles Sports Centre. It’s now recently been reported that the local authority responsible for the facility is to be prosecuted, presumably for failures with their control measures. Legionella can multiply in water between 20

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