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Fire Safety in the Workplace

A risk assessment of fire hazards should be carried out before designing and implementing a strategy for fire safety in the workplace. You need to decide if a hazard is significant and if you have put in place the right measures so that the risk is acceptably low. In our guide to fire safety at […]

Safe Use and Maintenance of Equipment & Tools in the Workplace

Tools and equipment may be as simple as hammers or as complex as computers. Whatever they are, however, workers must use them safely and employers must reduce any risk in the workplace that tools and equipment pose. Safe Use of Equipment & Tools in the Workplace These risks posed by equipment and tools in the […]

Safe Working Loads for Rope

The safe working loads of rope vary. They change according to the rope’s material and diameter. Employers and workers should never assume that all rope is more or less the same. This point becomes critical when a business uses rope for securing and lifting. Knowledge of safe working loads is essential. And even then, there […]

Working With VDUs and Computers – UK Health & Safety Laws

Health and safety regulations which related specifically to the use of visual display units (VDUs) and computers in the workplace came into effect in January 1993 to implement an EU directive. The regulations apply to staff who are working with VDUs as part of their day to day job. What Does VDU Stand For? Definition: […]

Working in Confined Spaces – Dealing with Risks & Hazards

Every year, workers are killed or seriously injured in a wide range of occupations and industries as the result of working in confined spaces. Deaths and injuries are not just limited to the workers themselves either but also to those who have tried to rescue them without proper equipment or adequate training. It’s important to […]

Safe Working Distances from Power Lines – Guidelines For Minimum Heights UK

Overhead power lines carry highly dangerous amounts of electricity. It’s important to maintain safe working distances from overhead power lines. The lines are a common feature of our urban and rural landscapes. It is essential to exercise great care when working close to power lines. The lines kill an average of two people each year. […]

Safe Working Temperatures

Safe working temperatures are important in any workplace. Many workers are unaware of what the legal working temperatures might be in their workplace. Very low temperatures or very high temperatures at work can both cause discomfort and reduced productivity. Safe Working Temperatures It’s important to understand what safe working temperatures should be stuck to in […]

Guide to Environmental Psychology in the Workplace

Defintion: Environmental psychology is about the way people relate to the environment. Some of the work in this field concerns natural environments and educational environments. But it also deals with the way a work environment can affect human behaviour. What Environmental Factors Matter in the Workplace? It makes sense that your work environment will affect […]

Creating a First Aid Kit for a Workplace

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 is the act that covers first aid equipment in the workplace. Under these regulations, employers are required to supply appropriate and adequate first-aid equipment for the workplace. The purpose of this equipment is to give employees the initial resources they need following a Workplace Injury or sudden […]

Choosing Safe Workplace Equipment

Whilst maintaining work equipment, keeping it in good working order and ensuring it is always safe to operate is an ongoing legal requirement, choosing the equipment in the first place will also greatly reduce any safety risks. Buying Work Equipment Before buying any work equipment, consider: What the equipment will be used for. Who will […]