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 […]

Working With VDUs and Computers

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 habitually use VDUs as part of their day to day job, i.e. any display screen or monitor, usually […]

Working Safely From Home

With the concept of a ‘job for life’ consigned to the history books, more people have embraced the opportunities offered by working from home. To those who have never considered it, the attractions seem endless – no setting the alarm clock, not having to wear a suit and tie, no daily commute. The reality, however, […]

What Do You Know About Workplace Safety? Quiz

Your safety is an important issue no matter where you work. How much do you know, however, about basic safety rules and practices? Use this questionnaire to test the level of your knowledge. Can You Answer these Questions? What is responsible for more work-related deaths in the UK than anything else in the past three […]

Should He Be Allowed to Work Alone at Night?

Q.My husband works for big water company on shift work where he works night shift 10pm-7am. He works alone in charge of a water treatment site. Is this allowed or should they be working in pairs? Ms Sarah Crowle, 24 September 2008 A.Establishing safe working conditions for people who work alone is no different to […]

Safety Issues in the Commercial Fishing Industry

The commercial fishing industry has significant dangers. For every 1,000 fishing boats, there are 55 accidents. This is why the UK’s Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) regards safety on fishing vessels as a vital part of its work. Courses The MCA has introduced a series of health and safety courses for working fishermen. From 1st January […]

Safety in the Live Event Industry

The live event industry covers concerts, fairgrounds, off-road racing and a host of other activities. Each of these has its own particular health and safety issues for workers and the public. HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has produced guidance that includes the health and safety problems that organisers of live events may face. The guidance […]

Safety at Work: Catering Industry

When you start your own business, the health and safety aspect can feel daunting – there’s so much to remember. With catering, although specific rules and regulations will apply, depending on the type of business and how many staff you’re employing, there are six main areas that you need to pay attention to: 1. Slipping […]

Safe Use and Maintenance of Tools

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 that tools and equipment pose in the workplace. Safe Use These risks can vary greatly. Above all, what matters is that whoever has to use any […]

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 […]