Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos is probably the most dangerous building material ever used.

Every year thousands of people fall ill and die because of exposure to asbestos and it was widely used by the construction industry right up until the year 2000.

It is a legal requirement to provide all employees who may come into contact with Asbestos Containing Materials with the relevant training.

Legionella Management Training

Legionella Management Training

Current legislation set out by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 along with the HSE’s updated code of practice known as L8 which was published in 2001, states that Companies and building owners have a legal duty to manage Legionella.

Food Safety Training

Food Safety Training

Food Handlers and their employers have a legal duty to manage Food Safety. These obligations are set out by a number of EU and UK Laws. These Laws state that food handlers must make sure that food which is prepared, cooked, served or sold, is safe for human consumption. Failing to follow food safety standards can cause food to become contaminated with potentially fatal consequences.

Manual Handling Training

Manual Handling Training

Manual handling, or to be accurate, incorrect manual handling, is one of the most common causes of injury at work. To try and combat manual handling problems, the Manual Handling Operations Regulations were introduced.

The Regulations lay out duties for both employees and employers. They give a general requirement that employees must be trained to manually handle correctly including the use of any equipment their employer provides to handle loads safely.

Fire Safety

Fire Safety

Fire is arguably the biggest risk to your business - did you know that 80% of businesses that have a serious fire never recover? Around 50 people are killed and over 2000 seriously injured every year due to the outbreak of fire.

Minimising this risk includes the legal requirement to provide employees with training, in order to ensure an understanding of both fire prevention the steps required in the event of a fire in the workplace.

Abrasive Wheels

Abrasive Wheels

There are a wide range of tools and processes that use abrasive wheels and ensuring these are used correctly and safely is of paramount importance. Applications range from hand grinding to disc cutting. They can be used at all stages of a work process, for making preliminary cuts and scores in materials, or for fine polishing and finishing.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health.

Most businesses use substances, or products that are mixtures of substances. Some processes create substances. These could cause harm to employees, contractors and the public if not controlled adequately.

Hazardous substances within the workplace have the ability to not only harm employees who directly work with the substances but also others who may be exposed to their effects through their indirect exposure to these harmful products.

CDM Awareness

CDM Awareness

The Construction Design and Management Regulations cover the management of health, safety and welfare when carrying out construction projects. Whatever your role in the construction industry these regulations are there to improve your health and safety.

They are intended to ensure that projects are planned and run effectively and safely right from the start.

Working Safely

Working Safely

Working safely is in the interest and concern of all staff – both the employers and employees. Although most of the legal duties fall to the employer, Health and Safety law is one of the few pieces of legislation that places duties on the employee as well. There are three reasons for managing risk at work that bring benefit for all concerned – moral: not causing harm to work colleagues, legislative: the law requires it! – And finally financial all accidents bear a cost to both parties.

Working at Height

Working at Height

The term work at height applies to a wide range of situations ranging from the obvious ones like working on platforms, ladders, scaffolds or stages to working alongside deep trenches. This is because the crucial thing to understand about work at height is that it’s not how far you climb, but how far you can fall. ‘Falls’ doesn’t just mean people falling from heights. If materials or equipment fall, that will obviously present an equally dangerous hazard to anyone below.

All working at height situations are covered by health and safety legislation. Chief among these is the Work at Height Regulations 2005. These regulations confer legal duties on employers and employees to assess, control and minimise risks and hazards from work at height.

Working in Confined Spaces

Working in Confined Spaces

Confined space entry is one of the most dangerous workplace activities and all staff involved in managing, supervising or work related to confined spaces must have the appropriate knowledge and understanding of the legislation, hazards and safe working practices involved.

Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety

Electricity is the lifeblood of modern society, it enhances our quality of life and we are becoming increasingly reliant on it to power tools and devices we use for work and entertainment. However, although electricity has many benefits it can also be a hidden killer as it can’t be seen, felt, smelled or heard until someone comes into contact with it.

Introduction to Risk Assessment

Introduction to Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is the cornerstone of Health & Safety in the UK and as such places significant obligation on employers and employees to implement risk assessments that are "Suitable & Sufficient".

Risk assessment is a systematic method of looking at work activities, and considering the things that could cause significant harm to people, property or the environment.

The most important purpose of risk assessments is to help prevent accidents and ensure the safety of employees and anyone affected by workplace activities.