Health and Safety 

There will be fatalities as a result of accidents at work. People’s lives will be changed forever after they sustain life changing injuries. Not a pleasant or happy thought but an unfortunate fact.  Accidents can be avoided and the impact reduced if the rules and guidelines are followed.

Remember:  Accidents are caused by unsafe people, creating unsafe conditions.

Some of the main causes of Accidents in the workplace:

    • Untidy work place
    • Use of faulty equipment with improvised repairs.
    • No separation between plant / vehicles and pedestrians
    • Failure to use protective safety equipment
    • Ignoring safety signs and warning devices
    • People not thinking about what they are doing
    • People not following instructions
    • People not following the training they have been given.
    • Unsafe manual handling, loading and storage

 Questions

Are your employees adequately trained to carry out the job required?

Do you have a Health & Safety Policy?  If so do you review it regularly?

Are you aware of the changes in the RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) requirement that took place 6 April 2012?

Are you aware of The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992?

Do you carryout Fire Risk Assessments, COSHH Assessments, Risk Assessments?

A reminder about Risk assessments:

What is a Risk Assessment?  A simple description of a risk assessment is a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm. The aim is to make sure that no one gets hurt or becomes ill. A risk assessment involves identifying the hazards present in any undertaking (whether arising from work activities or from other factors, e.g. the layout) and then evaluating the extent of the risks involved, taking into account existing precautions”.

What is a Hazard?  Anything with the potential to cause harm

What is the Risk?   The likelihood of harm resulting from a hazard

Risk Assessments look at the likelihood of identified hazard occurring and the severity of the potential injury.

Who should carryout Risk Assessments? These would normally be carried out by the person responsible within the organisation for Health & Safety; however situations will arise where a Risk Assessment needs to be carried out due to unforeseen circumstances or a new task is required to be carried out. In these situations the Risk Assessment can be carried out by a competent person.

Remember: Safety is in your hands and your Responsibility
KEEP your workforce SAFE 

Interested in knowing more?

Contact:  phil.stanyer@mgba.co.uk for a complementary discussion on how MGBA may be able to help you meet your legal obligations with regards to Health & Safety.