Tag: Health and Safety

Vibration, the Law and Trigger Time

White patches of skin on a person's hand due to Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome

Vibration, the Law and Trigger Time Vibration Exposure and the Law Regular use of vibrating equipment can lead to two forms of ill health, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). Symptoms of these conditions include: ·        Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome: Tingling, numbness, pain and blanching (whitening) of the fingers and loss […]

The Technicalities of Toilets

A line of urinals against a white tiled wall in a public bathroom.

How Do You Comply With Welfare Laws? Under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1922, if you employ anyone (however short the period) you must ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’, provide adequate and appropriate welfare facilities for them while they are at work. This means you are legally required to provide such facilities unless it is clearly unreasonable in terms of […]

Week Commencing 04/11/2019 – In The News

A blue tractor on a green field with a tree against a cloudy blue sky.

Farming Partnership Fined After Member of the Public Killed The Farming Partnership B A L Ackroyd has been fined £18,000 with costs of £10,690 after a member of the public was killed. On 22 February 2017, the deceased was struck by a telescopic loader being driven by farmer Anthony Ackroyd. Mr Ackroyd was driving a telescopic loader […]

Week Commencing 14/10/2019 – In The News

Cutting wood with a saw.

Company Fined After Worker Impaled Whilst Using Rip Saw A worker suffered a severe injury when using a rip saw to cut a length of hardwood. As he was feeding it through, an offcut was ejected backwards and embedded itself in his upper leg and groin. The HSE found that no risk assessment for the machine had […]

Ladders

A ladder with green and yellow rungs.

  Ladders When working at height, ladders can be a sensible and practical method option for low risk, short-duration tasks that take less than 30 minutes. However, ladders can only be used for work at height when a risk assessment has shown that using equipment offering a higher level of fall protection is not justified […]

Moving Plant & Machinery Safely

A worker driving a forklift with silver canisters on.

What is Plant? (Hint, it’s not a flower)  Plant is machinery that processes material by way of a mechanical action which: Cuts, drills, punches or grinds Presses forms, hammers, joins or moulds material Combines, mixes, sorts, packages, assembles, knits, or moulds material Plant also includes lifts, cranes, tractors, earth moving equipment, pressure equipment, hoists, powered mobile plant, plant that […]

Head Protection

A collection of different coloured hard hats.

Head Protection The two main types of head protection worn on construction sites are Safety Helmets, which are covered by EN397 and Bump Caps which are covered by EN812. The primary purpose of safety helmets is to protect the wearer against injuries to the head due to falling objects, in many instances construction site specific […]

Week Commencing 23/09/2019 – In the News

Wheels of a truck with a red centre, with another green truck behind them.

WA Management Reveals New Communication Skills Course! WA Management are pleased to announce a new Communication Skills Online Training Course to add to their e-learning collection! This course is perfect for any employee who wishes to improve how they communicate on a daily basis, both verbally and non-verbally.  The course features: How to choose the best channel of communication Tips and techniques for verbal and nonverbal communication How […]

LOLER

Lifting equipment.

LOLER The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) are regulations created under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and cover the use of lifting equipment. Lifting equipment refers to a wide range of equipment involving any equipment used at work for lifting or lowering loads and this includes attachments which may […]

The Dangers of Lone Working

Who is a Lone Worker? It is estimated that up to 8 million people in the United Kingdom are lone workers. That’s 22% of the 31.2m UK working population. Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision. Anybody who works alone, including contractors, self-employed people and employees, is classed as a lone worker. Lone working is legal but an employer still […]