WHY UK BUSINESSES ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A COMPETENT PERSON IN HEALTH AND SAFETY

WHY UK BUSINESSES ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A COMPETENT PERSON IN HEALTH AND SAFETY

WHY UK BUSINESSES ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A COMPETENT PERSON IN HEALTH AND SAFETY

WHY UK BUSINESSES ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A COMPETENT PERSON IN HEALTH AND SAFETY

Appointing a competent person to help you meet your health and safety regulations is one of the most necessary things you can do as an employer. A competent person in this context can be defined as someone with the right and necessary skills, experience, and knowledge to help you manage health and safety in your workplace. If your business happens to be a low-risk business, you should be able to manage health and safety yourself without needing to acquire the help of an expert.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE COMPETENT?

Being competent simply has to do with having:

  • The right or relevant skills, knowledge, and experience
  • Being able to apply the factors above properly, and
  • Having the necessary training to help acquire and maintain these factors.

How to achieve competence, or the specific qualifications required to be qualified as competent, are not always outlined by The Regulations as competence is determined by the area of work and specialism.

WHO SHOULD I CONSIDER OR APPOINT AS A COMPETENT PERSON?

According to the requirements made by the law, you can appoint (one or a combination of):

  • Yourself
  • One of your workers, or more, and
  • Someone from outside your business

Any of the above must have the relevant Health & Safety qualifications and experience!

Straight forward health and safety issues can be dealt with in-house either by yourself or by a worker appointed by you to provide assistance. Since you are more experienced on the job, there's a better chance of you knowing the risks the work involves and how to deal with them. But it is quite important that you go through the published guidance for your specific industry.

WHAT IF MY BUSINESS HAS TO DO COMPLEX WORK?

Since the work is complex, it is quite obvious that it will deal with higher levels of knowledge, training, and experience since you'll be needing more problem solving skills and more in-depth understanding. You might have some staff in your company who might be able to deal with these issues if they had the right training. This is to be promoted and encouraged as the Regulations allows that when you have a competent person in-house, rather than appointing someone from outside the company to take care of the situation, your in-house competent person should be allowed to do it.

However, if you need the expertise of someone outside your business, you should establish the fact that anyone you employ has the necessary qualifications, experience, skills, and knowledge required to deal with the health and safety situation. Ask about the practical experience they have had of your industry, their formal qualifications, and also ask if they are a member of a professional body.

SOURCE TO GET HELP FROM ON HEALTH AND SAFETY

If you feel getting external help is the best thing to do, there are a number of different external sources you can get help from. Some of these include

HEALTH AND SAFETY INDUCTIONS FOR NEW EMPLOYEES IN UK BUSINESSES

HEALTH AND SAFETY INDUCTIONS FOR NEW EMPLOYEES IN UK BUSINESSES

You need to ensure that everyone you employ knows how to do their work safely without risking their health. It is quite necessary for you to provide them with clear information, instructions, and proper training.

HEALTH AND SAFETY INDUCTIONS FOR NEW EMPLOYEES IN UK BUSINESSES

HEALTH AND SAFETY INDUCTIONS FOR NEW EMPLOYEES IN UK BUSINESSES

You need to consider the importance of the training and how much training is actually needed. Also, employers need to take a proportionate approach when offering training opportunities. For instance, a low-risk business won't be needing a lengthy technical training, instead, providing the employees with simple instructions or information should be enough.

As an employer, you also have to keep the self-employed and contractors informed too. You need to ensure that everyone possesses the right amount of information they need to work without their health being at risk. Below are some of the factors you need to provide information and training on so as to ensure that your employees remain safe and healthy in their places of work.

HEALTH AND SAFETY INDUCTIONS FOR NEW EMPLOYEES IN UK BUSINESSES

INFORMATION FOR NEW EMPLOYEES

  • You need to ensure that they are aware of any risk or hazard they may face, if there's any.
  • You need to ensure that measures are set in place to help deal with these risks and hazards
  • You also need to provide them with information on how to follow emergency procedures.

TRAINING FOR NEW EMPLOYEES

You might need to provide some specific training for your new employees, for instance

  • You should provide some basic induction training for new employees on how to work safely, including fire and evacuation, and arrangements for first aid.
  • Those that are taking extra responsibilities or changing their jobs should also be made wary of new health and safety implications.
  • You need to pay special attention to young employees as they are more prone to being involved in an accident in the work place. This means that you should try to make their training a priority. Also, do not forget to keep them under close supervision, especially those who are inexperienced.
  • Safety representatives and employee representatives should be given proper training that will help them reflect their responsibilities.
  • You can also improve and update the skills of some employees by providing them with refresher training

As an employer, you need to make risk assessments; these assessments should be able to let you know if any of your employees will need further training connected to specific risks. If there are areas in your place of work you consider to be danger areas, you need to provide your employees with adequate training and instructions on what should be done before going into these danger areas.

Another thing you need to consider is legal requirements for specific job training, for instance, the operating of forklift trucks. Also keep it in mind that if you introduce any new technology, equipment, or any kind of change in your working system/practice, you should provide your employees with the right training to operate them, and also keep them informed on the safety and health implications.

THE HEALTH AND SAFETY LAW REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO;

  • Co-operate with their employers so as to help them comply with the health and safety legislation.
  • Look after their own health and safety, and also help others do the same.
  • Follow any information or instruction given to them on the health and safety training you provide them with.
  • They should provide you with information on any failings that might be in your health and safety arrangements.
  • Inform you about any work situation that might present an imminent and serious risk.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE A QUICK GUIDE

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE A QUICK GUIDE

Health and safety in the workplace cannot be over-stressed. These two things take precedence over any issue in any work environment. Employers are legally obliged to provide a safe, secure, and healthy workplace for their employees and anyone else who might be visiting their place of work including contractors, customers, and members of the public.

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE A QUICK GUIDE

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE A QUICK GUIDE

EMPLOYEES RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITIES

According to the law, employees have significant rights and responsibilities to follow so as to ensure that they remain safe and healthy. The right of an employee to work in a healthy and safe environment is preserved by the law and as such, cannot be tainted or withdrawn by your employers. This guide is here to provide you with the most important rights and responsibilities you are allowed in the workplace, all of which are listed below;

 

RIGHTS OF AN EMPLOYEE

  • As an employee, you have the right to ensure that any risk to your health and safety is properly controlled, as possible.
  • If you have any solid concern about your work area, you have the right stop whatever it is you are doing and leave your work area, without being disciplined.
  • You have the right to request for -and be provided with- any personal safety and protective equipment free of charge.
  • You also have the right to be consulted by your employer in regards to health, safety, and welfare at work, and also to be provided with detailed information on these issues.
  • As part of the consultation you have had with your employer, you have the right to select Safety Representatives.

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE A QUICK GUIDE

RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN EMPLOYEE

Your responsibilities deals with you being able to take care of yourself and being extra careful to not put other people's health and safety at risk. Therefore, you need to;

  • Take part in appropriate training
  • Use your personal protective equipment appropriately
  • Obey and adhere to each and every employer's health and safety policy
  • Any strain, injury, or illness you may have suffered due to your work must be reported.
  • Any health related issue, such as pregnancy, suffering an injury, or taking prescribed medication, must be reported to your employer so they can make the necessary modifications in working arrangements.

 

EMPLOYER'S DUTIES

Employers are not left out in the fight to have a secure, safe and healthy workplace as they are also tasked with their own duties. Whatever the size of your business, you are mandated to ensure that all of the requirements below are met;

  • You must ensure that you provide, design, and maintain workplaces that are safe and without risk to the health of your employees.
  • Ensure that safe working habits are developed and implemented
  • Identify any kind of hazard -potential or actual- and take necessary measures to contain the risks, by either eliminating them or reducing them if elimination is impossible.
  • Ensure that temperature, ventilation, washing, toilet, lighting, and rest facilities meet up with the standard welfare, safety, and health regulations sought by the statutory bodies.
  • Implement the right measures to reduce the risk of harassment and bullying.
  • Your employees must be provided with instructions, information, and training that will help them deal with accidents and emergencies.
  • Ensure that you set up contingency plans that will help deal with emergencies and accidents, including the evacuation of your workplace.
  • Provide proper first aid facilities.
  • Provide your employees with protective clothing, and place the right warning signs wherever they are required.
  • Provide your employees with the right working equipment and see to it that they are properly used and appropriately maintained.
  • Report specific injuries, accidents, diseases and other dangerous occurrences to the right authorities. Also, do not forget to properly maintain records of injuries and accidents.
  • Provide your employees with the right health supervision.
  • Take the right precautions against the risks caused by explosives or flammable hazards, dust, electrical equipment, radiation, and noise.
  • Ensure that you take reasonable steps in order to avoid potentially dangerous work that involves manual handling, and also provide training for manual handling wherever necessary.

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE A QUICK GUIDE

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What should I do first in this Health & Safety Minefield?

What should I do first in Health & Safety Minefield?

So you have a business or you are the responsible manager and things are expanding rapidly! Now the subject of Health and Safety is becoming more prevalent day by day, so where do you start?

What should I do first in Health & Safety

What should I do first in Health & Safety

What should I do first in Health & Safety

List priority and significant risks

So obviously there are more important and/or dangerous risks in different areas from one industry to another. For example if you are in warehousing with a forklift, transport, stacking of materials and movement of workers (pedestrians) you would be advised that this area is of high risk and should be addressed before Display Screen Equipment Assessments if time and resources are limited.

Questions to ask

Q: Is anyone using Display Screen Equipment in imminent danger?

A: Not really however we do need to address this issue ASAP however there may be more pressing issues at the moment that may take priority?

Q: Could anyone in the Warehouse be severely injured or worse?

A: Yes this is a high risk area so we should concentrate on this first!

So now we have a short example of a priority list what should be the next steps?

Risk Assess the area and activity!

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What should I do first in Health & Safety

The page above will explain how to create your risk assessments however to quickly give an idea of the process we need to

Identify any hazards. A hazard is defined as anything with the potential to cause harm such as falling from height, getting hit by a vehicle, fire, electrocution and so on.

Evaluation of the risk is then required. Risk should be evaluated as how likely the hazard is to occur and if it did what would be the consequences? For example if it is very likely to happen and could cause death then you need to be eliminating this hazard or reducing significantly until it is safe to proceed.

Any and all persons who could be affected by this should then be identified and involved in the assessment process if relevant.

As described above any significant hazards and risks should have control measures put in place to eliminate or reduced to an acceptable level.

Record significant findings, communicate to all relevant persons and review periodically and if there are any changes to the activity or process.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have information located here http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/controlling-risks.htm

 

So what are some types and examples of hazard, risk and control measures that may be identified? Please note these are taken from a building site and are just examples not necessarily relevant to any of the above.

H:= Hazard

R:= Risk

C:= Control Mearsure

 

H: Falls from height

R: Danger of personnel falling, Danger of objects falling onto personnel below

C: Suitable access will be provided to the working area, and shall be inspected at regular intervals. All operatives working on site shall wear safety helmets at all times. Edge protection will be provided as necessary. Signs and barriers will be positioned directly below the works to warn and prevent access to the working area. All current legislation and codes of practice concerned with working at heights will be strictly complied with. Training and instruction will be given to staff on the usage of lines and harnesses. Chutes will be used to dispose of debris.

H: Manual handling

R: Staff could suffer from back pain if regularly lifting/carrying heavy or awkward objects.

C: All equipment will be assessed and carried using the correct procedure. Manual handling, training and regular toolbox talks given. Training to be kept up to date. Manual handling risk assessment to be carried out where necessary,

 

H: Slips, Trips and Falls

R: Staff may suffer sprains or fractures if tripping over debris or slipping on spillages.

C: Work area to be kept clean and clear from debris. Correct ppe to be worn. Safety boots with non-slip soles to be worn.

 

 

H:Traffic movements (deliveries etc.)

R: Personnel injuries in accident Property damage in accident

C: Only licensed drivers will be allowed to drive on site or public highways. All vehicles will be licensed for use on site or public highways. All vehicles will be suitable for the tasks they perform. All drivers will adhere to site instructions.

H: Fire on Site

R: Asphyxiation Burns Injury in evacuation

C: Designated emergency exit routes will be kept free of obstruction at all times. Staff to be given training on site fire and evacuation procedures those involved in using highly flammable materials or carrying out hot work will give additional training in fire prevention measures. Hot work and the use of naked flame appliances will be controlled by a permit to work system. The electrical contractor’s staff will comply with the site fire safety procedures.

 

And so on

From the above you should have a feel for what the first steps should be so just to recap if in doubt look for the most hazardous activities in your operation and try to tackle those first by means of a Suitable and Sufficient Risk Assessment using the tips and tools above.

You should also look at industry standards to see what similar companies and organisations recommend as the best control measures etc.

As you will see once you start the risk assessment process it will highlight further requirements such as staff training, safety equipment and required Health & Safety arrangements etc. so we feel this is a great place to start if you are unsure.

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What should I do first in Health & Safety

 

What does reasonably practicable mean?

We have all been there, the job should only take a quick minute and seems very low risk however the risk assessment and company policy states all the  control measures that need to be put in place before attempting the task but what does reasonably practicable mean?

When health and safety conflicts with the process

What does reasonably practicable mean?

What does reasonably practicable mean?

“Pfft it will only take a minute so just turn a blind eye and I will get the job done quickly and save a few quid in the process”

This sort of thing happens all the time and 9 times out of 10 nothing untoward happens and everyone carries on with their lives.

What does reasonably practicable mean?

So you may have seen or heard the term “reasonably practicable” when people are referring to health and safety in the workplace.

So what does this magic term that is thrown around so much actually mean?

Okay in simple terms it basically means that the responsible person in any such scenario whether it be a risk assessor, manager or responsible person must make a calculation of what the identified hazard and likelihood of potential risk would be if the worst were to happen, once this is done then it’s time to decide what time, effort and cost etc. it would take to negate the possible harm within reason (reasonably practicable)

So for example to change a light bulb in an office with a normal ceiling height it would be safe to assume that a person could suffer substantial injuries if they were to fall from let’s say standing on a nearby swivel chair and computer desk…

Hazard = Falling from height

(There are also other considerations such as electricity, manual handling, falling objects etc. but we will concentrate on just the falling from height issue for this example)

Risk & Likelihood =  Higher than we would like due to equipment not fit for task, lack of training, the chair being able to swivel and roll and the desk may not be able to take weight etc.

Possible Outcome = Severe Injury and possible damage to nearby equipment and people etc.

The HSE has information here

So first off the term should not require you (in this scenario) to employ let’s say a qualified electrician complete with hiring MEWPS “Mobile Elevating Work Platform” IPAF certified on a minimum day rate and call out charge and so on to change a single office light bulb as this would be overkill for the simple task and is therefore beyond reasonably practicable in this case.

So with this in mind it would be reasonably practicable to adopt some proper equipment for the task as this should be an on-going maintenance task over time and not just a one off.

The term however may require something along the lines of… purchasing a set of podium steps and training the relevant staff on this equipment, working at height and changing light bulbs as this would be reasonably practicable due to the cost, time and effort. As this is heavily reducing the likelihood of anyone getting hurt it is potentially saving problems which could lead to lost productivity, court costs and fines from the HSE and so on.

So as will a lot of health and safety in the workplace it is down to you to risk assess the situation and ensure you put measures that are reasonably practicable to ensure all are safe.

Feel free to have a look at our risk assessment software and instructions here or contact us for more information.

Your Guide on Risk Assessment for a Church

Risk Assessment for a Church

Risk Assessment for a Church

Risk Assessment for a Church

 A Risk assessment for a church is imperative as some risk may create an adverse effect to the church if something negative were to happen.  When a certain church is exposed to a risk, the congregations, organisation as well as the people who are associated with the church are also exposed to these risks. A Risk assessment is done for effectively managing the potential risk to the objectives, activities, the church property and most importantly to personnel.  In order to execute a proper risk management, here are some steps that you could take.

Risk Assessment for a Church

Steps to Take on Risk Assessment for a Church

Identifying the Risk

The first step on risk assessment for a church would be successfully identifying the risk. The operations and activities surrounding the church include a variety of probable risks.  For example, on the property alone, fire and flood can cause damage to the church structure and property.  The risk that you will identify inside the church can be categorised in different manner such as the safety of the volunteers, transport, social events, security, professional, public liability and the property.

 

In order to properly identify the hazards during the risk assessment for a church, you can simply walk through the property of the church, consult different people inside the church, review the records of the accidents that happened in the past, acquire the help of a specialist or ask the help of an insurance agency since they are aware about the prevalent risk surrounding the church.

Risk Assessment

After you managed to identify hazards, the next step would be analysing the level of risk that it presents and who may be affected in order to determine their level of importance.  Find the things that need an improvement and the risks that are under control.  During the risk assessment for a church, analyse the possibility of the risk occurring and the level of impact that it can create if it were to happen.  This is how you will determine the level of risk.

Those risk that are likely to occur at any minute would be the risks that are currently present and need attention, and if there is a high chance for it to occur annually.  The impact can also be categorised as insignificant, minor, moderate, major and catastrophic.  Catastrophic would involve death, damage the finance and reputation of the church and will prevent them from operating for a long time.  Insignificant impact would be the risk that causes a minimal short-term effect, no injury, and no monetary loss.  These are the things that you need to consider during risk assessment for a church.

 

Control Measures

 

After you successfully assess the priority of the organisation, you now need to assess the measures that you are willing to take in order to control the risks.  Controlling the risk is not only about avoiding and preventing the risk from happening.  There are also ways to minimise or negate the possible outcome by using different methods for completing an activity.  Make sure to ask a specialist about this during risk assessment for a church.

 

Finally, you should analyse if the steps that you made in controlling the risk to see if it is effective or not.  You should continue to monitor your risk assessment for a church and observe if it needs to be revamped or you need to improve it.

Ensure you review if any changes occur or a significant amount of time passes

 

Risk Assessments for Small Builders

Risk Assessments for Small Builders

The construction business is extremely dynamic and tough, especially for small builders. This business holds a lot of risks that can hinder the whole work, company and even cause harm to employees or the environment. That is why it is vital and obligatory to examine all factors, write a carefully tailored risk assessment and constantly review it. Despite the fact that no two construction sites are the same, there are numerous hazards that small boulders will encounter no matter what their project might be. And although risk assessments for small builders should be done by professionals, business owners and managers are involved in the process and should know what to look for.

Risk Assessments for Small Builders

Identify the Hazards

First and foremost, you must try to identify all hazards and regularly check your employees' physical and mental condition. Dust, noise, equipment and lifting heavy objects are amongst the most commonly found risks for the physical condition of employees. They also often face long work hours, a lot of stress and excess workload, which could harm their mental health. These are just some of the psychosocial hazards you may encounter. In addition, there is also always a chemical and biological threat you must watch for.

Who is at Risk?

When it comes to risk assessments for small builders, one must carefully examine all hazards and determine who's at risk. In most cases, employees are the ones who are exposed to most dangers, but visitors and clients are also at risk. All employers, including business owners of small construction companies, have duties towards the health and safety of their employees and ignoring them is dangerous both for the works and the business.

Take Actions

risk assessment template

risk assessment template

Once you've identified the hazards and who they might harm, you have to determine what is the chance for each and every hazard to cause harm. If the risk level is high, then you should act immediately in one way or another in order to reduce or eliminate the risk. Prioritising the risks is the best way to start dealing with them.

Write Everything Down

Once you've done all that, you have to write a detailed record of all findings and actions. This record is extremely important for all risk assessments for small builders, as they are a proof that you have done what is required from you. In addition, you can later review the assessment and consider how to enhance your actions, working practices and machinery.

How Risk Assessments Help You

Risk Assessment Tool

Risk assessments for small builders help you identify hazards and who might be at risk. They help you prioritise the hazards, adapt your control measures and decide if more are needed. And above all, risk assessments prevent accidents, injuries, and illnesses.