The sun is finally out, so I thought it would be a good idea to touch on the subject of suncream.

I get this question asked quite a lot by people who have outdoor workers. “Should I provide suncream for them?”

The answer is that you don’t have to provide suncream for outside workers, but then again it’s not against Health and Safety law to do so either.

So consult with your employees and get them to do the right thing, and hopefully we will have a lovely sunny summer.

As we are at that time of year where there is less daylight and the ground may become slippy with wet leaves, ice and snow, we thought we would go through a few simple actions to reduce the risk of a slip, trip or fall.

Firstly, ask yourself, is there enough light in and outside of your building? You could also ask employees about this.

Remove leaves and other debris from any paths or walkways.

Also you could use slip resistant flooring internally and externally wherever possible, and keep your areas clear.

If we get snow and ice, clear the area and put down grit or salt or similar, and you can easily divert staff.

It’s straightforward. Take the common sense approach.

What is COSHH? Control of Substances Hazardous to Health.

If you have any substances with a warning symbol you need to carry out a COSHH assessment.

Firstly, download the MSDS form from the supplier.

Secondly, complete a COSHH assessment using information off the data sheet.

Thirdly, keep the COSHH assessment with the products up to date and make sure staff have access to it.

Sounds simple enough. Please download a free template from our website, or we are here to help.

We have all heard about PAT testing, but what is it and how often should you test your appliances?

In this video let us give you a brief overview.

A PAT test should involve a thorough examination of all electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use.

However your equipment doesn’t have to be tested every year as you may have been told. This is not stated by the law.

Use your initiative and figure out how often you use certain equipment.

If it is a tool you use daily, test it around twice a year. If it is a computer it could be as little as once every four years.

So that is a brief overview of our recommendations. You can find a detailed table of equipment contained in the HSE guidance number 236.

PAT testing doesn’t have to be complicated. Contact us if you want any further advice.