There can be no question that safety boots are an essential part of PPE which no engineer, or anyone working on a building site or refurbishment project should be without. However, what is open to question is the level of protection your feet need and whether in fact the sheer amount and range of safety footwear available is truly necessary. Read more
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) reporting is a simple and straightforward procedure for any accident that needs to be reported to the HSE. The HSE have produced a guide on the RIDDOR Regulations, covering what needs to be reported, who should report the accident and how to go about it.
A study undertaken in 2010 by the Health & Safety Laboratory for the HSE showed that only half of the companies they surveyed were effective in providing adequate RPE that protected their employees.
It is a legal requirement that workers using tight fitting respiratory protective equipment (face pieces/masks) must be fit tested by a competent person. This requirement is detailed in Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations. Read more
Gloves are a very good form of protection against chemical hazards, however when they fail this almost always leads to danger. It is important for anyone responsible for specifying gloves to understand the complex reasons gloves work and stop working.
The HSE are providing COSHH Essentials which set out basic advice on what to do to control exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.
This guidance is available for employers, duty holders and others who have responsibility for the control of workplaces, sites and premises. It is also for those operating equipment that requires verbal and/or non-verbal communications.
Practical guidance is available for protection while working in the sun, as outdoor workers could be at risk of developing skin cancer.
Using Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is the most practical means of ensuring that workers are protected from the effects of occupational respiratory diseases. However, if the RPE doesn’t fit the wearer correctly they are not being adequately protected, therefore they are still exposed to the hazards they believe they are protected from.