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Working Safely with Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

The HSE have redesigned their online guidance for DSE. It now features a step-by-step guide to working safely with DSE and covers topics from workstations and assessments, to eyesight testing. Take a look at the redesigned guidance. Their website also has related resources including their free, downloadable publication Working with display screen equipment (DSE)

Skin Health

Our skin is amazing. On average it is about 1.5mm thick, contains 17km of blood vessels and is just as important for our wellbeing as a healthy heart or lungs. So it’s not surprising that the HSE has guidelines for companies on effective skin health surveillance.

Musculoskeletal Disorders

The HSE have updated their guide to Musculoskeletal Disorders (INDG143). This leaflet (previously published in 2012) provides practical guidance on reducing the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling. It helps employers comply with their duties under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.

RIDDOR Reporting

RIDDOR is an abbreviation of Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. It puts duties on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences (near misses). Only ‘responsible persons’ including employers, the self-employed and people in control of work […]

Work at Height

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 apply when you’re working at height, which means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. These regulations are put in place to prevent death and injury caused by falls from height. Employers or […]

PPE

Employers have duties concerning the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work. PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. It also includes respiratory protective equipment (RPE). Making […]

How to investigate an accident or incident

Each year around 600 accidents or incidents lead to prosecution by the HSE, with about 100 more being prosecuted by local authorities. Personal injury claims are over double this number. Some lead contractors operate a “3 strikes and you’re out” policy on their subcontractors regarding health & safety issues, so preventing future accidents could be […]

Summer Safety

With the current high temperatures we’ve been experiencing looking to continue, a reminder of heat exhaustion, heat stroke and sunburn and the first aid needed should they occur.

Top 10 Health & Safety Tips

Watch our Top 10 Health & Safety Tips video here.   1.ELIMINATE THE HAZARDS FROM THE WORKPLACE – this could be identified through a documented risk assessment. 2.TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES – provide adequate and appropriate training relevant to the role they play within the business.