Sunday, 6 November 2011

Gas safety - Tenants

This is a useful FAQ Document by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Gas safety - Tenants

Who is a tenant?

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Gas safety - Home owners

This is a useful FAQ Document by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Gas safety - Home owners

What should I do if I suspect an appliance is unsafe?

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Farmwise: Essential Guide to Health and Safety in Agriculture

This is a useful document (INDG 427) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Injuries and illness can ruin lives and businesses. Solutions are often simple and cheap and the people best placed to make farms safer are farmers and their employees. Health and safety is a fundamental requirement of a sustainable farming business and should be regarded as an essential part of farm business management. Unwise risk-taking is an underlying problem in the industry and those working on their own are especially vulnerable.

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Choosing a Welding Set - Make Sure You Can Handle It

This is a useful document (INDG 390) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Manual welding can be a demanding and difficult job. It can involve precision work, with the welder’s body being in a fixed or awkward posture, often in a confined environment. This imposes high muscle loads. Welders also have to handle heavy materials and equipment.

All these factors may increase the risk of workers developing musculoskeletal disorders, such as back problems.

A study found that 51% of welders suffered at least one period of sickness over a two-year period, taking time off work due to disorders of the muscles, joints and tendons.

Welding sets are becoming smaller and lighter in weight so there is more individual manual handling, which can lead to injury if the risks are not properly assessed and managed.

This leaflet can help you identify the risks and manage them effectively. It contains an illustrated ergonomic checklist to help you make the right choice when selecting welding equipment.

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Why Fall for It - Preventing Falls in Agriculture

This is a useful document (INDG 369) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Falling from height is one of the main causes of fatal accidents in agriculture. Many accidents involving falls happen while agricultural buildings or other farm structures are being built or maintained. These jobs typically involve working at height, and require some form of temporary access to height, for example ladders, scaffolds, or other temporary working platforms.

Falls frequently occur because no precautions are taken, or any equipment that is used is defective, not appropriate, or used incorrectly. Often people about to do a job believe it will ‘only take a few minutes’, and take a risk in the hope that simply being careful will be enough.

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Saturday, 5 November 2011

Noise at Work - Guidance for Employers

This is a useful document (INDG 362) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Loud noise at work can damage your hearing. This leaflet is to help you as an employer understand what you need to do under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (the Noise Regulations 2005) and how you can protect your employees from noise. It will also be useful to employees and safety representatives.

This leaflet tells you about:

. how loud noise can damage hearing;
. what you have to do under the Noise Regulations 2005 to protect the hearing of your workers;
. how to assess and control noise at work;
. choosing quieter equipment and machinery;
. different types of hearing protection;
. when to inform and consult your workers;
. health surveillance.

Click here > Guidance for Employers on the Control of Noise at Work


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Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions

This is a useful document (INDG 286) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Diesel engine exhaust emissions have the potential to cause a range of health problems. This leaflet is a short guide for employees to the hazards posed by the emissions, and describes the precautions that employers and individuals can take.

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Fatal Traction - Practical Advice on Avoiding Agricultural Transport Accidents

This is a useful document (INDG 279) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

On average a quarter of all fatal accidents in agriculture and forestry involve moving vehicles. If you add to this the death toll from overturning vehicles then this comprises a very large proportion of all deaths in agriculture and forestry.

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Leadership for the Major Hazard Industries: Effective Health

This is a useful document (INDG 277) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

This booklet was originally designed for the offshore industry, but it has been revised by the Hazardous Installations Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to help industry leaders further improve the health and safety performance of all major hazard industries, both on and offshore.

The booklet is divided into four sections:

> Health and safety culture
> Leading by example
> Systems
> Workforce

Click here > Leadership for the Major Hazard Industries: Effective Health


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Safe work in confined spaces

This is a useful document (INDG 158) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

This document is aimed at employers and the self-employed who carry out work in confined spaces, and forms part of HSE’s commitment to make simple and practical guidance available for small firms. It will help them take the necessary action to meet the requirements of the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997. It will also be a useful source of information to anyone involved in carrying out work in confined spaces.

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No Second Chances - Farm Machinery Safety Step-By-Step Guide

This is a useful document (INDG 241) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Over a five-year period, HSE Agricultural Inspectors investigated nearly 7000 accidents. This guide is based on a detailed analysis of over 1000 of these accidents which involved maintenance and blockage clearing.

In this booklet you will find practical advice on working with mobile and stationary agricultural machinery – particularly machine maintenance and dealing with blockages.

Remember, the time to consider safety is before something goes wrong, not afterwards.

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Friday, 4 November 2011

Gas appliances - Get them checked, Keep them safe

This is a useful document (INDG 238) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Every year about 14 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues which have not been properly installed or maintained. Many others also suffer ill health. When gas does not burn properly, as with other fuels such as coal, wood or oil, excess carbon monoxide is produced, which is poisonous.

You can’t see it. You can’t taste it. You can’t even smell it. But carbon monoxide can kill without warning in just a matter of hours.

You are particularly at risk when you are asleep because you cannot recognise the early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. These include tiredness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, pains in the chest and stomach pains. These symptoms can mimic many common ailments and may easily be confused with flu or simple tiredness.

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Preventing contact dermatitis at Work

This is a useful document (INDG 233) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

What is contact dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis is inflammation of the skin caused by contact with a range of materials. These include detergents, toiletries, chemicals and even natural products like foods and water (if contact is prolonged or frequent). It can affect all parts of the body, but it is most common to see the hands affected.

There are three main types of contact dermatitis:

> irritant contact dermatitis
> allergic contact dermatitis
> contact urticaria

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Thursday, 3 November 2011

First aid at work - Your questions answered

This is a useful document by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

This leaflet answers some basic questions about first-aid provision at work.

It is aimed at employers in small and medium-sized workplaces, but may be useful to all employers, managers and others involved in first aid at work.

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Workplace transport safety

This is a useful document by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Every year, a significant number of people are killed by accidents involving vehicles in the workplace, and many more people are injured. A lot of damage is also done to property and profit. Better planning, training and awareness, and the appropriate use of vehicles, can avoid most of these accidents.

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A step-by-step guide to using tractors safely

This is a useful document by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

This step-by-step guide to tractor safety is for everyone who uses a tractor, or tractor-operated machinery. It applies to those working in farming, forestry, horticulture, amenity horticulture and the sports turf industry.

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HSG 150 Health and Safety in Construction

This is a useful Document by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Outlining the essentials for achieving recognisably healthy and safe on-site conditions – from general building to specific refurbishment, repair, maintenance or civil engineering works – the guide especially focuses on hazards and managing risks.

With a practical breakdown on how to plan, organise, control, monitor and review end-to-end health and safety issues throughout a project, this is an invaluable reference for all industry professionals, whether clients, designers, contractors or individual workers.

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Health risks from working in the sun

This is a useful document by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

A sunny day makes most of us feel good, but too much sunlight can be hard on the skin. It is not simply sudden exposure while on holiday that is harmful. Even a tan that has been built up gradually can be harmful to health. A tan is a sign that the skin has been damaged.

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HSG 129 - Health and Safety in Engineering Workshops

This is a useful Document by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Outlining the essentials for achieving recognisably healthy and safe on-site conditions – from general building to specific refurbishment, repair, maintenance or civil engineering works – the guide especially focuses on hazards and managing risks.

With a practical breakdown on how to plan, organise, control, monitor and review end-to-end health and safety issues throughout a project, this is an invaluable reference for all industry professionals, whether clients, designers, contractors or individual workers.

Click here > HSG 150 Health and Safety in Construction



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Health and Safety Law - What you need to know

This is a useful Document by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Click here > Health and safety law (pocket card)


All workers have a right to work in places where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Health and safety is about stopping you getting hurt at work or ill through work. Your employer is responsible for health and safety, but you must help

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