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?

Click here > Gas safety - Tenants


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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?

Click here > Gas safety - Home owners

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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.

Click here > Choosing a Welding Set

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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.

Click here > Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions


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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.

Click here > Fatal Traction - Practical Advice on Avoiding Agricultural Transport Accidents


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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.

Click here > No Second Chances - Farm Machinery Safety Step-By-Step Guide


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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

Click here > Preventing contact dermatitis at Work


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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.

Click here > First aid at work - Your questions answered

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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.

Click here > Workplace transport safety

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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.

Click here > Tractor Safely

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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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Saturday, 29 October 2011

FAQs - Musculoskeletal Disorders - Toolkit

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

Sample Question:

What is the toolkit?

Answer: The Toolkit is a collection of tools that have been developed by HSE to help employers/employees to
identify common risk factors covering manual handling operations including lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling and repetitive tasks. The tools have been designed to help assessors’ break down tasks and identify task elements that could pose a risk to workers and help evaluate potential solutions or improvements.

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FAQs - Musculoskeletal Disorders - Manual Handling and Label

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

Sample Question:

What can be done to help prevent manual handling injuries?

Answer: In simple terms, the main thing is a risk assessment, though there are other considerations: Firstly, does the load need to be moved at all?

If so, can it be moved mechanically? For example by using a handling aid, such as a pallet truck, an electric or hand-powered hoist, or a conveyor? Advice on the many different types of lifting and handling aids is contained in. Are you making the best use of lifting and handling aids?


Click here > FAQs - Musculoskeletal Disorders - Manual Handling and Label

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FAQs - Musculoskeletal Disorders - General Questions

This is a useful FAQ Document by the UK Health and Safety Executive. FAQs - Musculoskeletal Disorders - General


Sample Question:

What is a Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD)?

Answer: MSD is a broad umbrella label for many types of aches and pains, and treatment is determined by the exact medical diagnosis. They fall largely into three types:

* Upper limb disorders

* Lower limb disorders

* Back pain

Click here > FAQs - Musculoskeletal Disorders - General



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Friday, 28 October 2011

FAQs - Musculoskeletal Disorders - Display Screen Equipment

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

Sample Question:

How long and how often should breaks be for DSE work and what should I do during breaks?

Answer: This depends on the kind of work you are doing. There is no legal guidance but it is advisable to break up long spells of DSE work. Short frequent breaks are better than longer ones but less frequent ones such as 5–10 minute breaks every hour are better than 20 minutes every 2 hours. Ideally users should have some choice about when to take breaks. Most jobs provide opportunities to pause from DSE work to do other tasks, such as filing or copying. If there are no such natural changes of activity in your job, your employer should plan for you to have rest breaks. It is best if breaks or changes of activity allow the user to get up from their workstation and move around, or at least stretch and change posture.

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FAQs - Musculoskeletal Disorders - Lower Limb Disorders

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

Sample Question:

What are LLDs?

Answer: Lower limb disorders (LLDs) affect the legs and feet, from hips to toes. About 80% of damage to the hips, knees and legs at work is due to overuse. Workers may report lower limb pain, aching and numbness without a specific disease being identified or present.

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Thursday, 27 October 2011

FAQs - Musculoskeletal Disorders - Upper Limb Disorders

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

Sample Question:

What are ULDs?

Answer: Upper limb disorders (ULDs) affect the arms from shoulder to fingers or the neck including problems with the soft tissues, muscles, tendons and ligaments, along with the circulatory and nerve supply to the limb.

Click here > Musculoskeletal Disorders - FAQs - Upper Limb Disorders


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FAQs - Musculoskeletal Disorders - Back pain

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

Sample Question:

What is back pain?

Answer: Back pain is any ache, pain, tension, or disorder that affects the muscles or bones of the back from the base of the neck to the hips. It can be caused by damage to the muscles or the bones of the spine and ribs or to the disc between the vertebrae.

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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

HSE Guidance on leading health and safety at work

This is a useful recent release / updated Industrial Guidance Document (INDG 417) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.


Click here > INDG 417 Leading Health and Safety Work

This guidance sets out an agenda for the effective leadership of health and safety. It is designed for use by all directors, governors, trustees, officers and their equivalents in the private, public and third sectors. It applies to organisations of all sizes


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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

HSE Guidance A quick guide for clients on the CMD Regulation

This is a useful recent release / updated Industrial Guidance Document (INDG 411) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.


Click here > INDG 411 Want construction work done safely? A quick guide for clients on the CMD Regulations 2007

Who needs to know about the Regulations?

Anyone having construction or building work carried out has legal duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007), unless they are a domestic client.

A domestic client is someone who lives, or will live, in the premises where the work is carried out. The premises must not relate to any trade, business or other undertaking. Although a domestic client does not have duties under CDM 2007, those who work for them on construction projects will.


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HSE Guidance A toolbox talk on leaning ladder and stepladder

This is a useful recent release / updated Industrial Guidance Document (INDG 403) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.


Click here > INDG 403 A toolbox talk on leaning ladder and stepladder safety

This talk can be used to help improve the competence of workers using leaning ladders and stepladders across all

industry sectors. The talk is divided into three sections, which can be given individually or together:

> hazards and pre-use checks;

> positioning;

> safe use.


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HSE Guidance on Safe use of ladders and Stepladders

This is a useful recent release / updated Industrial Guidance Document (INDG 402) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.


Click here > INDG 402 Safe use of ladders and stepladders

A third of all reported fall-from-height incidents involve ladders and stepladders – on average this accounts for 14 deaths and 1200 major injuries to workers each

year. Many of these injuries are caused by inappropriate or incorrect use of the equipment. This guidance is to help employers:

know when

■■ to use a ladder;

■■ decide how to go about selecting the right sort of ladder for the particular job;

■■ understand how to use it;

■■ know how to look after it; and

■■ take sensible safety precautions.


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HSE Guidance on Inspecting Fall Arrest Equipment

This is a useful recent release / updated Industrial Guidance Document (INDG 367) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.


Click here > INDG 367 Inspecting fall arrest equipment made from webbing or rope.

This leaflet is mainly aimed at employers who are responsible for the use of fall arrest equipment incorporating energy-absorbing lanyards made from webbing. It gives generic advice on inspection regimes for this equipment where it is used to provide protection against falls from a height. However, many of the principles can also be applied to non-energy-absorbing lanyards and safety harnesses used for the same purpose. They can also be applied to similar equipment made from

rope. The leaflet does not cover other equipment such as anchor points. Employers should consult the manufacturer and/or supplier of the equipment for any productspecific inspection requirements.



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HSE Guidance on Work Equipment - PUWER 98

This is a useful recent release / updated Industrial Guidance Document (INDG 291) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.


Click here > INDG 291 Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

This leaflet provides information about the legal requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) which came into force on 5 December 1998.


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Buying new machinery

The UK HSE has recently updated its INDG 271 guidance document.


Buying new machinery - A short guide to the UK law and your responsibilities when buying new machinery for use at work. The leaflet explains the main aspects of health and safety law you need to know about when buying new machinery. Although the laws look complicated, they can be summed up as requiring that any new machinery you buy for use at work is safe.

Click here > INDG 271



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Supplying new machinery

The UK HSE has recently updated its INDG 270 guidance document.


Supplying new machinery - A short guide to the law and your responsibilities when supplying machinery for use at work. The leaflet can help you if you are supplying machinery for use at work. It explains the main health and safety requirements of the UK law and what you can do in practice to meet them.

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HSE Guidance on Manual Handling Assessment Charts

This is a useful recent release / updated Industrial Guidance Document (INDG 383) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Click here > INDG 383 Manual handling assessment charts

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), including manual handling injuries, are the most common type of occupational ill health in the UK and their prevention is a priority for HSC/E. It is important to remember that:


> things can be done to prevent MSDs;

> preventative measures are cost-effective;

> you cannot prevent all MSDs, so early reporting of symptoms, proper treatment and suitable rehabilitation is essential.



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HSE Guidance on Best use of Lifting and Handling Aids

This is a useful recent release / updated Industrial Guidance Document (INDG 398) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.


Click here > INDG 398 Are you making the best use of lifting and handling aids?

Frequent and heavy lifting and handling can cause back injuries. But using lifting and handling aids can remove or reduce that risk and keep workers healthy and at work.

This guidance is intended for managers, employees and their representatives and others involved in the selection of lifting and handling aids.


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HSE Guidance for new and expectant mothers who work

This is a useful recent release / updated Industrial Guidance Document (INDG 373) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.


Click here > INDG 373 A guide for new and expectant mothers who work

This guide helps answer some of the questions you may have about continuing to work while pregnant or about returning to work after giving birth. In particular, it sets out what action you need to take and what action your employer should take to protect your health and safety and that of your child.


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HSE Guidance on working VDUs

This is a useful recent release / updated Industrial Guidance Document (INDG 36) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Click here > INDG 36 Working with VDUs

This leaflet is a guide for people who work with visual display units (VDUs), and their employers. It:

■■ answers questions that are most often asked about VDUs and health;

■■ gives a summary of the law on VDU work (the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992), and outlines what employers and employees should do to comply;

■■ suggests some simple adjustments that users can make to workstations and screens to make them more comfortable and easy to use; and

■■ explains how employers and users can get further advice.


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HSE Guidance on Manual Handling

This is a useful recent release / updated Industrial Guidance Document (INDG 143) by the UK Health and Safety Executive

Click here > INDG 143 Getting to grips with manual handling

This booklet explains the problems associated with manual handling and sets out best practice in dealing with them. The advice is intended for managers of small firms or similar organisations. But the general principles are relevant to all workplaces, whatever their size. Avoiding injuries from manual handling makes sound business sense.





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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

TIRA v3 Released

Version 3 of the risk management software released.

TIRA v3 is now a One Stop Shop company risk assessment tool covering the following risk assessment activities;

01 Task Activity Breakdown,
02 Tasked Based Risk Assessments,
03 Display Screen Equipment Risk Assessments,
04 Manual Handling Risk Assessments,
05 Work Equipment Risk Assessments,
06 Workplace Risk Assessments,
07 Fire Risk Assessments,
08 Hazardous Substances (chemical) Risk Assessments,
09 Personal Protective Equipment Risk Assessments,
10 First Aid Risk Assessments

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

TIRA v2.00.07 Released

TIRA v2.00.07

Update effects trail ware version only;

Duplicate Records no longer restricted to the header page. The trail ware version will now duplicate an entire risk assessment.

Spell checking fields no longer restricted to just the first memo field. The trial ware version will now spell check all memo fields in a risk assessment.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Friday, 4 March 2011

SMART v2.00 Released

SMART 2.00 UPGRADE INFORMATION

On Safe Lines is pleased to announce the release of SMART v2.00 our Sickness Monitoring and Recurring Trends programme. This is a product enhancement and it is not necessary to upgrade.

Improvements;

1. Read Write or Read Only login
2. Quick Stat Report Available from the Log-in Screen
3. This data can then be exported to Pdf, Xps or Rtf for reports, or to Excel for further trend analysis

For further details follow the link below;


SMART