We hope that our top tips on key safety regulations to learn about will help employers better get to grips with the mandatory precautions that UK workplaces need to have in place
(PRWEB UK) 3 May 2013
UK Health & Safety Compliance specialists Lighthouse Risk Services have in many cases been called into a workplace after an accident has occurred. They advise however that with some key know-how, unfortunate problems can be avoided in the first place.
Lighthouse explains the top factors for businesses to keep in mind and learn about so that workers are not exposed to avoidable Health & Safety risks:
It is recommended that employers read ‘The ‘Electricity at Work Regulations 1989’, which apply to all workplaces and the electrical equipment used in them. They outline in thorough detail the precautions that need to be taken to prevent the risk of death or personal injury from the use of electricity at commercial premises. In a nutshell, these precautions cover safe maintenance and installation of all electrical equipment.
In addition to the obvious serious hazard of a fire outbreak, Lighthouse warns that it is the smoke which accompanies fire that can cause serious lung damage, if not fatality. They suggest employers read the ‘Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005’ which introduced new regulations as of the 1st October 2006 covering fire safety in workplaces. As an overview, these span risk assessment of each business premises, staff training, means of escape and other mandatory procedures.
Lighthouse advises employers to guard against staff suffering hearing damage by assessing workplace noise levels in decibels as well as length of exposure. They also recommend employers read the ‘Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005’ which covers all the regulations covering noise at commercial premises.
Manual Handling Safety
A large percentage of injuries reported each year to Local Authorities are caused by manual handling – defined as ‘the transporting of loads by hand or by bodily force’. Half of these types of accidents cause back injuries that cause employees long-term suffering and extended sick leave. In addition, Lighthouse highlights that many employers are not aware the majority of manual handling injuries actually accumulate over a period of time, rather than being caused by a single handling incident. In order to guard against this, they advise employers to visit The Health and Safety Executive website which offers some key risk assessment guidelines to prevent manual handling issues.
First Aid Requirement
As a final tip, Lighthouse warns that the ‘Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981’ make it mandatory for all workplaces to have an adequate first aid kit on hand. What the kit needs to contain will depend on a number of factors say the consultancy, such as whether there is shift working and of course the types of hazards that particular workers will face.
Partner at Lighthouse Risk Services, Chris Hall, commented: “As specialists in Health & Safety Compliance, we work closely with clients to ensure they never face workplace injuries that could have been avoided. We hope that our top tips on key safety regulations to learn about will help employers better get to grips with the mandatory precautions that UK workplaces need to have in place.”