With the onslaught of the summer heat we in the world of health & safety begin to focus on dehydration, wearing sunscreen and staying out of the sun during the middle of the day. And in the press there will always be stories where health and safety has been given as an excuse for not serving café customers a dippy egg or cancelling a cheese rolling event in Gloucestershire. These cases and others similar are probably the main reason that health and safety is often sneered at as signs we’re living in a nanny state.
And yet with all the bad press throughout its’ 40 year lifetime the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) has reduced work place deaths and potentially saved more than 5000 lives.
In fact having health and safety procedures in your workplace can not only save lives, prevent illness and injuries, they can save time and money in the long term. It’s evident in organisations that have good solid health and safety structures have reduced staff absences, employee turnover (saving time and money from training new staff to cover for the ill or injured as well) but they also have improved employee morale as a whole because staff felt like they’re looked after, supported and valued.
So instead of turning a blind eye, or raising your hands in frustration at the very words ‘health and safety’ let’s celebrate and embrace it. Creating a health and safety policy needn’t be endless rounds of paper work, risk assessments and training, if we look at it with a sensible head on our shoulders a health and safety policy can be easy to implement, quick and not overly costly. Basically you just need to identify what could pose a risk to health in your workplace and use sensible measures to control those risks.
So if we think of the health and safety ‘hate mongers’ as lazy staff or jobs-worths offering ‘health and safety’ as a sacrificial excuse, be realistic about what you need to do and the benefits it could have in your business – we can keep health and safety in the publics’ minds for the right reasons.
Its common knowledge that exposure to asbestos fibres can cause huge health problems and even death (possibly the biggest health problem), but we don’t really hear much in the press about silica dust and the massive risk to health it poses.
Commonly associated with the construction trade, exposure to silica dust causes over 500 deaths a year. And whilst the construction industry has made great strides in reducing the number of illnesses and deaths there’s still some way to go. This is why the HSE are launching a drive to visit construction sites across the UK to raise awareness of the health risks associated with working with hazardous substances like silica and concrete dust and lead paint.
The inspectors will of course be checking that health and safety is being properly looked after on each site they visit and will be checking that acceptable standards are being met for:
Now coincidently we can help you with all these topics as we currently have courses available on each subject, Noise and Hand Arm Vibration will be available shortly. So give us a call on 01344 867088 or email us to request a free preview or to crack straight on and get your training sorted.
At iHasco we are always trying to improve our service, we are increasing our programme range, improving your Learning Management System and also the mechanism in which we deliver the programmes to you.
If your organisations has a firewall that restricts certain domains, your IT department will already be specifically allowing our domains through. However due to some minor issues we hope to be phasing in a more robust video hosting and streaming partner.
We obviously want to ensure that everything works smoothly for you – so as a quick test please would you follow this link to open a test video. TEST VIDEO
If the video opens, then you need to do nothing else. If the video does not display then please ask your IT Dept. to allow these domains in addition to the existing ones.
Due to massive demand we’re pleased to say that we will very shortly be releasing a trio of brand new courses. And we're so excited that we would like to offer you 10% off the RRP of Moving & Handling People until the end of June 2014, and 10% off of the RRP of Noise Awareness in the Workplace and Hand Arm Vibration until the end of July 2014.
The new courses will be;
They’ll be ready to go very soon and if you would like to register your interest in these courses or take advantage of our great offer, please call us on 01344 867088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting JJ2014-10.
As the World Cup swings into action for those of us interested in supporting our team it’s very tempting to show our national spirit by displaying a flag outside our homes.
But beware, working at height accidents results in more injuries than any other type of accident in the workplace.
So take care when you’re up those ladders hoisting the banner:
use a suitable length ladder for the job,
place the ladder on a flat, even surface,
have someone footing the ladder or secure it at the top,
don't spend more than 30 minutes working from a ladder,
dont over stretch.
And finally there’s nothing left to say other than stay safe and ‘COME ON ENGLAND!’