General workshop safety FAQs & Resources

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General workshop safety FAQs

How can I prevent an accident in my workshop?

The best way to prevent accidents in the workplace is to carry out risk assessments to see if there any potential risks that can be eliminated or if the risk can be reduced. Aside from aiming to prevent accidents through proper risk assessments, the correct equipment and correct training, there is no way to simply prevent an accident. But doing all these things and more can aim to reduce the risk of an accident. Some tips to prevent accidents are:

  • Be alert & pay attention
  • Don’t rush or run
  • Always follow instructions
  • Wear the safety equipment provided, if it isn’t provided, report to your employer about it (or HSE).
  • Provide and complete proper training

What are the most common workshop accidents?

Some of the most common workshop accidents include:

  • Hand-arm vibration - damage to small nerves and blood vessels in fingers
  • Noise damage
  • Injuries from hazardous substances
  • Exposure to fumes - irritation to eyes and lungs
  • Exposure to asbestos and lead
  • Manual handling injuries
  • Sharp edges - such as tools and saws

What risk assessments need to be completed?

The responsible person should conduct a risk assessment to avoid the potential of accidents in the workshop. It is likely that more thorough and lengthy assessments will need to be conducted in workshops. Each machine will need to be taken into account as well as all the risks from the surrounding work areas.

Do I need separate training if I am using chemicals?

It is a good idea to conduct further training if working with chemicals. COSHH Training is the most effective way to learn about the possible risks associated with working with chemicals.

Do I have to have emergency stops on the machines?

Not all machines have to have an emergency stop function. It is only required where it is of benefit to the user. Unless the product standard requires it.

What firefighting equipment should I provide?

All workplaces should have fire extinguishers which are clearly labelled or ‘appropriate fire-fighting equipment’ as the legislation states. The higher risk businesses might need fire buckets and hoses or sprinklers. As well as this, fire alarms should be frequently tested to ensure that they are working. Fire safety signs should also be made clear and visible to all.

In some businesses, emergency lighting is required in case a fire damages the electrics and results in no lighting for people trying to evacuate.

Lastly, everyone at a workplace should undertake Fire Safety Training to ensure that they know what to do in case of a fire.

Do I need to provide adequate washing facilities in a workshop?

All workplaces should provide adequate places for washing at readily accessible places. The type of workplace may make the type of washing facilities differ though. Those working with materials that can get residue on clothes or skin might need showering facilities (among other jobs) so this might be a requirement of a job.

Below is a table of the number of toilets required in workshops:

Number of people in a workshopNumber of WCs and wash station

FAQs regarding our General Workshop Safety course

How long is this course?

This course is 35 minutes long including the multiple choice test at the end.

Why is this training important?

Workshop safety training is important as it focuses on general health and safety as well as safe operating procedures and how accidents can be prevented. It also covers dangerous equipment and hazardous substances.

What approvals does this course have?

This course is RoSPA and IOSH Approved.

What devices can I complete this course on?

Our courses can be completed on a range of devices, they’re compatible with Desktops, laptops, mobile phones, iPads and other tablets.

How long is my certificate valid for?

It is up to the training administrator of the employee as to when training needs to be refreshed. However, to stay up-to-date with legislation, we recommend that training should be renewed every year.

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