Frequently asked questions
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
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
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.
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.
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 workshop||Number of WCs and wash station|