Workplace

  1. The Safe Use Of Floor Cleaning Equipment

    The Safe Use Of Floor Cleaning Equipment

    Wet vacuum cleaner - effective at cleaning up liquid spills. This is more effective on smooth floors which can be left completely dry. Dry vacuum cleaner - effective at cleaning up dry/dusty contaminants. This is often effective on rougher floors. It avoids the creation of airborne dust. If the dust creates a health risk, make sure the filter is suitable. Scrubber-drier machines - can be an effective way to clean most kinds of flooring. Different designs of scrubber-drier machines lend themselves to different situations. The squeegee needs to be wide enough to recover all the water put down by the scrubber-drier.

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  2. Selecting Your First Aid Personnel

    Selecting Your First Aid Personnel

    Where the first-aid assessment identifies a need for people to be available for rendering first aid, the employer should ensure that they are provided in sufficient numbers and at appropriate locations to enable first aid to be administered without delay should the occasion arise. Where 25 or more people are employed, even in low-hazard environments, at least one such person should be provided. How many first-aiders are needed? The findings of the first-aid needs assessment will help the employer decide how many first-aiders are required.

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  3. Know What First Aid Materials Your Workplace Needs

    Know What First Aid Materials Your Workplace Needs

    When the assessment of first-aid requirements has been completed, the employer should provide the materials, equipment and facilities needed to make sure that the level of cover identified as necessary will be available to employees at all relevant times. This will include ensuring that first-aid equipment, suitably marked and easily accessible, is available in all places where working conditions require it.

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  4. Your Guide To High Noise Levels At Work

    Your Guide To High Noise Levels At Work

    Noise at work can cause hearing damage that is permanent and disabling. This can be hearing loss that is gradual because of exposure to noise over time, but also damage caused by sudden, extremely loud noises. The damage is disabling as it can stop people being able to understand speech, keep up with conversations or use the telephone. Hearing loss is not the only problem. People may develop tinnitus (ringing, whistling, buzzing or humming in the ears), a distressing condition which can lead to disturbed sleep. Safety issues: Noise at work can interfere with communications and make warnings harder to hear.

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  5. Your Guide To Personal Hearing Protection

    Your Guide To Personal Hearing Protection

    Hearing protection should be issued to employees: where extra protection is needed above what has been achieved using noise control; as a short-term measure while other methods of controlling noise are being developed. You should not use hearing protection as an alternative to controlling noise by technical and organisational means. Providing hearing protectors and managing their use.

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  6. Your Express Guide To Protective Equipment

    Your Express Guide To Protective Equipment

    This section gives advice about general personal protective equipment (PPE), which may be required to protect against injury. Hard hats: On almost all sites there is a risk of injury from falling materials. Minimise these risks by providing suitable barriers and toe boards at the edge of work platforms to prevent materials from falling. Deal with the remaining risks by providing suitable head protection.

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  7. Safety Information To Prevent Drowning

    Safety Information To Prevent Drowning

    There is a risk of drowning when people work beside or above water or have to pass near or across it on their way to or from their workplace. People can also drown in other liquids such as slurries in lagoons, foodstuffs in open vats in food processing works and solutions of chemicals in factories. If people have to work over or in the vicinity of water, there must be a safe system of work, and they must be properly trained.

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  8. Working In Confined Spaces

    Working In Confined Spaces

    Not knowing the dangers of confined spaces has led to the deaths of many workers. Often those killed include not only those working in the confined space but also those who try to rescue them but who are not properly equipped to carry out the task safely. Inadequate planning and insufficient knowledge are a major cause of accidents in confined spaces. Accidents are caused by a combination of factors arising from a lack of safety awareness, inadequate supervision and a lack of training. It is therefore essential that work in such spaces is only undertaken by skilled and trained people. If work in a confined space cannot be avoided, it will often be safer to bring in a specialist for the job.

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  9. Occupational Health Risks With Hazardous Materials

    Occupational Health Risks With Hazardous Materials

    Any hazardous substances that are going to be used, or processes which may produce hazardous materials, should be identified. The risks from work that might affect site workers or members of the public should then be assessed. Designers should eliminate hazardous materials from their designs. Where this is not possible, they should specify the least hazardous products which perform satisfactorily.

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  10. Enjoy Your Christmas Party With These Safety Tips

    Enjoy Your Christmas Party With These Safety Tips

    Whether you look upon the traditional office Christmas party with excitement or dread, Christmas work events are an expected part of office lifestyle. Inexpensive drinks, tacky decorations, dodgy disco music and observing countless members of the organisation getting acquainted with one another just a little greater are generally part of the enjoyment at Christmas office celebrations.

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