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By unknown, Jun 5 2015 03:23PM

No matter what industry you work in, health and safety measures are important for you to keep in mind if you want to avoid hazards. In every industry there are many different kinds of jobs, some of them are more dangerous than others, but you should keep in mind that every job has its hazards and if you are not careful, you can end up hurting yourself or the people around you. Paying attention however, will help you to prevent hazards and trust us, it's better to prevent than to deal with the consequences that can occur.

There are a few things that you need to know. For example, when you will get hired, you must know that is the duty of your employer to give you everything that it's needed in order to do your job properly. You must receive proper work equipment and, if needed, your employer should even offer you training courses that will help you do your job more safely.

Be alert and always thinking about safety. You should keep an eye on everything that happens at your workplace. Pay attention on everything that could lead to an accident. You should also keep an eye on your colleagues too. An accident caused by one of your colleagues could also involve and harm you.

When it comes to things that might be unsafe, the best thing to do is to stay away. If something seems to be unsafe to you, then you should stand back and think about the best way possible to deal with the situation.

You should also keep in mind that it’s not only employers who have legal duties to uphold health and safety. An employer may well have a wide range of duties, but employees have their duties too.

They must:

Cooperate with the employer or the person that is responsible with safety, health and welfare at work.

Make sure that they are not under the influence of any intoxicant that could make them a danger to themselves or their colleagues.

Never carry out any unsafe and unauthorized activity that can endanger their own safety or health or of others.

Make sure that they use the machines provided at the workplace in a proper way. Employees must do this with all work equipment.

Be sure to report any machine break downs or safety issues.

Report any event that might endanger safety and health as quickly as possible.

By unknown, Apr 26 2015 04:36PM

Health and Safety is an area preoccupied with the safety of people working in some dangerous and high risk environments. The basic principle of occupational health and safety is to make sure that every work place is safe so that every worker can do his job without fearing for his life. Not only the workers benefit from health and safety regulations, but also, family members, customers, employers, co-workers, and others who might get injured in the work place.

Health and safety is important, not because it keeps the workers safe, but at the same time it protects them from an ethical, legal, and a financial stand point. The employers are obligated, through a common law duty, to take good care of employers. This law not only imposes work safety in the work places, but also imposes additional general duties for workers safety. A good employer, with a good occupational health and safety (OHS) plan will reduce injury related costs, including sick leave, medical care and disability benefit costs.

Although every employer has to create a safe environment, they are going to be dangerous hazards that people need to be aware of. Although years have changed the way people protect themselves, there are still industries, such as mining and construction, where there are a lot of injuries. The biggest number of accidents happens due to falls, so the employer needs to provide all equipment that can protect the worker against one or more risks.

In most industries, the common "enemy" are the machines that can be dangerous to workers. They have a lot of moving parts that can burn, crush, wound and even kill workers if they are not protected. A case study made by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, revealed that over 64.170 people have experienced machine-related injuries, needing days away from work in 2008. In that same year more than 600 fatalities accrued due to poor machine handling.

Another potential hazard that can be found in major industries such as transportation, healthcare, construction, and building maintenance are falls. In 2013, a study revealed that over 556.000 people died due to unintentional falls. Confined spaces are also a constant danger at work. A confined space is a place like ship compartments, pipelines, storage tanks and pipelines, with limited openings for entry and exit and unfavorable natural ventilation.

Noise is another dangerous hazard. Occupational hearing loss is one of the most commonly work related injuries from the UK. Extreme temperature, electrical injuries, vibrating machinery, air pressure and lightning can also cause a lot of damage to workers.

By FHS, Feb 13 2015 10:30PM

Noise at work is a very complex issue. Its importance is due to the fact that it can affect workers in irreversible ways e.g. Tinnitus (a constant ringing, rumbling or whistling in the ears) and Noise Induced Hearing Loss. For workers who suffer hearing damage the implications can also go beyond health, giving them social problems due to the difficulty interacting with their friends and families.

Employees aren’t always aware of the implications that may occur if they don’t protect their hearing. They have a duty to adhere to precautions that exist in their workplaces; however responsibility to educate staff and enforce safety lies with the employers. They have to provide their employees both information and training - especially with regard to the use of hearing protection.

This is not optional, but mandatory by law – Regulation 10 of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 says that people exposed to noise which is likely to be at or above a lower action value have to be given adequate information, instruction and training.

The staff who should be trained are the following:

*All who are likely to have daily personal exposure at or above the HSE’s lower action value for noise;

*Every person who enters an ear protection zone;

*Those who have the responsibility for making sure that ear protection is worn correctly.

By FHS, Jan 12 2015 10:00AM

In the first of many posts, here's a helpful snippet from one of our recent (July 2014) noise and vibration articles...

[Top 3 Noise at Work and Vibration at Work] Compliance and Risk Reduction Tips:

[1] Appoint a responsible person and follow a suitable budget for managing noise or vibration risk in your organisation.

[2] Make sure that you use appropriate equipment [sound level meter / HAV meter) and that you follow correct measurement procedures – incorrect use of a meter can give inaccurate data, which causes compliance failings.

[3] The HSE would hold your organisation responsible for compliance failings, so you must understand the difference between a good survey and a bad one, even if you outsource assessments.

Click here for further information on the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.

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