Employability & Personal Development - Introduction to Health & Safety Awareness in the Workplace


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Employability & Personal Development - Introduction to Health & Safety Awareness in the Workplace talks about the different regulations of Health & Safety in the workplace/learning environment.

It covers RIDDOR, First Aid, PPE, Risk Assessments and general Health & Safety.

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Employability & Personal Development - Introduction to Health & Safety Awareness in the Workplace

  1. 1. Employability & Personal Development Introduction to Health & Safety Awareness in the Workplace
  2. 2. What is Health & Safety? “Regulations & procedures intended to prevent accident or injury in workplaces or public environments.” (Oxford Dictionary, 2014)
  3. 3. What we will cover  The Legal Responsibilities of Employers, Employees & the Self-employed.  How the Health & Safety law is enforced.  Sources of Information.  Hazards & Risks.  Risk Assessments.  Work Related Accidents, Injuries & Ill Health.  Reporting Injuries, Ill Health & Accidents.  Provision for First Aid.  PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
  4. 4. Take a look at the HSE & Direct Gov websites for some excellent information:  http://www.hse.gov.uk/  http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/HealthAndSafetyAtWork/ Remember, employers with FIVE OR MORE employees must have a written Health & Safety Policy & Risk Assessment – It’s the law! Activity #1
  5. 5. Using the information you gather from the websites, and other resources, extract the information that you feel is relevant to allow you to satisfy all of the assessment criteria as follows: 1. Understanding the importance of Health & Safety in the workplace. 2. Understanding the need for risk assessment in the workplace. 3. Building awareness of the requirements for Health & Safety in your place of work or learning. Activity #1 Continued
  6. 6. What is a Risk Assessment “A risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what, in a place of work, could cause harm to people, so that employers can weigh up whether they have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm. Workers and others have a right to be protected from harm caused by a failure to take reasonable control measures.” (hse.gov.uk, 2014)
  7. 7.  A risk assessment is an important step in protecting workers and the business, as well as complying with the law.  The law does not expect you to eliminate all risk, but your are required to protect people as far as ‘reasonably practicable’.  A risk assessment is a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people. Risk Assessments
  8. 8. 1. Identify the hazard. 2. Decide who might be harmed & how. 3. Evaluate the risks & decide on precautions. 4. Record your findings & implement them. 5. Review your assessment & update if necessary. Five Steps to Risk Assessments
  9. 9. When Thinking about Risk Assessments Remember…  A HAZARD is ANYTHING that may cause harm, such as chemicals, electricity, working from ladders, & open drawer etc.  The RISK is the chance (high or low) that somebody could be harmed by these & other hazards, together with an indication of how serious the harm could be.
  10. 10. What are the Hazards? Who Might be Harmed & How? What are you Already Doing? Do you Need to do Anything Else to Manage this Risk? Action by Whom? Action by When? Done Slips & Trips Staff & visitors may be injured if they trip over objects or slip on spillages  Carry out general good housekeeping.  All areas are well lit including stairs.  There are no trailing leads or cables.  Staff keep work areas clear, e.g. no boxes left in walkways, deliveries stored immediately, offices cleaned each evening. Better housekeeping is needed in staff kitchen, e.g. on spills. All staff, supervisor to monitor. 02/03/2014 02/03/2014 Example of Part of a Risk Assessment
  11. 11. Reporting Incidents & Accidents at work What Must I Report?  Deaths  Injuries  Occupational Diseases  Dangerous Occurrences  Gas Incidents
  12. 12. What is RIDDOR: Reporting of Injuries, Diseases & Dangerous Occurrences Regulations RIDDOR is the law that requires employers, & other people who are in control of work premises, to report and keep records of:  Work Related Deaths.  Serious Injuries.  Cases of Diagnosed Industrial Diseases.  Certain ‘Dangerous Occurrences’ (Near Misses).  Gas Incidents. N.B. There are also special requirements for gas incidents.
  13. 13.  Employers have basic duties concerning the provision & use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at work by meeting the requirements of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992.  PPE is defined in the Regulations as ‘all equipment (including, clothing affording protection against the weather) which is intended to be worn, or held by a person at work, & which protects them against one or more risks to their health or safety’,  e. g Safety Helmets, Gloves, Eye Protection, High-visibility Clothing, Safety Footwear & Safety Harnesses. What is PPE: Protective Personal Equipment
  14. 14. The main requirement of the PPE at Work Regulations 1992 is that: ‘PPE is to be supplied & used at work wherever there are risks to Health & Safety that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways’ The Regulations also require that PPE is:  Properly assessed before use to ensure it is suitable.  Maintained & stored properly.  Provided with instructions on how to use it safely.  Used correctly by employees. PPE Regulation Requirements
  15. 15. As a minimum, a low-risk workplace such as a small office should have:  A First Aid box  A person appointed to take charge of First Aid arrangements, such as calling the emergency services (if necessary). Employers must also:  Provide information about First Aid arrangements to their employees. Workplaces where there are more significant Health & Safety risks are more likely to need a trained first-aider First Aid Requirements
  16. 16. For more Information, Advice & Guidance or to contact us about Traineeships or Apprenticeships Call: 0121 707 0550 E-mail: info@pathwaygroup.co.uk