Health and safety fact sheets

A series of health and safety fact sheets by topic, exclusively for our members.

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Total results: 26
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pdf Current Health surveillance is about systematically watching out for early signs of work-related ill health in employees exposed to certain health risks. Wellbeing at work concentrates more on health promotion. File size: 231KB Published Date: 21/11/2016
pdf Current The subject of our latest fact sheet is CDM Regulations 2015. File size: 265KB Published Date: 06/11/2015
pdf Current This fact sheet considers the general principles of health and safety leadership. File size: 241KB Published Date: 27/08/2015
pdf Current File size: 233KB Published Date: 28/07/2015
pdf Current This fact sheet is on the theme of driving for work, tailored to private vehicles being used on company business. File size: 280KB Published Date: 16/06/2015
pdf Current This fact sheet is on the theme of driving for work, tailored to company vehicles. File size: 281KB Published Date: 16/06/2015
pdf Current As part of managing health and safety in your business you must control the risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what could cause harm to people and decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm. File size: 239KB Published Date: 23/04/2015
pdf Current This fact sheet looks specifically at gas servicing and safety and some of the issues in the sector. File size: 232KB Published Date: 24/03/2015
pdf Current As a landlord you are responsible for the safety of your properties and for properly protecting your tenants from the risks of fire. Areas of major concern are HMOs and supported housing, but general needs accommodation should not be forgotten. File size: 240KB Published Date: 25/02/2015
pdf Current his version of the fire fact sheet applies only to Northern Ireland due to different legislation. File size: 235KB Published Date: 24/02/2015
pdf Current The SAFETYnet Advisory Group have developed another health and safety fact sheet to join the other useful sheets that we have in the range. This one looks specifically at mobility scooters and some of the issues in the sector. File size: 225KB Published Date: 23/02/2015
pdf Current Vibration generally results from using machinery and hand-held work equipment within various operational work processes. In the housing sector it is most common amongst grounds maintenance and trade operatives, including contractors. File size: 239KB Published Date: 21/11/2014
pdf Current Loss of hearing can be accelerated where certain work conditions are not identified and adequately controlled. Too much noise, either in magnitude or of a repetitive nature, is generally a problem to most people so in the workplace it needs to be measured and controlled. File size: 232KB Published Date: 21/11/2014
pdf Current Hazardous substances can take many forms, including: chemicals, products containing chemicals, fumes, dusts, vapours, mists, gases and asphyxiating gases and biological agents such as leptospirosis, legionnaires disease and Hepatitis. Many other products or substances used at work can be harmful, such as paint, ink, glue, lubricant and detergents. III health caused by these substances used at work is preventable. File size: 233KB Published Date: 19/11/2014
pdf Current Stress is at the wrong end of a continuum that includes pressure-strain-stress and affects people in different ways. Untreated stress can become serious, leading to physical and mental illnesses. File size: 237KB Published Date: 05/11/2014
pdf Current This very useful, versatile, but hazardous mineral has been used for hundreds of years and extensively in construction during the 1960s and 70s. Most housing organisations have survey sampling programmes in place, with the intention of identifying and managing any material found. Locating the material has become more common knowledge through HSE guidance etc. File size: 241KB Published Date: 07/07/2014
pdf Current All Social Landlords will at some time have to use contractors to complete jobs that are outside of their normal skill sets or capacity. These contractors and any associated sub-contractors are carrying out works on behalf of the client, however, the client is still responsible for their actions. File size: 233KB Published Date: 07/07/2014
pdf Current Deaths have occurred from crushing by electronic gates due to the limited fail-safe mechanisms in place. Electric or automatic gates are designed to stop if someone gets in the way, and installers and those maintaining these gates have a duty to ensure this happens. Anti-crushing, shearing and trapping safety protection devices. File size: 272KB Published Date: 07/07/2014
pdf Current Every employer has a duty to protect staff, so far as is reasonably practicable, from harm, whilst at the same time protecting an individual’s privacy. Where an individual presents a significant risk to staff or contractors a warning marker can be applied to that individual’s file to warn staff and advise suitable precautionary measures. This marker can take many forms, such as a colour code or short banner, but should be readily understandable and accessible to visiting officers. File size: 238KB Published Date: 07/07/2014
pdf Current Legionellosis is the collective name given to the pneumonia-like illness caused by Legionella bacteria. Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. However, some people are at higher risk, including: people over 45 years of age, smokers and heavy drinkers, people suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease and anyone with an impaired immune system. File size: 234KB Published Date: 07/07/2014
pdf Current The significant risks that staff who deal directly with members of the public may face aggressive or violent behaviour. They may be sworn at, threatened, have accusations levelled against them or even be attacked. File size: 230KB Published Date: 07/07/2014
pdf Current The key principle with manual handling is to try to prevent injury from lifting, pulling, pushing and moving actions involving the body. File size: 271KB Published Date: 07/07/2014
pdf Current Needlestick injuries are skin punctures caused by hypodermic needles, lancets blades and other sharp objects that may have been exposed to blood or other body fluids. File size: 238KB Published Date: 07/07/2014
pdf Current Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work. On average, they cause 40 per cent of all reported major injuries and can also lead to other types of serious accidents, for example falls from height. Slips and trips are also the most reported injury from members of the public. File size: 234KB Published Date: 07/07/2014
pdf Current The key principle with work at height is to try to prevent anyone falling, so where possible avoid such work. If this is not possible, equipment and measures to prevent falls will need to be introduced, including measures to reduce fall distances or the consequences of a fall where this is still likely. File size: 231KB Published Date: 07/07/2014
pdf Current Worker engagement supports and helps to develop an effective ‘Safety Culture’. It is vital to achieve good communication between employer and employees in order to ensure work is carried out safely and important issues are not misunderstood. File size: 240KB Published Date: 07/07/2014
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