Making sure you comply with the sections that are relevant to your organisation
Legislation 1. Health and Safety
It is no exaggeration to say that Health and Safety is seen as a joke and is often (incorrectly) labelled as an excuse for jobsworths to spoil our fun! This perception is not only completely wrong but potentially dangerous. Myths abound. Some of our favourites:
Children are not allowed to play conkers in the playground
Bar manager refused to serve salt and lemon with Tequila shots
Local authority banned refuse collectors from wearing Christmas hats as other road users could be distracted
There are plenty more of these. Click here if you’re interested in seeing more.
Health and safety legislation is too often a convenient excuse for ignorance and poor customer service. So what are the facts?All workers have a right to work in safe and healthy environment where risks are identified and managed. All employers are responsible for health and safety although workers must also help to identify risks and help with health and safety.
All businesses or organisations that have five or more people involved with their business must have their arrangements for health and safety written down and all those concerned must be aware of these arrangements.
Employers must actively consult with their workers, on health and safety. They must also provide, free of charge, relevant training to all in their health and safety policies and procedures.
Any equipment and protective clothing that is required to keep people from harm in the workplace must be provided by the employers free of charge. Care must be taken to ensure any such equipment is properly maintained.
Adequate welfare facilities including toilets, washing facilities and clean drinking water must also be provided free of charge.
Adequate first aid facilities must be provided.
All injuries, incidents, diseases and fatalities at work must be reported and recorded according to the current legislation.
Employers must have adequate insurance cover to protect the workplace and all those therein.
Employees must follow the training given to protect them and all those around them from an unhealthy or unsafe workplace, take care of their own health and safety as well as those around them, cooperate with their employer’s recommendations for health and safety and tell the supervisor should someone become ill or have an accident around them.
Legislation 2 Fire Safety
A source of ignition, a source of fuel and oxygen are all that is needed to start a fire. The Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) of 2005 is the main piece of legislation governing fire safety. ALL property and business owners have a legal duty to ensure that fire risk assessments are carried out by competent people and that these assessments are kept up to date. Based on the findings of these assessments adequate preventative equipment and protective measures should be put in place to minimise the risk of injury or death in the event of a fire.
To ensure you comply with this legislation you must do the following:
Carry out a fire safety risk assessment
Keep sources of ignition and flammable substances apart
Avoid accidental fires, e.g. make sure heaters cannot be knocked over
Ensure good housekeeping at all times, e.g. avoid build-up of rubbish that could burn
Consider how to detect fires and how to warn people quickly if they start, e.g. installing smoke alarms and fire alarms or bells
Have the correct fire-fighting equipment for putting a fire out quickly
Keep fire exits and escape routes clearly marked and unobstructed at all times
Ensure your workers receive appropriate training on procedures they need to follow, including fire drills
Review and update your risk assessment regularly
Legislation 3: Managing Health and Safety in construction
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) became part of the health and safety legislation in April 2015. ALL construction work, however small, is now subject to these Regulations. Prior to this date, domestic construction work was exempt from CDM requirements. Now all that has changed and all building work and associated trades must comply with these new laws.
And it can be quite tricky to work out which bits of CDM 2015 applies to you and what documents you have to prepare. We will help you to find your way through the maze. If you are mystified by Construction Phase Plans, Health and Safety Files, F10 notifications, Principal Designers, RAMS etc we can help. We can provide you with the necessary documents and trainyou in the correct procedures to follow to ensure you comply with CDM 2015.
We have only covered the main and most commonly areas so if you or anyone in your team have further questions about current legislation we would be happy to answer your questions.
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