Managing Health and Safety: Streamlining the process

Managing health and safety as a process involves setting a policy, creating a supportive organisational culture, developing and implementing a health and safety plan and evaluating the plan’s performance.

Previously we have talked about what is required in a plan but evaluating the plan’s performance is just as important.  In order to take this further it is important that as a business owner you understand fully the benefits and issues relating to the process. Continue reading “Managing Health and Safety: Streamlining the process”

What is COSHH and why you need to know about it

COSHH is a law that pertains to the Control Of Substances that are Hazardous to Health. It obliges employers to take certain measures to protect the lives and health of their workers.

Which industries does COSHH regulation relate to?

Many businesses use substances or products that could be harmful to human health. Even common substances such as paint or bleach need to be handled with care and workers should not be exposed to them without the necessary precautions. Other businesses may produce harmful substances as a result of certain processes, and again, these risks must be managed if exposure is to be limited. Continue reading “What is COSHH and why you need to know about it”

Protective Work Clothing

Protective Work Clothing is the attire that is worn in place of regular clothing or over regular clothing to protect an individual or their clothing from damage or abnormal soiling or to maintain a high sanitary environment. This clothing includes items ranging from serving aprons, surgical gowns, farm coats, laboratory coats, shop coats and other dresses. They may also include uniforms worn for visual identification of personnel, for instance, those used by the military, the police, medical practitioners and guards among others.

 

For clothing to become uniform, the style and colour typically matches the corporate theme.  There are rules that govern the use of protective work clothing dependent upon the governing body of that industry. The manufacturer may also set or have input in these rules and standards. Clothing may only be deemed protective clothing when it is used appropriately and follows the strict standards attached to it.

 

Typically used in industry, research or manufacturing, protective work clothing has numerous standards which include their applicability to the various conditions that surround a specific working environment. These standards could include protection from chemicals, heat, and physical objects in a working environment. They provide the guidance for selection, use, care and maintenance. Also, there are specialised standards specifically for the various sectors or adverse environments such as agriculture, medical use or even violent situations.

 

There are various hazard categories that govern the manufacture and use of protective work clothing. These are listed as physical hazards, chemical hazards and biological hazards. Under the chemical hazards, we have corrosives, allergens, dermal and systemic toxins. The physical hazards an individual should wear protective clothing to prevent themselves from are radiation, vibration and hot or cold thermal hazards. Finally, the biological hazards include environmental, human and animal pathogens. The standards that specify the use and performance of protective work clothing may fall into numerous categories. These categories exist to ensure the use of all protective clothing is relevant not only to the environment but also in a way that protects those using such clothing from harm.

 

There are standards that specify the visibility characteristics of a protective garment these are:

·         protection against fluids and hazardous material

·          protection against thermal hazards when working around electronic equipment like electric arcs

·         protection against chemicals – this includes the requirements for the full body protection against any airborne solid particulates and protective clothing for application in welding and related processes

·          clothing against heat and flames among others.

 

Performance specifications describe the properties of the specific materials, be it original or composite as tested by laboratory methods. They must be of a high rating and performance; failure to abide by this will mean they are not suitable for the work environment. If protective clothing is not fit for purpose, it could result in injury, infection or exposure to elements and risks the clothing were originally intended to prevent.

Risk assessment can help you pinpoint areas of your business that may require protective clothing.  Risk planning mixed with health and safety can effectively save lives.  At TutorCare we offer a wide range of courses for industries that cover all aspects of health and safety.  Book now to take advantage of some of our latest offers for training onsite or online.

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The Importance of Health & Safety in the workplace

A healthy and safe atmosphere exerts positivity and relaxation irrespective of the fact whether it’s your workplace or your home. However, employers need to take special care for the health, safety, and well-being of their employees. Not only does it increase the productivity of their employees but it is an obligation that they must follow and non-adherence to it can get them in trouble legally. There are many benefits that an employer can derive by giving their employees a safe and healthy environment. Some of these benefits include positive work environment, lower staff turnover, enhanced productivity etc.

Apart from legal restrictions, providing a healthy and safe environment to the employees should be the top-most priority of the employer owing to the following reasons.

The main benefit of keeping the office atmosphere safe comes in the form of enhanced productivity of employees. This brings with it workplace positivity and offers employees a relaxed environment in the knowledge that they are not at risk. An office that is fully equipped with safety measures and employees that understand their responsibility (and yours as employer) will help them focus on their own abilities resulting in increased productivity.

Any accident in the office premises can cost the employer a lot financially and if in an unfortunate case of the accident an employee gets injured, the severity of the problem increases dramatically. The financial loss will depend on the accident, but the cost of injury to the employee will have to be borne by the employer. A safe and secure environment will reduce the insurance cost  a great deal.

A workplace with no proper health and safety maintenance will definitely see a lot of employees quitting the work for better prospects. No person likes to work in an environment where they are not provided with proper safety gear or equipment. The employer ultimately is responsible for this. If there is heavy machinery installed in the workplace, it is the duty of the employer to check all the security concerns associated with it, ensuring it is well maintained. It is also their responsibility to communicate the safety precautions to the employees for their well-being aswell as making them understand the implications of ignoring any safety guidelines.

The employer needs to address all the risks and concerns associated with the office premises, the business, subcontractors and employees. It is useful in most cases to assign an individual to oversee all health and safety aspects within the business.  Training can then be brought inhouse not only for the employees but also the designated Health and Safety person.

Not offering a safe, secure, and healthy environment to the employees will have the employer’s reputation at stake. Accidents can ruin reputations as well as lives. The following courses offered by TutorCare online will discuss the reasons and importance of why employee’s safety and health should be the first priority for any employer.

Health and Safety E-Learning Courses (an overview)

Emergency First Aid Awareness

Health and Safety Level 2 (includes conducting appropriate risk assessments)

Developing basic knowledge of health and safety in the workplace

Regardless of your job or the sector or industry you work within, it is always useful for you to have basic knowledge of health and safety in the workplace. Understanding how to work safely can help to protect both you and the people you work with, and it could possibly prevent major incident or injury.

On a basic training course, Health and Safety in the Workplace Level 1 (CIEH), you will get a good introduction to the principles of working safely. By the end of the half-day session, you will be able to spot hazards and risks, and safely avoid them. You will also learn about how to work safely in a variety of workplace conditions, and whilst carrying out a number of tasks. This means that the course content should apply to everyone, no matter what industry they work within.

There are other courses you can take to improve your knowledge of workplace health and safety. For example, there is a one-day IOSH Working Safely Course, which gives employees from all sectors a basic grounding in the essential principles of health and safety within the workplace. It is in your employers’ interest to send you on such a course, as it makes the workplace safer overall, so it may be worth a mention.

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Why do care workers need such good observation skills?

A person who works within the health and social care sector will need to have a wide range of skills and knowledge in a number of areas. However, one of the most important skills you will ever learn in your career as a care worker is observation.

With good observation skills, you will able to provide a better service for the people under your care. You can even use your observation skills to make the care environment safer overall.

Good observation skills are essential for a number of reasons, including:

– Identifying patterns of behaviour in care service users which may need attention
– Identifying problems quickly, so that they can be addressed before they worse
– Spotting abuse or negligence
– Noticing any areas of care which could be improved

How to improve your observation skills

Improving your observation skills isn’t always easy, but it can help to go on an Observation Skills for Carers training course. Here you will learn everything from the importance of observations and how to analyse behaviour to accurate record keeping. This last skill is just as important as observation.

For more information see – Care Planning | Safe Guarding Children

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