All too often “health and safety” is quoted as a coverall excuse for certain activities not being permitted or it is easy to become bogged down in unnecessary “red tape.” This can lead to resources being used in a manner which neither really benefits a company nor improves health and safety performance overall.

The idea behind health and safety laws is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees and others who may be affected by placing duties on employers, employees, senior management and everyone else. Basically it’s about ensuring none of us are injured or made ill through workplace activities.

As well as potentially failing to comply with legislation, businesses with poor standards of health and safety in a workplace may also find they are affected by associated costs such as reduced productivity, increased insurance premiums and a high staff turnover. It therefore makes sense for a business to ensure that employees have a good knowledge of health and safety.

Good quality training can provide knowledge which employees can apply in their own workplaces, thus improving health and safety standards. Our suite of health and safety courses allows for employees at all levels to be trained, from basic awareness to in-depth management level qualifications. Alternatively, we can work with you to produce bespoke training to meet your business’ specific requirements.

Why not take our health and safety true or false quiz to see if you can separate the fact from the fiction?

  1. One of the main responsibilities of an employer under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is not to recklessly interfere with or misuse any machinery, equipment or process.
  2. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) require employers in particularly hazardous industries to conduct and assessment from the risks posed by hazardous substances they use.
  3. If a business employs 5 or more people, then written risk assessments need to be produced.
  4. The temperature in an office should normally be at least 13oC.
  5. The maximum fine which can be imposed on a business for breaches of health and safety legislation is £15,000.
  6. Karoshi is a term used to describe death from overwork in Japan.

Answers:

  1. False. This is actually a specific duty placed on employees.
  2. False. The COSHH Regulations apply to all employers, not just those in hazardous industries.
  3. True
  4. False. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations Approved Code of Practice states that the minimum workplace temperature should generally be 16oC, unless physical work is being carried out, in which case it should generally be 13oC.
  5. False. Courts have the power to award unlimited fines.
  6. True

 

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