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  • 'What is OHSAS 18001?' and how close are you to achieving this standard
  • OHSAS 18001 is the British standard for occupational health and safety management. It's the world's highest level of occupational health and safety systems standards and everyone wants it. It helps organisations get credit for their health and safety performance. And this credit means more business! And if you want this recognition for your business, pay attention... *********Highly recom... ››› more
  • [13 August 2015]
  • The aftermath of an incident - an employer's guide
  • Driving a vehicle for work activities is the most dangerous task most of us will do on a daily basis. For most of us, jumping in a car, van, bus or truck and making that trip for work is pretty much the most dangerous part of our day. But what can you do to reduce the risk - both to your employees and your organisation? Read on to find out... Let's have a look at a practical example ... ››› more
  • [13 August 2015]
  • Two steps to report an occupational disease to the Compensation Fund
  • Michael claims he is suffering from asthma and blames his working conditions. He now wants you to put a claim in to the Compensation Fund on the grounds of him contracting an occupational disease. But what process do you need to follow? Let's have a look at the two steps you need to take... What is an occupational disease? An occupational disease is a disease or disorder that is cau... ››› more
  • [31 July 2015]
  • The new Driven Machinery Regulations come into effect on 30 September 2015. Are you ready?
  • While their battle to implement the Construction Regulations (from last year) continues, the DoL has now made changes to the Driven Machinery Regulations to bring it in line with the Construction Regulations. It seems a waste of paper to me, with just slight changes in wording and phrasing, but you need to know about it. Here's the low-down of what the new Driven Machinery Regulations 2015 i... ››› more
  • [31 July 2015]
  • Six appointments you must make to comply with the Construction Regulations 2014
  • One of the main focuses of the Construction Regulations 2014 is to enforce stricter safety control measures in your workplace. To comply, you need to make six appointments. Let's take a closer look at what Construction Regulation 8 says about who you need to appoint to manage and supervise your construction work... *********In demand********* Is your site compliant with the new Const... ››› more
  • [27 July 2015]
  • What you know about risk assessments could be wrong
  • You're probably taking steps to protect your employees, and using your risk assessment to tell you if you're covering all you need to. But how would you feel if I told you what you know about risk assessments could be wrong? Here are seven facts about risk assessments that could prove what you know is actually wrong... *********Best seller********* Here's how you can be 100% sure you... ››› more
  • [26 June 2015]
  • You asked for it and here it is. Toolbox Talk on health and safety for shift workers
  • Shift workers could be your biggest health and safety risk! Shift work is demanding, and the health and safety risks are high because of the lack of concentration. Your employees must take responsibility for their own safety while on duty. But the overall responsibility to make sure they're safe still falls on your shoulders. And you need to give them the proper training to keep safe. So... ››› more
  • [26 June 2015]
  • Seven steps to promote safety amongst employees in your workplace
  • A question that pops up alot on the Health and Safety Club is 'How can I get buy-in from my employees to work safely?' Safe workplaces don't just happen overnight. It takes dedication from your employees to build a workplace culture that embraces safe practices. Promoting workplace safety helps your employees keep their well-being a top priority. And I've done some research to help you prom... ››› more
  • [25 June 2015]
  • It's time to do a risk assessment. But do you know which type of assessment you must do?
  • As part of managing the health and safety of your business you must control the risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and make sure you're taking proper steps to prevent that harm. This is known as a risk assessment and legally, it's something you have to do. But do you know which of the four types of risk assessments you need to do ... ››› more
  • [17 June 2015]
  • The five top excuses employees give for not wearing their PPE
  • A question we always get on our Health and Safety Club site is 'How do I get all my employees to wear their safety gear all the time?' It's one of the top challenges Health and Safety Managers face year after year. So we did a bit of digging, and asked your peers about their experiences to find out the top reasons workers give for not wearing PPE. And we also asked the health and safety... ››› more
  • [12 June 2015]
  • Eight of the most common PPE myths busted
  • When it comes to personal protective equipment (PPE) in the workplace there can be a lot of confusion. How much PPE do I really need for a certain job? What type of gloves should I use? Do I really need to clean my personal protective equipment after I use it? The world of health and safety management can be mind-boggling, so let's bust eight common misconceptions about personal protective ... ››› more
  • [12 June 2015]
  • Your six employer obligations when it comes to medical surveillance
  • It's your legal obligation to reduce and control health and safety risks to your employees. One way to do this is with medical surveillance. This focuses on prevention of medical conditions in the workplace, and is a process of screening employees annually for any medical conditions. A medical surveillance program keeps your workers healthy and ensures you're meeting OSH standards in health... ››› more
  • [10 June 2015]
  • Eight items to include in your Health and Safety Agreement for OHS compliance
  • If you have 20 or more employees, you must draw up a Health and Safety Agreement. You must then implement this agreement (General Administrative Regulations Section 6). It's up to you and your employees to decide what needs to be done in your company to create a healthy and safe environment. A Health and Safety Agreement helps you get buy-in from your employees to manage health and safety... ››› more
  • [08 June 2015]
  • The ten functions of your Health and Safety Rep
  • You've recently appointed a Health and Safety Rep. But do you know exactly what he should be doing? Firstly, his most important function is to monitor your company's OHS compliance. And it's his responsibility to make sure your company's processes are safe. And the health and safety of your employees is always a top priority. Here are his nine other functions... *********Top rated****... ››› more
  • [05 June 2015]
  • Six ways to control smoke breaks and manage your employees' productivity
  • To this day, even after the smoking laws have been passed, smoking in the workplace still sparks heated debates between smokers and non-smokers. And not because employers allow employees to smoke in non-designated areas. But rather the amount of time employees are allowed to spend smoking. Read on for six ways to control smoke breaks in your company, and manage your employees' productivity.... ››› more
  • [05 June 2015]
  • Three ways your employees must properly maintain and store their rubber gloves
  • Using PPE helps prevent injury or death. And it's your legal obligation to give it to your employees. But if your employees don't store or maintain their personal protective equipment properly, their PPE won't actually protect them at all. A simple thing like cleaning their rubber gloves the wrong way increases their chance of electrocution. Read on for three ways your employees must prop... ››› more
  • [29 May 2015]
  • Eight safety checks to train your employees on before they climb up a ladder!
  • Working from heights is a high risk activity. And falls from ladders are a leading cause of serious head injuries and broken bones. For example, if a ladder isn't stable, it could fall over and accidentally touch power lines. And your employees could be electrocuted and die! Read on for eight safety checks you must train your workers on before they climb onto a ladder... *********Top pro... ››› more
  • [29 May 2015]
  • Four instances when you must issue your employees with PPE
  • Employers give every reason in the book as to why they don't issue staff with PPE. It's your responsibility to issue your employees with the right PPE. And make sure they use it. Because if any one of your employees gets injured, the DoL won't accept any excuse from you. According to Ray Saf, there are five instances when you must issue your employees with PPE... *********In demand*******... ››› more
  • [25 May 2015]
  • Reducing injuries on duty starts right at your desk
  • When you think of an injury on duty, you might not immediately think of an injury in an office environment. Something as basic as sitting at your desk can result in painful injuries. Injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, neck strain and even building sickness syndrome. Which all translates to a loss in productivity and time off work. Read on for ten ways to maintain health and saf... ››› more
  • [22 May 2015]



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