Incident investigation and reporting

Hi Everyone,

When dealing with people in a work environment you are likely to come accross incidents. To safeguard yourselves as employers and employees you need to follow certain steps correctly to avoid miss treatment after an incident.

As soon as an incident occurs you shall report the incident. The incident by law needs to be reported to a senior management by the end of the working day of the incident. This prevents employees from claiming that injuries incurred at home happend at work.

Once an incident occurs you are required to carry out an incident investigation. The incident investigation shall obtain the details of the individuals involed, the date and time of the incident, what the incident was, what injuries were incurred, how the incident happend and why and what could have been done to prevent the injuries.

This is done as part of the safety compliance maintenace and helps companies compile report summaries of what incidents have occured. This is done in order to plan what needs to be done to prevent injuries in future.

Thanks for reading please send me any questions you may have on safety and I will gladly assist.

Kind Regards

Guy

Noise induced hearing loss

Hi All,

This topic is one I find extremely interesting for a few reasons. My wife is an audiologist and she tells me of how many cases she sees of people losing their hearing while working on loud machinery day in and day out.

Paired with the amount of incidents that are reported is the fact that employers do not supply their employees with basic Personal protective equipment. This is not only unethical and illigal but is also a costly decision. By not paying for providing of PPE once the hearing impairment starts you are liable to pay for all medical bills. You will also be liable to pay damages as it is law for you to provide PPE.

The law is so strong that an employee can actually refuse to work if conditions are deemed unfit and dangerous and the employee in question is able to claim damages from the employer.

Interesting enough since the launch of the Ipod hearing loss in younger generations has increased by 25%.

Senses are a precious gift, please take care of them.

Thank you for reading

All the best and keep safe

Guy

Safety training and awareness

Hi All,

As I am fortunate enough to be assisting companies in in a few different working environments. It is interesting for me to see that throughout all the sectors the main reason companies fall short in safety is training.

They fall short as far as compliance goes but even more worrying is that incidents are continually occurring and training can make all the difference. By employees being aware of safety issues and hazards alone will minimize incidents and injuries.

Training as many staff members as you can means that there are more eyes looking out for the well being of your staff members and assets.

Training that is needed is:

safety awareness training and communication of the safety audit and risk assessments carried out.

Fire safety training this is useful for two reasons, the first is fire prevention, your staff get trained in identifying fire hazards and mitigating the risk and then extinguishing the fire if one occurs.

Evacuation training to alow enough of your staff members to have the confidence and ability to control their peers to exit the building safely.

Safety representative training is crucial to get trained personnel to help you continuously keep your safety system compliant as well as effective.

The final training is first aid training which is required to have in place for post incident application where you are able to minimize the effects of injuries caused by an incident.

Please let me know if you need any further information on any safety training required.

Thank you for your time.

All the best and be safe

Guy

The truth about employees

Hi All,

I was busy doing an audit in a factory last week and I noticed an employee performing an unsafe act. Myself obviously having safety at heart and being contracted by the company to observe and report safety issues. I mentioned to the employee that what he was doing is not safe and he can get seriously injured.

His response was was made quickly and proudly. He said ” It is ok if I get injured at work work will have to pay me” I was shocked but quickly learnt that a number of employees had the same philosophy.

The way to change this thought process and protect yourselves as managers and employers is training and awareness. The truth is, is that if you put in the correct steps and are compliant when an emplyee performes an unsafe or negligent act you have covered yourself and The compensation insurance will be all that is needed to compensate the employee.

Employees need to be made aware of their rites ans well as the employers rites. this in my experience gives employees a feeling of being part of a team with no tip toeing around what could be a tough issue.

As an employer it is vital to keep compliant so in the case of an incident you are not seen as negligent.

Thank you for your time

Keep safe

Guy

Construction safety compliance for contractors

Hi Everyone,

I have been working with a few contractors on various construction sites and I have noticed how much confusion there is with safety complaince.

Being a contractor on a site holds very similar responsibilities to having your own office. You need to be aware of hazards you may face around you and the risks that may occur due to the work you are doing.

There are specific findings and procedures that you need to include in your safety file to start off compliant and then you need to carry out periodic checks to maintain compliant.

You need to conduct a thorough risk assessment of the work you are doing and the tools you will be using. This should be done by a compitent and trained person. This should also be communicated to all of your staff members that will be working on site.

Safety training should be provided for fire and evacuation to one in every 20 people and records should be kept in the training section of the safety file.

A company needs to write up a safety plan and show proof of enforcing and committing to keep the safety standards at an acceptable level. Along with the plan a specific site work plan shall be drawn up and submitted and placed in the safety file.

Safe work procedures and work instructions need to be drawn up this gives the workforce a step by step of how to work, this should minimize the risks of the activities being carried out.

Once the safety file has been approved by the principal contractor safety officer you need to continue with safety checks and assessments. An area checklist shall be done before work starts checking to see that there are no extra hazards in the workspace.

Weekly toolbox talks shall be given and participants shall sign attendance records and filed in the safety file. Incident investigations need to be done with every incident even the near misses.

Monthly you need to carry out safety equipment checks, electrical and handtool inspections, general equipment inspections and a monthly summary shall be handed over to the principal contractor.

Not complying to these steps can result in a fine per finding. By having a compitent person handle the initial training and the safety files for your sites you are able to avoid fines and possible stoppages in work because of non-compliance.

For any assistance please call and I can help you efficiently and cost effectively.

Thanks for reading.

Think Safety

Guy

Extinguishing equipment

Hi everyone,

It is important for you to know what extinguishing equipment you have, how to use it and what type of fires to use it on. For example you do not want to use a water extinguisher on an electrical fire.

You will find Three types of equipment in most work environments. You should have a hose reel which is a red hose pipe on a round red steel frame. The hose is 30m long this is best used for your combustible fires which is materials that are on file.

There are two main types of fire extinguishers the first is a powder extinguisher which can be identified quickly by having a blue label. A powder extinguisher is a multi-purpose extinguisher that can be used to put out any type of fire. This should not be used in restaurants as this could contaminate food.

The second type of extinguisher is a co2 extinguisher and this can be quickly identified by having a black label. This is only effective in-doors and is perfect for kitchens and offices.

Each extinguisher will have a one to three pictures on it and a letter A,B or C, this indicates which types of fires the extinguisher is effective with.

PLease make your self familiar with the equipment around you, it could save a life.

Thanks, Think safety

All the best

Guy

Fire prevention

Hi Everyone,

When thinking of fire prevention it is vital to undertand the different ways in which heat can spread. If you can limit heat spead you will prevent fires. There are three ways in which heat can spend, conduction, convection and radiation.

Convection is the circulation of heat, so in an enclosed area, heat will rise and cool air will drop, but when the cool air drops the fire heats it up and then rises. This causes a thermal that aids the fire to grow.

Radiation is when something is hot enough that you can feel the heat from a distance, like the sun or a heater. So if a combustible substance is close enough to a heat source a fire can break out.

Conduction is the heat spread through metal, this is often the most dangerous as it is the least obvious. When there is hot works going on the heat is often absorbed by the metal in the walls. A number of fires have started with combustibles being on the other side of the wall and the heat being great enough to start a fire.

So take note of all heat sources around you and the position of the combustibles, this identifying a potential hazard before an emergency occurs.

Thanks for reading, think safety.

All the best

Guy