Health & Safety

Storing Chemicals

Whilst laboratories, hospitals, schools and factories are likely to store hazardous chemicals, they need to be stored correctly and not under a sink or at the back of a cupboard. There are a few potential risks with hazardous chemicals: –       If they mix with each other (e.g. through leakage). –       If they are involved in …

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Too Busy To Get Systems In Place? Want Recognised Accreditation to Win Contracts?

What could Hawksafe do for you? Assist in PQQ’s and gaining accreditations such as CHAS, Construction line and Achilles. Provide you with training ranging from first aid to face-fit and asbestos awareness and food safety. Write job-specific RAMS for you. Assist in compliance with regulations such as CDM including as acting as principal designer.  Help …

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Safety Goggles

By providing staff with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) this reduces the risk of harm. This is also a requirement of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPEWR). Regulation 2 of the PPEWR states that employers must assess the suitability of all PPE by taking into account the nature of the risk, working …

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Weak Scaffold Boards Are A Major Concern In The Construction Industry

In September 2015 the HSE in Northern Ireland issued a Safety Alert on substandard boards. It describes how the boards failed: The boards did not meet strength criteria before putting into use. The boards have been damaged and not withdrawn from use. The boards have become distorted. The boards have been attacked by insects or …

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Proof Of Training

If any staff training has been completed even if it is a short Toolbox Talk you should ask your staff to sign and confirm that they have attended and understood what they have been told. If there is an accident/incident you are likely to face questions from an HSE or local authority inspector and the …

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Suspended Access Equipment: LOLER Certificates

Suspended access equipment is used for cleaning and maintenance of multi-storey buildings. It includes tracks, rails, trolleys, cradles, travelling ladders and the fixings which secure it to the building. A well thought out inspection and maintenance regime would satisfy the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (1998) LOLER. Remember you will need a LOLER certificate …

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