All employers, no matter what size of business or what kind of activities they carry out, have a duty to provide first aid care to look after their workers if they are taken ill or have an accident in the workplace.
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 says that employers need to have adequate and appropriate facilities, people and equipment in place to give immediate and effective assistance if somebody is taken ill or is injured. You also have a duty to tell your workers about the first aid arrangements in place in their workplace.
But how do you know what is ‘adequate and appropriate’ first aid provision? First aid needs will be different for all workplaces, depending on a number of factors.
As with all things Health and Safety, it all starts with an assessment – your first aid needs assessment.
The last year has seen a huge change in working arrangements for many people during the Covid-19 pandemic. When the Prime Minister announced the ‘stay at home’ order in Spring 2020, a lot of people and businesses had to adapt to working from home very quickly, many for the first time.
Now, 12 months after the ‘stay at home’ order we are still being asked to work from home if we can, with that message planning on being rescinded sometime this summer (if all goes well). Many businesses and employees will be glad to get people back in the workplace, but a large number of people will keep the working from home arrangement or adapt to some hybrid arrangements where employees are asked to go into the workplace for some days and work from home for the rest.
What arrangements do you have in place to manage the health and safety of your homeworkers?
We all know that exposure to loud noise can damage our hearing, but exactly how loud is too loud? And what do we need to do about noise levels to protect people at work?
Competence is a word that crops up time and time again in safety guidance and legislation, but what does competence mean for health and safety?
Driving is the most dangerous activity most of us do regularly. In 2019 there were 1,725 fatalities on the UK’s roads and 25,945 people seriously injured following a road traffic accident.
A HSE road safety task force estimates that between a quarter and a third of all road traffic accidents involve somebody who is at work.
Looking at the two previous statements, it is easy to see that driving at work can present a significant risk and employers need to manage work related road safety just as they would any other hazard in the workplace.
So, what do you need to know about managing work-related road risks in your business?
After the last few months of lockdown, many employers are now considering the impact of Covid-19 and workers returning to the workplace.
From the 1st of August 2020 the blanket edict of ‘those that can work from home should work from home’ has been replaced by guidance that shifts the onus onto employers to decide whether it is right to bring people back into the workplace, or for them to carry on working from home.