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Health and Safety in the Workplace. Dr Clare Ryan. Sure every work place is safe. It’s not always what we do, but how we do it, which causes accidents. Why should we care?. Moral and ethical reasons Economic reasons Legislative reasons. Physical. Biological. Chemical. Ergonomic.

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Health and safety in the workplace

Health and Safety in the Workplace

Dr Clare Ryan


Sure every work place is safe

Sure every work place is safe.....

  • It’s not always what we do, but how we do it, which causes accidents


Why should we care

Why should we care?

  • Moral and ethical reasons

  • Economic reasons

  • Legislative reasons


Hazard groups

Physical

Biological

Chemical

Ergonomic

Hazard Groups:

  • Hazards generally fall into four main groups


Is it law

Is it Law?

  • Safety Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, 2007

  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Carcinogens) Regulations, 2001

  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Exposure to Asbestos) Regulations, 2006

  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations 1994 as amended in 1998

  • Chemicals Act No 32 of 2010

  • Regulated by the Health and Safety Executive NI (www.hseni.gov.uk)


Is all health and safety needed

Is all Health and Safety needed?

  • Spectacle wearers not allowed on bouncy castle


Hse bans traditional school ties

HSE bans traditional school ties


Health and safety risks stop children playing pin the tail on the donkey

Health and safety risks stop children playing 'pin the tail on the donkey'


Ulster rugby star nevin spence died in slurry tank trying to save father

Ulster rugby star Nevin Spence died in slurry tank trying to save father


Construction firm henry bros fined 75k over worker s death

Construction firm Henry Bros fined £75k over worker's death


Health and safety in the workplace

http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Statistics/Fatal_Injury/


Risk or hazard

Risk or Hazard?

  • A ‘Hazard is a potential source of harm or adverse health effect on a person or persons’.

  • A ‘risk is the likelihood that a person may be harmed or suffers adverse health effects if exposed to a hazard.’


Risk assessments

Risk Assessments

http://biomed.science.ulster.ac.uk/risk/.


Can you identify the hazard

Can you identify the hazard?


Can you assess the risks

Can you assess the risks?


Hazard groups1

Physical

Biological

Chemical

Ergonomic

Hazard Groups:

  • Hazards generally fall into four main groups


Physical hazards

Physical Hazards:

  • Cause damage to the body, e.g.:

    • Working with tools and machinery

    • Working at height

    • Electrical work

    • Exposure to noise or vibration


Chemical hazards

Chemical Hazards:

  • Able to produce health effects, e.g.

    • Dusts and fibres

    • Fumes and gases

    • Corrosives, poisons


Biological hazards

Biological Hazards:

  • Causes ill health through contact with:

    • Micro-organisms (Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi)

    • Insects (mites, parasites)

    • Human, animal waste

    • Sharps (needles, scalpels)


Ergonomic hazards

Ergonomic Hazards:

  • Harm caused by:

    • Poor working posture

    • Poor workstation layout

    • Confined space work

    • Unsuitable equipment


University of ulster

University of Ulster

  • 3000 employees

  • 15,000 full time students

  • http://www.ulster.ac.uk/hr/healthandsafety/

  • http://www.ulster.ac.uk/hr/healthandsafety/procedures_safety.html


Ultimate aim a safe work environment

Ultimate aim- a safe work environment


Hazard groups2

Physical

Biological

Chemical

Ergonomic

Hazard Groups:

  • Hazards generally fall into four main groups


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