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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

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

Hazard Groups:

  • Hazards generally fall into four main groups


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?

  • Spectacle wearers not allowed on bouncy castle


HSE bans traditional school ties


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


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


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


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

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


Can you identify the hazard?


Can you assess the risks?


Physical

Biological

Chemical

Ergonomic

Hazard Groups:

  • Hazards generally fall into four main groups


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:

  • Able to produce health effects, e.g.

    • Dusts and fibres

    • Fumes and gases

    • Corrosives, poisons


Biological Hazards:

  • Causes ill health through contact with:

    • Micro-organisms (Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi)

    • Insects (mites, parasites)

    • Human, animal waste

    • Sharps (needles, scalpels)


Ergonomic Hazards:

  • Harm caused by:

    • Poor working posture

    • Poor workstation layout

    • Confined space work

    • Unsuitable equipment


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


Physical

Biological

Chemical

Ergonomic

Hazard Groups:

  • Hazards generally fall into four main groups


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