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Health & Safety at Work. Cameron Dearden & Sinéad Watt. What is Health & Safety at Work?. Health and Safety protects individuals in the work place and those who may be affected by work.

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Health safety at work

Health & Safety at Work

Cameron Dearden & Sinéad Watt


What is health safety at work

What is Health & Safety at Work?

  • Health and Safety protects individuals in the work place and those who may be affected by work.

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the main piece of legislation regarding occupational health and safety in the UK.

  • The Health and Safety Executive is responsible for preventing people from being injured, killed or made ill by work.

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Health safety act 1974

Health & Safety Act 1974

  • Secure the health, safety and welfare of persons at work, as well as those who are working in the environment or could be affected by work carried out.

  • Control dangerous substances, such as explosives, chemicals and emissions. COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health.)

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Who is responsible

Who is Responsible?

  • Health and Safety Executive

  • Employer

  • Employees

  • Building Owners

  • Manufacturers

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Health and safety executive s responsibilities

Health and Safety Executive’s Responsibilities

HSE is the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness.

An independent regulator and act in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/index.htm

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Employers responsibilities

Employers Responsibilities

  • Provide maintenance and plant systems, also arrangements for handling/storage/transportation of articles and substances safely.

  • Training, instructions and relevant information is provided.

  • The workplace is a safe environment to work in, as well as getting access to it.

  • Ensure the same regulations are

    applied when other individuals, who

    are not employees, use their facilities.

  • Self-employed people have the

    responsibility to abide by these

    same regulations.

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Employees responsibilities

Employees Responsibilities

  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of himself and of other people who may be affected by his acts or omissions at work.

  • To cooperate with the employer with regards to any Health and Safety legislation that he enforces.

  • No person whether employer, employee or general public should interfere with anything that could compromise the health and safety of an individual.

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Building owners responsibilities

Building Owners Responsibilities.

  • Ensure the absence of risks to health regarding tenants.

  • The maintenance or repair to any premises.

  • Preventing any emissions from the premises or rendering harmless and inoffensive the substances that may be emitted.

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Manufacturers responsibilities

Manufacturers Responsibilities

  • Manufacturers, Designers and Suppliers must ensure that the product is safe to use and tested.

  • Provide adequate information regarding the use of their product with information reflecting Health and Safety.

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Risk assessments

Risk Assessments

A careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people.

Weighing up whether you have taken enough precautions or you need to implement more to prevent harm.

You are legally required to asses the risks in your workplace and put in place a plan to control or prevent these risks.

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How to risk assess in the workplace

How to Risk Assess in the Workplace

  • Identify the hazard.

  • Decide who might be harmed and how.

  • Evaluate the risk and decide on precautions.

  • Record your findings and implement them.

  • Review your assessment and update if necessary.

    www.hse.gov.uk/risk/fivesteps

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Repercussions

Repercussions…

  • If you breach the Health and Safety regulations, you not only put yourself and others at risk, you could:

    • Lose your job for gross misconduct

    • Injury yourself or someone else

    • Be taken to court and fined/imprisoned

    • Cause a fatality to yourself or someone else

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For the business

...for the business

“The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 is a landmark in law. For the first time, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care.”

[http://www.hse.gov.uk/corpmanslaughter/]

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Health safety at work

HSOA

The Health & Safety Offences Act 2008 (HSOA) came into force in 2009

  • Fines of up to £20,000 per breach

  • An unlimited fine and a custodial sentence of up to two years’ imprisonment where the accused is an individual rather than a company

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How does h s affect the way an it organisation s p roducts and services are offered

How does H&S affect the way an IT Organisation’s Products and Services are offered?

  • Everything needs to be tested and labelled to ensure the health and safety of the individual that may purchase the product.

  • Services are restricted by health and safety as employees need training and disclosures to operate equipment, as well as to ensure the health and safety of the customers.

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For example

For Example…

…in Openreach, we offer products which have to be safe in the event of lightening strikes as this can cause surges in the circuit, posing dangerous to the end user. To ensure this, we have a fuse in each circuit in the exchange.

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Health safety at work

…employees working at computers to provide products and services (e.g. online help desk) need to have breaks, for reasons such as their eyesight can be affected by the screens, so the organisation has to provide cover to ensure fluidity in providing these products and services.

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Health safety at work

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