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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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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




Ulster rugby star nevin spence died in slurry tank trying to save father
Ulster rugby star on the donkey'Nevin Spence died in slurry tank trying to save father




Risk or hazard
Risk or Hazard? on the donkey'

  • 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 on the donkey'

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




Hazard groups1

Physical on the donkey'

Biological

Chemical

Ergonomic

Hazard Groups:

  • Hazards generally fall into four main groups


Physical hazards
Physical Hazards: on the donkey'

  • 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: on the donkey'

  • Able to produce health effects, e.g.

    • Dusts and fibres

    • Fumes and gases

    • Corrosives, poisons


Biological hazards
Biological Hazards: on the donkey'

  • Causes ill health through contact with:

    • Micro-organisms (Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi)

    • Insects (mites, parasites)

    • Human, animal waste

    • Sharps (needles, scalpels)


Ergonomic hazards
Ergonomic Hazards: on the donkey'

  • Harm caused by:

    • Poor working posture

    • Poor workstation layout

    • Confined space work

    • Unsuitable equipment


University of ulster
University of Ulster on the donkey'

  • 3000 employees

  • 15,000 full time students

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

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



Hazard groups2

Physical on the donkey'

Biological

Chemical

Ergonomic

Hazard Groups:

  • Hazards generally fall into four main groups


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