Vol. 1, Issue 42 (Dec 08) Road Risk

It has been estimated – Department for Transport (DFT) – that up to one in three road incidents involve someone at work. Lorry driver, bus driver, representatives, travelling between locations, taxi driver & service engineers etc.

Every week around two hundred road deaths and serious injuries may involve individuals who are driving whilst at work.

Have you considered driving for work or whilst at work under a risk assessment? Have you considered the potential impact to your organisation should a fatality occur whilst one is at work driving a company owned vehicle or driving whilst at work?


The “Health and Safety Executive” and the “DFT” are clear in their messages that health and safety laws will be applied to road incidents. Therefore it is recommended that you consider the following: –

  • Ensure drivers hold licence to drive – check and confirm every twelve months as a minimum – they may have had incidents that have added point to the license, that you are not aware of.
  • Set in place a drugs and alcohol policy – not to drink on duty, before duty, inform staff that random screening is to be introduced.
  • Drivers to complete daily checks on the condition of vehicles. This should include lights
  • and other visible damage.
  • Ensure vehicles have appropriate MOT’s and are in date.
  • Ensure that vehicles have appropriate tax for the class of vehicle and is in date.
  • Ensure that eye sights are checked, by a competent person, if wearers of prescription
  • glasses ensure eyes are checked routinely. Eye sight can alter over the years. Do not allow the use of sun / tinted glasses at night.

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Vol. 1, Issue 39 (Mar 08) Don’t take risks with Asbestos

Many people are still needlessly being exposed to asbestos in the workplace.

Despite changes in requirements, many are still not heeding the warnings. The group of people who are most likely to be exposed to asbestos are: –

  • Maintenance workers.
  • IT and data installers.
  • Telecoms.
  • Builders.

The requirements are to be found within the “Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.

You need to decide who is the responsible person. Be it the Landlord or yourself being under the control of a repair lease or facility function.

If the location was built after 2000 the risk is low from having the material in the facility. This must be established.

Decide what information you have available i.e. surveys or insurance inspections.

You may need some external competent advice to complete an assessment/survey.

Once identified you need to let people know what you have and where it is located-giving due regard to hidden areas-in risers, in cupboards, in plant rooms and above ceilings.

If you have damaged material you may have to do something-doing nothing is not the answer.

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Vol. 1, Issue 12 (Jun 01) Risk Assesment

Risk assessment is now enshrined in many areas of health and safety legislation.

It appears under the “Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999” – regulation 3. It is found under many other areas such as: –

  • COSHH Regulations
  • Manual Handling Regulations
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
  • Construction (Design and Management) (As Amended) Regulations
  • Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations
  • Display screen equipment Regulations
  • Noise at work Regulations
  • Make it up as you go regulations
  • Various asbestos regulations.

This listing is not meant to cover all regulations and is in short format.

You should always ask if in doubt.

The various duties under the “Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999” overlaps with other regulations, because of their wide ranging general nature. Where duties overlap, compliance with the more specific regulation will normally be sufficient to comply with the corresponding regulation. For example, the “Manual Handling Regulations” require the assessment of risks, so it could be that you will not have to repeat the exercise for both sets of legislation.

In making risk assessment the following may need to be considered.

  • The inexperience, lack of awareness or risks of the immaturity of young persons.
  • The fitting out and layout of the workplace and workstation.
  • The nature, degree and duration of exposure to physical, biological and chemical agent.
  • The form, range and use of work equipment and the way in which it is handled.
  • The organisation of processes and activities.
  • The extent of health and safety training provided or to be provided to young persons. and others.
  • Risks from agents, process and works listed in Annex to Council Directive 94/33/EC on the protection of young people at work.

Risk Assessment Process.

  1. Identify the hazards.
  2. Identify who might be harmed.
  3. Evaluate the risks from the identified hazards.
  4. Recording.
  5. Revision and review.

It is not a one-off process, it must be revisited and reviewed on a regular basis. Things happen, environments alter, staff relocate, changes occur. What can happen will happen!

FAO: – J Gaskin.

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Vol. 1, Issue 8 (Jun 00) Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The original “Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992” have been repealed. They have been replaced by the “Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999”.

Regulation 3. Covers the risk assessment procedure – similar to the original standards.

Regulation 4. The is now “Principles of prevention to be applied” and include.

a). Avoiding the risk.
b). Evaluating the risk.
c). Combating the risk at source.
d). Adapting the work to the individual especially as regards the design of the workplace, the choice of work equipment and the choice of working and production methods with a view, in particular, to alleviating monotonous work and work at a predetermined work rate and to reducing their effect on health.
e). Adapting to technical progress.
f). Replacing the dangerous by the non dangerous or the less dangerous.
g). developing a coherent overall prevention policy which covers technology, organisation or work, working conditions, social relationships and the influence of factors relating to the work environment.
h). Giving collective protective measures priority over individual protective measures.
i). giving appropriate instructions to employers.

Regulation 5. Covers health and safety arrangements.

Regulation 6. Health and safety surveillance.

Regulation 7. Health and safety assistance.

Regulation 8. Procedures for serious and imminent dangers.

Regulation 9. Contact with external services. With regard to first aid and medical care.

Relation 10. Information for employees.

Regulation 11. Information for employees.

Regulation 12. Persons working in host employers or self employed persons undertaking.

Regulation 13. Capabilities and training.

Regulation 14. Employees duties.

Regulation 15. Temporary workers.

Regulation 16. Risk assessment in respects of new or expectant mothers.

Regulation 17. Certificate from registered practitioner in respect of new or expectant mother.

Regulation 18. Notification by new or expectant mothers.

Regulation 19. Protection of young persons.

It also “alters” other regulations, for instance changes under the “Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981” & changes to the part of the “Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007”.

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