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Assessing Risk

This post ‘Assessing Risk’ or ‘Risk Assessment’ is extracted from Module 2 – Assessing Risks of IOSH Managing Safely course. The article gives you summarized knowledge of the risk assessment with steps, procedure and examples. Key learning points of Assessing Risk are: Definitions of the terms ‘hazard’, ‘hazardous event’ and ‘risk’ Definition of the term ‘risk assessment’ Definition of the […]

Safety Management System

It is an excellent management practice for every organization to have a Safety Management System in place, and an effective system can be of great benefit to your organization. A Safety Management System can vary greatly in style according to the trade or profession concerned. For some companies, issues such as storage, plant and equipment, hazardous substances, contractor management, and […]

Accident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis

A step-by-step guide for accident investigation and root cause analysis. Accident and incident investigation explain why we should carry out incident investigation. Explanation of Domino and multi-causality theories, immediate and underlying causes accident ratio studies and their limitations. You can also download ‘Accident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis‘ PPT presentation and PDF from our books section. Which has option to […]

Occupational diseases and conditions

Occupational diseases and conditions are classified according to their causative factors and the type of work undertaken. These factors may be of a physical, chemical, biological or work-related origin. Exposure to physical phenomena, such as noise for instance, may result in workers suffering noise-induced hearing loss. On the other hand, people handling hazardous chemical substances may contract dermatitis and those […]

Dermatitis causes, symptoms and treatment

The term dermatitis, fundamentally, means inflammation of the skin. Dermatitis is the most common form of occupational disease and prevention rests very much on levels of personal hygiene, the use of a range of skin protection agents and health surveillance procedures where people may be exposed to the risk of contact with certain physical, chemical and biological agents. Non-infective dermatitis […]

Gross misconduct – health and safety

Gross misconduct from a health and safety viewpoint implies the flagrant and/or continuous disregard for health and safety requirements and established precautions in a workplace or work activity by an employee. Typical examples are: smoking in an area where there may be a fire hazard; continuous failure to wear an item of personal protective equipment; blatant disregard for workplace safety […]

Fire safety and prevention an introduction

Every year fire and its effects represent substantial losses to organizations. It is essential, therefore, that everyone is familiar with fire procedures and the measures to prevent fire. Making fire safety provisions is legal as well as moral responsibility of employer. I am explaining the basic guide for fire safety and its prevention, you can also opt for online training […]

Basics of construction safety

Implementation of construction safety work practice in day-to-day activities in construction industry is must follow rule for every employee and employer. The fatal injury rate is much higher in construction industry in compare to other industries in this category. Construction is high hazard industry wide range of activities with high safety risk including working at heights, construction, excavation, demolition, use […]

Who is competent person?

Under the MHSWR, a competent person shall be regarded as where he has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to enable him properly to assist in undertaking those measures. The onus is on the employer to decide whether persons are competent to undertake designated tasks and duties. The expression competent person occurs frequently in construction safety law. For […]

Personal protective equipment ropes

  While thinking about personal protective equipment ropes come first in mind. Ropes may be constructed from natural fibre, wire or man-made fibre. Natural fibre ropes are made from materials of vegetable origin, such as manila hemp, sisal, coir and cotton, and manufacturers do not normally provide a certificate stating the safe working load (SWL). However, it is normal for […]

Health and safety benchmarking

A benchmark is a reference point which is commonly used in surveying practice. More recently the term has been used to imply some form of standard against which an organisation can measure performance and, as such, is an important business improvement tool in areas such as quality management. Health and safety benchmarking follows the same principles whereby an organization’s health […]

Early signs of alcohol / drug abuse

Alcohols are not made only to be consumed but they have many industrial importance. Also, the other drugs if one thinks rationally will take and let it influence you in a way that the person feels it does not affect his/her body negatively. Symptoms Although in the world nowadays apart from elite socializing parties or get to gathers where it […]

Drastic effects of alcohol at workplace

Alcohol is a kind of depressant which slows down the central nervous system. It decreases the motor coordination in the brain which stops the intellectual performance. However, it is used in parties and entertainment sessions. Their positive approach is mainly when it is used as taste enhancer in foods and a drunk in small quantity in countries with extreme cold […]

Moral reasons for managing health and safety at workplace

It is fair to say that when people go to work they do not expect to be injured or worse. Every employee expects that in return for the duties they perform they can expect to work in a safe environment and return to their families and friends at the end of their shift. It is also fair to say that […]

All about scleroderma disease

Scleroderma is a chronic skin disease. This is a rare disease 3 out of 100000 people per year that most often affect women between the age of 30 and 50. This is not a single disease; it is a group of diseases. The disease affects the skin, blood vessels, muscles and internal organs. Types of scleroderma There are two types of […]

Examples of a confined space

What is confined space? It can be any space of an enclosed nature where there is a risk of death or serious injury from hazardous substances or dangerous conditions (e.g. lack of oxygen). A ‘confined space’ must have both of the following defining features: it must be a space which is substantially (though not always entirely) enclosed; and one or […]

Things to Keep in Mind While Choosing a First Aid Training Course Provider

Employees can be some of the most vulnerable citizens if their respective employers are lukewarm to the idea of security. And, the way the workforce often finds it difficult to speak about their need of security is something that only aggravates the situation. So, in turn, employers, as moral agents, should themselves prove up to the task of strengthening the […]

Obtaining a CSCS Card – All You Want to Know is Here

The Construction skills Certification Scheme card is for construction workers, who need to pass this achievement test in order to prove their proficiency in doing the construction based works. Working in construction sector isn’t easy, and requires workers to meet the specified criteria. It is a skill certification scheme, under the UK government, to ensure that the construction activities are […]

What is the Difference Between NEBOSH and IOSH Courses ?

NEBOSH, short for the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health, is an autonomous examining and award-giving board, which is recognized across global quarters for its specialization in vocational education pertaining to various matters of concern, such as health, safety, environment protection and risk management. It is a body of an exalted rank for being a guiding mentor of […]

First Aid Courses Can Save Lives at the Workplace

Life is a tad moody. Isn’t it? Though happiness and sadness are equally distributed, nothing is anticipated. Nothing is unforeseeable. Everyone has his/her canvass, painted with the most exuberant hues, and the darkest blues. The occurrence and magnitude of incidents can never be predicted. And, no line of defense can make a difference. However, it’s always inspiring how we, the […]

A Guide on How to Choose a First Aid Training Organization for a First Aid Certificate

Early in the day, a number of first aid training organizations were required to seek approval from the Health and Safety Executive – a regulatory agency with a responsibility to ensure and advice on maintaining healthy working conditions for employees across UK. However, things took a turn in October ’13 when HSE stopped giving such work permits. The move was […]