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Q&A - can we fill eyewash bottles with water? Publication date: 07.10.2009
Article database » Accident management/reporting » First aid
Q. Although we haven’t identified the culprit, someone keeps using eyewash bottles as makeshift water pistols. This means that we’re having to buy in new ones to replace the wasted stock. However, a colleague has suggested filling the used bottles with tap water instead. Are we allowed to do this? A. One of the reasons a saline solution is used...
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Q&A - must we mark stair tread nosings? Publication date: 07.10.2009
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Q. We’ve heard that there is a specific health and safety requirement for us to mark all of the stair tread nosings in our building. Is this really the case, and if so, which legislation stipulates this? A. There’s no direct reference to the marking of stair treads in current health and safety regulations. However, the Approved Code of Practice...
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HSE pushing for employee involvement Publication date: 07.10.2009
Article database » H&S management » Communication
The HSE has used its website to urge employers to consult with their employees on health and safety matters. In its view, doing so will help you to create a safer workplace and make managing health and safety issues easier. Is this likely?
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Should personal music players be banned? Publication date: 07.10.2009
Article database » Workplace » Employees
An aerospace company has recently banned the use of personal music devices, such as iPods and MP3 players, on health and safety grounds. Why was this decision made and should you follow suit?
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Updated first aid policy Publication date: 07.10.2009
Article database » Accident management/reporting » First aid
Finally, the HSE has authorised the changes to its approved first aid training courses. To reflect the new system, we’ve updated our free sample first aid policy statement. What’s new?
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Failure to maintain a scissor lift Publication date: 07.10.2009
Article database » Safe use of machinery » Maintenance
When a scissor lift failed in a Tesco store it led to a visit from an environmental health officer and subsequent prosecution. What defects were identified and why did the case end up in court?
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Is a harness required whilst erecting a tower scaffold? Publication date: 07.10.2009
Article database » Working at height » Scaffolding
Although you’ve never seen any reason to instruct staff to wear a safety harness whilst erecting a mobile tower scaffold, one of your clients recently insisted that they should. So, must you change your policy?
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Why are we being told to replace extinguishers? Publication date: 07.10.2009
Article database » Fire safety » Extinguisher
You’ve been informed that changes to a British Standard mean that you need to replace all extinguishers that have a plastic headcap. Is this really the case, or is your information wrong?
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Working alone Publication date: 07.10.2009
Article database » H&S management » Lone working
The HSE has recently published updated guidance on managing staff who work on their own. Are there any significant changes you need to be aware of?
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