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Resources

The Information provided on our resouce page has been collected from leading UK Health and Safety Institutions and Government Web Sites such as the Health and Safety Execative (HSE).

Excavator
Construction

A career in Construction can be hard work, but it can also be very rewarding. Find out more by clicking the the 'Construction' link above.

Forklift
Warehouse Logistics

The Forklift is without doubt the most popular macinery candidates learn to drive. Find out more by clicking the the 'Warehouse Logistics' link above.

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

This Approved Code of Practice and guidance is aimed at employers, dutyholders and anyone who has responsibility for the safe use of work equipment, such as managers and supervisors. It sets out what is needed to comply with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The Regulations, commonly known as PUWER, place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over work equipment. PUWER also places responsibilities on businesses and organisations whose employees use work equipment, whether owned by them or not.

Approved Code of Practice and Guidance
Approved Code of Practice and Guidance

This edition updates references to legislation and links to further guidance

Using Work Equipment Safely
Using Work Equipment Safely

This revision incorporates minor changes to reflect the current position with regard to new machinery supply, modifying existing machinery, and safe maintenance of work equipment.

Safe Use of Woodworking Machinery
Safe Use of Woodworking Machinery

It gives practical advice on the safe use of woodworking machinery and covers the provision of information and training, as well as aspects of guarding.

Safe Use of Power Presses
Safe Use of Power Presses

It gives advice on precautions that can be taken to ensure the safe use of power presses.

PUWER 1998.
PUWER 1998.

Updated guidance with current contact details and references to Regulations and publications.

Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare.
Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare

This revised and updated version takes account of changes to legislation since the previous edition was published.

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

These Regulations (often abbreviated to LOLER) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. This includes all businesses and organisations whose employees use lifting equipment, whether owned by them or not. In most cases, lifting equipment is also work equipment so the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) will also apply (including inspection and maintenance). All lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

LOLER also requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and, in many cases, subject to statutory periodic 'thorough examination'. Records must be kept of all thorough examinations and any defects found must be reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority.

Safe Use of Lifting Equipment
Safe Use of Lifting Equipment

This Approved Code of Practice and guidance is for those that work with any equipment provided at work.

Lifting Equipment at Work
Lifting Equipment at Work

This leaflet describes the legal requirements of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment at Work Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

Thorough Examination of Lifting Equipment
Thorough Examination of Lifting Equipment

This leaflet provides advice on options under LOLER relating to the requirement for thorough examination and inspection of lifting equipment.

The Use of Magnetic Lifting Devices
The Use of Magnetic Lifting Devices

This document provides advice about reducing the risk of both injury to operators and other people, and of damage to plant and equipment from the use of magnetic lifting devices.

Working at Height

Work at height means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. Common causes are falls from ladders and through fragile roofs. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 aim to prevent death and injury from a fall from height, one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries.

Working at Height
Working at Height

This brief guide describes what employers need to do to protect their employees from falls from height.

Health and Safety in Roof Work
Health and Safety in Roof Work

Industry guidance identifing the main causes of accidents and ill health in roof work and ways to prevent or control risks.

Fragile Roofs
Fragile Roofs

This leaflet is for anyone working or having work done on fragile roofs.

The Ladder Association
The Ladder Association

Find out how to stay safe and on the right side of the law, at any level of ladder use.

Slips and Trips

Several thousand construction workers are injured each year following a trip or slip whilst at work on a building site. Around 1000 of these injuries involve someone fracturing bones or dislocating joints. Most could be avoided by the effective management of working areas and access routes, such as stairwells, corridors, footpaths and site cabins.

Slips Assessment Tool

The Slips assessment tool (SAT) is a freely downloadable computer software package that allows an operator to assess the slip potential of pedestrian walkway surfaces. The SAT consists of a number of files that are packaged as a single ‘ZIP’ file. This can be downloaded by clicking the 'Slips Assessment Tool' link above. A copy of WinZip is required in order to extract these files and this can be obtained from http://www.winzip.com . Please read the instructions if you are not familiar with downloading and extracting ZIP files. Once extracted, the SAT can be run by double clicking the 'sat.exe' file, which should be located in the folder that the SAT was extracted to.

The SAT has to be used together with a small, portable surface microroughness meter , which users must obtain separately.

Slips and Trips eLearning Package

STEP is an eLearning package developed by the HSE, providing slips and trips guidance through interactive learning. It is an easy way to learn about slips and trips, how they are caused, why preventing them is important and how to tackle them. STEP includes quizzes, videos, animations, case studies and interactive sequences to enhance the learning experience. Completing this package will help your understanding of slips and trips, but to reduce accidents you will also need to take action in your workplace. To start STEP click on the 'Slips and Trips eLearning Package' link above.

Risk Management

Risk management is about taking practical steps to protect people from real harm and suffering - not bureaucratic back covering.

A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork , but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace. You are probably already taking steps to protect your employees, but your risk assessment will help you decide whether you have covered all you need to.

Risk Assessment
Risk Assessment

This leaflet aims to help you identify, assess & control health and safety risks associated with workplace hazards.

Reducing Risks, Protecting People (R2P2)
Reducing Risks, Protecting People (R2P2)

This document describes HSE’s decision-making process to ensure that the process is perceived as valid.

Manage Work-Related Stress
Manage Work-Related Stress

Stress is a major cause of sickness absence in the workplace and costs over £5 billion a year in Great Britain.

Working Together to Reduce Stress at Work
Working Together to Reduce Stress at Work

Work-related stress can be tackled by working with your employer to identify issues at source and agreeing realistic and workable ways to tackle these.

RIDDOR Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013

RIDDOR puts duties on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises (the Responsible Person) to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences (near misses).

Manual Handling

As an employer, you must protect your workers from the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling in the workplace. Manual handling means transporting or supporting a load by hand or bodily force. It includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving loads. A load can be an object, person or animal.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

Provides practical advice and Guidance on the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 which states general requirements imposed on employers to protect employees and other persons from the hazards of substances used at work by risk assessment, control of exposure, health surveillance and incident planning. There are also duties on employees' to take care of their own exposure to hazardous substances and prohibitions on the import of certain substances into the European Economic Area.

COSHH e-tool
COSHH e-tool

For most tasks this website will take you through a number of steps and ask for information about your tasks and chemicals. This assessment will take several minutes to complete.

COSHH Essentials
COSHH Essentials

This revision incorporates minor changes to reflect the current position with regard to new machinery supply, modifying existing machinery, and safe maintenance of work equipment.

The Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations at Work, Approved Code of Practice.

The regulations apply to all workplaces save for ships, construction sites or mines and quarries. The regulations have limited application to temporary workplaces, transport and agriculture. The regulations do not apply in respect of exceptions in the EU directive.

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that defines the fundamental structure and authority for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare within the United Kingdom.

Health and Safety Made Simple
Health and Safety Made Simple

It gives practical advice on the safe use of woodworking machinery and covers the provision of information and training, as well as aspects of guarding.

Managing for Health and Safety
Managing for Health and Safety

It gives advice on precautions that can be taken to ensure the safe use of power presses.

Health and Safety Law Leaflet
Health and Safety Law Leaflet

All workers have a right to work in places where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled.

Plan, Do, Check, Act
Plan, Do, Check, Act

This leaflet will particularly help those who need to put in place or oversee their organisation’s health and safety arrangements.

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (1981)

This publication will help them to understand and comply with the Regulations and offers practical advice on what they need to do.