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    Safety in the workplace safety helmet

    Safety in the workplace is very important, so here are some safety precautions to take:

    Fire safety

    Fire, and especially the smoke that accompanies it, is a recognised killer. In any event a business will be disrupted, stock damaged and profits lost.

    Please see the fire safety page for more details.

    Electrical safety

    The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 apply to all workplaces and the electrical equipment used in them. They require precautions to be taken against the risk of death or personal injury from the use of electricity in work activities and commercial premises.

    Find out more about electrical safety

    Manual handling

    More than one third of all over-three day injuries reported each year to the HSE and Local Authoirities are caused by manual handling (the transporting of loads by hand or by bodily force).

    Most of the accidents cause back injuries (50%).

    The majority of manual handling injuries build up over a period of time rather than being caused by a single handling incident.

    Please see the manual handling page for more details.

    Noise

    The noise at work regulations require employers to assess the noise to which employees may be exposed.
    More information about noise regulations.

    Working with machinery and equipment

    Working with machinery and equipment legislation

    Dealing with hazardous chemicals

    Details can be found on the chemicals page.

    Asbestos

    Asbestos was the main cause of occupational ill health in the second half of the twentieth century.
    Find out more about asbestos

    LPG

    LPG consists of commercial Butane, Propane or any mixture of the two. The main hazards associated with its use are fire and explosion. Asphyxiation can also be a danger in low lying storage areas as LPG is heavier than air and so sinks replacing the available air.

    The safety requirements for the use and storage of LPG depends upon the amount kept at any one premises, although basic precautions are required for even small quantities.

    The main factors that must be taken into consideration are separation distances, ventilation, security, warning signs and the control of ignition sources. Empty cylinders are considered to be the same as full, because of their residual content.

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    PPE includes protective clothing such as aprons, clothing for adverse weather conditions, gloves, safety footwear, safety helmets, high visibility waistcoats etc. For employees working outside, protective clothing is provided to protect from cold and wet weather. Measures should also be taken to protect against skin cancer from continuous exposure to sunlight.

    More information about PPE

    First Aid in the workplace

    Under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 workplaces must have first aid provision.

    More about first aid