Do I need a Health & Safety Policy?
If you employ five or more people you must, by law (Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 section 2(3), have a written health and safety policy.
The policy should consist of the following sections:
- Statement of Intent – sets out how you what you will do to manage health and safety
- Responsibilities – who will be responsible for managing health and safety
- Arrangement – how you will manage areas such as accidents, working at height, fire safety, manual handling in your organisation
What is RIDDOR?
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 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) to the Health and Safety Executive.
Do I need to display a H&S Law poster?
If you employ anyone, then yes you need to display the Health and Safety Law poster to ensure employees are notified of information relating to general requirements, duties and so on under health and safety law.
The information provided must include contact details of:
- Employee Representative (where relevant)
- Management Representative responsible for health and safety
- Enforcing Authority
What is the minimum/maximum temperature in the workplace?
The Workplace Health, Safety & Welfare Regulations 1992 state that the temperature in most working environments to be at least 16ºC unless much of the work involves severe physical effort in which case the temperature should be at least 13ºC.
These temperatures may not, however, ensure reasonable comfort, depending on other factors such as air movement and relative humidity.
There is not a set maximum temperature, the regulations simply require that the temperatures in workplaces inside buildings are reasonable.
What should a Manual Handling assessment include?
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) place a legal obligation on employers to undertake a sufficient and suitable risk assessment to identify the possible risks from the manual handling of loads.
There are no guaranteed safe loads or maximum weights and the assessment should consider:
- Load – heavy, large, hard to handle, sharp etc
- Individual – age, health, capabilities etc
- Task – bending, reaching, twisting, long distances etc
- Environment – housekeeping, space, slip hazards, layout