Health and Safety at Work Act

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  • Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
    • Personal protective equipment
      • This is the legal equipment that is to be provided with instructions to protect eyes, head, breathing, body, arms and legs
      • Risk assessments are used to establish what clothing and equipment is to be provided ans stored safely
    • Safety signs
      • Prohibition signs are shown through red (what we must not do) For example no access
      • Mandatory signs are shown through blue (what we must do) For example goggles must be warn
      • Warning signs are shown through yellow (tell hazards and danger) For example beware of forklifts
      • Safe condition signs are shown through green (direct to safety) For example first aid
      • Fire signs are shown through red (inform of equipment/procedures) For example fire alarm
    • Fire extinguishers
      • Water (solid fires)
      • Powder (multi-purpose for solids, liquids and gases)
      • Foam (solids and liquid fires)
      • Carbon dioxide (fires involving electrical apparatus and liquids)
    • Computer safety
      • Must take a break once every hour, alternate tasks, stretch regularly, use footrests and wrist rests, keep mouse and keyboard at same level, be positioned correcly and allow arms parallel to floor
      • Injuries can include RSI, glasses, numbness, stiffness etc.
    • COSSH
      • 8 steps: assess risks, decide precautions, control exposure, use measures, monitor, carry out health suraliance, prepare procedures and ensure everyone knows
      • VOC's should be stored in locked steel cupboard with labels
        • Employees should be trained and regular checks carried out


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