Safe Working Environment

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What is the purpose of the Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992?
These Regulations set out the general standards for health, safety and welfare in the workplace to enable us to provide a safe working environment
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List 6 of the main topics covered in the Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992
Ventilation, Temperature, Lighting, Drinking water, Floors suitable for use & Cleanliness
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Section 2(2) of HSWA requires the employer to maintain the workplace in a condition that is safe & without risk to health. List 4 ways of ensuring a suitable system of maintenance
Regular maintenance at suitable intervals, any potentially dangerous defects are remedied, regular maintenance & remedial work, Suitable records kept to ensure the system is properly implemented and to assist in validating maintenance programmes
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Windows or other transparent surfaces should comply with what two requirements?
Made of safety material or protected against breakage, Appropriately marked or incorporate features to make them apparent
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List 3 types of safety materials for windows & transparent doors
Materials which are inherently robust such as polycarbonates or glass blocks, glass which if it breaks it breaks safely, Ordinary annealed glass which meets the thickness criteria
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List the 5 types of safety signs
Prohibition, Mandatory, Safe Conditions, Warning & Fire Safety
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Draw an example of a prohibition sign
Round, white background, black symbol, red border & cross bar
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Draw an example of a mandatory sign
Round, blue background & white symbol
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Draw an example of a safe conditions sign
Square or oblong, white symbols on a green background
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Draw an example of a warning sign
Triangular, black border, black pictogram on a yellow background
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Draw an example of a fire safety sign
Either the same as a safe conditions sign or are those which identify the location of fire equipment i.e. square with a white pictogram on a red background
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Where would you expect to see signboards?
Installed in a position appropriate to the line of sight, either at the access point to the area of a general hazard or in the immediate vicinity of a specific hazard, clearly visible and well lit position
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Where would you expect to see illuminated signs?
Provided with emergency lighting power if power might be lost in an emergency
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When should pipework be marked and how?
Pipework containing dangerous substances should be identified and marked at sampling and discharge points using the same symbols as those seen on containers of dangerous substances
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Stores & areas containing significant quantities of dangerous substances should be identified by appropriate warning signs unless what?
They hold very small quantities, The labels on the containers can be seen clearly from outside the store
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When should signs marking obstacles, dangerous locations and traffic routes be used?
The risk is low, It is impractical to safeguard by other means
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How should obstacles or dangerous locations such as the edge of a loading platform or danger zone adjacent to a process be marked?
Use of yellow and black or red and white angled stripes
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List 4 main aims of the Health & Safety (Safety Signs & Signals) Regulations 1996
Standardise safety signs, Cover various means of communicating H&S Information, Require Employers to provide specific safety signs where there is a risk that has not been avoided or eliminated, Apply to all places & activities
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Define the term friction
Friction is the resistance an object encounters in moving over another. It is easier to drag an object over ice than gravel. The reason for this is that the gravel exerts more frictional resistance.
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Define the term coefficient of friction
The coefficient of friction is a number which represents the friction between two surfaces. Smooth surfaces have lower friction coefficients, rough surfaces have higher coefficients.
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Define the term frictional force
The frictional force is the force needed to push an object over a given surface. So a smooth surface will require less push or force than a rough surface.
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The Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992 require that floors must not be slippery. How can the slipperiness of a floor be determined?
How slippery a floor is can be determined by measuring the coefficient of friction (CoF); the higher the CoF, the more slip-resistant the surface. We can measure the CoF of good surfaces when they are wet; this represents the coefficient of friction.
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How is the Coefficient of Friction Test conducted?
The methodology is based on using a pendulum. The pendulum CoF test is based on a swinging, imitation heel which sweeps over a set area of flooring in a controlled manner. The slipperiness of the flooring has a direct and measurable effect.
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List 2 ways that the CoF results can be used?
Different CoF values between one surface & another, Effects of contamination on surfaces n terms of CoF
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List the 3 types of slip potential classification based on pendulum test values
High slip potential (0-24), Moderate slip potential (25-35), Low slip potential (36+)
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List 5 ways of effectively cleaning a floor
Use the right amount of cleaning product, Give time for detergent to work on greasy floors, Keep equipment well-maintained, Dry mop, Spot clean
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List 4 potential trip hazards associated with cleaning
Cables & Leads, Rubbish, Uneven Floors, Lighting & Housekeeping
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List 4 control measures for preventing trips associated with cleaning
Clean during quiet times, Communicate, Dispose of rubbish, Report defects
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List 6 of the main topics covered in the Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992

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Ventilation, Temperature, Lighting, Drinking water, Floors suitable for use & Cleanliness

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Section 2(2) of HSWA requires the employer to maintain the workplace in a condition that is safe & without risk to health. List 4 ways of ensuring a suitable system of maintenance

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Windows or other transparent surfaces should comply with what two requirements?

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List 3 types of safety materials for windows & transparent doors

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