Working outdoors can come with its share of risks. Whilst many are tucked safely at home or in offices in extremes - rain, wind, snow, ice, heat - outdoor workers don’t have the luxury of protection from the elements. Many workplaces know there are dangers to their employees, but don’t know how to conduct an outdoor risk assessment. We’re here to tell you how to complete a working outdoors risk assessment.
With British temperatures rising each summer, most people are aware of the dangers of skin cancer and sunburn; however, when your employees work outside, how can they protect themselves from summer heat waves? Sun cream is one of the easiest and most logical answers - outside of protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses - but do employers have to provide sun cream for employees?
When workers work at heights there are always risks of falling. Construction has the highest fatalities of any industry, and deaths often resulted from falling from heights, which is why employers must adhere to all regulations for working at height. The Work at Height Regulations came into effect in 2005 to prevent workplace deaths and accidents. In this blog post, we discuss the eight regulations for Working at Height in plain language.
British weather isn’t known for its extremes but that doesn’t mean that those exposed to the elements - even in the UK - aren’t at risk. This country is certainly known for its rain, though. It’s anecdotal evidence the world round that British people (especially Glaswegians) and Seattleites alike enjoy copious amounts of rain. When most of us will be running for the wellies, macs, and brollies, when it’s wet and cold - and, perhaps, venturing indoors - those who work outside don't get the luxury. So what about those who do work outside? Are there any specific ‘working in the rain’ regulations? What are employers’ responsibilities when it comes to weather - if any - and, more specifically, rain? Find out what you need to know about working under wet conditions.
When you think of England, you don’t often think of sweltering summer sun. Most people picture drizzly rain in the green, sheep-laden countryside, but, even though the weather is ever-changing, temperatures have been rising recently, especially in summer. When your employees work outside in the sun provisions must be made to keep everyone safe. What are the policies employers must address? Is there a maximum outdoor working temperature? What do employers have to provide to keep everyone cool and are there any special circumstances that apply only to summer and working outside in the sun?
For many on the construction site, rigger boots are an attractive option because they’re a slip-on safety boot between a lace-up and a wellington. They have a looser fit than traditional safety boots, and their added waterproofing makes them an appealing choice; however, are rigger boots banned on construction sites?
There are 7 categories of PPE Equipment from respiratory equipment to head protection to eye protection to body protection, and more. But what equipment do you really need in 2017?
When searching for work gloves, nitrile coated gloves, and latex coated gloves are popular options, but which is best? Before we begin with the merits, let's discuss the properties of latex and nitrile themselves. What is each substance made with, and what's its purpose? Does one fare better than the other? Find out.
It’s a no-brainer that if you don’t maintain your PPE equipment, then it will not work properly. So why is ignoring PPE maintenance a terrible idea for your business? Bottom line: when safety goes out the window, accidents happen. If accidents happen at work, that means you lose time and money - in the form of worker absence, compensation payouts, and potential fines. It’s estimated that over 600,000 workers are non-fatally injured at work, often resulting in long absences - but the real figure could be much higher as these accidents often go underreported. Almost 150 workplace fatalities occur each year, and numbers are declining because there are safety measures in place.
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Personal Protective Equipment is designed to be a last resort when all other safety measures have been put in place. All PPE provides some level of protection, and some PPE is required by law whilst others just provide additional protection. On a construction site, for example, do you need to wear a hard hat or a bump cap or can you choose to wear none at all? Do you have to wear specific safety boots, or can you wear what you choose? What about eye protection, hand protection, or body protection? Do you need to wear Hi-Vis or is that a choice?