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Look after your home workers

As an employer with display screen users, you have a duty of care to assess the risks not just of your office based staff but also any of your staff who work from home.

With so many employees now working at home and often sat at a desk, using a computer the risks to health and safety have changed.

According to a recent survey by a not-for-profit health insurer, more than one in three remote workers say that they have experienced new back pain since working regularly from home and three in five say employers failed to support them in setting up a workstation at home that promotes healthy posture. 

BHSF says that although businesses are investing millions of pounds on office ergonomics, they are failing to extend the same care to home workers, with women feeling particularly let down and those over 50 being particularly vulnerable. The not-for-profit insurer added that a failure to protect employees who are benefiting from flexible working practices could result in a rise in musculoskeletal issues in the future.

Risk Assessment Solutions Display Screen Equipment Assessments, will assess posture and comfort, work station design and set up and types of activities to ensure the safety and health of your employees. Display Screen Equipment (DSE) includes any item of computer-related equipment including the display screens, computer, keyboard, mouse, desk and chair.

A very simple suggestion to get your staff moving would be get hold of an app that goes off periodically, which reminds the user to go for a brief walk around the office or stretch to workout those back muscles.

Safely Evacuating Care Homes

Stop and think for a moment. Do you have a duty of care for nursing home residents? Are any of those residents immobile or unable to walk unaided? Are any of these residents living on a floor other than a ground floor?  

In the unthinkable event of a fire evacuation emergency, are you and your care home staff certain of how to evacuate a disabled bodied person? Do you know how to move someone safely up or down a staircase?

Risk Assessment Solutions carry out Evacuation Training Courses across the UK. These courses are designed to help each Care Home formulate an evacuation plan for their premises and help each organisation become mobility friendly.

It is important that every nursing home or residence is adequately prepared to assist everyone to safety, regardless of their disability. In some cases Risk Assessment Solutions can help with placing residents in the correct rooms in a home in order to assist an evacuation should one be required.

We train staff how to use sledges and other evacuation equipment to minimise injury and discomfort and maximise health and safety of everyone from staff to patients.

Do you know the difference between fire extinguishers?

An outbreak of fire is always unexpected. If a fire was to breakout on your premises right now would you or your staff instinctively know which extinguisher to use?

Which extinguisher do you use on a carbonaceous material and which extinguisher would you use on a flammable liquid? Have you seen what happens when water is used on burning oil?

A fire can breakout in numerous situations and with numerous substances from gas or electricity to fat or toxic chemicals.

Under U.K legislation a designated Fire Marshall is required to have suitable and sufficient instruction and training on the appropriate precautions and actions to be taken in order to safeguard him/herself and other relevant persons on the premises. This training should be repeated periodically where appropriate. The responsible person must appoint one or more competent persons to assist him in undertaking the preventive and protective measures.

Risk Assessment Solutions Industrial Fire Training includes teaching designated Fire Marshalls within your organisation the difference between the types of extinguishers. We can also supply and install fire extinguishers in your warehouse, care home, office, school, surgery, factory, office or construction site.

Additionally, as leading specialists in delivering bespoke and tailored fire related training courses to nursing homes and businesses throughout the UK, we provide a unique and successful course that is tailored to the precise needs of each particular building because we always visit a premises prior to the training day in order to gain all the information needed about the location and the staff.

Confined Space Regulations

Are any of your employees working in an enclosed environment? Have the risks to their health, safety and wellbeing been reasonably assessed?

Confined Space Regulations are there to help you stay within the law and protect your workers safety whilst in that enclosed space.

Confined Space Regulations define a confined space as any place in which, by virtue of its enclosed nature, there arises a reasonably foreseeable specified risk. This includes any chamber, tank, vat, silo, pit, trench, pipe, sewer, flue, well or other similar space.

The regulations state that a specified risk means a risk of serious injury to any person at work arising from a fire or explosion; the loss of consciousness of any person at work arising from an increase in body temperature; the loss of consciousness or asphyxiation of any person at work arising from gas, fume, vapour or the lack of oxygen; the drowning of any person at work arising from an increase in the level of liquid; or the asphyxiation of any person at work arising from a free flowing solid or the inability to reach a respirable environment due to entrapment by a free flowing solid.

It may not be a simple task to identify a confined space because it may not be enclosed on all sides, small and/or difficult to work in or difficult to get in or out of or it might be a place where people work infrequently.

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