Manual Handling (General)


Manual Handling is an activity we all undertaken daily, whether it involves lifting heavy boxes, moving equipment or using a fire extinguisher there is a risk of injury if care is not taken. Here are some practical tips, for safe manual handling. Action Points In the following notes a basic lifting operation is taken as … Read more

Chemicals and the Effects


Chemicals are commonly used in a variety of processes in one form or another and just about every worksite has chemicals present. Exposure to chemical might be accompanied by warning signs or it could be an odourless, colourless gas. Main Points: • Toxic – Chemicals that can have a poisonous effect on a worker.• Irritant … Read more

Returning to Work after Sickness


What is a return to work questionnaire? A return to work questionnaire is a simple medical declaration that workers complete following a bout of sickness, absence and sometimes foreign holidays. Owners of businesses have a legal responsibility to take action to avoid the risk of contaminating food. Whilst it may be relatively straightforward for a … Read more

Preventing Falls On a Farm


Falls are the second highest cause of death in agriculture – every year at least eight people die falling from a height. Those who survive suffer broken bones and worse. Falls often happen from roofs, lofts, ladders, vehicles, bale stacks, and unsuitable access equipment, such as buckets. These accidents and injuries cause you pain and … Read more

Automated External Defibrillators (AED)

First Aid at Work

Automated external defibrillators (AED) are devices that restore a normal heartbeat by sending an electric pulse or shock to the heart. They are used to prevent or correct an arrhythmia, a heartbeat that is uneven or that is too slow or too fast. Automated external defibrillators (AED) can also restore the heart’s beating if the … Read more

Equality and Diversity in the Workplace


Factors like race, gender, disability, age and work pattern may affect people’s health and safety. Equality is about ensuring everybody has an equal opportunity and is not treated differently or discriminated against because of their characteristics. Diversity is about taking account of the differences between people and groups of people and placing a positive value … Read more

Sprains and Strains

Safety training for Engineering sector

One of the most common injuries in the workplace are sprains and strains. They occur due to pulling, pushing or over exerting yourself during the manual handling. There is damage to the soft tissue in the body, which often doesn’t recover, which include damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, spinal discs, veins and arteries Main Points … Read more

Ladder Use and Access


When you think of using a ladder, it seems like a fairly straightforward task right?. However there’s a lot more danger than one may realise. Main Details There are numerous tasks which require access gained by using a ladder. The Following aspects need to be considered:- • Slipping on a rung causing a fall from … Read more

Safe Use of Combination Metalworking Machines


Mechanical hazards, including trapping, crushing and exposure to cutting tools, exist at the different work stations on combination metalworking machines. Trapping or crushing hazards may also arise from unintended or uncontrolled movement of the workpiece and although uncommon, injuries from the ejection of broken tooling have also occurred Main Points Many of the accidents that … Read more

Conveyor Belt Safety


Unnecessary workplace accidents can occur when employees do not think before they act or avoid taking precautions to prevent accidents. Keeping safety top of mind is especially important when working with potentially dangerous machinery like conveyor belts. Main Points Before you start a Conveyor:- • Inspect the area to ensure that no one is performing … Read more