Health and Safety Services for SMEs in Hampshire.

Food Temperature Control

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Poor temperature control is the most common cause of food poisoning outbreaks, prompting the development of legislation to mitigate this risk. The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013, address the temperature control of high-risk foodstuffs that support microbial growth or toxin formation during storage, handling, preparation, holding, service, and display. These regulations also mandate rapid cooling…

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Food Safety

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Food safety is the protection of consumers from harm from food. Compliance with food safety legislation — including the implementation and maintenance of food safety management systems based on the Codex principles of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) — reduces the risk of food poisoning or food-borne disease outbreaks and other hazards occurring. Food…

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Mental Health at Work

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The significance of mental health concerns within the workplace cannot be overstated: statistics suggest that one in six employed individuals experience mental health issues at any given moment. Employers bear a crucial responsibility in overseeing working environments that can influence mental well-being, guaranteeing adequate support for those experiencing mental health difficulties, and proactively addressing discrimination…

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Coping with Stress

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It’s hardly surprising that stress has become an unavoidable aspect of modern life for many individuals. However, there are numerous strategies that can mitigate its negative effects, particularly within the workplace where there’s ample opportunity to recognise warning signs and respond proactively. It’s challenging to recall a time when life was devoid of stress. Recent…

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Asbestos.

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Asbestos Asbestos, a collective term for a variety of fibrous minerals, was once extensively utilized due to its resistance to combustion, excellent electrical and thermal insulation qualities, and strength. Nevertheless, exposure to asbestos fibres poses severe health risks. In the UK, annual fatalities linked to asbestos exposure surpass 5000, reportedly reaching their highest point around…

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Violent at Work

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines violence as any instance where an individual is subjected to abuse, threats, or assault within the context of their employment. This encompasses both verbal and physical forms of aggression, whether they occur in person, online, or over the phone. Verbal abuse emerges as the most prevalent form of…

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Employee Wellbeing

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Employee wellbeing Employee wellbeing encompasses an employer-driven initiative aimed at fostering the physical and emotional health of employees, with the aim of either preventing issues from arising or assisting employees in managing them effectively when they do occur. Many employers implement employee wellbeing programs or initiatives geared towards promoting healthier lifestyles and reducing instances of…

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Occupational Road Risk

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This safety nudge examines the hazards associated with employees driving for the organisation’s purposes and the corresponding preventive measures. It specifically explores aspects concerning the driver, the journey, and the vehicle to mitigate risks effectively. Employers’ Duties The Health and Safety at Work ,etc Act 1974  requires employers to: ensure, as far as is reasonably…

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Use of Company Car

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A company car refers to a vehicle either owned, leased, or funded by the organisation, designated for use by an employee in their professional capacity. While cost plays a pivotal role in deciding company car allocations, numerous other considerations come into play. These factors include the frequency of business-related travel, regular and total mileage for…

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Risk Assessment Method Statements (RAMS)

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Enhancing Workplace Safety through Comprehensive Risk Assessment Method Statements (RAMS) In accordance with Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and various other legislative provisions, employers bear the responsibility of conducting a thorough and appropriate evaluation of health and safety risks associated with their operations, aiming to protect the…

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Fire Safety Management

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Evidence suggests that poor management practices have contributed to many significant fires. As such, good management of fire safety is essential to prevent fires from occurring and to ensure that if they do occur they are likely to be controlled or contained quickly, effectively and safely, or that, if a fire does occur and grow,…

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Display Screen Equipment

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The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 place specific duties on employers with regards to the use of display screen equipment. What is considered to be display screen equipment? Display screen equipment (DSE)  This includes PCs, laptops, tablets, touch screens and smartphones but not televisions. Display screen equipment within your workplace The Health…

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Working in Hot Weather

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Working outside can have a serious impact on an employee’s health if the risks have not been properly managed. The Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 requires employers to provide their employees with, among other things, a safe and healthy working environment. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require…

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Consultation with Employees

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Summary Effective safety management is enhanced by using the experience, feedback and involvement of the workforce. This is a legal requirement. The Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 set the requirements and provisions for the appointment of union safety representatives. Similar requirements are set for the election of representatives of employee safety for non-unionised…

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How do you Deal with Contractors on Your Site?

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Contractors are used for a whole range of activities in many businesses so how do you deal with them and how do you ensure their compliance with Health and Safety? Employers’ Duties Under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974, employers are required, as far as is reasonably practicable, to: • ensure the…

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Wellbeing of the Workplace

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The wellbeing of you staff is vital to the success of your organisation Do you invest in workplace wellness? There are three key reasons to promote employee wellbeing in the workplace: • Productivity and motivation: if an employee is mentally and physically healthy, they have more energy and are more focused — which means they…

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Fire Safety Management

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Preventing fires from occurring is a basic requirement of any business. However, if a fire does occur, it is vital that it is controlled or contained quickly, effectively and safely, or if a fire does occur and grow, everyone in the premises is able to escape to a place of total safety easily and quickly….

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HSE uses National Apprenticeship Week to focus on young workers’ safety

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National Apprenticeship Week 6th -12th February with the theme of Skills for Life, highlighted how apprenticeships can help individuals develop the knowledge needed for a rewarding career while helping businesses develop a talented, diverse workforce that is equipped for the future. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has used the occasion to issue what it…

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New Guidance on Role and Responsibility under the Building Safety Act

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The Health and Safety Executive issue guidance on the Role and Responsibility of the accountable person The Building Safety Act 2022 introduces the roles of Accountable Persons (APs) and the Principal Accountable Person (PAP). It explains that those who own or are responsible for managing high-rise residential buildings will need to appoint a PAP who…

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Employing Young Workers

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Employing young workers can bring many benefits to a business, allowing you to meet staffing needs, build your employer brand and develop a talent pipeline since home-grown talent can be a cost-effective way of filling any future skills gaps. However, employers of younger workers must ensure they comply with the law and that their young…

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Health and Safety Systems

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Health and safety is a legal requirement for all businesses. No matter how large or small it might be the need to control the risks are of paramount importance in the prevention of accident and ill health. the key is to be proactive with a solid foundation of policies and procedures to monitor the companies…

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Menopause: raising awareness in the workplace

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Menopause: raising awareness in the workplace Treating women as equal to men does not mean treating the two sexes the same. Women are different biologically and this may need to be taken into account at work. Gordon Tranter investigates how the menopause can affect women’s health in the workplace and suggests how employers can provide…

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Manual Handling

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Summary Manual handling causes more than one-third of all workplace injuries and features in almost everyone’s job in almost every sector. Therefore, a manual handling activity that represents a significant risk should be avoided, automated or mechanised wherever possible. This topic outlines the steps that can be taken to manage manual handling operations effectively. Employers’…

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Asbestos Register

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If a building contains asbestos, an asbestos management plan must be in place to ensure that everyone using the building is protected against exposure to it. To assess such risks the asbestos must be located and its condition identified so that anyone who may have to work on, or near, the asbestos can understand where…

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