It is important to work at a location where you can have the most safety, rules and regulations that are designed to protect your health. If you do work in a position where you are in need of some form of protection, whether for your body, or the air that you breathe, it’s good to take advantage of the safety precautions that are available. We recently contracted a health and safety consultant to carry out a health and safety audit at our business, who were also the inspiration for this post and can be contacted via their Twitter profile. Let’s take a look at some very common workplace health and safety tips that you should be aware of, ones that can help you stay safe and potentially prolong your life.

Why Safety Is Important

When you talk to most people that are in professions that they have been in for many years, you will find that they become accustomed to the many dangers and excessive amounts of stress that they have been tolerating, considering it simply part of the job that they do. What most people don’t think about is the toll that it will take on your body, potentially leading to injuries or illnesses at some point in time. They also don’t consider the mental ramifications, how it will affect your stress levels in general, and also your attitude toward your job. When you start to think about safety, you have probably come to a point where you are recognizing that certain aspects of your job are not safe, and that your health may be at risk. It is at this point where you should consider all of your options, and also discuss problems that you see with your current position with your employer in order to promote your overall health and safety.

Things To Consider

There are many things that you need to consider when you are thinking about your work environment and ways to remain as safe as possible. First of all, you need to understand the risks that are involved with your particular profession, recognize the hazards that you may be up against every day, and what you can do to reduce the probability of succumbing to any type of illness or injury. Another thing that is important to think about is the amount of stress that you are under, something that is common with many professions today. Whether you are working in a profession where physical labor can cause stress, or if you are doing something that is more mental, the amount of stress that you are experiencing everyday can take a toll on not only your mental health, but your physical body. Try to take breaks if possible, or take some vacation if you need to, just to reset and start to feel normal again. There is nothing more important than your health, and if it is possible for you to cut back on your caseload or workload, or take some time off to reduce the stress levels you are under, it is always recommended for those that are concerned about their health.

Additional Workplace Health And Safety Tips

There are some other things to consider when it comes to health and safety that most people take for granted. They assume that the way that they move does not matter and that picking up heavy objects is not a problem, that is until they pull a muscle or get out of alignment. Using mechanical aids whenever possible is something that you should consider, and always use some type of back brace to support your back. Any type of protective equipment that you need to wear should be worn to promote overall safety, and if you have any concerns at all with your job, talk with your employer to see if you can come to a resolution over that which concerns you the most.

Things To Never Do

There are a few final things to address which include things that you should never do when you are looking at health and safety issues. The first thing to consider is how much you actually ignore the problems that you are facing on an ongoing basis. If you are coming to work depressed, not wanting to be at your job, yet you are very good at the profession you are in, instead of ignoring this, taking medications to change your metal attitude, what you might need instead is some rest. In regard to your health, if you have noticed that you are getting sick much more easily, or that your energy levels are dissipating with every passing week, it could be that you have developed some type of illness, whether physical or mental, that needs to be addressed right away. What you should never do is ignore these signs and symptoms that you see, obvious changes in the way that you feel and think. By taking care of these problems right away, you should be able to quickly become much more healthy, knowing that your health and safety are a priority, helping you to have a much more positive attitude about what you do.

All of these tips should help you find a much safer workplace waiting for you after resolving these issues, and taking your job a little more seriously. Your health and safety is always a priority, the number one concern that you should have, ensuring that you will be able to continue working at your place of employment for many years to come.

Fire is a very destructive hazard. It can cause serious financial damage in business and human suffering. These possible dangers are amplified in the construction site, where the combination of using of flammable materials and hot work tools can cause a fire that spreads quickly and is difficult to escape. The guidelines set out by the Fire Safety Order (FSO) outline the laws of general fire safety in the construction site.

These guidelines cover the most important aspects of fire safety and prevention including: identification of risks, control of ignition sources and combustible materials and the organization and implementation of contingency plans.

Who is In Charge of Fire Safety?

There must always be a “Responsible Individual” in charge of keeping and carrying out an up to date assessment of all fire risks as well as putting into effect appropriate measures to reduce and eliminate the risk of fire damage to life, limb and property. A qualified fire risk assessor is highly recommended to complete a fire risk assessment within your place of business.

Typically, the person in charge of the construction site, the principal contractor or foreman, will be assigned to the role of “responsible person,” who will be in charge of fire safety. The duties of the “responsible person” will be to immediately locate and identify any fire hazards in the vicinity as well as establish general fire safety precautions, emergency procedures and fire escape routes in accordance with their initial risk assessment.

In situations where construction is being done in an occupied building, like an apartment or office building, it is necessary to ensure your work will not interfere with the existing fire escape routes, sprinkler systems, dry risers or alarms.

The Four Most Important Issues for the person in charge of Fire Safety are:

-Risk assessment
-Means of escape
-Means of giving warning
-Means of fighting fire

Note: When working on construction of timber-framed buildings it is necessary to implement several other safety precautions that should be researched before commencing construction.

Getting Started

The first thing to do as the responsible person in charge of fire safety is condition yourself to have a healthy fear of fire, its speed and its destructive power; only then will you view your site as a possible inferno and do your utmost to prevent this catastrophe.

Step 1: Risk Assessment

Conducting a proper risk assessment of the premises is usually a straightforward task that requires a few moments of diligence. This can be performed by the person in charge of fire safety or an appointed consultant.

There are five important points to carry out in a thorough fire risk assessment:

1. Identify the hazards: consider how fires could start and what they would burn
2. Consider the people at risk: contractors, employees, visitors and anyone who may be especially vulnerable, eg. disabled and children
3.Evaluation and action: after considering the hazards in relation to all the people at risk, see steps 1 and 2, act to remove the risks in order to minimize the dangers to people and property.
4.Recording, planning and training: keep a record of the risks and specific actions taken to remedy each one. Implement a clear plan for fire safety and make doubly sure that people understand exactly what they are to do in the event of a fire
5.Review and revise: Review the assessment and be sure it complies to any new changes on the site

Step 2: Means of Escape

Some important points of consideration when planning an efficient escape route include:

-Routes: your first risk assessment should illustrate which escape routes are optimal and which must be consistently unobstructed;
-Alternatives: alternative escape routes at various locations that to the ground level should be included wherever possible
-Protection: primary and alternative escape routes can also be protected by installing permanent fire separations and fire doors as soon as possible;
-Assembly: Be sure that your planned escape route lead to an assembly point, some safe place where everyone can gather and be accounted for.
-Signs: for those not familiar with the planned escape route, you will need a visible system to illustrate the escape routes, Lighting is also necessary in case of power outages and other unforeseeable circumstances.

Means of Giving Warning

You will need a warning system to alert the people in and around the site to the threat of fire. Depending on the size and location of the construction site this system could be as simple as a regularly tested klaxon or air horn to a more complex system of smoke detectors, sprinklers and alarms.
The most important qualities of a fire alarm are being loud (louder than the ambient noise) and distinctive.

Means of Fighting Fire

Fire extinguishers should be kept at various convenient locations; these should be easily identifiable, easily accessible and near the fire risks you identified earlier. The extinguishers you choose should be appropriate to the nature of the potential threat: wood, paper and cloth – water extinguisher
flammable liquids – foam extinguisher or dry powder ;
electrical – carbon dioxide extinguisher.
Choose several people to be trained in the proper use of the extinguishers.