By R Gilbert
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So here are some (all statistics extracted from HSE published information): . Every year there are about 200 fatalities caused by accidents at work (about 3000 people are killed on UK roads each year). The main causes of fatalities are shown in Fig. 6. 6 Fatal injuries at work . Every year there are about 30 000 major injuries. The main causes are shown in Fig. 7. You will see that the main cause is not a very exciting one – it is slips, trips and falls. WPNL0206 24 Health and Safety . . so What Business are You in?
Note that the consequence of the hazard has not changed, it remains serious in all cases, but our extra ‘controls’ have reduced the risk. 3 Risk assessments – what are they? In almost every H&S law/regulation there is a requirement to assess the risks by carrying out a risk assessment. If you have five or more employees, the risk assessment must be recorded (written down), kept and periodically reviewed to make sure it is still valid. It is important, therefore, that we have a good working understanding of what a risk assessment is so that we can do what is required.
This can be done in several ways: . through a trade union appointed safety representative (if you have a recognised trade union); . through a safety representative elected by the employees; . directly with employees. 6 Duties to provide safety equipment or PPE If personal protective equipment (PPE) needs to be worn in order to protect employees, then this must be provided by the employer at no cost to the employee. 7 Duties of manufacturers The Act places clear duties on those who design, manufacture, import or supply articles for use at work.