Are Smartphones DSE

Generally no, although Specsavers have published a report saying they are, we feel that this however, may be to generate eye tests for them

The HSE has a principle that if any device is used for “a prolonged period” then they become subject to the DSE Regulations

The issue is what is a prolonged period? That is open to interpretation

GD and GD Rail have since June 18 been updating your stress policy and this throws up an interesting issue

Are your work practices causing your staff to use their smartphones for prolonged periods? If so you may inadvertently be causing them stress. Time to check your practices and policies and what actually happens in reality

Have a safe period

Ian and the team

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IET 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations

The British Standard 7671 Requirements For Electrical Installations, IET Wiring Regulations. Is the main guidance used by electricians to design install and maintain electrical systems in the UK

There were previously published by the IEE an institution now called the IET

The 18th edition was released in June 2018 and will come in to force on the 1st Jan 2019. All new work after this date must comply with the new standard

This is not retrospective so there is no need to upgrade existing installations to the new standard or to obtain replacement certification

Have a safe period

Ian and the team

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Your SHEF Policy – Have you briefed your staff

All our customers have a comprehensive SHEF policy document and management manual. This is written specifically for your company and is unique. It is however very important that your staff are aware of it and you have evidence to this effect.

Use the induction sheet in section 9 of your management manual to re induct staff after you start with us, or there are significant changes to your work, or after a period of time, say five years.

It is important when staff are doing things at work, they are unable to say “we didn’t know” when asked a question about your company policy or procedures

As ever have a safe quarter

If in doubt please give us a shout. Ian and the team

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Fire precautions

The likelihood of a fire occurring rises as the temperature increases and the dryer everything becomes

We have had notification today from a customer of a fire in a plastic rubbish bin inside a workshop, we are issuing an alert later today

Be aware that fire precautions must be more stringent in our current weather conditions

As ever if you have any questions please let us know

Ian and the team

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Chainsaw training

There is no such thing as a “Chainsaw Licence” but there are training requirements for staff that will use a chainsaw as part of their work

If staff are cutting wood whilst standing on the ground they will need to be trained but if the two day course is too much you may take a more flexible approach

Using a chainsaw is a hazardous activity if not carried out correctly so appropriate training must be carried out for the work your staff are expected to do 

Have a safe month

Ian and the team

 

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Establishment- Do you know what is on yours?

Every business has an “establishment”.  This is used as a description for all the items (assets) an undertaking needs to operate.  GD and GD Rail consider everything that has to be inspected and maintained to be an asset.

Do you know your establishment strength, do you have an asset table?

More to come in the next quarterly update.

Have a safe month.  Ian and the team 

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New Minor Railway Safety Initiative

Our valued customer the Aln Valley Railway, in the form of its SHEF advisor Mark Hayton has embarked on a safety initiative at the start of their summer season to keep their staff focused on safe working in all aspects of the railway’s work

We think it is first rate and will be sending this out to all our railway customers shortly

Well done to all involved at the Aln Valley Railway

As ever if in doubt give us a shout. Ian and the team

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More Blue Tape

The HSE has produced a report, called “tackling blue tape” that concludes that employers are being forced to take unnecessary action under the guise of health and safety

For example there is no benefit on signing up to accreditation schemes such as CHAS or Acclaim OR REFRESHING EACH YEAR!!

Certification to management standards such as ISO 45001 requires significant resources and can be a diversion from the effective and proportionate risk management

Some consultancies are scaring customers into signing up to multi year contacts costing them a fortune and providing poor advice

It goes on……..

We don’t want to say we told you so but we did.

Have a safe month. Ian and the team

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