Health and Safety

Preventing Slips and Trips

  • Ensure good housekeeping in your work area, ensure that the area is clear, dry and well lit
  • Look out for trip hazards, such as uneven floors or trailing cables. Hazards that cannot be removed should be marked using signage and / or hazard tape
  • For additional information, see http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg225.pdf

Manual Handling

  • Before lifting / moving loads, plan the lift. Remove any obstructions and decide where the load is going to be placed. If the load is heavy or awkward, ask for help!
  • When lifting / moving a load, adopt a stable position, get a good hold, start in a good posture, avoid twisting your back or leaning sideways, keep the load close to the waist, keep your head up, move smoothly, and don’t lift more than you can easily manage!
  • Watch this video on the Correct Lifting Technique (2 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhGUkWAA9WM&feature=youtu.be&t=50
  • For additional information, see http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg143.pdf

Using Ladders Safely

  • Before use, check that the ladder is in good condition and safe to use. Do not use the ladder if stiles or rungs are bent, missing or loose as the ladder could become unstable. Do not use stepladders if locking bars are bent or the fixings are worn or damaged
  • Unless the ladder is firmly secured, ensure that someone is always holding the ladder while you are on it
  • Do not overload or overreach when working at height
  • When working from a ladder or steps, maintain 3 points of contact at all times
  • For additional information, see http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg455.pdf

Electrical Safety

  • Before starting work, check that any electrical equipment, cabling, plugs or sockets being used are in good condition
  • Any faulty equipment must be taken out of use, clearly labelled and removed from the work area
  • For additional information, see http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg231.pdf

Hand and Power Tools

  • Ensure that you are using the correct tool for the job and that the tool is in good condition
  • Any faulty tools must be taken out of use, clearly labelled and removed from the work area
  • Dress appropriately for the job and use task-appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include items like safety boots, safety glasses, gloves, ear defenders, hard hat and dust masks
  • Be aware of people around you and make sure they stay clear of the tools you are using
  • When appropriate, secure work with a clamp or vise to keep it from slipping
  • Never carry pointed tools in your pockets
  • Watch this video on Power Tools (1 min): https://youtu.be/Q_ndd_Z5jdg?t=0m44s
  • For additional information, see https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3080.pdf and http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/guidance/cn3.pdf