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- Follow appropriate systems of work laid down for their safety
- Make proper use of equipment provided for their safety
- Co-operate with their employer on health and safety issues to minimise risk
- Inform their employer if they identify hazardous handling activities
- Take care to ensure that their activities are not hazardous to others.
Many businesses are wrongly under the impression that this does not apply to them because they are primarily an office environment. This is a misconception that can have serious consequences.
There is evidence to support claims that physical injuries such as back and spinal pain is caused by continual bad lifting, twisting and stretching and not by single trauma injuries.
EH Systems can help businesses to avoid these types of injuries to their employees through the provision of effective and comprehensive training.
Reap the benefits
By engaging in a programme of instructional Manual Handling Training courses, your business and its employees can leverage the numerous and significant benefits that these courses deliver.
For example, attendance on just a single course will reveal how using the correct manual handling procedures can help to:
- Avoid costly, stressful accidents
- Lower insurance premiums
- Promote a safe working environment and culture
- Encourage teamwork and improve staff morale
- Protect your business and enhance its reputation as a responsible employer
Comprehensive workstation assessments
EH Systems will visit your premises and carry out a comprehensive assessment of all your workstations.
- Correcting instances of poor seating and/or posture
- Modifying desk layout
- Improving the general working environment
- Enhancing ergonomic awareness.
A detailed report will be prepared containing corrective actions where appropriate for all workstations, display screen equipment/visual display units.
The report can always be referred back to as a reference document. This is especially useful if you have new starters, agency staff, temporary staff or contractors who visit your offices.
Self-Assess Your DSE/VDU Equipment
This train-the-trainer course provides the delegate on how to complete a thorough assessment of your DSE (Display Screen Equipment) / VDU (Visual Display Units) such as those commonly found as part of a computer workstation.
Subjects covered include:
- Basic legislation
- Documentation and the assessment process.
Workstations can then be assessed for poor posture, incorrect seat positioning, bad ergonomic set up and general environment.
Once assessed corrective actions are suggested and can then be put straight into action. A full and comprehensive checklist is prepared which is very useful for new starters, if you employ temporary staff or if you have staff returning to work after a period of absence, like maternity/paternity leave or long term sickness.
DSE/VDU equipment assessments will be carried out on selected workstations with the nominated trainees. This way, there will be continuity when the time comes for them to carry out further assessments.
Upon completion the delegate should be able to:
- Understand the reasons why DSE/VDU assessments are undertaken
- Have an understanding of current legislation
- Be able to explain the main hazards associated with incorrect DSE/VDU setup
- Demonstrate to the user correct setup, techniques and posture
- Carry out a basic DSE/VDU assessment and record the findings.
Evacuation Chair Training for Operatives
The course content consists of a short theory session covering key areas such as risk assessment and legislation along with practical use of the chair.
The course is run using your own equipment, however, EH Systems does have chairs that can be used if required.
After completing the course the delegate will:
- Have a basic understanding of fire regulations affecting mobility-impaired people
- Better understand issues affecting those with a mobility impairment
- Understand manual handling of the chair
- Have confidence in the chair and their ability to operate it.
This entails training the delegate to understand and deliver the training listed above. It is more intensive and uses videos and a training pack as well as more practical use of the evacuation chair.
Upon completion, the delegates will be able to carry out their own training sessions and safely instruct others.
Fire warden training
The fire warden training course looks at the roles and responsibilities of the Fire Warden / Fire Marshal, evacuation procedures, basic fire risk assessment, spotting the hazards and causes of fire in the workplace and contacting the necessary services.
You are required to:
- Be deemed sufficiently competent through attendance at an accredited Fire Warden training programme
- Deliver training to staff on induction and thereafter at regular intervals
- Carry out a departmental / operational fire risk assessment
- Carry out periodic checks of existing fire prevention methods
- Organise fire evacuation drills
- Report any faulty fire prevention or fire fighting equipment
- Make sure personnel know where fire alarm points are located along with all escape routes
- Make sure notices are sited correctly
- Make sure the fire evacuation plan is properly distributed and understood
- In the event of an emergency, assist in evacuating employees and visitors from a building.
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, 2005, it is now compulsory for companies to undertake a Fire Risk Assessment.
The regulations came into force on the 1st October 2006 and this new approach to fire safety law has been introduced to simplify regulations and make it more straightforward for people to understand what they should do.
Assessing Risk in the Workplace through Preventative MeasuresA risk assessment is essentially a careful examination of the hazards involved in your work and identifying what could cause harm or injury to any member of staff, contractor or member of the public.
This is achieved by looking at the task being carried out, assessing the risk associated with it and the probability that it will occur if preventative measures are not taken.
This will produce an easy to use and understandable scoring system which will enable you to decide which task needs attention immediately. All assessments should be reviewed at least annually and when circumstances change, for example when new equipment is being used or there has been a change of premises.
Talk to the experts
EH Systems can carry these out on your behalf and produce an excellent set of assessments which you can then use as a working document or procedure.
Training can also be provided to key members of staff who will then be able to carry out their own risk assessments.
Are you sure your electrical appliances are safe?
If not, your staff and your building may be at risk. Faulty appliances are common causes of electric shock or even the outbreak of a fire so appliances at work should be properly maintained so that employees, contract workers, temporary staff and site visitors are protected.
Checks and inspections that we carry out as part of any Portable Appliance Testing procedures include:
- Mains leads
- Mains plugs
- Mains lead equipment connectors
- Mains on/off switches
- Class 1 Equipment: (damage, electrical resistance, insulation resistance)
- Class 2 Equipment: (damage, insulation resistance)
- Accessible fuse holders
- Exposed output connections.
They are but a few examples of typical checks carried out by EH Systems as part of a complete Portable Appliance Testing assessment of your workplace equipment.