As we approach the end of another Lockdown it is still mandatory to carry out a Covid risk assessment. It is, however, all too easy to lose sight of what it is actually for. It produces the action list (controls) you need to keep your team and anyone else in contact with your business safe from this hazard. Now is a good time to review your original or actually complete your first one. It’s also time to implement your controls, to practice them, to evaluate them and to tweak them.
Implementing the physical controls and providing the tools to manage Covid-19 is not enough. Your staff have to do what is required, relentlessly. Otherwise all of your investment is compromised. Like any safety management system, it is only effective if all three elements are right.
Here we go again, third lockdown, have you learnt from the first two? Do you now have a care and maintenance procedure for your building and plant and have you covered the basics such as fire, legionella and security? A simple checklist/procedure ensures you don’t miss anything, ensures consistency and predictability.
As many of us are trying to work out our COVID Bubbles within the current Tier regime, driving somewhere for Christmas will become a real possibility. Having maybe driven no further than the local supermarket for months, skill fade is a going to be a major factor in...
When you are thinking about risks in the workplace, the real skill is hitting the balance between controlled risk and efficient operation. If the consequences of the risk have greater impact than the control then it is inevitable you will go for control.
There is now a myriad of Government guidelines on how to manage Covid for all manner of businesses and the general public. While some elements are straight-forward the tricky bit, as with all safety legislation, is in the application of it's requirements and intention...
If we persist in our ignorance of the basics, the Government will be left with little choice other than to extend lockdown beyond December 2nd. We are hoping they will return to the 3 Tier system that was in place before Lockdown in order to keep the country running but if the populous are not collectively take responsibility for their safety the risk is we will have a longer lockdown.
We are raising awareness of this because with the directions given with the #COVID regulations there are many areas of work where once there were many on-site and now there are few. There have been millions in fines levied for not managing this section of your business. The most common area for concern is the level and ability to contact someone or know your worker is in trouble.
Health and safety in the workplace are the number one concern for most businesses yet still deaths and injuries occur. Effective health and safety systems are a legal requirement and essential for controlling workplace hazards and to keep anyone in contact with your business safe.
PPE must be free to your employees; it must protect them from the hazards its was intended to; it needs to be stored correctly and ready for use; it needs to be compatible with any other item worn in the conditions your team are working in and you need to ensure your employees know how to wear it and maintain it correctly.