LOLER – Your obligations as an employer
The LOLER Regulations aim to reduce risks to people’s Health and Safety from lifting equipment provided for use at work. To further complicate matters, any lifting equipment used is also subject to the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).
LOLER – requirements of LOLER
The LOLER Regulations require that equipment used is strong and stable enough for the particular use and marked to indicate safe working loads, positioned and installed to minimize any risks. Unfortunately though without Health and Safety Experts in-house, it’s difficult to know where to start.
Manual Handling – Compliance through training
Have you considered what would happen if one of your employees injured themselves whilst at work? As their employer you’re likely to come under scrutiny from the HSE; they’ll ask lots of searching questions about their training and your management systems?
In 2008 over a third of all reportable injuries to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) were because of manual handling related problems; but providing the appropriate level of training in house is difficult unless you have your own Health and Safety department.
Why should you book a manual handling training course with Bibby Consulting & Support?
• We have specialist Manual Handling Trainers who deliver cost effective courses
• You’ll be able to prove you comply with statutory legislation
• It will help to reduce your absence levels and costs
• Your insurance premiums can also decrease.
Manual Handling Awareness Training
Specialized health and safety advisors are able to provide you with comprehensive manual handling training to help you avoid, assess and reduce the risk to your employees. These sessions are available to run with up to 12 delegates making it highly cost effective and can be held either on your own premises or at our head office with refreshments provided.
• Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
• What is manual handling?
• Related injuries.
• Risk assessments.
• Risk reduction planning.
• Basic rules and good handling technique.
• Risk assessment in the workplace.
Lifting and manual handling is likely to be one of the biggest risks in you work place so it’s essential to inform your staff about safe lifting and manual handling basics. Booking a Manual Handling Training course will ensure that not only are you are compliant with the Manual Handling regulations, it will also help to keep your workforce healthy and reduce absence levels and costs.
What is RIDDOR?
The RIDDOR regulations place responsibilities on employers to report certain matters to the Health and Safety Executive. The confusing thing is knowing what to report and in what time-scales.
RIDDOR – Notifying the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
If there is an accident connected with work and an employee, self-employed person, or even a member of the public are injured, then you may need to contact the HSE to advise them of the situation. However, you are then likely to come under investigation with Inspectors demanding to see your H&S Management System and not just a file on the shelf. They will want to see that it has been implemented and then will certainly want to interview your workforce.
Would you be confident that your staff would be able to confirm that they are working in line with what the Risk Assessment says?
Failure to report a major injury, three day injury, reportable disease or dangerous occurrence to the HSE within 10 days can lead to prosecution. With fines running at a lower court maximum of £5000*, having a Health and Safety Management System to manage and minimise risks is essential. Consult specialized health and safety advisors for further information and advice.
Bibby Consulting & Support – expert Health and Safety advisors.