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This website provides information for employers, employees, first-aiders and training organisations on first aid at work. As a minimum, a low-risk workplace such as a small office should have a first-aid box and a person appointed to take charge of first-aid arrangements, such as calling the emergency services if necessary. Employers must provide information about first-aid arrangements to their employees. Workplaces where there are more significant health and safety risks are more likely to need a trained first-aider. The first-aid needs assessment tool will help employers decide what first aid arrangements are appropriate for their workplace.

Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH)

COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health. You can prevent or reduce workers exposure to hazardous substances by:

finding out what the health hazards are;
deciding how to prevent harm to health (risk assessment);
providing control measures to reduce harm to health;
making sure they are used ;
keeping all control measures in good working order;
providing information, instruction and training for employees and others;
providing monitoring and health surveillance in appropriate cases;
planning for emergencies.
Most businesses use substances, or products that are mixtures of substances. Some processes create substances. These could cause harm to employees, contractors and other people. Sometimes substances are easily recognised as harmful. Common substances such as paint, bleach or dust from natural materials may also be harmful.

In any business or organisation things don’t always go to plan. You need to prepare to deal with unexpected events in order to reduce their consequences. Workers and managers will be more competent in dealing with the effects of an accident or emergency if you have effective plans in place that are regularly tested.

You should monitor and review any measures you have put in place to help control risk and prevent accidents and incidents from happening. Findings from your investigations can form the basis of action to prevent the accident or incident from happening again and to improve your overall risk management. This will also point to areas of your risk assessments that need to be reviewed.

An effective investigation requires a methodical, structured approach to information gathering, collation and analysis.

This site provides guidance and tools to help businesses understand what they need to do to assess and control risks in the workplace and comply with health and safety law. Although written with small businesses in mind, the site is relevant to all businesses.

Most fires are preventable. Those responsible for workplaces and other buildings to which the public have access can avoid them by taking responsibility for and adopting the right behaviours and procedures. This course covers general advice on fire safety and also provides guidance on substances that cause fire and
explosion.

A ‘confined space’ is a place which is substantially (though not always entirely) enclosed, and where there is a risk of death or serious injury from hazardous substances or dangerous conditions (such as a lack of oxygen).These can include storage tanks, silos, reaction vessels, enclosed drains and sewers, open topped chambers, ductwork and poorly ventilated rooms.

Confined spaces are often doubly dangerous, and have regularly killed not only the first person – who is overcome by the fumes (or lack of oxygen) – but also a second or third person who have attempted a rescue without the proper equipment.
* In-house training available upon request

There have been big improvements over recent years in reducing the number and rate of injuries to construction workers in the Middle East. However, a number of serious ill-health issues continue to affect construction workers. These can be devastating for individuals and families. This course tells you about these risks and how to manage them.

People are involved in all aspects of work, which is why QHSE recognises the importance that human factors can play in helping avoid accidents and ill-health at work.

Lift trucks are particularly dangerous in the workplace, on average, forklift trucks are involved in about a quarter of all workplace transport accidents. Accidents involving forklift trucks are often due to poor supervision and a lack of training.

This site provides information on slips and trips in the workplace. It offers employers, workers, architects and designers advice and guidance to comply with health and safety law.

Employers must assess and identify measures to eliminate or reduce risks from exposure to hand-arm vibration so that you can protect your employees from risks to their health. Where the risks are low, the actions you take may be simple and inexpensive, but where the risks are high, you should manage them using a prioritised action plan to control exposure to hand-arm vibration.

There have been big improvements over recent years in reducing the number and rate of injuries to construction workers in the Middle East. However, a number of serious ill-health issues continue to affect construction workers. These can be devastating for individuals and families. This course tells you about these risks and how to manage them.

Electricity can kill or severely injure people and cause damage to property. However, you can take simple precautions when working with or near electricity and electrical equipment to significantly reduce the risk of injury to you, your workers and others around you. This course is ideal for anyone working with electricity.

♦ In-house training available upon request

Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries. Common cases include falls from ladders and through fragile surfaces. ‘Work at height’ means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury (for example a fall through a fragile roof).

Many people young and old are likely to be new to the workplace and in some cases will be facing unfamiliar risks from the job they will be doing and from their surroundings. They will need clear and sufficient instruction, training and supervision to enable them to work without putting themselves and other people at risk.

An employer will need to consider how much training is necessary. A proportionate approach is needed, for example a low-risk business would not be expected to have a need for lengthy technical training. Similarly, where a student is on a short-term work experience placement, induction and training needs should be tailored to the tasks they are going to be doing.

* In-house training available upon request

This course guides you about the risks of overheating when working in hot conditions and gives practical guidance on how to avoid it. The information is also applicable during the hot summer months where there may be an increased risk of heat stress for some people, but in many jobs heat stress is an issue all year round. It explains the risks of overheating when working in hot conditions such as bakeries, compressed air tunnels, foundries and smelting operations. Heat stress occurs when the body’s means of controlling its internal temperature starts to fail. As well as air temperature, factors such as work rate, humidity and clothing worn while working may lead to heat stress.

Therefore, it may not be obvious to a person passing through the workplace that there is a risk of heat stress. You and your employees must be aware of how to work safely in heat, the factors that can lead to heat stress, and how to reduce the risk of it occurring.

Workplaces need a plan for emergencies that can have a wider impact. Special procedures are needed for emergencies such as serious injuries, explosion, flood, poisoning, electrocution, fire, release of radioactivity and chemical spills. Quick and effective action may help to ease the situation and reduce the consequences. However, in emergencies people are more likely to respond reliably if they:are well trained and competent
take part in regular and realistic practice
have clearly agreed, recorded and rehearsed plans, actions and responsibilities
Write an emergency plan if a major incident at your workplace could involve risks to the public, rescuing employees or co-ordinating emergency services. Where you share your workplace with another employer you should consider whether your emergency plans and procedures should be jointly co-ordinated.

Manual handling relates to the moving of items either by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling. Injuries can be caused because of the amount of times you have to pick up or carry an item, the distance you are carrying it, the height you are picking it up from or putting it down at and any twisting, bending stretching or other awkward posture you may get in whilst doing a task.

This course provides information for all workers on their rights and responsibilities that affect health and safety at work. All workers are entitled to work an environment where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Under health and safety law, the primary responsibility for this is down to employers. Employers have a duty to consult with their employees, or their representatives, on health and safety matters.

♦ In-house training available upon request

Permits to work will tend to be appropriate in the following types of situation: where contractor’s work interfaces with normal production activities; work on plant which must be isolated from the possible entry of fumes, liquids, steam or gases (included those from fire extinguishing systems); hot work which could cause fire or explosion, and entry into vessels, machines or confined spaces. This course is ideal for any worker or supervisor who conduct hot work. Courses can be conducted in-house subject to minimum attendees.

♦ In-house training available upon request

Where proposed work is identified as having a high risk, strict controls are required. The work must be carried out against previously agreed safety procedures, a ‘permit-to-work’ system. The permit-to-work is a documented procedure that authorises certain people to carry out specific work within a specified time frame. It sets out the precautions required to complete the work safely, based on a risk assessment. It describes what work will be done and how it will be done.

These Regulations (often abbreviated to LOLER) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. This includes all businesses and organisations whose employees use lifting equipment, whether owned by them or not. In most cases, lifting equipment is also work equipment so the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) will also apply (including inspection and maintenance). All lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

LOLER also requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and, in many cases, subject to statutory periodic ‘thorough examination’. Records must be kept of all thorough examinations and any defects found must be reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority

Loud noise at work can damage your hearing. This usually happens gradually and it may only be when the damage caused by noise combines with hearing loss due to ageing that people realise how impaired their hearing has become.

This course provides guidance for duty holders on detecting and managing hydrogen sulphide (H2S) hazards in hydrocarbon processing systems. As reservoirs begin to water out, hydrogen sulphide can become an issue when processing returning fluids. The gas is toxic in relatively low concentrations and the risks to the workforce need to be addressed as soon as its’ presence becomes known.

Employers have duties concerning the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work. PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.

This course will help you engage your workers to find the root causes of any health and safety issues you have on site and learn from your mistakes. Leadership and Worker Involvement strategies should be used to prevent accidents, ill health, harm and loss happening on site. Leaders need to learn from those involved in the work activities, to gather information about conditions on a site. Leaders should do this to find out both how poor conditions may cause health and safety problems, and how individuals can be encouraged to work safely, all the time.

Anyone erecting a tower or fixed scaffolding should be competent to do so and should have received training under an industry recognised training scheme eg Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) or under a recognised manufacturer or supplier scheme.

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