Factsheets Archive

Arinite’s 65 factsheets, each covering a single health and safety topic, are designed to communicate important health and safety information to directors, managers, employees, contractors and students seeking pragmatic advice. Based on legal requirements, HSE guidance and industry best practice the factsheets were developed by Arinite over a 4 year period and are being continually updated.

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Accident Investigation

Accidents need to be investigated to: Ensure that you are meeting legal H&S management requirements; Understand why things went wrong and prevent similar events occurring Review attitudes towards health and safety

Accident Reporting

0010 Accident Reporting

Despite best health and safety efforts, accidents and incidents do occassinally happen. When they do, and depending on their severity, they will need to be documented and reported. The Arinite factsheet on Accident Reporting provides a handy one page summary … Continue reading

Arinite Service Summary

This factsheet provides an overview of the health and safety services that Arinite provides both in the UK and Overseas.

Competence health and safety advice

0035 Competence

Employers must appoint one or more Competent Persons to assist in compliance with the requirements of health and safety legislation. A competent person is someone who has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities that allow them to … Continue reading

Complying with health and safety legislation

0040 Compliance

The Compliance factsheet provides a one page overview of the key health and safety legislation your company needs to comply with.  This includes the Health and Safety at Work Act,  Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations and the Management … Continue reading

Dealing with Asbestos

0020 Asbestos

Past exposure to asbestos currently kills around 4000 people a year in Great Britain.  As an employer you have a legal obligation to find out if there is asbestos on your premises, its location and what condition it is in. … Continue reading

DSE Risk Assessment

DSE Risk Assessment

Download this factsheet Definitions Display Screen Equipment – any alphanumeric or graphic display screen, regardless of the display process. Workstation – comprises: DSE and input devices Computer, printer, telephone, document holder, work chair, desk The immediate area around the workstation … Continue reading


Although written specifically for the Ebola outbreak in 2014, the principles associated with assessing and offsetting the associated health risks in the workplace can be applied to other epidemics.

Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety

Only competent electricians should work on electrical systems or equipment. Safe work practices must be assessed as follows in accordance with HSG 85 Electricity at Work – Safe Working Practices. The legislation covers both: a) Electrical installations and equipment b) … Continue reading

Electromagnetic Fields

The Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations 2016 (CEMFAW), require employers to assess the risk from electromagnetic fields in the workplace. Where exposure limit values (ELV) are exceeded, a risk control action plan needs to be established and implemented.

Employing people with disabilities

Employing people with disabilities

If persons with disabilities are employed, or where existing employees become disabled, it will be ensured that the workplace is adapted for their needs including arrangements to ensure their health, safety and welfare. In the case of temporary disability such … Continue reading


Ergonomics is a science concerned with matching the working environment to workers. It puts people first, taking account of their capabilities and limitations. There are no strict legal duties for ergonomics. However, following ergonomic good practice meets the requirements of … Continue reading

Fire Doors

fire doors

• The aim of a fire door is to prevent the spread of smoke and flame, which will help ensure the safe evacuation of a building in the event of a fire. This meets the requirements of: The Regulatory Reform … Continue reading

Fire Extinguishers

This factsheet is a general guide for the selection of an appropriate number of fire extinguishers. However, whilst this will assist in the assessment of requirements, the type and nature of premises and work activities will vary, creating different levels … Continue reading

Fire Marshall Responsibilities

Your appointed Fire Marshall will take the lead on hearing a continuous alarm, direct staff to the nearest exits, assist visitors and contractors, check toilet facilities are clear, check offices and meeting rooms are clear, leave the building after your … Continue reading

Fire Risk Assessment

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the Responsible Person (see Fire Safety Responsbile Factsheet) must make a suitable and sufficient assessment of fire risks to identify the general fire precautions that need to be implemented. Various Government Fire … Continue reading

Fire Risk Management

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the Responsible Person (see Fire Safety Responsbile Factsheet) has a legal duty to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment and manage the risk arising out of fire hazards identified in the assessment. … Continue reading

First Aid at Work

Under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (revised 2009), employers are required to provide adequate and appropriate first aid facilities for employees if they are injured or become ill at work. … Continue reading

Fork Lift Truck Safety

Fork Lift Truck Safety

The legislation that applies to Fork lift trucks includes; the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and the Lifting Operations … Continue reading

Guarding Machinery

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 require employers to take measures to ensure that persons do not come into contact with any dangerous parts of a machine. This can be achieved by preventing access or by stopping … Continue reading

Health and Safety Culture

Health and Safety Management Culture

Download this factsheet H&S Management Journey / Culture Reactive Compliant Proactive Reactive The organisation is not complying with H&S legal requirements There may be little knowledge of H&S requirements or a culture of non-compliance may exist There may have been … Continue reading

Health and Safety for Contractors

0060 Control of Contractors

As an employer you have a legal duty to ensure your contractors comply with H&S regulations, HSE guidance and Industry best practice.  You also need to make the contractors aware of your own internal health and safety procedures and policies. … Continue reading

Health and Safety Liability for Directors

Health and Safety liability for Directors

If a H&S offence is committed with consent or connivance, or is attributable to the neglect of any director, manager or other similar officer of the organisation, then that person (and the organisation) can be prosecuted under the Health and … Continue reading

LOLER – Industrial

LOLER - Industrial

Lifting equipment used in industry is wide ranging. Injuries and fatalities have been caused through inadequate planning of lifting operations, poorly maintained equipment and incorrect use of equipment. The LOLER Regulations recognised the inherent risk of lifting operations and by … Continue reading

The risks of confined Spaces

0050 Confined Spaces

A confined space can be any space of an enclosed nature where there is a risk of death or serious injury from hazardous substances or dangerous conditions (e.g. lack of oxygen). The principles of the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 apply: … Continue reading

Who is the “Responsible Person” for fire safety?

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, anyone who has control of premises or anyone who has a degree of control over certain areas or systems in a premises may be a Responsible Person. The Fire Order requires that … Continue reading