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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 ... Continue reading...

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 ... 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.... Continue reading...

Car risk management

Where death results from a road traffic accident caused by a defective vehicle being driven for work, a company may be liable. The Corporate Manslaugh... Continue reading...

Communicating health and safety policy to your staff

Communication with employees about business operations that affect health and safety in the workplace should include: – Appointing or naming peo... Continue reading...

Competence health and safety advice

Employers must appoint one or more Competent Persons to assist in compliance with the requirements of health and safety legislation. A competent perso... Continue reading...

Complying with health and safety legislation

The Compliance factsheet provides a one page overview of the key health and safety legislation your company needs to comply with.  This includes the ... Continue reading...

Dealing with 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 ther... Continue reading...

DSE Risk Assessment

A DSE (Display Screen Equipment) risk assessment should be carried out for all employees who work with computers (including laptops and those working ... Continue reading...

DSE Risk Assessment for mobile devices

With the increasing use of smart phones and tablets at work, a DSE (Display Screeen Equipment) risk assessment should be carried out for employees spe... Continue reading...

Ebola

Although written specifically for the Ebola outbreak in 2014, the principles associated with assessing and offsetting the associated health risks in t... Continue reading...

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 ... 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 workp... Continue reading...

Employees’ health and safety obligations

As an employee, you have a legal responsibility to ensure you do not adversely affect your own health, safety and welfare, or others who may be affect... Continue reading...

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 nee... Continue reading...

Ergonomics

Ergonomics is a science concerned with matching the working environment to workers. It puts people first, taking account of their capabilities and lim... Continue reading...

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. T... 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... 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, che... 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 sufficie... Continue reading...

Fire Safety Awareness

The primary aims of fire safety are to ensure all occupants escape safely in the event of a fire emergency and to prevent fires through the control of... Continue reading...

Fire Safety 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 F... 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 ... Continue reading...

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 Regulat... Continue reading...

H&S Management Systems: 45001 and 18001

In tabuler and graphical form, this factsheet lays out the similarites and differences between the 45001 and 18001 Health and Safety Management System... Continue reading...

H&S Management Systems: 45001 and HSG65

In tabuler and graphical form, this factsheet lays out the similarites and differences between the 45001 and HSG65 Health and Safety Management System... Continue reading...

Hazardous Substances

Each Year in the UK:1. Ill health caused by chemicals used at work causes around 10,000 deaths. 2. There are 8,400 new cases of contact dermatitis. Th... Continue reading...

Health and Safety at Schools

The main legislation covering schools is the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and regulations made under that Act, in particular the Management ... Continue reading...

Health and Safety Culture

There are broadly three different ways of approaching health and safety management and which you choose may depend on your company’s own culture... Continue reading...

Health and Safety for 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 n... Continue reading...

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 t... Continue reading...

Health and Safety Management Systems

This factsheet explains the two main Health and Safety Management Sytems, namely HSG65 and OHSAS 18001. And although there are important differences b... Continue reading...

Health and Safety Policy

The strict legal requirement for a written H&S policy remains enshrined in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA), which requires that:... Continue reading...

Health Care providers – health and safety considerations

Health care providers have a general duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to provide a safe and healthy working environment. In addition,... Continue reading...

Health Risks at Work

There are legal duties on employers to prevent ill health which can be caused by work. The two main pieces of legislation are the Health and Safety at... Continue reading...

Height: Work at Height

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 require employers to protect employees from falls from height. The risk should be managed in accordance with the H... Continue reading...

International health and safety

In meeting a company’s international activities, the safety and health of employees, together with assets will need to be managed. Health and sa... Continue reading...

Ionising Radiation

Where an employer’s work activities result in the emission of ionising radiation, the employer must comply with requirements of the Ionising Rad... Continue reading...

Ladders: Working with Ladders

The law says that ladders can be used for work at height when a risk assessment has shown that using equipment offering a higher level of fall protect... Continue reading...

Laser Safety

The Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations (AOR) 2010 include the safe use of lasers. Lasers (particularly class 3B or 4) are sig... Continue reading...

Legionella

Legionellosis is the collective name given to the pneumonia-like illness caused by legionella bacteria. Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal... Continue reading...

LOLER – Industrial

Lifting equipment used in industry is wide ranging. Injuries and fatalities have been caused through inadequate planning of lifting operations, poorly... Continue reading...

Lone Working

Working alone is not against the law, and it will often be safe to do so. However, the general principles of Health and safety legislation (e.g. the M... Continue reading...

Machinery Safety

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 d... Continue reading...

Managing the Work Environment

The key driver for developing and maintaining an Environmental Management System is to minimise the organisation’s business risk associated with env... Continue reading...

Manual Handling

Manual Handling Facts:1. Almost one third of workplace injuries are caused by manual handling. 2. Over 1 million people in the UK suffer from work rel... Continue reading...

Noise: Controlling noise levels at work

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 require employers to eliminate or reduce risks to health and safety from noise at work. Depending on the... Continue reading...

Office Safety

Employers have a general duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to provide a safe and healthy office working environment. In addition, the ... Continue reading...

Offsite working

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 extends the employer’s duty of care to o... Continue reading...

Permit to Work for higher risk activities

A permit to work (PTW) is a formal written authority (issued by a suitably authorised person) to closely control an activity or process, which followi... Continue reading...

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Where risks to health and safety exist that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways, the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 ... Continue reading...

Personal safety responsibilities

No matter how good a company’s systems, health and safety is ultimately a personal responsibility. This fact sheet talks about the steps you can... Continue reading...

Planning for emergencies

Emergencies are typically fluid, fast moving, dynamic, and by nature inherently unpredictable situations that do not lend themselves to day-today mana... Continue reading...

Pregnancy: Safety for new and expectant mothers

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to protect the health and safety of new and expectant mothers. The Work... Continue reading...

Pressure Systems

This factsheet looks at the main hazards and causes of accidents related to pressure vessels, and outlines the 7 steps you can take to reduce risk. Th... Continue reading...

Risk Assessment Responsibilities

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) defines a risk assessment as a process involving the identification of hazards arising out of work activities... Continue reading...

Risk Management

A holistic approach to the management of risk presents both a challenge and an opportunity for business. Organisations who are unfamiliar with the pri... Continue reading...

Sentencing Guidelines

The new sentencing guidelines for health & safety offences came into force in February 2016. They were intended to increase the level of fines, p... Continue reading...

Slips, Trips and Falls

Each Year:1. Over a third of all major injuries reported are caused as a result of a slip or trip. 2. Slips and trips are the single most common cause... Continue reading...

Stress in the workplace

Each Year in the UK about 1 in 7 people say that they find their work either very or extremely stressful. And half a million people experience work-re... Continue reading...

The risks of 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 condit... Continue reading...

Training: Health and Safety

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to provide adequate H&S training. This begins when a new employee ... 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 s... Continue reading...

Working from home – health and safety considerations

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 employers have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, including homewor... Continue reading...

Workplace Equipment

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) apply to employers who provide equipment for work, or control the use of equipment. W... Continue reading...

Workplace Transport

Each Year in the UK about 50 people are killed and more than 5000 people are injured in accidents involving workplace transport. Workplace transport r... Continue reading...

Young Persons

A Young Person at work is someone below the age of 18, but is over the minimum school leaving age of 16. Under the Management of Health and Safety at ... Continue reading...