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Health and Safety FAQs

What are the regulations related to asbestos in the work place?

Employers should know where asbestos is located in their workplaces. This information can be ascertained from building drawings and information or through an Asbestos Survey carried out by a competent person. An Asbestos Register containing areas should be made and maintained, so that maintenance and building contractors can be informed before carrying out works in these areas.

How often are fire risk assessments needed?

It is a legal, inspectable requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to carry out a workplace Fire Risk Assessment annually, or more frequently if there are high-risk actions outstanding. Failure to carry out or maintain a Fire Risk Assessment could put employees in danger and invalidate insurance in the event of a fire.

What are workplace hazards and risks?

The top hazards that cause injury across all workplaces are manual lifting and slips, trips and falls.

Employers have a strict legal duty under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to identify key workplace hazards and to inform employees about protective measures in place. This is usually achieved through the provision of appropriate training. All such training must be recorded. Once key workplace hazards have been identified, employers must assess the risk to safety and health for each of these hazards and introduce risk control measures to reduce them.

Risk control measures may include: avoiding exposure to hazards, isolating or guarding of hazards, following specific working procedures or safe systems of work, providing protective equipment and providing training. These control measures may be critical to containing the risk to an acceptable level and must be implemented and monitored. For more information check out our full advice list on hazards and risks in the workplace here.

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