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IOSH Managing Safely Project for Construction Workers

Here are some examples of the kind of hazards that might apply to your IOSH Managing Safely project if you are a construction worker. Location Hazard A building site is often a hazardous place to be so there are lots of location hazards to choose from. Do not worry if these hazards do not really exist, no one is coming to audit your workplace. This isn't cheating, the project is a test of whether yu understand the process of risk assessing, not a test of whether you have conducted a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of your workplace. Perhaps you have scaffolding on site, let's say 3 stories high. You might describe how there is no netting fitted. The hazard is that equipment or materials could be dropped and they might fall of the scaffold. If people were walking at the base of the scaffold, in the area within 10' or so of it, they might be hit by falling objects. Equipment Hazard Many tools that are used in construction work cause a noise problem some cause a vibration problem and many cause both. A Kango type hammer would be a good example. You could describe that it makes a lot of noise and you could then go on to describe how the operator is exposed to these excessive noises. Perhaps the user wears hearing defence but those working close by are affected. Alternatively you might describe how much these things vibrate and then explain how the operator might suffer with a vascular disorder, hand harm vibration perhaps. Activity Hazard These need to be related to the "doing". Perhaps you need to drill a number of holes in a number of walls at a height [...]

By | September 3rd, 2014|Health and Safety|Comments Off on IOSH Managing Safely Project for Construction Workers

IOSH Managing safely, Activity Hazards

If you are completing your IOSH Managing Safely project you may be aware that it is based on the risk assessment process, you may even be aware that it is like no risk assessment that you will ever complete, probably. IOSH ask us to differentiate between between hazards that are caused by the nature of the location, the nature of the equipment and substances that we use or hazards that are caused by the way that we do things. IOSH call these activity hazards. Perhaps IOSH would like to confirm that you understand what is causing the problem after all, if you don't understand what makes things go wrong you couldn't do much to prevent it. So, what is an activity hazard? Imagine (if you need to) that your job entails dealing with members of the public, who are your customers. I'm sure that you're aware that we can't satisfy everyone all of the time. some people can can get quite irate, which could be an activity hazard. If we were to describe this activity, in relation to the hazard, we might say that we deal with complaints from our customers over the phone. The hazard would be presented if from time to time some of these people get quite angry and verbally abuse, creating a stressful situation perhaps. In this case the hazard is dealing with customer complaints over the phone, the hazardous event is that  customers become aggressive, abusive and threatening. This could cause stress, leading to ........., well, why not look up some of the signs and symptoms of stress in your IOSH Managing Safely workbook? If you deal with customers over the counter could result in  similar customer aggression but now [...]

By | July 3rd, 2014|Health and Safety|Comments Off on IOSH Managing safely, Activity Hazards

July IOSH Managing Safely Course

This months course is a 3 day course for just £395+VAT. The 3 day courses consist of the same 24 hours learning as the other formats, the days are just longer. If you don't want to lose 4 or 5 days work to gain your IOSH Managing Safely qualification this course could be for you so book it now.

By | June 30th, 2014|Health and Safety|Comments Off on July IOSH Managing Safely Course

IOSH Managing Safely Project, Part 1

Let's start by clearing up a few misunderstandings about the project. Firstly, it isn't a test of whether you have been able to conduct a suitable and sufficient assessment of all of the reasonably foreseeable risks in your workplace. It's just a test of whether you understand the process of risk assessing using the 5 x 5 matrix approach. Secondly, no one from IOSH (or your training provider) is coming to your workplace to confirm your measurements, that details of your declared equipments and substances are accurate and complete, or any other aspect of your project. For the purposes of your IOSH Managing Safely project your workplace is what you say it is. In this project you will be asked to differentiate between location hazards, equipment and substance hazards and activity hazards. I have never seen a risk assessment that requires the assessor to do this. It may be fair to assume that IOSH wish to confirm that you understand what is the cause of any given problem. After all, if you can't, how would you control the risk? In part 1 of the project there are just 14 points available. These are 14 easy points but they are often missed due to common mistakes. Here are a few tips to avoid these pitfalls: In the first cell we are asked to provide a description/sketch of the location. I'm sure that you have heard the expression "a picture paints a thousand words". Use a sketch. It would be difficult to fit a thousand words in here. In the second cell you will need to describe a range of people including your colleagues, contractors, visitors, members of the public and even trespassers. People often tell me [...]

By | June 18th, 2014|Health and Safety|Comments Off on IOSH Managing Safely Project, Part 1

What temperature should it be in my workplace?

A question that is often asked, so what's the answer? The truth is that there is no one simple answer. There is guidance available, the Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992, Regulation 7 tells us that the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable. Reasonable? What is reasonable? Ask ten different people what a "reasonable" temperature for their office is and you may well get ten different answers. There is further guidance in the Approved Code of Practice to these regulations, which suggests that the minimum temperature in these places should be 16 degrees Celsius. So who would be happy with that? Not me! Where severe physical effort is being applied this drops to 13 degrees Celsius. I hear that David Letterman, the American television host and comedian, likes his studio to be quite cool. 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12.8 degrees Celsius). The story goes that he did some experimentation back in the 80s, which showed that his audience was most responsive, more involved at this temperature. Perhaps employers could take from this that their employees would be most productive at this kind of temperature. I can't help feeling that any display in increased effort would be most apparent in the form of increased complaints. Just right for me but you might not like it Anyone reading this article looking for confirmation of their right to "walk out" because it's a bit too chilly in their office will no doubt be disappointed. Employment law does make it clear that employers have no right to expose employees to unreasonable risks to their health or their safety but does 15, 12 or even 10 degrees Celsius pose such a risk? People work outside [...]

By | May 22nd, 2014|Health and Safety|Comments Off on What temperature should it be in my workplace?

Long days on the 3 day IOSH Managing Safely course

Yesterday we started another IOSH course, Managing Safely in 3 days. I haven't come ac across many other providers who deliver this course in 3 days. The way in which we achieve it isn't rocket science, he course consists of the same number of learning hours but the days are longer. The nature of these long days means that this format is not for everyone. People who have been outside the learning environment for a long time and those who are less academic sometimes find this format a little intense. For everyone else the time (and subsequently the money) saved by shaving a day off the course is not insignificant. If this is for you, why wouldn't you?

By | May 13th, 2014|Health and Safety|Comments Off on Long days on the 3 day IOSH Managing Safely course

IOSH Project – Is it a location, equipment or activity hazard

Identifying the correct type of hazard in the IOSH project seems to be the cause of the greatest number of problems in its completion. Although the project is based upon the risk assessment process it is unlike any assessment that you would do in that the project expects you to differentiate between the types of hazard. That's fair enough, after all, if you cannot tell what is causing the problem how could you hope to control it? Care should be taken in describing the location/equipment/activity and the associated hazards. According to the marking guide a poor description in any of these means that no points are to be awarded for that part. Location Hazards Good location hazards include those caused by environmental conditions such as too hot; too cold; not enough ventilation; too little light and not enough space. Poorly located equipment, such as next to walkways where operators might be knocked into, would work well too. Equipment Hazards You may also use substance hazards here too. I'm not going to discuss these here, they cause their own particular problems and will be covered elsewhere in this blog. For these there needs to be some feature of the equipment that causes the hazard, whether that be by design or due to poor repair etc. Components or materials being ejected or potential to be drawn in, perhaps due the a lack of guarding; potentially poor electrical safety, maybe due to a lack of testing or poor ergonomics are all good equipment hazards. Activity Hazards These hazards tend to cause the greatest number of problems for people, which is unfortunate because points lost here result in many more points being lost throughout the project. It is not [...]

By | May 9th, 2014|Health and Safety|Comments Off on IOSH Project – Is it a location, equipment or activity hazard

IOSH Managing Safely Central Manchester

Not all organisations are looking for the cheapest training solution available, some would prefer to provide their employees with the Gold Standard IOSH Managing Safely training. For many that means that they want their training delivered in a city centre location, in an environment that is conducive to the status of their organisation. We will deliver your IOSH Managing Safely training in a location of your choice, you can even choose the venue. You can also have your training delivered over 3, 4 or 5 days with each day ranging from 5 to 8 hours training (does not include breaks). Your delegates will be provided with all of the materials that they need for the course, including the finest quality course workbook. The cost will vary depending on your chosen venue, refreshments options and course format but you can be sure that with prices starting from £800.00+VAT per person you will receive excellent value for money and your learners will be given a course to remember (minimum order for 10 people or £8000.00+VAT). If you would like to give your managers the best possible training, in the best possible environment please contact Lynwood with your requirements. For those who are looking to spend significantly less on their IOSH Managing Safely training don't worry, we still provide both open courses and in-house courses at fantastically low prices.

By | November 28th, 2013|Health and Safety|0 Comments

IOSH Managing Safely

The IOSH Managing Safely course provides an ideal starting point for anyone looking to better understand their managerial health & safety responsibilities at work. It is widely recognised around the world and it is a prerequisite of some employers. You can get this training on an open course for as little as £395+VAT or, if you block book, for as little as £150+VAT per person. With courses being run every month, sometimes more than once per month you are sure to find dates that suite you. You will also have the option of attending a course being delivered over a 4 day block, on 2 days per week over 2 consecutive weeks or even over a 3 day block. Health and safety training can be a little "dry", I know that some of the courses that I have attended have been. It doesn't have to be like that. IOSH have developed this course to be interactive and our trainers really bring it alive, we know this because our customers have told us. The effective management of health and safety reaches way beyond the reduction of injuries and workplace injuries, it can make our workplaces more efficient, more profitable and even a more pleasant place to work. The IOSH Managing Safely course helps to teach your managers how you might realise these advantages. In the first part of the course your managers will be taught why it is important to manage safely. They will be given an overview of the moral, legal and financial consequences of failing to manage health and safety. There will also be an introduction to what is coming up in the rest of the course. The course then covers assessing risks. There [...]

By | November 15th, 2013|Health and Safety|1 Comment

IOSH Managing Safely, Example of an Activity Hazard

The IOSH Managing Safely project sometimes causes confusion so here's a bit of clarification. The hazards that are recorded in parts 2 & 3 are taken no further, they end on their respective pages. The hazards identified in Part 4 are carried forward into parts 5 & 6. If you use the following activity and associated hazard in Part 4: A description of the Activity Serving customers at the point of sale, taking payments and dealing with customer complaints. A description of the hazard Customers sometimes feel that the service that they are given or the goods that they have bought are not as they believe they should be and the customers can become agitated. you might go on to assess this in in Part 5 as: Activity Serving Customers (it's a good idea to keep your hazards in the same order. If the marker cannot track your hazards you will lose the points. Notice that the name is now shorter than it was in Part 4, you don't need to be descriptive) Hazard, Hazardous Event and Expected Consequence While serving customers who have become agitated (this is the hazard) staff may be subjected to verbal abuse or violence (the hazardous event), which could cause staff to become anxious, unable to sleep properly at night or they may suffer cuts and bruises. In Part 6 you will need to control the hazard like this: Activity Serving customers (the same name that you gave it in Part 5). Existing controls Staff are taught not to be confrontational, to admit when they have made a mistake and to explain to the customer what they will do to rectify the mistake. Recommended Further Controls Install a "panic button" [...]

By | November 15th, 2013|Health and Safety|0 Comments