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In every company, there are many risks related to HSE and work environment that any CEO would be wise to consider. Being aware of these risks and working to solve them can be beneficial to your organisation. If workers are thriving both physically and mentally it will result in reduced sickness absence as well as higher productivity.

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Establishing a strong health and safety conscious work environment is a major challenge for most organizations, nevertheless, numerous companies worldwide have gone on to develop safety cultures that have resulted in them achieving great, and ultimately, more efficient and productive work units. Perhaps even more challenging, has been the ability to consistently maintain those safety performances. Many companies struggle with how to best keep their employees safe over the long term. With so many guidelines, statistics and opinions out there, it can often be hard to determine the right solutions for any given work environment, as in most cases there are no one-size-fits-all answers. Research has shown that one tactic that works in developing that cultureis active employee engagement. Engaged employeesare individuals that have a “Safety is everyone’s responsibility” approach to work issues and are fully invested in both their work and the company’s success. They will put in more effort across the board and show genuine care about the safety of others within their workplace and go out of their way to ensure things are done in the right way. They offer their opinions on safety matters and provide suggestions and feedback to their colleagues where needed.

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It is the employer’s responsibility to protect the health and safety of everyone in the workplace and to ensure that adequate welfare facilities are provided. The best results can be seen by those organisations that can establish a health and safety culture. There are many accidents each year in the workplace that could have been easily avoided, by careful planning, when determining design and layout.

Health and Safety Law Article

Health and Safety legislation is perceived to be complex and difficult to understand. However, in actual fact, a large proportion is common sense and it is only important to understand the areas that apply to your organisation.

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When completing your chemical risk assessment, you must assess the level of risk of exposure workers and other individuals present in your workplace by assessing the hazards posed by these chemicals. In other words, you must determine how high a dosage of a hazardous chemical any worker is likely to be exposed to.

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Air monitoring: Air sampling in which monitoring of the potential level of exposure to airborne hazardous chemicals is carried out by monitor which is placed in a fixed position in a particular part of the workplace. Such monitors are useful for locating the source of hazardous chemicals in the workplace, the distribution of hazardous chemicals there and the effectiveness of the control measures in place.

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This year EcoOnline became proud partners with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and this week from the 21st to the 25th of October they are launching “The European Week for Safety and Health at Work” which aims to raise awareness of workplace safety and health and to promote active and participative risk prevention. This year’s European Week supports the current campaign — Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances.

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In honour of World Mental Health day, it is important to take care of yourself when the stresses of life become too much. Practicing mindfulness is a great way to pay attention to how you are feeling.

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Every year, thousands of people in the UK are forced to take time off work due to health and safety - related issues. According to the Health and Safety Executive in 2017/2018 there were 144 fatal injuries to workers. They also recorded, 30.7 million working days were lost due to workplace injuries/illness.

Near Miss Reporting: A Different Approach to a Familiar Challenge

A worker is walking through a construction site, stepping over extension cords and planks from a nearby scaffolding erection. He turns a corner and nearly collides with one of his fellow colleagues. He tries to avoid the collision by stepping to the side and spills his hot coffee on his coverall in the process. This causes him to unconsciously step back and bump into a stacking shelf on which a hammer is placed close to the edge of the second row of shelves. The hammer falls and hits the ground.