Health and Safety - Stability
The stability of equipment, stock, items of furniture; in fact pretty much anything in the workplace is often overlooked but is just one vital aspect of creating a safe place of work, as unstable objects can cause serious injuries or even kill a person if they were to fall on top of them. Whilst light objects can still cause injuries, heavy items can be particularly damaging. Items which fall from above such as those stacked up high are likely to impact upon a person's head first as that is the highest point of the body when a person stands up. The resulting blow to the head can cause concussion or skull damage, and if the person is rendered unconscious, they may injure themselves further as they fall to the ground.
Health and safety risks with regards to stability are not just limited to items which are high up. Not only can machines and items which are situated on the ground topple over and crush a worker, but certain machinery needs to be stable when it is operated, otherwise it could pose a danger no the person using it. For example, circular saw benches need to be stable otherwise there is a real risk of the operator cutting into their hand and doing themselves a nasty injury. In fact, the sufficient stability of machinery and equipment is so important that it is referred to in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992 (PUWER).
Virtually every place of work will have a risk from unstable items, whether it be a workshop which has cutting machinery, a laundrette containing big heavy washing machines, or an office with boxes of stationery piled high or up on shelves. The stability and location of items is just a small part of the overall practice of good health and safety at work, and often goes hand-in-hand with other elements such as manual handling and training in office safety.
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Along with designing bespoke health and safety training programmes, we also run the accredited NEBOSH, IOSH and ConstructionSkills (CSkills) health and safety courses as open courses at selected venues across the UK, as well as in-house for those companies who have a number of employees requiring the training, as it will be much more cost effective than sending them all onto a scheduled open course.
For more information please call 0115 984 9940 to discuss the options or send us an online contact form. Alternatively, use the "Courses" menu at the top of the page to view the courses and qualifications for the various awarding bodies.
These courses form the basis for our in-house training programmes. They can either be run as they are if the outline is exactly what you want, or can be be modified to suit the individual requirements of your organisation. Two or more can also be combined to tailor a bespoke training session for you.
Please click on a course title to find out more about what each one entails: