Identifying Broken Equipment with Regards to Health and Safety
One of the main dangers to a person's health and safety, whether in the home or in a place of work, is the risk from using damaged or faulty equipment. There are many obvious examples, including the risk of electric shock, fire and explosion which can have detrimental effects ranging from minor injuries right up to causing death, not only for the person using the equipment but also those nearby.
Broken equipment can also take the form of damaged or defective safety protection which is designed to protect the wearer from harm when it is in good condition, but can fail to provide this protection when it is not in an adequate state.
Regulations such as the Health and Safety at Work etc Act (HASAWA) and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) place responsibility for safe equipment on both the employer and the workers themselves. Whilst the employer needs to provide equipment in good condition and provide appropriate protective equipment, it is also a duty of employees to inform their employer in a timely manner of any damage or defects they come across in the equipment so that the employer can take the appropriate action, whether this is getting it repaired by a competent person or replacing the equipment in question. By placing the emphasis on both sides, i.e. both employers and employees, faulty equipment is therefore much more likely to not be used if both parties are keeping a close watch on the state and condition of equipment.
Construction Training:- Whilst virtually every industry will use equipment, tools and safety equipment in some form, the construction industry is one industry in which workers will be using a lot of equipment which can cause serious injury or worse if it is not properly maintained, operating correctly and free from damage. At ATC Risk Management we provide a range of bespoke and accredited health and safety courses for those in the construction industry, including the Site Managers SMSTS, Site Supervisors SSSTS, the NEBOSH Construction Certificate and courses such as permit to work training and control of substances hazardous to health (coshh).
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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.
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