The Office Safety Company

Quick Guides

Meeting your health & safety requirements can often seem overwhelming, there are so many regulations it can be difficult to know where to focus time and resources.

We find that most of our customers want to meet their obligations but are keen to keep health & safety simple and straightforward; so in direct response to your needs we have created a number of Quick Guides on a range of health & safety topics.

What are the quick guides?

The quick guides are an easy reference on what you should be doing to comply with health & safety legislation in the office. The information does not include every aspect or context of health & safety legislation but should provide you with sufficient knowledge to allow you to make informed decisions about what you may need to do or purchase to provide compliance for your business.

Health & Safety Training

There are over one million injuries at work every year in the UK and many of these are totally preventable. Preventing accidents and ill health caused by work can be greatly assisted by the use of effective Health & Safety Training.

Accident Reporting

Employers must keep a record of all injuries that happen on your premises, or to employees working elsewhere on your behalf. An up to date accident book must be kept in an easily accessible place. However all slips containing personal information should be detached and kept in safe storage (e.g. in a lockable filing cabinet).

Safety - Safety Signs

Providing quality signs around the workplace is an integral part of complying with health & safety legislation and provides personnel with clear concise instructions and directions.

Manual Handling

More than 25 percent of all reportable injuries in the work place are caused by manual handling. An estimated average of 11 working days per sufferer were lost through musculoskeletal disorders affecting the back, caused by manual handling injuries at work, costing employers up to £335 million a year

First-aid Kits

Most accidents in the office are relatively minor but they can be many and they can also be varied, so the contents of a first-aid kit should be able to deal with a wide number of minor injuries and conditions.

Fire Safety

Fire safety is an essential obligation. Training, adequate fire extinguisher provision and quality signage can considerably reduce the risk of injury from fire. Ideally a proper fire risk assessment should be made to analyse the exact requirements.

Electrical Safety

Trailing cables, damaged leads, loose plugs? Find out what you need to do to ensure electrical appliances are correctly maintained.

Computer Operator Safety

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992] outlines a series of requirements that are applicable to most office environments. Some minor changes were made in 2002 to strengthen this legislation. The regulations require employers to minimise the risks in VDU (Visual Display Unit) work by ensuring that workplaces and jobs are well designed.

Disability Discrimination Act

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 provides for disabled people to have the legal right to be treated equal to able bodied persons. This means that all service providers have to ensure that their business is accessible to do business with people with disabilities.

Who's Responsible

Make no mistake, managing corporate risk is a key issue for all directors and senior managers to address. There is much to say about this subject and the following is just a summary of some of the main points involved.

Risk Assessments

Health & Safety risk assessments are simply a logical way of managing and controlling risks. The best risk assessments are often those that are kept simple and easy to use.

Safety Facts

Official HSE figures for the UK show that there were over 40 million working days lost due to work-related ill health and injuries in the workplace between 2000 and 2002.

Emergency Evacuation Packs

Emergency Evacuation Packs contain a few components that can save the lives of you or your staff in the event of a fire. It is recommended that every staff member should be issued with a single pack positioned within easy reach of their personal work space.

Disclaimer: The Office Safety Company have provided the ‘Quick Guides’ on the basis that the content and advice contained within these documents is to the best of our knowledge accurate at the time of publication. The Office Safety Company does not accept any liability for the accuracy of the information provided in the ‘Quick Guides’.