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Health and safety advice for working in catering, construction or industrial jobs.

Causes of Accidents:
The vast majority of accidents in work places are caused by lack of training, negligence, not wearing protective clothing.

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Everyone has a responsibility for their own safety and that of their colleagues. You can help in protecting yourself from accidents by:

  • Wear any personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Always work safely, so that you don’t endanger yourself or others through thoughtless actions.
  • Do not operate any item of equipment unless trained and authorised do so.
  • Do not remove any guarding from equipment used or deviating from your authorised usage of the equipment.
  • Report immediately any equipment defect and never attempt repair.
  • Comply with all hazard/warning signs and notices displayed on the premises.
  • Report any hazards
  • Report unsafe working practices.
  • Adhere to the rules that apply in the workplace for health and safety and fire safety
  • Report any medical condition that could affect your safety or that of others.
  • Keep corridors, walkways clear of obstructions
  • Clear up spillages immediately
  • Place a “Wet Floor” sign to inform staff & customers of any wet floor
  • NEVER use electrical equipment with wet hands
  • Always switch appliances off before moving or cleaning
  • All faulty equipment should be taken out of use and labelled “do not use”

Alcohol and Drugs
Under no circumstances should you do any work under the influence of Alcohol or drugs

First Aid & Accident Reporting
It is a legal requirement for companies to have a number of permanent employees who are qualified in First Aid. The exact number of trained first aid staff required is dependent on the size of the workforce. You should be informed by your employer of who you need to report accidents to. All accidents, however small, must be recorded in the workplace accident book.

Fire safety. Always follow the basic rules:

  • Always keep fire exits clear of obstruction
  • Keep fire doors shut all the time.
  • Know where the fire exits are and your fire assembly point is and know how to raise the fire alarm.
  • In the case of fire, raise the fire alarm, use fire extinguisher only if you feel confident and safe to do so.
  • Immediately leave the premises, do not attempt to collect your belongings

Manual Handling for lifting

  • Make sure that the path is clear
  • The load must first be tested, e.g. by attempting to raise one end.
  • Assess its weight, if it is heavy get help
  • Make sure your – back is straight, knees bent, shoulders level
  • Place the feet apart, giving a balanced and stable base for lifting.
  • Keep the load as close to the trunk for as long as possible.
  • Keep the heaviest side of the load next to the trunk.
  • Do not stack loads too high
  • As a guide, if something weighs over 20 kg, please make sure that you ask for help or mechanical aid.

Safety Wear

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  • Safety Boots
  • High Visibility Waistcoat/Jacket
  • Hair nets/Hats
  • Ear plugs
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Mask