Health and safety at work
There are many things going on day to day in our places of work.
It is therefore important that you know your rights and the rules that are required in terms of the health and safety of employees in the workplace.
Construction Work in the workplace – general requirements
The Main Health and Safety Rules in Construction – Not just in the office.
It is the responsibility of the Building Contractor to provide safety equipment and clothing for all employees. They also have to ensure all the people on the site follow the rules and guidelines set out by the Health and Safety Executive.
However, it is the responsibility of every employee to follow safety procedures and report activities or equipment they believe to be a danger.
It is a legal requirement that:
- All workers and visitors wear hard hats at all times on construction sites. Other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will include steel toe-capped footwear, fluorescent yellow high-visibility vests, gloves, and protection for the eyes and ears.
- Scaffolding must be safe to work on, i.e. struts must be properly tied together, braced for stability, and on a firm footing with adequate barriers to prevent falling. Ladders must be correctly placed and adequately fixed.
- Excavations for foundations in excess of 1.2m must be properly shored (i.e. have safely-boarded sides) for people to work in them.
- Excavations or manholes should have their perimeters guarded and the hole covered by suitable material to prevent people and things falling in.
- At night all mechanical equipment (plant) should be immobilised, ladders removed and gates secured. Safety warning signs should always be displayed all around the perimeter indicating that building work is being undertaken and that building sites can be dangerous places.
Hygiene in the Office
When it comes to office cleanliness in terms of health and safety, there are some things you should know.
You can complain if you feel your working environment is not up to a good and workable standard, meaning it is not hygienic.
Your workplace should hire commercial cleaners that are in compliance with all current health & safety legislation are well as insurance. You can always ask if all these requirements have been met.
Where can you complain?
If you feel that your place of work is lacking in any area of health and safety, there are many ways you can get your concerns heard.
At first, we would recommend mentioning your worries to a senior colleague, this could be your manager, equally, you could submit a written report to your human resources department, depending on the nature of the complaint.
If you work in an office building, shared with other businesses you should report any physical problems to the site team or property owner – this could be done by a senior member of staff.
If you feel that none of these options will work, you can always talk to Health and Safety England. More.