Below are guides and insights on how to ensure safety in your working environment, safety for people who are in the working environment and to also raise awareness about regulations tied in with Health and Safety at Work.

Safety in Handling Equipment and Machinery at Work

Since the advancements over time of technology, many industrial workplaces are using equipment and machinery to speed the process in developing productivity efficiency. And what is this equipment and machinery we speak of? It is things like drilling machines, power presses, fork-lift trucks and more. We have come to the point where employers and employees disregard certain safety regulations, which puts not only themselves in danger but also others within the working environment and sometimes even public areas. It is always of importance and priority to stay safe than to risk lives over project deadlines in need of being met or that are due. A good reference to have insight on is PUWER. It is an abbreviated term for Provision and Use of Work Equipment.


Always Do Comprehensive Risk Assessments

Sensible risk management is about ensuring there are practical steps which protects people from any harm. Some examples are ensuring that workers are protected, enabling innovation in learning, responsibly managing and helping to understand consequences in failure to manage risks to those who create it and having a balance raising awareness in risks which are non-fatal as much fatal.Having regular maintenance checks on all equipment and machines at work is a must. Even if it is not as noticeable but there are so many potential hazards and dangers in which could put an individual in serious injury or worse – a death scenario in place. Complying to regular checks and also to regulations like PUWER will reduce machinery breakdowns, and produce better environment work flow.


Avoid Overexertion Injuries

A lot of people would never have thought that the most Injuries whichtake place is by overexertion. In terms of pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying etc.…

Although it is non-fatal, HSE states in its records that 22% of lifting and handling shows how highly common it is during 2016/17 within the UK.

Any object or item does not have perfect gravitational balance which is one of the many reasons which lead to unexpected accidents. This is why any operating lifting equipment needs to weigh up all the factors before carrying out the lift. Without being said it is compulsory that any equipment which uses an electrical supply needs to be tested and inspected regularly. This helps to prevent the use of unsafe equipment – which is potential risks and danger we always want to avoid.

Another reason why situations like this happen is mainly due to the lack of training given as well as the lack of checks and observations. At the same time it is important for the individual who is lift handling to apply all the basics of the safety guides and procedures which are taught to them.


Knowledge and Training in Safety

As employers it is important that all employees as much as yourself is prepped and trained ready before even handling or managing any practical uses of Equipment and Machinery. Everyone needs to be trained before partaking their everyday roles: employers and employees, contractors, suppliers and others. It is now very much mandatory that a person in any industrial working environment is competent enough. Machine users are expected to understand steps, procedures, to be able to carry out working inspections, testing of safety devices as well as the risks which are involved.


Did You Know?

There are certain Regulations which link in to PUWER. One of them being ACOP, which stands for Approved Code of Practice. This backs up and supports the Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulation. It directs and affects individuals who have the responsibility for the safe use of work equipment. There can be serious consequences for those who breach this regulation, just as much as PUWER and other rules by law in place.

Another one which supports and works alongside PUWER is LOLER 1998. Many industrial companies follow the two side by side. It stands for The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations. This regulation has more of a specific focus, it concerns itself on the examination and testing of lifting equipment. All lifting operations are thoroughly and carefully planned and supervised. This regulation’s main aim is to try and prevent as many risks to people.