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by witsd
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can an employer charge for PPE?
Replies: 7
Views: 643

Re: Can an employer charge for PPE?

As long as you can show that it is tested to the same standard, I don't really see what the wiggle room could be, unless the style differs in such a way that it obviously doesn't protect the area that was injured. I.e, an ankle injury, and you were wearing trainer-style shoes instead of boot-style.
by witsd
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Pan safe and spray safe
Replies: 3
Views: 248

Pan safe and spray safe

I've just been made aware of these two products and wondered if anyone had any experience or other further information on them? https://i.imgur.com/5WbzWF2.png My understanding is that they are being released in conjunction with the SFRS in some way, but I'm not yet sure how this links with their us...
by witsd
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Practical Training vs e-Learning
Replies: 2
Views: 346

Re: Practical Training vs e-Learning

E-learning is a fine balance. If your employees aren't the most computer literate, it will frustrate, and they will pay less attention. If they are too computer literate, they will probably find ways to skip past half of it (this is usually me). Similarly if the package is too patronising or irrelev...
by witsd
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can an employer charge for PPE?
Replies: 7
Views: 643

Re: Can an employer charge for PPE?

In my days working for M&S, the choice was their boots (valued at around £12) or you went and bought your own, and paid 100% of the cost yourself. Their boots were utterly unwearable for anyone over about a size 10 and fell apart within a few months. As a size 12, I bought my own for £50 and I'm wea...
by witsd
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you report issues outside of work?
Replies: 11
Views: 918

Re: Do you report issues outside of work?

Some people can switch off H&S mode? I certainly can't as my wife will undoubtedly attest to. Whether I mention it to staff, management or an external authority depends on how much attention I think they will pay (and how serious the infraction), but I certainly couldn't just ignore something that c...
by witsd
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: No food or drink beyond this point!!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 380

Re: No food or drink beyond this point!!!!

Firstly, be honest with people. Saying "No food and drink near the PCs for H&S reasons" is fairly clearly not true – the primary concern is ruining the electrical components, as anyone who has spilled a cup of tea over their keyboard will know. After that, it's really just about consistency. The sam...
by witsd
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Manual Handling
Replies: 3
Views: 346

Re: Manual Handling

What was NFU's reasoning for no training being required?

I've never known anywhere to do no MH training whatsoever.
by witsd
Fri May 31, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Block of flats - balcony column
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Re: Block of flats - balcony column

Steel melts at around 1427°C (roughly ;) ) The average house fire tops out at about 1000°C. I suppose that it would eventually soften in the fire, but personally, I wouldn't see it as an issue if it's already in situ unless there are other considerations, such as an underground car park, large amoun...
by witsd
Thu May 30, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RIDDOR - Question ( I think i know teh answer but)
Replies: 9
Views: 901

Re: RIDDOR - Question ( I think i know teh answer but)

Technically the employee could (and should) be claiming the holiday days back as sick absence if they are still injured while on holiday. If they haven't done so, I think that could be taken as a statement that they are well, but whether that's reasonable, I'm not at all sure. Certainly if they are ...
by witsd
Thu May 30, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: DSEAR assessments?
Replies: 2
Views: 273

Re: DSEAR assessments?

When recommended by the FRA? :D

I treat them as similar to lightning risk assessments. When the fire risk assessor recognises that it's out of their league, then they ought to be recommending a further specific risk assessment by a competent individual.
by witsd
Fri May 10, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Alarms in blocks of flats
Replies: 4
Views: 707

Re: Alarms in blocks of flats

There's no requirement for there to even BE a building alarm, in fact in most purpose-built blocks I would recommend against it. What happens inside one apartment shouldn't really be able to affect anyone else at all, which is why stay put policies are usually perfectly valid. If it's not purpose-bu...
by witsd
Thu May 09, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Travel distance to manual call point
Replies: 8
Views: 769

Re: Travel distance to manual call point

'Where necessary…'

Do an FRA and consider the risk level in the room, how long (longer) it would take to raise the alarm and whether there is any reasonable increase to the risk to life due to this.

If not (and I'd seriously doubt it), note it, explain your reasoning and move on.

 

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