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by AdamJ
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Aid - Employee Refusal To Go To Hospital
Replies: 11
Views: 1494

Re: First Aid - Employee Refusal To Go To Hospital

Reading through this does look like a bit of a case of over-thinking it and looking for problems and issues where none need exist. First aiders treat and recommend, and if the person chooses to follow that advice is up to them. The employer can make their own decisions as to whether that person is f...
by AdamJ
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Fire Safety Course
Replies: 15
Views: 2045

Re: Fire Safety Course

My local fire service runs a Fire Risk Assessors course and who better to teach than the fire service? In answer to that, pretty much anyone. I've done two fire service courses over the years, and attended another where a member of the fire service came to deliver a module, and they were all univer...
by AdamJ
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lone Working
Replies: 6
Views: 599

Re: Lone Working

To answer the Q specifically, no, it does not have to be 'separate'. You can include it in any general risk assessment or in any way you wish as long as you can show it is done. I am one of those who always went down the 'one risk assessment per job' route so mine covered everything from machinery t...
by AdamJ
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Changing Industries
Replies: 3
Views: 501

Re: Changing Industries

I started out in H&S in engineering - a factory making turbochargers. Then I was H&S for a bakery. Then for a big poultry farming and hatching company. Then as a consultant for pretty much every type of industry except off-shore, construction and oil/gas as I either have no H&S expertise in them or ...
by AdamJ
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: H&S of travelling workers
Replies: 7
Views: 915

Re: H&S of travelling workers

Again, concerns are valid but going to be hard to implement as once the Engineer is in a remote place you have little control over whether they comply or not. I used to travel a lot for work and would land somewhere like Indonesia at what felt like about 2am to me but as it was mid-morning there wou...
by AdamJ
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Delivery drivers and unloading
Replies: 15
Views: 1415

Re: Delivery drivers and unloading

Interesting topic. I have a lovely big van. I don’t do deliveries so it doesn’t apply in reality, but if I did and someone I didn’t know wanted to take my keys we would have a big problem. I wouldn’t hand the keys to my vehicle over to someone I don’t know to take them God knows where. Sooner or lat...
by AdamJ
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fixed Electrical Testing
Replies: 4
Views: 775

Re: Fixed Electrical Testing

I rented a single occupant Office for ten years and fixed electrical testing was the responsibility of the landlord - my contract was that they provided me with a building including electrical supply which they were responsible for. Same with the heating system. It all depends on what the contract s...
by AdamJ
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Newly Qualified H&S Advisor Delivering Consultancy?
Replies: 6
Views: 724

Re: Newly Qualified H&S Advisor Delivering Consultancy?

As above, Chartered status or otherwise is no guarantee of quality. As it happens I used to be CMIOSH (since it first started when I was whatever came before the CMIOSH designation but I’m too senile to remember). For reasons too long and boring to go into I really don’t like IOSH as an organisation...
by AdamJ
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Office Furniture Suppliers
Replies: 2
Views: 533

Re: Office Furniture Suppliers

Bear in mind the DSE Regs don’t mandate the back to adjust independently of the seat itself. If it goes up and down with the seat this can be compliant (page 41, para 23). I would bet the chairs looked at meet that as I’ve rarely seen one that didn’t have a back that went up and down with the seat, ...
by AdamJ
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help with Health & Safety Qualification
Replies: 7
Views: 1008

Re: Help with Health & Safety Qualification

So there isn't a certain qualification I would need? Nexus Welcome to the world of health and safety where very little is actually defined with specifics and the words 'suitable' or 'appropriate' abound. :D As above, start with the Managing Safely to get you going, then move on to the NEBOSH Certif...
by AdamJ
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The 'fears' of being a H&S Practitioner
Replies: 7
Views: 1091

Re: The 'fears' of being a H&S Practitioner

My approach to it as an employee and a consultant has always been "could I stand by the advice I'm giving if asked to do so in a court and justify why I said what I did". It doesn't mean calming infallibility as nobody gets everything right all the time, but did I give the best advice I could at the...
by AdamJ
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Retention of Safety Records
Replies: 3
Views: 665

Re: Retention of Safety Records

Remember, GDPR doesn’t set time limits for retaining data and just has a generic ‘when they are no longer of use’ type clause, and GDPR provisions are over-ridden by any other regulatory requirement for data collection or record keeping. GDPR isn’t as onerous as the pre-implementation hype or back-c...

 

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