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by witsd
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you report issues outside of work?
Replies: 11
Views: 3296

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: 1434

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: 1359

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: 1467

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: 2695

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: 1257

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: 1891

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: 2631

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.
by witsd
Thu May 09, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Annual extinguisher maintenance
Replies: 5
Views: 2173

Re: Annual extinguisher maintenance

I don't have a list, but I do have NEBOSH fire and there is no way in hell I'd have anything to do with this unless I was provided with extensive training. No way I'm removing the horn from a CO2 without being certain that I'm not about to accidentally release the gas and launch the thing across the...
by witsd
Thu May 09, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Firex International 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 1740

Re: Firex International 2019

Possibly. Need to pop down south with the family anyway, so perhaps will be able to do this on the back of that.

Moving house around this time as well though, so goodness knows how it will work out.
by witsd
Wed May 01, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Very quick extinguisher colour / date question
Replies: 8
Views: 2427

Re: Very quick extinguisher colour / date question

I'd say what are the test dates on it? Given that there is no legal requirement for colour marking of extinguishers, only the BS, so long as it has been correctly serviced and inspected, then there is no requirement for it to now be Red. I thought that might be the case. But as for the test dates, ...
by witsd
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Very quick extinguisher colour / date question
Replies: 8
Views: 2427

Re: Very quick extinguisher colour / date question

Two museum pieces.

Still not as good as the bright green halon extinguisher I found in a shed a few years ago, last checked in 1987... :roll:

 

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