Health and Safety support

Please find a list of organisations below that can support you with Health and Safety. The list is generally in alphabetical order, apart from the first one- HOUSING which is relevent to most of us!

HOME (HOUSING)

Ensure you put together a robust Health and Safety Risk Assessment - in order to adequately protect your family, friends and visitors. If you are a Landlord or lady, then please consider joining your local ‘Residential Landlords Association’. Meanwhile, you might find some of the following useful to include in your risk assessment:

Asbestos, Biocides, Carbon monoxide, Collision and entrapment; crowding and space; Damp and mould growth; Domestic hygiene; Electrical hazards; Entry by intruders; Position and operability of amenities; Excess cold; Excess heat; Explosions; Falls in baths; Falls between levels; Falls on the level; Falls on stairs (handrails); Fire; Food safety; Hot surfaces; Lead; Lighting; Noise; Personal hygiene; Radiation (Radon gas); Structural collapse; Uncombusted gas fuel; Volatile organics compounds and Water supply.

ASBESTOS REMOVAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION (ARCA) –

www.arca.org.uk

ASSOCIATION OF NOISE CONSULTANTS (ANC)

www.association-of-noise-consultants.co.uk

ASSOCIATION OF SPECIALIST FIRE PROTECTION (ASFP)

www.asfp.org.uk

BOOKS

Easy Guide to Health and Safety by Phil and Liz Hughes.

BRITISH APPROVALS FOR FIRE EQUIPMENT (BAFE)

www.bafe.org.uk

BRITISH OCCUPATIONAL HYGIENE SOCIETY (BOHS)

www.bohs.org

BRITISH SAFETY COUNCIL

http://www.britsafe.org/

BULLY ONLINE

www.bullyonline.org

CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF WASTES MANAGEMENT (CIWM)

www.ciwm.co.uk

CHEMICAL HAZARDS COMMUNICATION SOCIETY (CHCS)

www.chcs.org.uk

CONFEDERATION OF BRITISH INDUSTRY (CBI)

www.cbi.org.uk

CONSIDERATE CONSTRUCTION SCHEME

www.ccscheme.org.uk

CORGI TRUST

CARBON MONOXIDE deaths linked to cookers… as a rise in deaths connected to misuse of appliances has been reported!

Gas cookers have been blamed for a significant rise in fatalities caused by carbon monoxide poisoning in Great Britain. That's the message from the UK’s leading gas safety charity, the Corgi Trust. Its annual benchmarking report says that seven of the 17 deaths caused by carbon monoxide in the last year were associated with cooking appliances, the highest number since 2000/01.

The news comes just a month after Which reported on a study that revealed 81% of households don't have an audible carbon monoxide alarm in their home, putting them at risk of death or serious injury. Which's expert guide to carbon monoxide detectors shows you which carbon monoxide alarm to choose and how to install it.

Carbon Monoxide cooker deaths

Four of the seven deaths were linked to enclosed grill models that did not have automatic shut-off valves, which activate when the grill is used incorrectly with the grill door shut.

In contrast, the report also identifies gas cookers left on and open for prolonged periods in a small or poorly ventilated kitchen, perhaps to provide an additional source of heat, as an area of misuse that needs to be addressed.

Rise in carbon monoxide deaths.

The Corgi Trust's manager Nigel Dumbrell said: 'In 2007/8 there was only one incident reported with a cooker, where as in 2008/9 there were 10, the highest number since records began in July 1996. This is higher than the fatality rate associated with boilers and therefore an area of huge concern.

'The report therefore recommends urgent attention is given to enhance cooker safety and that the potential dangers of cooker misuse are more widely advertised.

Gas safety re. Gas appliances - including gas boilers, ovens and freestanding cookers - should always be installed by a qualified professional on the Gas Safe Register. Visit Which? Local for recommended engineers in your area. Also - www.trustcorgi.com

DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (DCLG)

www.communities.gov.uk - and also can be ordered at www.firesafetyguides.co.uk

DEPARTMENT FOR RURAL AFFAIRS (DEFRA)

www.defra.gov.uk

DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT (DFT)

www.dft.gov.uk

DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS ENTERPRISE AND REGULATORY REFORM (BERR)

www.berr.gov.uk

DIRECT GOV (Safety At Home page)

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndCommunity/InYourHome/KeepingSafeAtHome/index.htm

This link provides information about: Crime Prevention, Keeping safe at home in hot weather, How to reduce trips and falls, Dealing with drinking water problems, Taking care in winter, Chemical safety in the home, Lead paint removal, Pollution control – asbestos removal, Domestic gas installation and health and safety, Bogus callers (crime and justice section).

EARTHQUAKE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

http://safety.lovetoknow.com/Earthquake_Safety_Precautions

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

www.environment-agency.gov.uk

EUROPEAN AGENCY FOR SAFETY AND HEALH AT WORK

www.uk.osha.europa.eu

FIRA INTERNATIONAL Ltd

www.fira.co.uk

FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (FPA)

www.thefpa.co.uk

FORESTRY COMMISSION

www.forestry.gov.uk

GYREENTYP

Please find list of services on the ‘Services Available’ page of this website and/or please email us at mail@gyreentyp.com - Gyreentyp specialises in providing Coaching and Music Tuition with Stress Management. Coaching through Music and Songs is also available on request.

HAZARDS FORUM

www.hazrdsforum.co.uk

HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE (HSE)

www.hse.gov.uk

HSE is the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness. They are an independent regulator and act in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces.

about SHATTERED LIVES - simple mistakes can shatter lives... Your actions could stop them happening. You might think you’re doing everything you can to prevent slips, trips and falls in your workplace or at home etc. - but EVERYONE could do a lot more. For more information, please check out the following link - http://www.hse.gov.uk/shatteredlives/index.htm

Getting started - step-by-step

Register your new business

Decide whether you need to notify the Health and Safety Executive or your local authority about your business and where necessary, do so.

Take out Employer's Liability Compulsory Insurance
Employer's Liability Compulsory Insurance covers you against claims from employees who are injured or become ill as a result of their work.

Appoint a competent person
The law says you must appoint a competent person to help you meet your health and safety duties. This does not have to be an external consultant.

Write your health and safety policy
Your health and safety policy sets out the arrangements you have put in place for managing health and safety in your business. It is a unique document that says who does what, when and how.

Assess the risks
Decide what could harm people and what precautions to take. This is your risk assessment. You must act on the findings of your risk assessment, by putting sensible controls in place to prevent accidents and ill health and making sure they are followed.

Provide basic welfare facilities
You must provide a safe and healthy environment for all your employees. This includes toilets, washing facilities and drinking water, and appropriate lighting and temperature.

Provide free health and safety training and supervision
Everyone who works for you, including self-employed people, needs to know how to work safely and without risks to health. So you need to train them and supervise their work.

Consult your workers
Consultation means discussing health and safety with your workers allowing them to raise concerns and influence decisions.

Display the health and safety law poster
This is required by law. The poster includes basic health and safety information and lets people know who is responsible for health and safety in your workplace. Or you can give workers a leaflet.

Understand RIDDOR reporting procedures
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), require you to report work-related accidents, diseases and near-miss incidents. Make sure you know how to report, even if you never need to.

Keep up to date
You can follow the news in your sector through e-bulletins, news feeds, podcasts and texts to your mobile.

HEALTH AND SAFETY LABORATORY (HSL)

www.hsl.gov.uk

HEALTH AND SAFETY LABORATORY (HSL)

www.hsl.gov.uk

HELP THE AGED (Health and Safety)

http://www.helptheaged.org.uk/en-gb/AdviceSupport/HealthAdvice/HealthServices/EquipmentForDailyLiving/as_equipliv_240206_2.htm

This link includes: Information about Healthy Ageing (diet to exercise), Mental Health and Equipment for daily living.

HOME (HOUSING)

Ensure you put together a robust Health and Safety Risk Assessment - in order to adequately protect your family, friends and visitors. If you are a Landlord or lady, then please consider joining the ‘Residential Landlords Association’. Meanwhile, you might find some of the following useful to include in your risk assessment:

Asbestos, Biocides, Carbon monoxide, Collision and entrapment; crowding and space; Damp and mould growth; Domestic hygiene; Electrical hazards; Entry by intruders; Position and operability of amenities; Excess cold; Excess heat; Explosions; Falls in baths; Falls between levels; Falls on the level; Falls on stairs (handrails); Fire; Food safety; Hot surfaces; Lead; Lighting; Noise; Personal hygiene; Radiation (Radon gas); Structural collapse; Uncombusted gas fuel; Volatile organics compounds and Water supply.

HOW TO SPOT A GOOD POT - Interesting article about steel, aluminium and stainless steel pots and pans. http://kitchen.morewrite.com/2008/07/21/pots-and-pans-in-your-kitchen-home-shopping-guide/

HSE BOOKFINDER

www.hsebooks.co.uk

HSE PUBLIC REGISTER OF CONVICTIONS

www.hse-datebases.co.uk/prosecutions

INCIDENT CONTACT CENTRE

www.hse.go.uk/riddor

INSTITUTION OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (IOSH)

www.iosh.org.uk

IOSH is the Chartered body for Health and Safety professionals. It has more than 37,000 members and is the world’s biggest professional health and safety organisation.

ISTR (Institute of Safety in Technology and Research)

ISTR serves safety professionals in high technology and research.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (LGA)

www.lga.gov.uk

NATIONAL EXAMINATION BOARD IN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (NEBOSH)

www.nebosh.org.uk

PASSIVE FIRE PROTECTION FEDERATION (PFPF)

www.associationhouse.org.uk

ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF ACCIDENTS (ROSPA)

Head Office: RoSPA House, Edgbaston Park, 353 Bristol Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7ST, UK - Tel: 0121 248 2000 Email: help@rospa.com ; ALSO please note that a new SAFE at HOME NATIONAL HOME SAFETY EQUIPMENT SCHEME website has been launched - which is an initiative that helps families keep their children safe from home accidents. To find out more about Safe At Home, please visit www.safeathome.rospa.com.

Child Safety

http://www.rospa.com/ChildSafety/Default.aspx

Cost of children’s accidents
It is difficult to give a true cost of treating children’s accidents as outpatients and inpatients but in the past it has been estimated at over £200 million a year. It can cost as much as £250,000 to treat one severe bath water scald.

This figure does not reflect the long-term costs of prolonged treatment and rehabilitation or the cost of pain suffering to the patient. Nor does it reflect the lifetime disfigurement or disability and the financial loss to the patient and family or work hours lost caring for an injured child.

(SOURCE: Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents)

Home Safety

...every year in the UK almost 4,000 people die in accidents in the home and 2.7 million turn up at accident and emergency departments seeking treatment. But, because the accidents happen behind closed doors in isolated incidents they rarely attract public and media attention. RoSPA is one of the few national voices speaking out on this issue. They also campaign for change and provide a large range of resources to inform, educate and help to prevent accidents in the home and garden. [SOURCE: Royal Society for the prevention of accidents - http://www.rospa.com/HomeSafety/Default.aspx]

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndCommunity/InYourHome/KeepingSafeAtHome/index.htm

Leisure Safety

The main efforts of RoSPA's Leisure Safety department are focused on reducing the several hundred drowning deaths that occur every year in the UK. We provide balanced advice, campaign for change and drive improvements where appropriate. To do this we work with a wide range of professionals, the UK Government and most importantly members of the public. Explore the information here to see where we can best help you!

[SOURCE: http://www.rospa.com/LeisureSafety/Default.aspx]

Road Safety

SOURCE: http://www.rospa.com/RoadSafety/Default.aspx

Road Safety at RoSPA are proud that Great Britain now enjoys one of the best road safety records in the world - but with around eight people still dying on Britain’s roads every day there is much more to be done.

Want to help reduce road risk? RoSPA’s advice, help, training and information is available for all.

Workplace Safety

Every year in the UK we face the challenge of reducing: about 350 fatalities to workers and members of the public due to reportable accidents at work. 1,000 deaths in work related road crashes. Some 12,000 early deaths due to past exposure to hazardous agents, for example asbestos. Over 36 million working days lost due to work related accidents and ill health.

SAFE GIGGING - Health and Safety for Musicians

http://www.artsdata.net/wwwMETA/HandS.asp#Law

SAFESTAGE

www.stagesafe.co.uk

SAFETY ASSESSMENT FEDERATION (SAFed)

www.safed.co.uk

SAFETY HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT INTRA INDUSTRY BENCHMARKING ASSOCIAATION (SHEIIBA)

www.sheiiba.com

SCOTTISH ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AGENCY (SEPA)

www.sepa.org.uk

THE FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION

www.thefpa.co.uk

TRADE UNIONS CONGRESS (TUC)

www.tuc.org.uk

TRADING STANDARDS INSTITUTE

www.tradingstandards.gov.uk

WORKING WELL TOGETHER

www.wwt.ukcom

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