Essay on Construction Health and Safety

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Health and safety at work act 1974

( needs changed in to booklet form)

- site foreman - work for the Patton group - site is located in Arhtur street in Belfast. - Employers - make the workplace safe - prevent risks to health - ensure that plant and machinery is safe to use, and that safe working practices are set up and followed - make sure that all materials are handled, stored and used safely - provide adequate first aid facilities - tell you about any potential hazards from the work you do, chemicals and other substances used by the firm, and give you information, instructions, training and supervision as needed - set up emergency plans - make sure that ventilation, temperature, lighting, and toilet, washing and rest facilities all meet health, safety and welfare requirements - check that the right work equipment is provided and is properly used and regularly maintained - prevent or control exposure to substances that may damage your health - take precautions against the risks caused by flammable or explosive hazards, electrical equipment, noise and radiation - avoid potentially dangerous work involving manual handling and if it can't be avoided, take precautions to reduce the risk of injury - provide health supervision as needed - provide protective clothing or equipment free of charge if risks can't be removed or adequately controlled by any other means - ensure that the right warning signs are provided and looked after - report certain accidents, injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences to either the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or the local authority, depending on the type of business •

- Employees - - to take reasonable care of your own health and safety - if possible avoid wearing jewellery or loose clothing if operating machinery - if you have long hair or wear a headscarf, make sure it's tucked out of the way (it could get caught in machinery) - to take reasonable care not to put other people - fellow employees and members of the public - at risk by what you do or don't do in the course of your work - to co-operate with your employer, making sure you get proper training and you understand and follow the company's health and safety policies - not to interfere with or misuse anything that's been provided for your health, safety or welfare - to report any injuries, strains or illnesses you suffer as a result of doing your job (your employer may need to change the way you work) - to tell your employer if something happens that might affect your ability to work (eg becoming pregnant or suffering an injury) - your employer has a legal responsibility for your health and safety, they may need to suspend you while they find a solution to the problem, but you will normally be paid if this happens - if you drive or operate machinery, to tell your employer if you take medication that makes you drowsy - they should temporarily move you to another job if they have one for you to do

- management - Recognise work related stress as a legitimate health and safety topic. In terms of prevention, work related stress can be dealt with like any other health and safety risk. - Many health and safety managers have successfully championed the Management Standards process within their organisation. - You will be familiar with the basis of the risk assessment process it uses and can probably