Questions and Answers

Healthy DSE use

13 February 2017

As part of a general health and safety training programme, our employees are told that they should sit correctly and take regular breaks when using computers, but not why. Could I double check why we give this advice?

Encouraging investment in health and safety

10 February 2017

I have been asked to present to our board of directors a report recommending increased funding to make improvements in our health and safety (H&S) management system. Could you outline what tactics I can utilise to make my case?

Communicating risk assessment outcomes

30 January 2017

My organisation produces various risk assessments. I am aware that we must inform employees of the outcomes of these assessments but how can we do that effectively?

Lift breakdown procedures

20 January 2017

Following a recent incident, I have been asked to review our procedures for releasing persons who may become trapped in a passenger lift if it breaks down. Could you detail what procedures we need to have in place?

Wheelchair users and fire doors

13 January 2017

Our premises has a number of self-closing fire doors on the corridors. A new employee uses a wheelchair and we are concerned that she may have difficulty opening these doors. What action could we take to resolve this issue?

Moving loads on a ramp

3 January 2017

I am carrying out a risk assessment in relation to the pushing and pulling of trolleys around our premises. Part of the work involves travelling up and down a ramp. Are there any particular issues to be taken into account and what control measures should be considered?

Health surveillance for manual handling

19 December 2016

We have a number of employees who undertake manual handling operations. One employee has suggested that we should be providing some form of health surveillance where such manual handling is undertaken. Are we obliged to do this?

Fire evacuation drills

2 December 2016

A fire audit has identified the fact that one of our premises has not been completing fire evacuation drills. The site manager has questioned why these need to be done. What is the legal position on fire drills and why do we need to undertake them?

Simple guidelines to encourage recycling

29 November 2016

We are an independent fast food takeaway with a fairly high turnover of young employees. Despite my best efforts, employees are failing to segregate out waste for recycling, claiming that they are too busy and find the system confusing. Can you suggest some simple guidelines?

Impact of increasing automation

22 November 2016

How could automation affect our business and its facilities management services?