Sparkly paper

2 December 2021

As we approach Christmas, the office recycling bin will soon be full of sparkly gift wrap. Is it true that we shouldn’t recycle it?

Noise health surveillance below action levels

1 December 2021

We have employees who have to use various items of powered tools to undertake their work activities. One employee has requested that we undertake health surveillance for them in relation to noise exposure even though our assessment indicates noise levels are below the legal action values. Are we obliged to provide such health surveillance?

Fire door inspection regime

1 December 2021

We have several properties that are fitted with numerous timber-based fire doors. It has been suggested that we should be inspecting these regularly. Is this the case and how often should this be done as it could have significant resource issues?

Safeguarding during the pandemic

30 November 2021

Members of staff are concerned about what to do if a student starts to feel ill during lessons. What should they do?

Encouraging use of eye protection

29 November 2021

We have a number of employees who are required to wear eye protection for certain work activities. A recent inspection (including observation of workers) identified that some are not wearing the eye protection provided. How can we improve the use of eye protection?

Labelling of loads for manual handling

29 November 2021

An external health and safety consultant has reviewed our manual handling operations. They have suggested that we should be labelling the containers being handled with the weight of the load. Is this the case?

Staff resilience

25 November 2021

Is building staff resilience my responsibility as a social care employer, and how do I do this in our workplace where a couple of staff are off with stress?

New drivers and working time compliance

24 November 2021

We know that the road transport working time regulations apply to our HGV drivers. What should we be doing when we are taking on a new driver to make sure we are compliant?