Health & Safety at Work Act
Question: What is it?
Answer: It’s a law that protects people at work and the general public.
Each of us now has a legal, as well as moral obligation to comply with safety rules and instructions.
- Take reasonable care for the Health and Safety of yourself and others whilst working
- Make sure you familiarise yourself with the local emergency procedures
- Co-operate with your assignment company by following all Safety Rules and Regulations
- Report any hazardous situations to your supervisor
- Do not undertake tasks you have not received training for or feel that they are unsafe
- Do not misuse safety devices and equipment
- Make correct use of work equipment, machinery, substances and personal protective equipment
Safely lifting and carrying
It is essential to know how to lift and safely carry objects of all weights and sizes. Here are some guidelines:
- Only lift or carry what you can easily manage
- Get help with anything that you think might be too heavy or awkward to manage on your own
- Use trolleys, wheelbarrows or other appropriate lifting equipment if these are available
- Make sure you can clearly see where you are going
- Use your whole hand to hold not just your fingers
- If the load is uneven, make sure the heaviest part is closest to your body
- Bend your knees and keep your back straight; do not stoop
- Straighten your knees to stand
Protective clothing and equipment
Protective clothing and equipment is essential to protect and keep you safe whilst you work. Please make sure you know how to wear it or correctly use it. Please look after it and if it needs replacing then immediately inform your supervisor.
If you are involved in an accident or near miss incident whilst on an assignment, it is important that you follow this procedure.
- Report the incident immediately to your on-site supervisor
- Ensure that the details are entered into the company’s accident book
- If required, obtain treatment for the injury from a first aider or appointed person
- Contact Noble Recruiting as soon as possible
- Keep Noble Recruiting informed of any after-effects of the incident including periods of total or partial incapacity for work
- Remember that you should only undertake work after appropriate training
- Do not undertake any tasks that you believe is unsafe
- If in doubt stop work and ask for guidance from the supervisor or contact your Consultant
- If you find yourself in unsafe conditions, please immediately notify Noble Recruiting.
We aim to make you aware of both your responsibility as well as our responsibilities in this important area. We have also included important information on lifting, carrying and personal protective equipment and the reporting of accidents.
- We will always allocate your assignments to match your skills and experience
- As far as practically possible, we will do all we can to ensure that you have a safe and healthy workplace with adequate supervision.
The company your assignment is with are responsible for your Health and Safety whilst you are with them. We will make sure you have access to information on safety procedures so that you can safely carry out your daily tasks.
If you do not understand anything, ask for clarification.
Issues in the office environment
- Observe the company’s safety rules
- Only operate or work equipment that you are authorised and trained to use
- Do not open more than one drawer on a filing cabinet at a time
- Always close a drawer fully before opening another
- Ensure all filling cabinet drawers are closed before walking away
- Report defective office equipment and furniture to a manager or supervisor
- Do not attempt to repair it yourself
- Always watch where you are walking and obey any restricted areas
- Note the position of Fire Exit routes around the establishment
- Remember that all exits and particularly Fire doors must never be blocked to ensuring safe means of escape and avoiding injury.
- Keep all work and floor areas clear of rubbish and stationery