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Handling glass is always precarious work. We’re not just talking about moving glass or installing it – sometimes, simply sticking things on patio doors and high windows carries risk. Thankfully, we’re here to make sure you stay safe!

Installing window safety stickers on glass doors and windows is bread-and-butter work for professionals, but sometimes, you may have to install them yourself.

Below, we discuss installing safety markers for glass doors, patio doors and windows, as well as the dangers associated with the practice.

How to Use Window Safety Stickers Properly

Window safety stickers and decal are used to make panes of glass more visible. This reduces the risk of someone accidentally colliding with the glass. They can be applied to:

  • Patio doors
  • Windows
  • Shower glass
  • Conservatories
  • Side panels
  • Smoking shelters, bus stops, and other outdoor shelters

Before applying stickers to glass, you must carry out a risk assessment for glass handling. The HSE recommends that this acts as the foundation of any handling of glass.

To carry out a glass risk assessment, you must map out:

  • Control measures and protocols for if/when the glass breaks
  • Guidelines on how to properly move or handle glass
  • A list of people at risk
  • A list of first aiders that can help with common glass injury
  • Control measures which cover the handling, decontamination, cleaning, storage and disposal of glass

Once this is done, apply the decal or sticker carefully to the glass. Ensure it is pressed down firmly so the adhesive affixes properly, and double-check it can be easily seen by people passing by.

Handling Glass: The Risks

Glass injuries – from walking into the glass to smashing it – are common. For example, Apple’s $5 billion offices in California are covered with glass windows and doors. It’s a marvel to look at, but numerous employees have reported injuries because they keep accidentally walking into glass doors.

(Source: Business Insider)

In fact, at least three employees have needed medical treatment as a result. Similar glass injury stories can be seen across the globe, with studies highlighting that glass tables account for 2.5 million injuries a year.

While it’s difficult to pin down the number of glass injuries specifically in the UK, workplace injuries are common, and all efforts should be made to circumvent them.

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We are surrounded by health and safety myths. As people regularly state that the practice has “gone mad”, many stories and beliefs enter public discourse based on fiction.

As a consequence, a few health and safety misconceptions have entered popular thinking, distorting the practice and its importance. We all like to think we know health and safety rules well, but sometimes, our beliefs can be wrong.

Below, we list a few common myths, misconceptions and health and safety facts to put your health & safety knowledge to the test. Simply pick which letter you think is correct.

Myth: Flip-Flops are Banned in the Workplace

Footwear is important. If you’re working with heavy materials – such as lifting – you should wear steel-toed boots. However, what about other jobs? Surely you can wear a pair in an office job, right?

  1. Flip-flops are fine in workplaces where there is no heavy lifting
  2. Flip-flops are acceptable only if you work outside
  3. Flip-flops are banned under the law due to the prevalence of slips, trips and falls in all workplaces
  4. The decision is entirely down to company policy

Myth: Workers Aren’t Allowed to Put up Christmas Decorations

Bah, humbug! Health and safety wouldn’t get in the way of Christmas, right? Surely employees can put some Christmas decorations up?

  1. Christmas decorations mean climbing at height, technically making them illegal without proper equipment.
  2. Christmas decorations are up to the business, as long as step ladders are provided.
  3. There is little reason to risk putting Christmas decorations up, meaning it must be done by a trained official.
  4. Christmas decorations in workplaces are technically illegal.

Myth: Doors Cannot Be Left Open as They’re a Fire Hazard

If fire doors are left open for evacuation purposes, can’t we just wedge them open at all times?

  1. Wedging the fire door open is fine as long as there are fire safety signs in clear view and the pathway is clear.
  2. Wedging fire doors open isn’t allowed as this can inadvertently help the fire spread.
  3. Fire door policy is entirely up to the business.
  4. Wedging a fire door open is fine, only if a proper wedge is used to do so.

Myth: Appliances Like Toasters Are Banned From Workplaces Due to Fire Risk

This is where health and safety law and company policy can collide. But is it law, or is it entirely down to the business owner?

  1. Toasters and other heat-based appliances are banned by law as they may cause a fire.
  2. These appliances are not banned by law but are up to the discretion of the business owner.
  3. These appliances are not banned but they need to be brought in and PAT tested by the employees.
  4. These appliances are up to the discretion of the business owner, but legally, they must be safety and PAT tested.

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While there are numerous other health and safety myths out there, hopefully this short quiz has made you realise that some “obvious” answers aren’t obvious, and some myths are perpetuated from one-off stories or fabrications.

Either way, staying informed on safety policy and having the right signs and labels is always a good first step to avoid falling for safety myths and misconceptions. Discover our range of high-quality health and safety signs today, and be sure to follow our Twitter for the latest safety news.

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Lone working is common for many employees in the UK. And, whether you’re working a night shift alone in a shop or hotel, working alone in an office or working separately from everyone else in a factory, lone working carries risk.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, lone working has become more common. Outside of working from home, staff members who previously worked in pairs or small groups may have now found themselves working alone.

The definition of a lone worker is someone who:

  • Works alone at a fixed base, such as a hotel, shop or petrol station.
  • Works alone in farming or agriculture. 
  • Works apart from other people in a shared workspace (such as security staff and cleaners).
  • Works from home.
  • Works away from a fixed base, such as those who work “from the road” (for instance delivery drivers, nurses, social care workers, postal staff).

Below, we discuss the lone working risks, how to enact a lone worker safety policy and how to carry out a lone working risk assessment.

Lone Working Risks

Lone working risks are similar to the usual risks that come with working together with a team. However, they come with the caveat that workers are usually isolated, making the consequences of these risks much worse.

In total, lone working risks include:

  • Accidents and injuries resulting in a lack of proper first-aid.
  • Poor provision of hygiene, rest and welfare provisions.
  • Security issues, such as encountering violent members of the public or intruders.
  • Mental health challenges.

The majority of lone workers are trained on how to deal with the above, but to ensure they’re safe, employers with lone workers should adhere to the law and create a lone working risk assessment.

Lone Working: What Does The Law Say?

There is no specific law regarding lone working. Instead, it comes under The Health and Safety At Work Act and The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.

These laws are hefty documents with numerous guidelines and rules to adhere to, but when it comes to lone working, it essentially boils down to the following:

  • An employer must deal with any risks associated with home working before an employee is allowed to do so.
  • All risks must be assessed: including violence, manual labour, the health of the worker, hazards around the workplace and any mental health risks.
  • There must be an assessment of whether training is needed, preparations must be made to ensure staff are trained.
  • Systems must be put in place to ensure the lone employee can report accidents and any issues quickly.

Underpinning all of this is the need for a comprehensive assessment and safety policy.

How to Create a Lone Working Risk Assessment and Safety Policy

There is no legal requirement to create a specific lone working risk assessment. However, lone working should be considered in your general risk assessment and safety policy.

This means, when carrying out your risk assessment, you should make lone working provisions such as:

  • Considering how risks differ when encountered by a lone worker.
  • Putting separate steps in place to navigate risks for lone workers.
  • Considering how risks change when they involve a lone worker.
  • Using risk assessments to inform safety policy.
  • Regularly updating risk assessment and safety policy in line with lone workers’ experiences.

To learn more about risk assessments, consider reading our blog on the subject: Risk Assessment Kits: Prevent Accidents & Injuries in Your Workplace.

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Whether it’s for the benefit of lone workers or general employees, safety signs can be a big help in the workplace.

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Slips, spills and falls are, sadly, still occurring in workplaces. Even in places where there are proper signs and procedures in place, spills can still happen. When liquids are handled, transported or drained, there is always a risk that some of them will spill.

However, a spillage doesn’t always mean an accident will occur after it. By putting a proper spill management procedure in place, as well as a network of spill control & liquid storage signs, businesses can stay on top of spill risk.

Below, we discuss how to carry out a spillage assessment, the spill response steps and the importance of putting a proper procedure in place.

What is a Spill Management Procedure?

A spill management procedure doesn’t need to be complicated, but it does need to cover the different types of spillages. Not all spills are the same, and some carry inhalation risk.

A spill management procedure will usually outline all the necessary steps to do with cleaning and managing spills. This includes:

  • A full risk assessment to understand the spillage
  • Liquids that require workplace evacuation
  • The equipment needed to clean up the spillage, including PPE
  • Steps to confine a spill, depending on the risk factor of the liquid spilt
  • Steps on how to stop the source of the spill safely
  • Clean-up and decontamination processes

The end step should be the spill being sorted out and alongside a detailed report that outlines how the spill happened, how it was dealt with and any injuries which occurred as a result of it.

How to Carry Out A Spill Management Procedure

Spill response steps should be clear and follow a linear pattern. There must be no room for confusion in a good spill management procedure.

The first step is always a risk assessment. There should already be a risk assessment plan in place, but in case you don’t have one, consider reading our blog on risk assessment kits.

The risk assessment should outline the risks to people, property and the business efficiently, which then determines the rest of the spill response procedure.

The second step is to get the necessary equipment to protect staff and clean up the spill. PPE should be a priority if necessary. The equipment should be first used to isolate the spill so it doesn’t contaminate any drains or water sources.

Next, you should safely stop the source of the spill. This will depend entirely on the risk assessment and the type of spillage – it can be as simple as moving a container or as complicated as fixing a crack or a leak.

Finally, re-evaluate the area after isolation and stopping the source has been complete. If safe, commence with clean-up, following the instructions for the liquid. After the area has been cleaned and decontaminated, fill out any necessary reports and log in your accident log.

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RIDDOR symbols and labelsRIDDOR stands for The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. It is a piece of legislation passed to promote good accident recordkeeping and reporting. The law places this responsibility on the employer and any “responsible persons”.

Without RIDDOR, it would be difficult to see who is responsible for documenting accidents and the criteria needed to maintain sound records and reports.

Below, we discuss what RIDDOR is, what must be reported with RIDDOR and examples of when reports should be used.

What is RIDDOR?

RIDDOR demands that accidents be reported if they are work-related. This means accidents only need to be reported when they are “out of or in connection with work”.

Effectively, this means accidents that happen on work premises don’t always need a RIDDOR report – it must be in connection to work activity.

Regulations 4-6 of RIDDOR stipulate that deaths and injuries should be reported when:

  • An accident has caused the injury
  • An accident is work-related
  • The injury is reportable

The scope of a reportable injury is broad under RIDDOR. They include specified injuries, injuries that result in more than 7 days of incapacitation, injuries that require hospitalisation and the death of any person.

Specified injuries include:

  • Fractures (excluding fingers, thumbs and toes)
  • Amputation
  • Injuries that result in visual impairment
  • Crush injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Scalping
  • Loss of consciousness caused by head injury or asphyxiation
  • Injuries from working in enclosed space

What Must Be Reported Under RIDDOR?

All RIDDOR reports occur through the HSE. Employers either fill out an online form or contact the organisation by phone.

In total, there are five types of reports:

  • Report of an injury
  • Report of a dangerous occurrence
  • Report of a case of disease
  • Report of a flammable gas incident
  • Report of a dangerous gas fitting

RIDDOR Roles & Responsibilities

RIDDOR outlines responsibilities for both the employee and the employer. Responsibilities are only legally-binding for an employer, but employees should try to keep to theirs too.

Employee Responsibilities

As an employee, you must report back to your supervisor if you witness or experience something that comes under RIDDOR regulations. You cannot contact the HSE as an individual to report an accident, it must go through the proper channels.

However, if you feel as though RIDDOR is not being followed, or if you and your employees’ safety concerns aren’t being documented, then consider raising it with a supervisor or your union. You cannot report RIDDOR incidents yourself to the HSE, but you can report general issues here.

Employer Responsibilities

An employer is one of the “responsible persons” RIDDOR maps out. This means employers, those in control of work premises and self-employed people are the go-to reporters for RIDDOR.

To fill out a RIDDOR report, you must fill out a RIDDOR form on the HSE website or contact the organisation by phone. After this, log all of the details in your accident book and prepare your records for potential inspection.

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Of course, the best way to avoid having to fill out a RIDDOR form is to be proactive. Good safety relies on a network of processes, signs and labels to keep your workplace aware.

At Label Source, we stock a range of high-quality warning signs to keep your employees safe. Discover our range today and be sure to regularly update your labels, signs and procedures.

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