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Introduction to Safe Use of Vehicles on Construction Sites

Introduction to Safe Use of Vehicles on Construction Sites This guide, adapted from HSE’s HSG144 (Second edition), focuses on preventing accidents involving vehicles on construction sites. It covers planning and managing vehicle operations, selecting and maintaining vehicles, and safe driving and working practices. Targeted at clients, designers, contractors, managers, and workers, it aims to manage transport operations effectively throughout the construction process. Planning and Managing Vehicle Operations Planning for vehicle safety starts before the construction phase, involving roles such as clients, designers, and contractors. The focus is on establishing a safe workplace for vehicle operations, primarily by separating pedestrians and vehicles and creating hazard-free traffic routes. Pedestrian and Vehicle Separation Regulation 36 of CDM requires organizing construction sites to ensure...


Working Safely with Lead: A Quick Guide

Introduction This article is a quick guide to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) document titled "Lead and You: Working Safely with Lead" (INDG305 rev2). The guide aims to simplify the important points from the original document and present them in an easy-to-understand format. Risks of Working with Lead Working with lead can pose significant health risks, especially when the work produces lead dust, fume, or vapour. Some of the activities that can put you at risk include: Burning or removing old lead paint Stripping old lead paint from doors, windows, etc. Hot cutting in demolition and dismantling operations Scrap-processing activities Manufacturing and recycling lead-acid batteries Working with metallic lead and alloys containing lead Manufacturing and physically processing lead compounds...


The Leading Causes of Workplace Absence in the UK: Facts and Statistics

The landscape of workplace absence in the United Kingdom has undergone significant changes in recent years. The Labour Force Survey of 2022/23 unveils some critical insights, highlighting a worrying trend in the causes and duration of absences. This article delves into these findings, offering a comprehensive overview of the current state of workplace absences in the UK. 35.2 Million Working Days Lost Due to Injury or Ill Health According to the Labour Force Survey, there were a staggering 35.2 million working days lost in the UK in 2022/23 due to workplace injury or ill health. A closer look at these numbers reveals a concerning disparity: while 31.5 million days were lost due to work-related ill-health, only 3.7 million days were attributed...


Keeping Your Employees Safe from Heat Stress at Work: A Quick Guide

Introduction This quick guide is based on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) document titled "Heat stress in the workplace: A brief guide" (INDG451 rev1). The guide provides an easy-to-understand summary of the document, highlighting key points and actions necessary for employers to protect their employees from heat stress in the workplace. Understanding Heat Stress Heat stress occurs when the body's means of controlling its internal temperature starts to fail. Factors such as air temperature, work rate, humidity, and work clothing can all contribute to heat stress. It's important to note that the risk of heat stress might not be obvious to someone passing through the workplace. Effects of Heat Stress Heat stress can affect individuals in different ways, and...


Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM 2015) Overview

Introduction This article provides an easy-to-understand guide to the 'Managing Health and Safety in Construction - Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 Guidance on Regulations' document by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This guide is essential for anyone involved in the construction industry to ensure they are complying with health and safety regulations. Commencement, Interpretation, and Application The document begins with details on the commencement, interpretation and application of the regulations. It specifies that these regulations apply both within and outside Great Britain. Client Duties The next section outlines the duties of clients in managing projects. This includes the appointment of the principal designer and the principal contractor. It also provides information on when and how to notify the...


Executive Summary of HSE Workplace Stress Anxiety and Depression Statistics 2023

Executive Summary of the HSE Report on Work-related Stress, Depression or Anxiety Statistics in Great Britain, 2023 This blog article is a summary of the key findings from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report on work-related stress, depression, or anxiety statistics in Great Britain for the year 2023. The original report provides detailed insights into the scale, trends, and causes of work-related stress, depression, or anxiety. 875,000 Workers Suffered from Work-related Stress, Depression or Anxiety in 2022/23 According to the Labour Force Survey (LFS) data, an estimated 875,000 workers experienced work-related stress, depression, or anxiety in the year 2022/23. This represents a prevalence rate of 2,590 per 100,000 workers (Source: LFS, annual estimate, 2022/23). 17.1 Million Working Days Lost...


Executive Summary of HSE Manufacturing Industry Safety Statistics 2023

Executive Summary of the HSE Report on Manufacturing Statistics in Great Britain, 2023 This blog post provides an executive summary of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Report on Manufacturing Statistics in Great Britain, 2023. The report contains key facts and statistics on ill health and workplace injuries within the manufacturing sector. 1. 91,000 Workers Suffer from Work-Related Ill Health According to the report, an average of 91,000 workers in the manufacturing sector suffered from work-related ill health between 2020/21 and 2022/23. This includes both new and long-standing cases. The rate of self-reported work-related ill health had been broadly flat in the years prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but was higher in the years affected by the pandemic (Source: LFS,...


Executive Summary of Education Industry Safety Statistics 2023

Executive Summary of the HSE Report: Education Statistics in Great Britain This summary presents an easy-to-understand overview of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report providing detailed insights into education statistics as of March 2023. The focus is on 10 key figures to illustrate the health and safety trends in the education sector. 1. 174,000 workers reported work-related ill health Combining both new and long-standing cases from the period of 2020/21 to 2022/23, 174,000 workers in the education sector reported suffering from work-related ill health. This represents a flat trend compared to the pre-coronavirus period, but a higher rate than the 2014/15-2016/17 cycle (source: LFS). 2. Zero fatal injuries to workers in 2022/23 Neither the year 2022/23 nor the five-year...


Construction Industry Safety Statistics in Great Britain, 2023: HSE Executive Summary

This article is an executive summary of the Construction statistics in Great Britain, 2022 Data up to March 2022 Annual statistics Published 23 November 2022 by HSE.gov. The full version of the article can be found on the HSE website. This article presents an executive summary of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Report titled "Construction statistics in Great Britain, 2023". The report provides critical insights into the health and safety landscape within the British construction sector. It covers ill health, fatal and non-fatal injuries, economic costs, and the number of working days lost in the sector. 1. 69,000 Construction Workers Suffering from Work-Related Ill Health Based on data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), the report records an estimated 69,000...


How Many Students Have Something Stolen From Them in Secondary School?

In an environment which is predominantly seen as safe, new data predicts that there will be over 220,000 thefts in secondary schools this academic year.  First Mats analysed data from a survey ran in March 2023 asking people if they ever had something stolen from them in secondary school.  The results show that more than 1 in 5 (23.27%) students had something stolen from them in Secondary School. Results also show that boys are 37% more likely to have something stolen than girls. Worryingly, the rate of theft occurring in schools seems to be increasing. As the age brackets on our survey got younger, the number of thefts experienced increased. Over 30% of 18-24-year-olds report having something stolen from them...