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HSE revises guidance to managers

A newly updated guide to 'Workplace health, safety and welfare' has been published by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). This is the second revision in less than two years and it seeks to provide advice to managers who need to work within the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the subsequent amendments.

Available as an eight-page leaflet in PDF or paper format, the document outlines the requirements of the Workplace Regulations and gives 'plain English' definitions of key terms such as 'work', 'premises' and 'disabled person.'

The main body of the document is divided into sections covering health, safety and welfare, in which the basic requirements of the Regulations are explained. For example, the 'Safety' section discusses the following: maintenance; floors and traffic routes; falls into dangerous substances; transparent or translucent doors, gates, walls and windows; windows; doors and gates; and escalators and moving walkways.

Clearly a document such as this can only give a very broad overview, as it has to cover all industries and all types of work. This is why there is no direct reference to machinery. However, the document includes a section at the back for 'Further reading', which lists more than a dozen other guidance leaflets and sources of information such as 'Safe use of work equipment. Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Approved Code of Practice and guidance L22 (Second edition).'

Copies of 'Workplace health, safety and welfare - A short guide for managers', reference INDG244(rev2), are available from HSE Books or can be downloaded as a free PDF from the HSE website.

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