Train, Train and Train again 2010 style
Sheila Pantry OBE
The law says that your employer must protect your health and safety. The law also says that you must not do anything that could harm yourself or other workers. Employers and workers need to work together to make a place of work safe. Your employer must tell you:
- if there is anything dangerous about your job;
- how to do your job safely;
- what is done to protect your health and safety;
- how to get first aid treatment;
- what to do in an emergency
- things needed to protect you at work (such as, clothing and equipment).
In some jobs you can have your health checked if there is a danger of ill health because of your work. If for instance you work in a country such as the UK you can also see your employer's safety policy statement. They must have one if five or more people are employed.
- training to do your job safely;
It essential that training needs are constantly updated. It is essential that everyone is trained to do their job correctly.
You must take care of yourself and others affected by your work;
- you must use things properly;
- you should not do things if you do not know how to do them safely;
- you must tell someone if you see something that is not safe and could be dangerous;
- you must do what your employer tells you to do to protect your health and safety at work.
There are many authoritative and validated sources of information listed in OSHWORLD. In the Subject index you can easily find up-to-date advice and guidance on a range of topics for example from asbestos, construction work, agriculture, manufacturing through to training. And if you are looking for country specific information, then click onto the Country of your choice.
Meanwhile OSHWORLD continues to bring you news, publications, web sites that you will find useful in your daily work.
Look at the latest additions to the Diary of Events and you will see plans have been made already worldwide up to 2011 to have training courses, symposiums and conferences in many places in the world on a wide range of subjects.
One way of keeping up to date is to go to exhibitions and the world's major OSHE events.
Remember that even if you cannot attend these many events, speakers and organisers are often willing to share their knowledge. Look at the details - where possible, I add in the web sites of these events so you can request further information. And do let me know if you are organising any OSHE events so that I can add them to the Diary.
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This month's FOCUS article is entitled Sick note to fit note - helping people stay in work.
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Don't work harder - work smarter! Be ahead of the game.
Are you having a zero accident, incident-free and healthy year in 2010 in your workplace? Some would argue that this is not possible! But keep on trying!
And do continue to make plans for your campaigns for 2010 and beyond!
Remember 28 April 2010 - World Day of Safety and Health.