Temperature

You must provide:

  • a reasonable working temperature in workrooms usually at least 16°C, or 13°C

for strenuous work (unless other laws require lower temperatures);

  • local heating or cooling where a comfortable temperature cannot be maintained

throughout each work room (eg hot and cold processes);

  • thermal clothing and rest facilities where necessary, eg for ‘hot work’ or cold

stores;

  • heating systems which do not give off dangerous or offensive levels of fumes

into the workplace;

  • sufficient space in work rooms.

 

Working in the sun

Too much sunlight is harmful to your skin. It can cause skin damage including sunburn, blistering and skin ageing and in the long term can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK with over 50,000 new cases every year.
A tan is a sign that the skin has been damaged. The damage is caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight.

Who is at risk?

If work keeps you outdoors for a long time your skin could be exposed to more sun than is healthy for you. You should take particular care if you have:

  • fair or freckled skin that doesn’t tan, or goes red or burns before it tans
  • red or fair hair and light coloured eyes
  • a large number of moles

 

Further information can be found on;

Temperature

Workplace health, safety and welfare – Approved Code of Practice and guidance

For further information or advice, just call 0800 458 9421 or email general@qsuk.com

Summer

Summer has at long last arrived but with it come the usual problems of heat, dust and radiation. Some we covered May’s Edition and a few more will be covered this month together with advice on best practises. Copy of May’s edition available here.

Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002.

This regulation came into force on 1 January 1993 with some small changes in 2002. The regulation require you to:-

 

            – Assess

                        The workstation to ensure it is suitable, as well as surrounding

                        area, such as lighting and glare.

           

            – Provide

                        Equipment and furniture that is suitable for the work carried

                        out and appropriate to the user.

           

            – Train and Inform

                        Provide employees with necessary training and information to

                        carry out task.

           

            – Establish

                        Establish whether employees are users.

           

            – Request

                        Provide users with eye tests and corrective lenses where

                        needed and where requested by employee.

           

WHAT TO DO 

Rather than going through what to do and how to do it we have attached a blank DSE assessment, which we strongly advise you copy for all employees who do use display screen equipment to complete.

 

Question and Answer

Q         Do we have to provide antiglare screens on all our computers?

A          No. There are debates as to the effectiveness of antiglare screens, but more importantly not all computers will be in a position where a glare would be a problem. Using the DSE assessment form sent with this Newsletter will help you to establish what you might have to do. Sometimes just repositioning the workstation or being able to pull the curtains will eliminate the problem. But until you have carried out a proper DSE assessment you will not be able to implement the proper solution. For further help call qsuk Ltd on 0800 458 9421