25.01.22 Occupational health

Setting yourself up for success in 2022

4 essential practices to maintain health and safety in your company

Health and Safety is paramount our guidance is designed to set you up for success in 2022. Making use of our 50+ years of occupational hygiene and laboratory services experience here are 4 essential practices to maintain high standards.

1. Schedule

An easy way to get ahead is to schedule all your testing and assessments from now. Knowing legal requirements are being met removes a major source of stress!
Key timelines to be aware of:

  • LEV Testing must be done at least every 14 months.
  • Respirator Face Fit testing needs to be repeated every time there is a change in RPE supplies or every 2-3 years.
  • Noise monitoring or air sampling should be done every 12 months.
  • COSHH Assessments and Risk Assessments should be reviewed and updated every 12 months.

2. Quantify Your Risk

Determine the exact levels of exposure staff are subject to with accurate sampling and monitoring methods combined with laboratory analysis. Allowing you to take appropriate action. IOM provides advice on how you can reduce the risks with the most efficient and pragmatic control mechanisms. These recommendations can be used to inform your COSHH assessments and risk assessments.

3. Focus on Control – LEV systems

Avoid one of the most common pitfalls of health and safety by keeping log books up to date. The log books ensure that the LEV systems are working effectively and allow action to be taken immediately rather than waiting for one of the LEV inspections to reveal it.

4. RPE and PPE

Ensure the RPE and PPE you have is being used effectively so that it offers the protection it’s supposed to. Embed the right behaviours by running training sessions early in the year and holding everyone accountable to them. It will also help extend the lifespan of equipment as it is being maintained and cleaned properly.

These tasks will support you in protecting the health of your workforce. For tailored advice and guidance to ensure you do not fall foul of regulators, auditors or litigators give our dedicated team a call: 0131 449 8000

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