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What is Health & Safety
Health and safety is important as it keeps the human race safe. If there were no health and/or safety laws then there would be no restrictions to keep you safe and stop you doing something stupid and injuring yourself. There is a difference between health and safety though. Health related issues are issues which develop over a period of time which you can’t always see, such as the flu or RSI. Safety on the other hand is a physical issue that happens almost immediately such as electrocution or a broken arm.


The Role of
1. Health & Safety Executive
HSE are an organisation which support office health and safety. They can give surprise visits to your office at any time and if they feel it is unsafe they are allowed to get the police to shut the place down until it is a safe environment once again. Their aim is to prevent injuries and deaths due to electrocution and stress.
2. Unions – TUC
The trade union centres in England and Wales work along with HSE with a long history in health and safety. They provide training and support for those who need it perhaps if their workplace has been shut down. They give training for those who need it because many people need to be taught and they don’t really understand how to use computers, this can cause stress or strain when done wrong. They also offer advice to help if you need it to support reopening of your office environment.


Who is responsible
When someone is injured in some way during work in an office the idea of whether they deserve compensation this is what the employer and employee need to do to keep a safe healthy workplace relationship.
1. Employer
The employer must:
• Provide training and advice to make sure that the staff understand the machine they are using so that they don’t risk RSI or stress.
• Provide specially adjusted utilities so that strain isn’t caused to the employee for example and adjustable chair.
• Employers must monitor the workplace so that they can see if their staff need a break during their work hours.
• Inspect the equipment or have a professional do it for you to make sure there is no risks with the facilities.
2. Employee
The employee must:
• Follow the training and advice as it has been provided to avoid their injury.
• Use the equipment provided correctly.
• Report any problems whether it is with themselves or the equipment they are using.


Downloads:
RSI Worksheet
The Ergonomic environment
Computers and Stress
Health Risks from Monitors
Life in a Call Centre
5 Office Photos-Dangers
ICT1 Survey
Health & Safety Presentation- British Airways format
HSE Leaflet