Respiratory protective equipment, slips, trips and falls, environmental fines and product certification post Brexit

Safety in the workplace is paramount for any employer, and where respiratory protective equipment is required, it is important to ensure the equipment provided is fit for purpose. Researching what is appropriate for your needs and supplying the correct equipment will protect your employees’ health and benefit your business. Legislation relating to the workplace must be complied with and employers have a duty to do so.

Around 40% of workplace accidents involve slips, trips or falls, with many resulting in broken bones. Where falls from height are concerned, injuries can be serious or even fatal. Safety in the workplace is everyone’s responsibility: the employer’s to provide a safe working environment, and the employee’s to take due care. Solutions to trip and slip hazards need not be costly, so here are a few measures you can take to keep your workforce safe and well.

Recent high profile environmental fines have demonstrated the degree to which the need for a compliance culture within an organisation is vital, and should be led from the very top of the company. The new ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard includes areas that support the alignment of environmental management and strategy and offers tools for organisations to deliver cultural change.

The UK structure for CE marking and product certification operates within an EU-wide system, and the output from organisations that issue certificates is accepted throughout the EU, and wider. The threat to Notified Bodies and the potential loss to the economy is acknowledged by UK Government. While existing certificates will continue to be valid until they expire, UK Notified Bodies will not be able to award new CE marks for products to be sold in Europe.

As an employer, you have a legal responsibility to control substances hazardous to health in your workplace, and to prevent and adequately control your employees’ exposure to those substances. Many workers wear respirators or breathing apparatus to protect their health in the workplace, and it is crucial that the respiratory protective equipment chosen is suitable for the particular wearer, task and work environment.

 

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