B: Health and welfare
2.7.2 Refer to the Food Standards Agency booklet Hygiene requirements for your business for good food hygiene practice – essential reading if you sell food.
3.6 The HSE produces a useful checklist, designed to help organisations to clarify whether their own risk assessment approach to stress is appropriate and sufficient. This can be accessed through the HSE website.
3.6.1 The HSE has produced a Talking toolkit for line managers, to help them start simple, practical conversations with employees, which can help prevent stress. The Talking toolkit can form part of an organisation’s response but should not be used in isolation as the employer’s only measure to prevent stress. The toolkit can be accessed through the HSE website.
3.7 The management standards themselves revolve around a series of activities and map directly across to the main causes of work-related stress. The process of implementing the management standards is described in full on the HSE website.
3.7.1 The line manager competency indicator tool will enable individuals to compare their own behaviours against the management competencies relevant to the management standards. This can be accessed on the HSE website.
4.8.2 Employer associations, solicitors and professional bodies (such as Alcohol Concern, Norcas or Drugscope) can advise and help develop a workplace alcohol and drugs policy.
6.11.9 The HSE Skin at work website contains basic practical advice for employers and employees on the prevention of skin diseases. The site also contains in-depth technical advice for occupational health nurses and health and safety practitioners, plus other resources.
7.7.1 The HSE has developed a free internet tool (the COSHH e-tool) for identifying good control practice. It covers a wide range of processes and activities and also provides advice for products that have safety data sheets.
7.11 The HSE has published new online guidance, with guidelines on health surveillance needed where, even after all precautions are taken, there is still a risk that workers may be exposed to chemicals or other hazardous substances.
7.12 REACH aims
7.12 Further information can be found on
9.2 The HSE has developed Managing my asbestos, a material and priority scoring tool, available to use online at the HSE website and aimed at helping to protect you and your workers from asbestos exposure.
9.6 The HSE publication Managing asbestos in buildings - A brief guide provides simple precautions to be undertaken and explains the duty to manage in general terms. It is available as a free download from the HSE website.
9.10.4 Notification of this type of work will be necessary. Once you have confirmed the work is NNLW, you need to notify it to the relevant enforcing authority. Do this using the online notification form.
9.18 The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) offer a range of competency training courses for those undertaking asbestos assessments and asbestos monitoring.
9.18 The United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) and the Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP) are organisations offering membership to other organisations who offer asbestos training to people undertaking asbestos removal activities.
13.5.1 The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has developed online tools to assist employers carrying out manual handling assessments:
- Manual handling assessment chart (MAC) tool
- Variable manual handling assessment chart (V-MAC) tool
- Assessment of repetitive tasks (ART) tool
- Risk assessment of pulling and pushing tool (RAPP) tool
- For a brief guide on manual handling at work visit the HSE website