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TEAM Talks: Maintaining Vigilance in Low-Risk Workplaces

Maintaining Vigilance in Low-Risk Workplaces

Monday  8th July, 2024

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In the realm of workplace safety, the term "low-risk" often provides a false sense of security. Many assume that low-risk environments require less attention to health and safety protocols. However, complacency can lead to unexpected hazards. At TEAM Safety Services, we would like to emphasise that every workplace, regardless of its risk level, must maintain stringent safety standards.


The Reality of Low-Risk Workplaces


Potential dangers still exist in environments categorised as low-risk, such as offices, retail stores, or educational institutions. These can range from improper use of display screen equipment and poor manual handling practices to insufficient fire safety measures. Neglecting these areas can lead to significant injuries and, in severe cases, fatalities.


During the 2022/23 reporting year, RIDDOR data revealed 60,645 non-fatal workplace injuries reported by companies in Great Britain. Additionally, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) indicated another 561,000 self-reported injuries, bringing the total to 621,645 workplace injuries for the year. 


Among the RIDDOR company-reported injuries, which are typically more severe, 42,920 cases resulted in workers being incapacitated for seven days or longer, accounting for 71% of all reported injuries.

Illustration by TEAM Safety Services Ltd.


Common Hazards in Low-Risk Workplaces


  1. Health and Safety: General awareness of potential hazards and safety protocols, such as good housekeeping to avoid slips, trips and falls. 
  2. Display Screen Equipment: Ergonomic risks associated with prolonged use of computers.
  3. Manual Handling: Injuries from lifting and moving objects improperly.
  4. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH): Exposure to hazardous substances, which are often overlooked in low-risk settings.
  5. Fire Safety: Ensuring fire safety measures are in place and employees are trained to respond appropriately.
  6. Using Ladders: Risks associated with working at heights, even for short durations.

Illustration by TEAM Safety Services Ltd.


Most Common Non-Fatal Workplace Injuries 


The most frequent type of non-fatal workplace accident resulting in employee injuries happens when handling, lifting, or carrying objects. These incidents, which can lead to back and wrist injuries, among others, accounted for 20% of all workplace injuries. 


Slips, trips, and falls were the second most common type of accident in the workplace in Great Britain, with approximately 19% of all work-related injuries (18% of self-reported LFS data and 29% of RIDDOR-reported incidents). These accidents often result in injuries to ankles, backs, wrists, and heads. 


Additionally, being struck by a moving object accounted for 8% of workplace injuries.


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Low-Risk Workplace Safety Induction


At TEAM Safety Services, we are proud to introduce our new eLearning course, the Low-Risk Workplace Safety Induction eLearning. Priced at just £17 per person, this comprehensive course covers essential topics, ensuring your team is well-informed about safety protocols and remains safe. 


Course Benefits

  • Time-Efficient: Employees can complete the course in just 30-45 minutes.
  • Convenient: Accessible from home or the workplace with a laptop or computer.
  • Comprehensive: Covers 6 essential safety topics relevant to low-risk environments.

Illustration by TEAM Safety Services Ltd.


By investing a small amount of time and money into this course, you can ensure your employees are well-equipped to handle potential hazards, maintaining a safe and productive workplace.

 

No workplace is entirely free from risk. By acknowledging and addressing the dangers present in low-risk environments, companies can prevent injuries and promote a culture of safety. TEAM Safety Services' Low-Risk Workplace Safety Induction course provides an easy and effective way to ensure your team remains vigilant and well-informed. Sign up today and take the first step towards a safer workplace.


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TEAM Talks: The Crucial Role of Fire Doors

The Crucial Role of Fire Doors

Monday  10th June, 2024

Illustration by TEAM Safety Services Ltd.


With the introduction of The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, it has become even more critical to ensure that fire doors are regularly inspected and maintained. These regulations mandate that all multi-occupied residential buildings in England with storeys over 11 meters in height must have quarterly checks on all fire doors and annual inspections on flat entrance doors.


Fire doors are crucial in saving lives and limiting fire damage to property. They are an integral part of a building’s passive fire protection system, designed to stop the spread of fire and smoke, providing essential protection for escape routes, and supporting fire-fighting activities.


The primary functions of fire doors include:

  • Allowing people to exit a space with automatic closing.
  • Protecting escape routes from the effects of fire, including smoke, gases, and flames.
  • Limiting the amount of oxygen available to slow or stop fire spread.

Typically, fire doors are engineered to resist fire for a set period of time for example 30 or 60 minutes, giving occupants crucial time to evacuate. They comprise various components, including the frame, door leaf, and essential fixtures and fittings. 

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Proper Installation and Maintenance


Correct installation and maintenance of fire doors are vital to their performance. Fire-rated doors must be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, including specified ironmongery and other features tested under fire conditions. The British Woodworking Federation asserts that "third-party certification is the only way to ensure fire doors are manufactured consistently to protect lives and save property. Cutting corners can cost lives."


Regular Inspections


Due to their critical role in fire safety, fire doors require regular inspections. The frequency of these checks depends on factors such as the door’s age, condition, and frequency of use. For example, a fire door on a frequently used staircase needs more frequent inspections than one in a less used area, like a boiler room. Competent installation and regular maintenance by qualified personnel are necessary to ensure the doors' reliability.


Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, building owners, operators, and occupiers, including landlords in residential premises, must ensure their fire doors are fit for purpose and well-maintained. The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 reinforces this by mandating regular inspections. These are the legal requirements of Responsible Persons for every multi-occupied residential building in England over 11 metres in height. Responsible Persons can be prosecuted if they do not fulfil these safety duties. 


TEAM Safety Services Fixed Fee Fire Door Inspection Service


At TEAM Safety Services, we are dedicated to helping business owners, housing associations and Responsible Persons comply with essential fire door regulations through our comprehensive inspection services. As UKAS-accredited fire door inspectors, we provide a full spectrum of inspections designed to exceed regulatory requirements. Our goal is to ensure your building remains compliant and you, your staff, your residents and members of the public stay safe.


To assist with budgeting and planning, we are now offering a fixed-fee fire door inspection service for residential buildings. This fixed-fee annual service is based on the number of doors in your property, allowing for fixed costs while covering all necessary fire door inspections.

Our inspection services include:

  • Quarterly Inspections on Communal Fire Doors: Regular inspections to ensure communal fire doors are in suitable condition and compliant with fire safety standards.
  • Annual Inspections on Flat Front Doors: Annual checks to demonstrate best endeavours as outlined in the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 guides, ensuring that flat front doors meet the required fire safety standards.
  • Innovative Reporting and Compliance Solutions: Electronic inspection reports and asset management tagging for Golden Thread compliance. This ensures that all inspection data is easily accessible, trackable, and compliant with regulatory standards.
We will handle all aspects of the inspection process for streamlined management and communication, including:
  • Visit Coordination and Resident Communication: We manage and organise all inspection visits and communicate directly with residents to minimise disruption and ensure smooth operations. This also includes the required resident information about fire doors that the Responsible Person must provide to all residents (whether tenants or leaseholders).
  • Online Portal for Resident Reporting: Our bespoke online portal allows residents to report fire door concerns easily, ensuring that potential issues are addressed promptly.
  • Communal Area Fire Safety Inspections: With every visit, we also conduct comprehensive fire safety inspection of communal areas, enhancing overall fire safety in your housing association.

TEAM Safety Services will help you to maintain the highest fire safety standards and protect your staff, residents and property. Contact us today to receive a personalised quote and learn more about our fixed-fee fire door inspection service. 

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