Office Safety

Course content

The Law and Key Definitions

  • Duties of the employer and employees
  • Key aspects of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • Links with other key pieces of legislation
    • Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment Regulations (as amended) 1992
    • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
    • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005

Workstation Set-up and Safety

  • Risk assess the workstation and associated equipment
  • Correct arrangement of the screen, keyboard, mouse and  work environment
  • Correct set-up of laptop and desktop computers
  • Health issues
  • The importance of breaks
  • Eyesight testing
  • Ergonomics and set-up

Manual Handling

  • Statistics of preventable back injuries
  • The cost to the employer and employees from avoidable back injury
  • The structure of the spine and the its mechanics
  • Common manual handling injuries
  • Identifying the hazards and risks associated with the load, individual, task and environment and methods to reduce risks
  • Practical lifting and handling exercise

Fire Safety

  • The elements of the fire triangle
  • How fire spreads
  • How to prevent fires from starting or spreading
  • The classes of fire extinguishers and their application
  • Active and passive methods of prevention
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