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Safety in the workplace frequently asked questions

What is the minimum temperature in the workplace?

16 degrees centigrade for sedentary occupations. 13 degrees centigrade for places where manual labour is involved.

What is the meaning of RIDDOR?

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. For more information on RIDDOR visit the Health and Safety Executive website.

What is a Risk Assessment?

The identification of hazards (the potential for harm) and the control measures to ensure that the risk (the likelihood of an accident) is minimised and controlled.

When should Safety Policy and Risk Assessment be done in writing?

When five or more people are employed.

How do I register for Health & Safety?

You no longer need to register with the appropriate authority to comply with health and safety.

What is meant by ergonomics?

The interaction of people, machines and environment in the workplace.

What do COSSH Regulations stand for?

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.

Who is responsible for Fire Safety Risk Assessment?

The employer. More details on Fire Risk Assessments can be found on the London Fire Brigade website.

What type of accidents account for most injuries in the workplace?

Slips, trips & falls and manual handling injuries.

Updated: 18 October 2022

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