Health and Safety in Brief

Health and Safety in Brief

by John Ridley


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In plain English, John Ridley guides the reader through health and safety legislation and explains how to comply with it in practical terms. The text is clearly laid out, distinguishing between bulleted summaries of legislative requirements and the author's advice and commentary on compliance.

By condensing the fundamental contents of the author's acclaimed Safety at Work into a practical and affordable volume, Health and Safety in Brief has established itself as a valuable handbook for managers, safety advisers and representatives, as well as an essential revision aid for students on health & safety and general management courses such as: NEBOSH National Certificate and Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health, IOSH Working and Managing Safely, CIEH Advanced Certificate in Health & Safety in the Workplace, British Safety Council Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health, NVQs in Occupational Safety and Health, Chartered Management Institute's Level 5 Diploma in Management.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780750662116
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/28/2004
Edition description: REV
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John Ridley began his career as a stand-up comedian in New York before becoming a writer for television and films. His screenplay for 12 Years a Slave won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He is also the author of several novels and graphic novels, including the thriller What Fire Cannot Burn, the graphic novel The American Way, and other books.

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Law     1
Legal processes     3
Historical background     3
Branches of law     5
Types of court     7
Court procedures     11
Law-making in the UK     15
Law-making in the EU     16
Health and safety laws     20
A historical perspective on health and safety laws     21
The structure of health and safety laws     22
The Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974     24
Health and safety law enforcement     25
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999     28
Other current health and safety legislation     32
Management     35
Management responsibilities     37
The role of management     37
Responsibilities for health and safety     38
Safety policy     40
Risk assessments     42
Techniques of hazard identification     49
Organization for safety at work     51
Promoting health and safety in the workplace     53
Human resources     58
Health and safety training     58
Young persons at work     60
Joint consultation     65
Employment relations in health and safety     67
Human factors in health and safety     73
Insurance in health and safety     75
Workplace safety     79
Workplace regulations     79
Office safety     90
Workplace safety signs and signals     93
Information and advice     98
Safety advice     98
Sources of information     99
Report writing     102
Data storage and retrieval     104
Accidents     106
Principles of accident prevention     106
Accident investigation     110
Accident reporting     112
Occupational health     115
The body     117
Functions of the body     117
Routes of entry     121
Target organs     122
Health at work     123
Causes of health hazards     123
Ionizing radiations     126
Hazards from non-ionizing radiations     128
Health protection     130
First aid     130
Personal protective equipment     132
Safe use of display screen equipment      135
Safety technology     139
Chemicals     141
Safe use of chemicals     141
Labelling of chemicals for supply and use     151
REACH     157
Transport of dangerous goods by road and rail     158
Approved lists     162
Exposure limits     169
Preventative and control measures     171
Handling hazardous and dangerous substances     173
Asbestos     176
Lead     178
Noise and hearing protection     181
Legislation concerning noise     181
The ear     184
Noise measurement     185
Noise control techniques     188
Vibrations     190
Work equipment     193
New machinery     193
Safe use of work equipment     198
Safety with moving machinery     205
Safety during maintenance     209
Pressure systems     213
Lifting equipment     219
Construction     223
CDM     223
Work at Height     231
Construction safety     234
Employing contractors     238
Access equipment     240
Safety in demolition     243
Safety with excavations     246
Manual handling     250
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992     250
Safe manual handling     251
Mechanical handling     256
Lifting     256
Cranes     259
Conveyors     260
Powered Trucks     262
Safe use of electricity     266
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989     266
Safe use of electricity     270
Safe use of portable electrical equipment     274
Fire     276
Fire and rescue authorities     276
Fire safety     277
Causes of fire and precautions     281
Fire-fighting and extinguishers     283
Safe use of flammable substances     287
Environment     291
The Environment Protection Act 1990     291
Hazardous waste regulations     293
Safe and healthy working environment     296
Abbreviations     298
List of statutes     302
Index     307

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