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 Regulations1995.

What is maximum number of hours I should work each week?

48 unless special conditions apply according to Working Time Regulations 1998.

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?

Complete form OSR1 required by Section 49 of Offices Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 and Notification of Employment of Persons Order 1964.  It is an offence not to register with a penalty up to £5000.

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.

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

Slips, trips & falls and manual handling injuries.

Updated: 11 August 2009