To provide office based workers with the knowledge of environmental and occupational hazards associated with their work place and the measures necessary to reduce the risk of harm occurring.
Learners will be able to identify a range of hazards associated with the office environment and occupations and will see the importance of working safely (as identified in workplace risk assessments) in order to protect themselves and others. They will recognise the importance of reporting any hazardous conditions identified during the working day and the importance of reporting any adverse health conditions that may arise from their work activities.
- The Costs and benefits of maintaining high standards of health and safety in human, economic and legal terms.
- The importance of carrying out workplace risk assessments
- Specific environmental hazards associated with offices including:
- Avoiding slips, trips and falls
- Electrical safety
- Fire safety and emergency planning
- Hazardous substances (COSHH)
- Occupational health factors including:
- Stress – indicators and causes
- Manual handling – the need for assessments and safe handling techniques
- Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
- Visual Display Equipment (VDUs or DSE) and carrying out a workstation assessment (practical session)
- The role of safety representatives
- The importance of reporting accidents, incidents and ill health (RIDDOR)
Duration: 3 hours