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Publications

Health and Safety Works NI have produced the following publications and information sheets specifically for small businesses in Northern Ireland:

An introduction to health and safety (2MB) pub 12/10

This booklet highlights the things which cause the more common accidents and harm to people’s health. It lets you see what applies to your work activities and tells you how you can get more help and information. The booklet also contains health and safety policy and risk assessment templates which small businesses can adapt to suit their needs.

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Protect your profit - health and safety pays (2.80MB) pub 03/11

This book contains information to help small businesses understand exactly what they need to do to effectively manage their health and safety. It gives simple advice that is easy to understand and put into practice.

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Managing fire safety in the workplace (1.97MB) pub 08/11

This booklet explains how employers can reduce the risk of fire in the workplace and keep within the law. It provides a step-by-step guide to carrying out a fire safety risk assessment and includes a number of useful fire safety templates. This updated publication now also reflects the current fire regulations which came into force on 15th November 2010.

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Abrasive wheels (49.9KB) pub 02/09

Serious friction burns, crushed fingers and loss of eyesight are common injuries arising from accidents which happen when people are using abrasive wheels. The number of accidents and the circumstances in which they happen show that most can be avoided if workers know the risks and follow safety measures. The safety steps given in this information sheet will help to prevent most accidents at grinding machines and you may find them useful as a safety checklist.

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Safety in coal bagging plants (76.5KB) pub 02/09

This information sheet highlights some of the dangers and risks that might exist in coal-bagging plants.

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Safety in dry cleaning (46.2KB) pub 02/09

This information sheet highlights some of the dangers and risks that might exist in a dry cleaning premises.

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Forklift trucks (83.9KB) pub 02/09

Forklift trucks (FLTs) are familiar vehicles in many businesses and are often considered essential. However, they are involved in a large percentage of accidents in workplaces. Following the steps detailed in this information sheet will help you to control the risks when using FLTs in your premises.

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Lifts and hoists (132KB) pub 02/09

Lifts and hoists are used for transporting people and goods between floors. If they are properly designed and maintained, there is relatively little risk to the people using them. However, there can be a much greater risk to the person who services and repairs the lifts. The simple but effective safety steps given in this information sheet can help you to prevent serious accidents when using lifts and hoists in your workplace.

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Lock-out procedures (61KB) pub 02/09 (Revised 2012)

Many workers have died as a result of being crushed in industrial equipment. If effective lockout and tag practices had been in place and followed, these deaths could have been prevented. Workplaces should have a written lock-out procedure for each machine. The purpose of a lock-out is to prevent injuries caused by a machine starting up or moving unexpectedly. These procedures must be followed every time a machine is going to be cleaned, maintained, adjusted or repaired. This information sheet details the basic steps involved in an effective lock-out procedure.

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Pesticides (non-agricultural) (138KB) pub 02/09

Pesticides cover a wide range of products including weedkillers, insecticides, fungicides, wood preservatives and rodenticides. Unnecessary use or accidental release can put the health of humans, other creatures, plants and the environment at risk. The simple but essential safety steps given in this information sheet can help you to make sure that pesticides are stored and used safely in your premises.

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Portable ladders and stepladders (159KB) pub 03/11 (Rev 03-12)

Every year an average of 14 people die and 1200 are seriously injured at work by falling from a ladder or stepladder. By following the steps within this information sheet, you can make sure you, your employees and colleagues do not have any accidents.

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Pressure systems (41KB) pub 02/09

Equipment and systems containing certain fluids or gases under pressure (for example, boilers, steam-heating systems, air compressors, autoclaves and pressure cookers) can cause serious damage to property, and death or injury to people, if the contents are released unintentionally. The main causes of incidents are poor design, installation and maintenance, but also mistakes due to poor training and supervision of operators. The simple steps given in this information sheet can help you to reduce the risks when working with pressure systems in your premises.

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Welding and flamecutting (75KB) pub 02/09

Welding and flame cutting are widely used in many different workplaces and can cause injuries such as burns, damaged eyesight and suffocation. Following the steps detailed in this information sheet will help you to control the risks associated with welding in your workplace.

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Woodworking (792KB) pub 02/09

This information sheet explains some of the hazards and risks that are typical in most woodworking premises.

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Workplace transport (75KB) pub 02/09

Every year, about 70 people are killed and more than 1000 seriously injured in transport-related accidents in the workplace. Managers, workers and even members of the public can be at risk when vehicles are moving in your workplace, be it a supermarket, builders’ suppliers, warehouse, sports ground or general manufacturing premises. Following the simple but essential steps described in this information sheet will help you to control the risks associated with transport, of whatever kind, used in your workplace.

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