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Striving for a Safe and Healthy Working Environment… Wherever You Are

The focus and review of global construction health safety increases all the time due to headline-hitting events; and it is estimated 2.3 million people worldwide die due to work-related accidents or diseases every year say the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The ILO’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2023 on April 28th aims to highlight that “a safe and healthy working environment” is a fundamental right to workers worldwide.

We learn so much on how to do our jobs safely via training, but should the health and safety knowledge finish at the work gate? ROSPA advises each year there are approximately 6,000 deaths in the home as a result of accidents, with children under 5 and adults over 65 making up the much of the number, at a cost to society of 2.7 million accidents and £45.63 billion annually.

Whether its fire, electrical, DIY, garden safety, or making sure medicines and chemicals are stored safely, the same principles apply – and with most accidents occurring in the lounge or living room, we are all guilty of adopting one rule at work and one rule at home. Here we have some handy tips:

  • Don’t overload electrical plug sockets or use appliances with worn or damaged cables
  • Plan your escape route in the event of a fire
  • Check that any gas flames burn blue not orange – this indicates a presence of carbon monoxide
  • Make sure heavy items in the kitchen are not stored up high, and daily items are within reach
  • Keep an eye on the elderly and children around glass and open fires

The ROSPA website has plenty of other helpful accident prevention advice here.

Every year, more than 6,000 people are killed due to unintentional injuries sustained in the home environment, and it’s the most vulnerable family members – the under-5s and the over-65s – who are most at risk.

Further Reading

Here at CHSG we go the extra mile to make sure that our members and delegates are primed with the most up to date and relevant construction health and safety information via our Monthly Meetings, Podcasts, Newsletters, and Latest News posts – and here are some you may find helpful:

Podcasts: https://www.chsg.co.uk/podcasts/

Monthly Meetings: https://www.chsg.co.uk/webinars/

Latest News: https://www.chsg.co.uk/latest-news/

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2023 (ILO.org)

 

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