BHP w Firmie (Work safety in the company) 2020/223

  • Safety at work as a city guard
    The work of a city guard is not just patrolling the streets. It is primarily a series of activities aimed mainly at supervising and maintaining order in the city. To this end, he patrols urban areas, observes people's behavior, intervenes on request and on his own initiative, cooperates with employees of the city office and supervisory and ordering institutions (in particular with the police), as well as reports, requests further cases, conducts talks and participates in specialist training. To make the city guard's work safe, a number of different factors must be considered.
  • Preventive medical examinations and health and safety training during the coronavirus epidemic
    In connection with the entry into force of the Act of 31 March 2020 amending the Act on special solutions related to the prevention, prevention and eradication of COVID-19, other infectious diseases and crisis situations caused by them, and certain other acts (Journal of Laws item 568), the issue of preventive medical examinations was regulated during the epidemic.
  • Non-ergonomic position as the cause of an accident at work
    The causes of an accident at work may lie in several areas of health and safety, not necessarily directly related to the event resulting in injury. Such reasons can be e.g. poor organization of the workplace, admission to the use of machines that do not meet the minimum requirements, or the psychophysical state of the employee performing the work. They contain an ergonomic factor - failure to comply with the requirement to adapt machines and work stations to human capabilities. Thus, the conclusion is that a non-ergonomic machine or workstation may be one of the causes of an accident at work and it is most often the so-called a cause that is not always apparent during routine job inspections and therefore may not be included in the occupational risk assessment. Practice shows that such a mechanism occurs in the occurrence of many accidents, and an accident investigation should reveal all irregularities, including those in the sphere of ergonomics.
  • Common protective clothing - possible but not recommended
    The employer equipped the employees with several "duty" jackets to work in low-temperature rooms. They were used many times during work by various employees. However, this solution caused him trouble. See if you can equip several employees with a common protection measure.
  • Remote work as a new type of distance work and health and safety regulations
    Performing work at the premises of the workplace or from the level of the employer's branch or branch office is not always justified. Quite a large part of the professions and specialties can be implemented under employment relationships - at a distance. Work outside the factory is associated primarily with telework. A new solution, independent of teleworking, is the possibility of using remote work - under the provisions of the Act on specific solutions related to the prevention, prevention and eradication of COVID-19, other infectious diseases and crisis situations caused by them. The problem is that the regulations governing the possibility of sending an employee to work remotely overlook issues related to technical safety at work. This can cause a number of doubts about providing remote workers with safe working conditions.
  • Health and safety in medical facilities - how to handle infectious waste
    During the treatment of people infected with pathogenic microorganisms, including those infected with coronavirus, numerous waste is generated. They come directly from infected patients, both treated in hospitals and in home quarantine. This waste should be classified as highly contagious medical waste. What are the requirements for this? Which containers should be used for highly infectious waste and at what temperature should this waste be stored?
  • What the employer must consult with the OHS service
    The employer is obliged to consult all activities related to health and safety at work in the company with employees or their representatives, regardless of how many people they employ. The only exception to this rule is the situation of the employer with whom the health and safety at work committee was appointed, i.e. one employing over 250 employees. Then health and safety consultations may be conducted within this committee.
  • Risk assessment for young worker
    Our company is going to hire a young employee. In this case, should an occupational risk assessment be prepared for him or is it enough to include him in the risk assessment of the position in which he is studying? Should new measurements of harmful factors be made, or can one use those that are carried out for the workplace in which he is studying?
  • Can the OSH service be engaged in additional tasks?
    In many workplaces and institutions, employees of the OSH service perform many activities that do not comply with the obligations arising from the Regulation on the OSH service. What is the National Labour Inspectorate response in such situations? Can the employer impose additional tasks on the OSH service, i.e. other than those included in the regulation, there are some sanctions in this respect, and if so, what? Can the OSH specialist refuse to perform additional activities without exposing himself to any punishment from the employer?

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