Work can be dangerous especuially in Forestry, Arboriculture & Farming use of cutting equipment, machinery and chainsaws.
By participating in a training course and Nptc independant qualification skills, knowledge and aptitudes can improve appreciation for safe working practices to underpin and evidence levels of competence in the work place.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) Reg 9
says ,, All people using equipment at work must be adequately trained to ensure health and safety in its use, supervision or management. Some work activities require detailed formal training but, for most everyday activities involving work equipment, adequate training can be delivered in-house using the manufacturer's instructions and the background knowledge / skills of more experienced workers and managers.
People should be competent for the work they undertake. Training – along with knowledge, experience and skill – helps develop such competence. However, competence may (in some cases) necessarily include medical fitness and physical / mental aptitude for the activity.
'All workers who use a chainsaw should be competent to do so. Before using a chainsaw to carry out work on or in a tree, a worker should have received appropriate training and obtained a relevant certificate of competence or national competence award, unless they are undergoing such training and are adequately supervised.
It was announced recently by the HSE that they would be applying fees for non-compliance of health and safety requirements. Fee For Intervention FFI
HSE and the government believe it is right for businesses and organisations who break health and safety laws to pay for HSE’s time in putting matters right, investigating and taking enforcement action. Without FFI, this is paid for from the public purse.
The proposed Fee for HSE Intervention hourly rate for 2012/13 is
£124.00 per officer per hour
FFI allows the HSE to recover its costs for carrying out its regulatory functions from those found to be in material breach of health and safety law.
Dutyholders who are compliant with the law, or where a breach is not material, will not be charged FFI for any work that HSE does with them.
A material breach is when, in the opinion of the HSE inspector, there is or has been a contravention of health and safety law that requires them to issue notice in writing of that opinion to the dutyholder.
Written notification from an HSE inspector may be by a notification of contravention, an improvement or prohibition notice, or a prosecution and must include the following information:
- the law that the inspector’s opinion relates to;
- the reasons for their opinion; and
- notification that a fee is payable to HSE.
As a consequence FFI may discourage those who undercut their competitors by their operational costs being reduced as they may not comply with the law and b these ommitions are also potentially putting staff and others at risk.
How could this impact on you and your business?
Being compliant has added value. Training may allow your business or organisation to plan and manage its operations with added productivity ad safety also being plausible.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself and your team to find out whether you are ready to pass your next inspection.
- Do you / they feel they have the skills and knowledge required operationally ?
- What would you feel uncomfortable about should an inspection take place?
- Do you feel training would help underpin these concerns ?
- Can you evidence the training already undertaken ?
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