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Useful INDG Health and Safety Guides - page 4


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INDG is an Acronym for Industry Guidance


Health and Safety INDG Industry Guides 362 to 420

INDG 362 - Noise : Noise at Work 2005 - Guidance for Employers

INDG 362 - Noise : Noise at Work 2005 - Guidance for Employers


What is this leaflet about?


Loud noise at work can damage people’s hearing and lead to risks to safety. This leaflet explains what you, as an employer, need to do under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 to protect your employees from noise. It will also be useful to employees and their representatives.


This leaflet tells you about:


>  the harm that noise can cause;

>  the legal duties on employers;

>  identifying if there is a problem with noise in your workplace;

>  controlling noise and preventing harm.

INDG 363 - Noise : Protect your Hearing or Lose it

INDG 363 - Noise : Protect your Hearing or Lose it


What is the problem with noise?


Noise is part of everyday life, but too much noise can cause permanent and disabling hearing damage. This can be hearing loss that gets worse over time, damage caused by sudden, extremely loud noises, or tinnitus (permanent ringing in the ears).


With hearing damage, conversation becomes difficult or impossible, your family complains about the television being too loud, you have trouble using the telephone, and you may be unable to sleep. By the time you notice, it is probably too late.


However, there is no need for your hearing to be damaged by your work – your employer has a duty to protect you and should be working on measures to reduce the risk. You can play a part in helping your employer to protect you.

INDG 382 - Road Safety - Managing Work Related

INDG 382 - Road Safety - Managing Work Related


More than a quarter of all road traffic incidents may involve somebody who is driving as part of their work at the time (Department for Transport figures). Health and safety law applies to work activities on the road in the same way as it does to all work activities and you need to manage the risks to drivers as part of your health and safety arrangements. This leaflet suggests ways you can do this.


Effective management of work-related road safety helps reduce risk, no matter what size your organisation is. It could also result in, for example:


>  fewer injuries to drivers;

>  reduced risk of work-related ill health;

>  reduced stress and improved morale.


Health and safety law does not apply to people commuting (ie travelling between their home and their usual place of work), unless they are travelling from their home to somewhere which is not their usual place of work.

INDG 383 - Manual handling assessment charts (the MAC tool)

INDG 383 - Manual handling assessment charts (the MAC tool)


Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), including manual handling injuries, are the most common type of occupational ill health in the UK. It is important to remember that:


>  there is a lot you can do to prevent them;

>  preventative measures are often simple and cost-effective;

>  you cannot prevent all MSDs, but where they occur, early reporting of symptoms, proper treatment and suitable rehabilitation are essential.


The Manual Handling Assessment Charts (MAC) is a tool aimed at employers, health and safety managers and safety representatives and is used by health and safety inspectors. The tool will help you assess the most common risk factors in lifting (and lowering), carrying and team handling operations and was developed to identify high-risk manual handling.

INDG 401 - Working at Height: Working at Height Regs 2005

INDG 401 - Working at Height : Working at Height Regs 2005 - A Brief Guide


This brief guide describes what you, as an employer, need to do to protect your employees from falls from height. It will also be useful to employees and their representatives.


Following this guidance is normally enough to comply with the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR). You are free to take other action, except where the guidance says you must do something specific.


Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Common causes are falls from ladders and through fragile roofs. The purpose of WAHR is to prevent death and injury from a fall from height.


Work at height means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. For example you are working at height if you:


>  are working on a ladder or a flat roof;

>  could fall through a fragile surface;

>  could fall into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground. 

INDG 404 - Drive Away Bad Backs

INDG 404 - Drive Away Bad Backs


Mobile machine operators and drivers often report back pain. This can have many causes, not all related to work. But back pain may be made worse by driving for a long time in a poorly adjusted seat, jolting and jarring from rough roads (whole-body vibration) and by manual handling. 

INDG 411 - A Short Guide for Clients on the CDM Regs 2015

INDG 411 - A Short Guide for Clients on the CDM Regs 2015


This leaflet is aimed at you if you are a building owner, user or managing agent and are having maintenance, small-scale building work or other minor works carried out in connection with a business – as you will be a client with legal duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015).


Following the simple steps in this leaflet will help you meet your responsibilities as a client and ensure construction work and repairs are undertaken safely and without damaging worker’s and other people’s health.


What does CDM 2015 do?


Complying with CDM 2015 will help ensure that no-one is harmed during the work, and that your building is safe to use and maintain while giving you good value. Effective planning will also help ensure that your work is well managed with fewer unexpected costs and problems. 

INDG 412 - Warehousing and Storage

INDG 412 - Warehousing and Storage


This short guide is to help those involved in warehousing and storage to reduce the number of injuries and cases of occupational ill health. It contains simple advice that you should be able to apply to your business. You can find more information in Warehousing and storage: A guide to health and safety HSG76.


Causes of accidents


The main causes of accidents in warehousing and storage are:


>  slips and trips;

>  manual handling;

>  work at height;

>  vehicles in and around the warehouse; and

>  moving or falling objects.


There may be other risks on your site that you should also consider.

INDG 417 - Leading Health and Safety for Directors

INDG 417 - Leading Health and Safety for Directors


This guidance sets out an agenda for the effective leadership of health and safety. It is designed for use by all directors, governors, trustees, officers and their equivalents in the private, public and third sectors. It applies to organisations of all sizes.

INDG 420 - Getting Specialist Health and Safety Help

INDG 420 - Getting Specialist Health and Safety Help


In many cases, businesses can manage health and safety themselves or with the help of in-house advisors. However, there are times when businesses will need to get external help, particularly on more detailed or technical issues. This is often referred to as specialist help.


Deciding exactly what help you need is very important. Unless you are clear at this stage, you probably won’t get the help you really need.

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