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Useful INDG Health and Safety Guides - page 5
Health and Safety Executive
INDG is an Acronym for Industry Guidance
Health and Safety INDG Industry Guides 424 to 455
INDG 424 - Reduce Stress at Work: A guide for employees
What is work-related stress, and why do we need to tackle it?
There is a difference between stress and pressure. We all experience pressure on a daily basis, and need it to motivate us and enable us to perform at our best. It’s when we experience too much pressure without the opportunity to recover that we start to experience stress. The HSE definition of stress is ‘the adverse reaction a person has to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed upon them’.
We can all feel stressed at times when we feel as though everything becomes too much, when things get on top of us, or when we feel as though we are unable to cope. It affects us in different ways at different times and is often the result of a combination of factors in our personal and working lives.
Work-related stress can be tackled by working with your employer to identify issues at source and agreeing realistic and workable ways to tackle these.
INDG 430 - Work-related Stress
A guide for employers on making the Management Standards work
Going to work is generally good for us, but only if our health, safety and welfare are protected. Preventing ill health because of work-related stress is part of creating a good working environment for your employees.
What is stress and why do we need to tackle it?
People get confused about the difference between pressure and stress. We all experience pressure regularly – it can motivate us to perform at our best. It is when we experience too much pressure and feel unable to cope that stress can result.
INDG 449 - Health & Safety made Simple for Small Businesses
This guide is for employers and those who want some basic information on what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law.
Managing health and safety doesn’t have to be complicated, costly or time consuming. In fact it’s easier than you think. If you have taken reasonable steps to prevent accidents or harm to your employees (and the injury or illness was caused after 1 October 2013), you shouldn’t have to pay compensation.
For many businesses, all that’s required is a basic series of practical tasks that protect people from harm and at the same time protect the future success and the growth of your business. This guide will take you through the steps and help you make sure you have done what you need to – and no more.
INDG 450 - Your Health, your safety : A brief guide for workers
This information is from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in collaboration with the Trades Union Congress (TUC). HSE works to protect the health, safety and welfare of workers by enforcing health and safety law and offering advice and support. The TUC represents 55 trade unions with more than six million members. It campaigns for fairness and decent standards at work.
If you are an employee (full or part time, temporary or permanent), this information explains what your rights are, what you should expect from your employer, what responsibilities you have and where to go for help.
It also applies to you if you are a young person doing work experience, an apprentice, mobile worker or homeworker, or a migrant worker (even if you are working in the UK without permission).
INDG 451 - Heat stress in the workplace
This leaflet describes what you, as an employer, may need to do to protect your employees from heat stress in the workplace. It will also be useful to employees and their safety representatives.
It tells you about the risks to the body from overheating when working in hot conditions (such as bakeries, compressed air tunnels, foundries and smelting operations) and gives practical guidance on how to avoid it. It does not address issues of thermal comfort in the workplace.
INDG 453 - Reporting accidents and incidents at work (RIDDOR 2013)
What is RIDDOR?
RIDDOR is the law that requires employers, and other people in control of work premises, to report and keep records of:
> work-related accidents which cause death;
> work-related accidents which cause certain serious injuries (reportable injuries);
> diagnosed cases of certain industrial diseases; and
> certain ‘dangerous occurrences’ (incidents with the potential to cause harm).
There are also special requirements for gas incidents (see ‘Reportable gas incidents’).
This leaflet aims to help employers and others with reporting duties under RIDDOR, to comply with RIDDOR and to understand reporting requirements.
LA 455 - Safe Use of Ladders and Stepladders - a brief guide (replaces INDG 455)
‘LA455 Safe Use of Ladders and Stepladders – a brief guide’ is the new guidance jointly produced by the Ladder Association and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Released in July 2021, the guidance replaces the HSE Guidance Document INDG455 of the same name (see below)
This updated guidance now highlights the importance of training, and offers expanded guidance on different types of portable ladders, such as telescopic ladders and combination (or multi-purpose) ladders
INDG 455 - Safe use of ladders and step ladders
This guidance is for employers on the simple, sensible precautions they should take to keep people safe when using ladders and stepladders in the workplace. This will also be useful for 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.
Ladders and stepladders are not banned under health and safety law.
In fact they can be a sensible and practical option for low-risk, short-duration tasks, although they may not automatically be your first choice. Make sure you use the right type of ladder and you know how to use it safely.
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