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Protection of the Eyes

The eyes are one of the most delicate and vulnerable parts of a person's body, and as such it is imperative that suitable protection is in place whenever there is a risk of injury to them. These injuries can come in a variety of forms; typically either an impact of some sort, burns from hazardous substances, or damage from abrasive dust or other contaminants.

Eye protection, when used correctly and in the correct form (goggles, full face mask etc) is extremely effective at preventing such injuries. As an accident involving the eyes can have an extreme impact on a person's quality of life if it caused full or partial blindness, it is vital that eye protection is worn and employees trained in its correct use, along with instilling the importance of protecting themselves.

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended) makes it a duty of the employer to perform a risk assessment and identify the potential risks to eyes. If that risk cannot be controlled by other means, such as altering the process to eliminate the risk of eye damage, then the employer needs to supply suitable eye protection and ensure that it is well-maintained, as well as providing health and safety training on how to use it correctly.

Although an employer must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the supplied eye protection is worn, it is also the responsibility of the employees themselves to use the supplied protection and follow the instructions and training on its use. They should also report any defects they find straight away, rather than simply returning it after use, as it may pose a risk to the next person who doesn't realise it is defective and may not provide the necessary protection to avoid a serious incident.

When such serious consequences can be prevented by a simple and often inexpensive piece of equipment, there really is little reason why anybody should have to suffer an injury to their eyes at work. The provision of protective equipment, in combination with common sense and suitable health and safety courses will help to keep accidents down to an absolute minimum and allow workers to stay safe in the workplace.




Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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