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Health & Safety at Work

We aim to protect the employer, self-employed, employees, contractors, customers and visitors from dangers arising out of a work activity and to ensure the health, safety and welfare of people living in, working in or visiting the Borough.


What We Do

  • Carry out planned inspections of premises to assess the existing controls in place to deal with hazards.

  • Investigate complaints about unsafe premises or working conditions.

  • Investigate accidents reported to the department - The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 require employees to report certain accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences to the local authority.

  • Provide free advice and information.

  • Provide Health and Safety training (Level 2 Award in Health & Safety in the Workplace).

  • Implement campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness of Health and Safety issues H&S service delivery plan.

  • Maintain a register of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers.

  • Compile a poisons register.

In performing our duties we adhere to guidance from The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and we liaise with other Councils to promote consistency of enforcement. The Council’s enforcement policy explains how we make decisions when enforcing the law.

Safety Alerts:

 

April 2015 - Beko Gas Cooker and GDHA Gas Cooker
This safety alert provides guidance to Gas Safe registered businesses/engineers on a product modification required of certain models of gas cookers manufactured by BEKO.
Beko Gas Cooker - further details (HSENI website)
GDHA Gas Cooker - further details (HSENI website)

 


Who Enforces Health and Safety legislation within my premises?

Enforcement of Health and Safety at Work legislation is carried out by Environmental Health Officers from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and by Inspectors employed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSENI). However these inspectors are responsible for enforcement in different sectors.

A breakdown is given in the table below.

Council Environmental Health:

HSENI:

Shops 

Manufacturing

Offices 

Construction

Wholesale/Retail Warehouses

Government

Catering Premises

Agriculture

Hotels/Pubs/Clubs

Education

Residential Homes

Transport

Recreation/Entertainment

Mines & Quarries

Service Sector

Hospitals

Places of worship

Nursing Homes

Health & Safety Executive Northern Ireland
83 Ladas Drive
BELFAST BT6 9QR
Telephone: 028 9024 3249
Fax: 028 9023 5383
Email: hseni@detni.gov.uk
Website: www.hseni.gov.uk

 

Workplace Transport

Workplace Transport continues to be an area responsible for fatalities and major accidents in all types of workplaces across Northern Ireland. Underlying causes of Workplace Transport accidents have been identified as including;

  • No or an inadequate risk assessment,

  • Poor workplace design & layout, especially poor vehicle / pedestrian segregation,

  • Poor driver training, and

  • Poor system for detecting & correcting unsafe behaviour (not following workplace rules)

In order to assist businesses to assess and reduce the risks from workplace transport activities Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council carried out a two year Workplace Transport Initiative between May 2017-Apr 2019.  This commenced on 25 May 2017 with a seminar which you may have attended and follow up visits to selected distribution and larger retail premises. The speakers presentations and video links are available below. 

Seminar videos
Welcome & opening
A survivor's personal account
Risk assessment supervision & monitoring
The truth behind forklift safety and how to make a difference
Drugs & alcohol testing services
Legal matters

Presentation 1
Presentation 2
A guide to workplace transport safety
Preventing falls from vehicles 
Checklist for duty holders site inspection
Lift truck advice

Workplace Transport covers the use of all vehicles and powered mobile work equipment in the workplace, and therefore it is likely that Workplace Transport will pose some degree of risk within your business. Even if you perceive your business as low-risk, you may well have specific hazards linked to Workplace Transport such as staff car parking areas, or you may receive deliveries by lorry or van. Risks from these activities are easily overlooked, but may be significant.

The initiative will be focused on three main areas briefly summarised as:

  • Safe Site – including pedestrian / vehicle segregation, access by members of the public, eliminating / minimising reversing and premises speed limits.

  • Safe Vehicle – looking at vehicle selection & maintenance, overturning vehicles and falls from vehicles, and

  • Safe Driver – taking note of training and drivers as a vulnerable group.

 As an employer you must ensure that you have adequately assessed the risks, for your staff, members of the public, and other persons, in regards to Workplace Transport within your premises. Should you employ five or more staff at any one time, the significant findings of this assessment must be recorded ensuring that you identify the hazards and put adequate control measures in place to either eliminate or reduce the risk of injury to a reasonable level. This risk assessment should be reviewed regularly and certainly following an accident / incident or on the commissioning of new equipment. You must also ensure that any workplace equipment on-site is suitable for the task required and maintained and operated so as to not pose a risk.

Gas Safety

Gas Safety week takes place from 16 - 22 September 2019 and sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Six simple steps to help keep you safe and warm in your home:

  • Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can find and check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.

  • Check both sides of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.

  • Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year. If you rent your home ask for a copy of the landlord’s current Gas Safety Record.

  • Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions.

    • Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.

      Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.

Brexit

The below webpages provide useful information for small businesses in relation to Brexit
https://campaigns.hse.gov.uk/spotlight-on/
https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/
www.gov.uk/brexit
https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/brexitbusinessreadinessevents/

Useful Contacts

Environmental Health

Mossley Mill,
Carnmoney Road North,
Newtownabbey,
BT36 5QA

Tel: 028 9034 0160

Email Environmental Health

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