Taking part in health and safety campaigns is a great way to raise awareness of issues that may be impacting your employees. We have selected two campaigns during October for organisations to get involved with.
This includes a focus on reducing work-related back injuries, which have become increasingly common during the pandemic, and the need to practice fire safety in the run up to Christmas.
BackCare Awareness Week – 4th October to 8th October 2021
As working arrangements were forced to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic, an increasing amount of people will have experienced back pain in the past 18 months, largely due to the neglect of correct working posture or inadequate equipment.
There is also the ongoing risk of back pain developing in other environments, such as factories or hospitals, where employees will spend most of the day on their feet or handling equipment.
To help spread the campaign’s message, BackCare have created a series of booklets, information sheets, videos, and posters for distribution in workplaces. This includes tailored guidance for each working environment discussed above. You can access the resources here.
Employers should remember that the implementation of DSE self-assessments is crucial to protect their employees from back injuries. This is applicable whether they are present on a company premises or at home, as the same health and safety responsibilities apply in all working environments.
Candle Fire Safety Week – 11th October to 17th October 2021
The Christmas period is fast approaching, and as we begin to embrace the festivities again by decorating and lighting candles, it is important to take extra care with fire safety.
According to the Fire and Rescue Service, around 300 casualties per year are attributed to candle-induced fire incidents, which provides the focal point for this week-long campaign.
Candles are a significant fire hazard, and the aim of the week is to raise awareness of the candle fire safety messages and behaviours. A candle flame may be small, but you should treat it as you would any other flame.
Here are some of the key candle fire safety messages to be aware of:
- Always keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches, and debris
- Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, but avoid drafts, vents, or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping
- Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping, or flaring
- Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause flaring
- Use a snuffer or a spoon to put out candles. It’s safer than blowing them out when sparks can fly
For more information on Candle Fire Safety Week, click here.
Looking for further support?
If you are looking to reduce the risk of back injury in your workplace, or would like to receive guidance on fire safety, AHR Consultants can help. With our expertise across all areas of health and safety compliance, we can help you to implement DSE self-assessments, fire safety training, and much more.