Health and Safety

Health & safety is defined as “a body of law that protects the health, safety and welfare of the general public and certain defined sectors of the population such as employees.”

Health & safety is defined as “a body of law that protects the health, safety and welfare of the general public and certain defined sectors of the population such as employees.”

Its guidelines, procedures and laws help provide everybody both employers and employees safety against lethal scenarios by ensuring all the current legislations are in place and practised correctly. Unfortunately it is something neglected by some and thus thousands of people are injured and killed every year due to either lack of understanding or negligence. Health & safety encompasses a whole host of protection and safeguards against injury. One of the main ways to immediately reduce the risk to both employer and employee is a simple risk assessment.

Personal safety
Hand arm vibration
Whole body vibration
Working at heights
Working with dust
Working with noise
Personal safety
Hand arm vibration
Whole body vibration
Working at heights
Working with dust
Working with noise

Here at Hire Station we have devised our own 5 step system which you can apply to your working environment.

Step 1: Identify the hazard using the 5 W's – Who is exposed to the hazard? What is it? Where is it? When will people be exposed to this hazard? Why is it there?

Step 2: Determine who might be harmed and how they might be harmed.

Step 3: Calculate the probability and what the resulting consequences would be. Decide on the correct control measures, procedures and precautions that need to be implemented.

Step 4: Document your plan and make sure it is executed efficiently and effectively.

Step 5: Create a predetermined schedule for the review, and potential update if needed, of the imposed procedures to help make sure they remain correct and effective.

This simple 5 step plan can help safeguard you and others around you from injury. Each step can be applied to any form of working environment no matter the task you or your employees are undertaking.

Each of our six health and safety categories have been tailored to cover a wide array of topics with regards to health and safety within that specific sector.

Personal - this includes information on Personal Protective Equipment, often abbreviated to PPE within the tool hire industry. We have link to the various forms of PPE that offer for sale in our 'Tool Shop' as well as details on how each particular piece of equipment will help protect you during your working period.

HAVS (Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome) - here we have details on the conditions known as HAVS (Hand Arm Vibration syndrome), a condition that effects over 750,000 people in the UK. We have identified some of the basis symptoms of HAVS as well as a graph that help you calculate how much harmful vibrations you are begin exposed to and how long you can use your equipment for being causing potential harm to yourself.

WBV (Whole Body Vibration) - here we have expanded on some basic HAVS point to include the potentially more serious, yet less known about WBV (Whole Body Vibration). This effects mainly drivers of machines such as excavators and dumper trucks. We have also provided some useful tips on how to minimise your WBV exposure including some of the basic symptoms.

WAH (Working At Height) - this includes information with regards to working at height, one of the most dangerous aspects of the modern working environment. We have also explained the meaning of PAS250 and have even provided links through to our training courses that are available at any of our 'Training Centre of Excellence' branches, located throughout the UK.

Dust - According to the HSE over 37,000 people suffer from breathing and/or lung related issues due to excessive amount of dust in the working environment. We have outlined some of the basis processes that produce dust, materials that are most common and/or dangerous for producing dust, the legal requirements and even infographic on how our dust suppression systems work.

Noise - Your ears are one of the most sensitive parts of your body and excessive amount of noise can cause irreparable damage to both your ears and hearing. Here at Hire station we have provided a simple conversion graph that equates what dB (decibel) your equipment is to what devices in everyday life equate to, as quick way to put the information available into a simple and real context.