Due to the nature of the work involved, health and safety is a major concern to the manufacturing industry as a whole. The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland assists employers to take active steps to improve safety records and protect their workers' long-term health and wellbeing.
HSENI is responsible for inspecting and investigating incidents and complaints at a wide range of manufacturing premises including heavy and light engineering, food processing, concrete products, chemical and plastics manufacturing and woodworking premises.
HSENI works with employers in the manufacturing sector to take steps to improve safety records and improve worker's long term health and well being.
A variety of vehicles are used for many different tasks every day in workplaces, and some of these can be dangerous. Better planning, training and awareness, and the use of suitable vehicles can avoid most accidents.
Some Dos and Don'ts
- keep people and vehicles apart
- anchor loads securely to vehicles
- avoid the need to work at height on vehicles
- display clear site rules and enforce them
- operate vehicles unless you are trained and authorised to do so
Machinery and equipment
Generally, work equipment is any equipment which is used by an employee at work. In summary, employers are required to ensure that work equipment is:
- suitable for the intended use
- safe for use and properly maintained in a safe condition
- used only by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training
- accompanied by suitable safety measures, e.g. protective devices, guards, warnings
Machinery and equipment should be switched off and isolated before maintenance work is undertaken.
- Guidance on the prevention and management of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace
- Preventing runaway skip lorry incident - source HSE(GB)
- HSG 129 - health and safety in engineering workshops - source HSE (GB)
- HSG 136 - workplace transport safety: an employers' guide - source HSE (GB)
- L022 - safe use of work equipment - approved for use in N.I. - source HSE (GB)
- L112 - safe use of power presses - approved for use in N.I. - source HSE (GB)
- L113 - safe use of lifting equipment - approved for use in N.I. - source HSE (GB)
- L114 - safe use of woodworking machinery - approved for use in N.I. - source HSE (GB)
- Pneumonia vaccination for employees exposed to welding and metal fume - source HSE (GB)
- Report of an accident or a dangerous occurrence
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 (www.legislation.gov.uk)
- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 (www.legislation.gov.uk)
Please note that these links are to the original legislation, visitors should verify for themselves whether legislation is in force or whether it has been amended or repealed.