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Agriculture

Injuries and illness can ruin lives and businesses. Solutions are often simple and cheap and the people best placed to make farms safer are farmers and their employees 

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Appointed doctors

Under certain regulations, employers have a duty to ensure workers are placed under ‘statutory medical surveillance’ by an ‘appointed doctor’.

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Asbestos

Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000, including houses, factories, offices, schools or hospitals, and causes around 5000 deaths every year in the UK.

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Asthma

Asthma can be caused in a workplace simply by breathing in certain dusts, gases, fumes and vapours that can damage your lungs

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Back pain

Low back pain is common and can be extremely painful. It can be difficult to cope with the severe pain but fortunately it is rarely due to serious disease

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Carbon monoxide

Appliances fuelled with gas, oil, kerosene, or wood may produce carbon monoxide (CO)

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Carriage of dangerous goods

Dangerous goods are those substances and articles which are subject to the provisions in ADR

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Chemicals

This page provides access to health and safety information relating to the onshore chemical manufacture and storage industry

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CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging)

On 1 June 2015 the old classification and labelling system known as CHIP4 came to an end. The direct acting Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation has taken over

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COMAH

The Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations ensure that businesses take all necessary measures to prevent major accidents involving dangerous substances 

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Compressed air

Work in compressed air is a very rare activity usually associated with tunnelling, pipe-jacking, shaft sinking and caisson-making operations

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Confined spaces

A number of people are killed or seriously injured each year working in confined spaces 

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Construction

The construction industry is a major employer in Northern Ireland but unfortunately has a poor accident record with 46 workers killed in accidents over the last 10 years

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Corporate manslaughter

Companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care

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COSHH

Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people’s health at risk, causing diseases including asthma, dermatitis or cancer

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Diving

The diving industry can be considered as a number of sectors where people need to go underwater to work

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Driving at work

Health and safety law applies to work activities on the road in the same way as it does to all work activities

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Drugs and alcohol

Drug, alcohol and other substance misuse is everyone's concern. It damages health, causes absenteeism and reduced productivity

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Education

HSENI continually works with the various agencies associated with all stages of education in Northern Ireland

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Electrical safety

Electricity is a familiar and necessary part of everyday life, but electricity can kill or severely injure people and cause damage to property

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Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS)

The Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS) is a statutory advisory body within HSENI.

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Epilepsy

This is a common neurological condition which affects approximately 1 in 200 people

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Equipment at work

The risks to people’s health and safety, from equipment that they use at work, must be prevented or controlled

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Ergonomics

Ergonomics is a science concerned with the ‘fit’ between people and their work

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Excavators

The law says you must organise your site so as to segregate pedestrians and excavators

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Exercise and fitness

As employers, it is important to remember that your most important assets are your employees

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Falls from height

Falls from height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries. Common cases include falls from ladders and through fragile surfaces   

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Farm safety

Find information about farm safety issues, the Stop and Think SAFE farm safety campaign and the Farm Safety Partnership

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Fire and explosion

Each year many people suffer burns caused by the uncontrolled ignition of the flammable chemicals and other materials they work with

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First aid at work

HSENI is responsible for the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982.

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Forklift trucks

Forklift trucks (FLTs) are involved in a large percentage of accidents in the workplace and users are being seriously injured, sometimes fatally, in accidents that are entirely preventable

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Gas

This page contains information about natural gas and LPG that consumers, installers, distributors and transmission operators need to know.

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General Practitioners (GPs)

As a GP you may have a number of responsibilities involving occupational health issues

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Getting started

Good practice in health and safety is good for your business – and it's the law

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Health

The health and social care sector employs in excess of 115,750 staff in Northern Ireland providing services at a range of sites as well as into people’s own homes

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Ionising radiation

Find out about work with ionising radiation Approved Code of Practice and guidance, associated with the Ionising Radiation Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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Lead

Working with lead and its compounds can pose a health risk if exposure is not controlled and good practices and good personal hygiene are not followed.

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Legionnella

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia, caused by the bacteria Legionella Pneumophillia

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Legislation

Links to health and safety legislation applicable in Northern Ireland

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LEV – Local exhaust ventilation

Workers can contract lung disease or asthma because they have breathed in too much dust, fume or other airborne contaminants at work, including flour dust in bakeries, mist from paint spraying, fumes from welding or solvents from painting

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Manual handling

Manual handling activities (including lifting/lowering of loads) regardless of weight, contribute to a significant proportion of accidents in the workplace

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Manufacturing

The general manufacturing industry in Northern Ireland employs approximately 86,000 people 

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Mental well-being at work

Mental well-being at work is determined by the interaction between the working environment, the nature of the work and the individual

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Migrant workers

All workers get the same protection under Northern Ireland health and safety law whether they are working here legally or not. Your employer has to protect your health, safety and welfare 

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Mining and quarrying

There are approximately 160 quarries and sand pits which employ about 3,800 people in Northern Ireland 

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Motor vehicle repair

Motor vehicle repair is a complex and challenging industry to work in

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MSD

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) include problems such as low back pain, joint injuries and repetitive strain injuries of various sorts

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Noise

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations aim to ensure that workers' hearing is protected from excessive noise at their place of work

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Petrol

Petrol is a highly flammable liquid which, when improperly stored, poses a risk to you, people nearby and the emergency services if there is a fire. 

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PIC – Prior informed consent

Update for importers or exporters of chemicals that are subject to the Prior Informed Consent Procedure

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Pipelines

This page contains information about natural gas and LPG that consumers, installers, distributors and transmission operators need to know

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Radiation

Every day in Northern Ireland, several types of radiation are used in a diverse range of industrial, medical, research and communications applications

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REACH

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is important EU legislation on chemicals that you need to know about

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Risk assessment

A risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what, could cause harm to people, to enable precautions to be taken to prevent injury and ill-health

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Sickness absence

In general it is accepted that work is essential to health, well-being and self-esteem

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Skin care

Skin problems as a result of workplace activities are very common

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Slips and trips

Slips and trips are the most common cause of major injuries at work and make up over a third of all major injuries 

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Small business advice

This section is aimed at employers of small to medium businesses and provides information on the essential health and safety basics which should be implemented.

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Transport

There can be more danger from vehicles in the workplace than on the public highway as operating conditions are different

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Vibration

By law, as an employer, you must assess and identify measures to eliminate or reduce risks from exposure to vibration so that you can protect your employees

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Waste and recycling

HSENI’s primary role is to protect those who work in waste and recycling and anyone who might be affected by that work, for example, members of the public

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Work equipment and machinery

The risks to people’s health and safety, from equipment that they use at work, must be prevented or controlled

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Young people

Young people may face an increased risk of injury and death at work due to inexperience, lack of maturity and appreciation of risk

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