Healthand safety at work act: Some ofthese are made by the health and safety executive (HSE) and their point orpurpose is to ‘prevent deaths, injury and ill health to those at work and thoseaffected by work activities. Anyone who goes against this law, can be in a criminalprosecution in the Court. Being unsuccessful in safe working practices couldalso lead to an employee suing for personal injury. A 14 years old schoolboy had his hand trapped inside a grassbaling machine while bagging and heat-sealing dried grass. The boy, on a worksexperience placement, broke three fingers of his right hand when the hydraulicside door on the baler trapped his hand as he thrust his arm up the dischargetube. This organisation was charged to pay £2,588 for taking legal action.
COSHHregulation(control of substances hazardous to health) is important as employers are needed to either prevent,reduce or at the very least, control exposure to hazardous substances in orderto prevent healthiness of their workers. Companies can get fined a lot of moneyif their employees have been suffering from any illnesses. A company in Bristol wereexposed to hazardous chemicals over a 4 years period leading to the onset of adisease called ‘allergic contact dermatitis. And they had to pay £10,000 for 6separate breaches of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)Regulations for not making adequate risk assessments, not preventing orcontrolling exposure of employees to chemicals, and for not providing any’health surveillance’ of employees at-risk.UKAS regulation: stands for United Kingdomaccreditation service.
And its ‘the sole national accreditation body recognisedby the government to assess, against internationally agreed standards,organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibrationservices. UKAS accreditation is important as it ensures that employees,purchasers and regulators can have confidence in the provision of services thathave an impact on health and safety in the workplace.Qualitystandards: Many of these standards are monitored by the British standardsinstitution (BSI). The BSI website states that ‘a standard is an agreed,repeatable way of doing something. It is a published document that contains atechnical specification or other precise criteria designed to be usedconsistently, as rule, a guideline, or a definition. Standards are importantbecause it makes life similar and it increase the reliability and theeffectiveness of many goods and services we use.
BS EN ISO IEC 17025 is astandard that deals with testing and calibration. It contains all therequirements that testing, and calibration laboratories have to meet if theywish to demonstrate that they operate a quality system, are technicallycompetent and are able to generate technically valid results.