Over the weekend I was sent a video by a very good friend which made me laugh at the time, but it also made me think. His better half celebrated a milestone birthday and of course she didn’t want a fuss; no party, absolutely nothing. So what could he do? He broke all the rules for Health and Safety …
His way of “not making a fuss” was to suspend a 4m x 2m black programmable starcloth from the 130ft Farringdon Folly which is able to be programmed to show the wording “Happy Birthday Steph 40” . Take a look here. Remember that Adrian had to climb the tower three times to check and make sure the cloth was hanging right. All I can say is he was mad – but he must love her! The impact of this “No Fuss” could be seen from about half a mile away so I hate to think what Steph said, but I haven’t heard from him for a few days!
Now, why the Health and Safety breach? Well – hanging this from a tower 130ft up without the relevant risk assessments breaches all sorts of Health and Safety rules, but then some of these rules are a little too much. I mean … I never had to wear gloves and goggles to play conkers when I was a kid!
My concern about the risks lead me to this blog. I would like to remind all of you who are in business and employ staff of your obligations to Health and Safety and the various Acts. The one that springs to mind is the need to ensure all new staff have attended a Health and Safety Induction course which covers basic Health and Safety and also Fire Evacuation procedures. In addition, how many of your staff with two years’ service have recently attended a Health and Safety Refresher or Fire Evacuation Refresher course? Well, they should have!!!
As a company, FTS Safety Solutions in association with Essential Training Solutions are able to offer Induction and Refresher courses for staff with the added benefit that you do not have to send them away to spend time at a training centre. How? You can do the course online which is recognised by ISOH and you even get a certificate at the end to prove you have completed the course. The course has an added benefit – you can complete it in sections, stop and continue with your daily business tasks.
So if you would like to know more and try the demos, click here or telephone me for further information on 0330 6600264.
Until next time …