Aktualności BHP (OSH News) 2019/150 (12)

  • Recipes with commentary
    • Analysis of the latest changes in the scope of authorization to operate forklifts (3)
      The changes that were introduced to the Health and Safety Regulation when using industrial trucks clarify the issue of authorization to operate a lift truck with a mechanical lifting drive and extend the validity of personal permits.
    • What will change in health and safety regulations for pyrotechnic materials (4)
      The Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology has prepared a draft of amendments to the regulation on occupational health and safety in production, intra-factory transport and the circulation of explosives, including pyrotechnic articles. The purpose of the amendments is to adapt the provisions of this Regulation to the already amended provisions of the Act of 21 June 2002 on explosives for civil use.
  • Court case law
    • The employer must provide employees with hygiene and sanitary facilities (5)
      The employer is not released from the obligation to apply health and safety rules to employed employees, including providing them with premises and sanitary and hygienic equipment to the extent appropriate for the type of work performed. Imposing obligations in this regard should, however, be preceded by a thorough assessment and balanced in terms of the type and conditions of work performed.
  • Working conditions
    • How to reduce the hazards caused by wood dust (7)
      Air dustiness is an inherent phenomenon associated with mechanical wood processing. Wood dust may be allergic to the human body. That is why taking preventive measures to reduce dust hazards is so important. The article gives some tips to help you reduce dust hazards at woodworking sites.
    • How should the person managing employees comply with the doctor's recommendations (11)
      There are cases when a doctor conducting a preventive medical examination issues a decision on the absence of contraindications to work, with the proviso that the employee should perform light work, or indicating contraindications to hard physical work. The problem is that the regulations do not directly define both light and heavy physical work. However, the above issue is of key importance for managers of employees, whose duties include ensuring that the recommendations of the physician in charge of employees are followed.
  • Subject of issue
    • Accident procedure - transfer between employers (9)
      Performing work in one place and at the same time by employees employed by various employers is often a prerequisite for the efficient conduct of a specific project. However, even with the best cooperation of employers and safe organization of work, it cannot be ruled out that an accident will not occur. In such a situation, the proceedings regarding the determination of the circumstances and causes of the incident and the obligation to prepare the necessary documentation is directly charged to the employer of the injured employee. However, it is possible to report to the employer in the area of the accident to carry out the accident proceedings on his own. The article describes how to apply for it and what the procedure looks like.
  • Safety training
    • Do the contractor and one-person entrepreneur have to train in the field of health and safety (12)
      Should contractors who provide their services at the employer's premises and persons employed under a cooperation agreement (persons conducting sole proprietorship) be directed to medical examinations and undergo initial health and safety training? The contracts contain the statement "The Contractor declares that he has no health contraindications to perform the works covered by the subject of the contract".
    • Is the use of fire extinguishers a compulsory element of OSH training (13)
      Is the employer obliged to conduct practical training with employees on fire extinguishers, or is it enough that he notifies the employee about how to use firefighting equipment during initial OSH training? Can the employer require a worker in the event of a fire, that instead of evacuating, he should put out the fire if he trained him in this field? Who then takes responsibility for any employee injuries? Can the person developing the fire safety instructions impose on the employer the obligation to train all personnel in the practical operation of fire extinguishers, and the employer must follow this instruction?
  • Risk assessment
    • Traffic accidents of an office worker in the assessment of occupational risk (14)
      In the assessment of the occupational risk of an administrative and office employee, do I have to enter traffic accidents if an employee travels 2-3 times a year with a company / passenger car for training outside the workplace?
    • Who will assess the occupational risk of subcontractor employees (15)
      Who should assess the professional risk of subcontractor employees? Is the OSH specialist of the company ordering the work or is the subcontractor responsible?
    • What must the professional risk document provided to the employee (16)
      What should the information sent to the employee about occupational risk include, e.g. threat, source of danger, health effects and preventive measures including the calculated level of risk? What proportion of the full occupational risk documentation should an employee receive?
  • Accidents at work
    • How to qualify a teleworker's heart attack (17)
      A teleworker at home suffered a heart attack. Reanimated by the ambulance team, he was taken to hospital, where he died the next day without regaining consciousness. Is this an accident at work?
    • Accident at work during breakfast break (18)
      The person working in the administrative office went out to buy a sandwich during a break, then returned and began to eat this sandwich at his desk, suddenly breaking a tooth - one. Can it be considered an accident at work?

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