Aktualności BHP (OSH News) 2020/156 (03-04)

  • Subject of the issue: How to properly prepare a risk assessment in a company
    If you want to carry out an occupational risk assessment, you must first prepare for it.
  • Health and safety at fishing vessels according to new regulations
    On January 29, 2020, a new regulation came into force on the requirements regarding health and safety at work and life on fishing vessels, as well as detailed technical requirements regarding their construction and equipment. We find in it, among others hygiene and health requirements, as well as crew training in the field of OSH for all fishing vessels.
  • How to qualify an accident of an employee employed in a task-based working time system
    A traffic accident suffered by an employee employed in a tasked working time system while driving a company car, after receiving and testing an official command of an obligatory arrival at the employer's premises, while performing this official order, is an accident at work, not an accident on the road to work - ruled the Supreme Court.
  • Order or occurrence at questioned monitoring
    When it is necessary to ensure safe working conditions for employees, the employer may apply video monitoring. This issue is subject to control by labor inspectors. In the event of irregularities related to the use of work monitoring, the labor inspector has the right to apply appropriate legal measures. Question: is the warrant or the case at stake? Seemingly it doesn't matter - but not entirely. The controlled entity has the right to appeal against the order, but not against it.
  • Combining telework with performing OSH tasks
    Performing many professions and specialties is possible using electronic means of distance communication. Telework works perfectly where there is no need for constant supervision over employees. If the teleworker is the only person who is qualified to perform OHS services, is it possible to combine remote work with the duties of an employee designated to perform OHS services?
  • Allocation table for clothing regulations
    Question: Are there any provisions that oblige the employer to include in the work regulations a clothing allocation table, or can a separate procedure or regulations be created that will work next to the work regulations in this area?
  • What rules should a battery room meet?
    Question: In the workplace (warehouse) there is a separate place for charging batteries for forklifts (battery room). Charging batteries stand on wooden EUR pallets. Is this practice acceptable?
  • Occasional work in other positions - ensuring proper health and safety training
    A typical and most correct procedure is to commission an employee to work for which the parties have agreed at the stage of cooperation. In exceptional cases, however, it is possible to entrust an employee with another job for up to 3 months in a calendar year, without having to terminate the formal terms of the contract. In this case, however, care should be taken to ensure proper health and safety training - even if entrusting a new job would involve a very short period.
  • Whether work in special conditions determines early retirement
    The nature of work in special conditions is not determined by the employment of an overwhelming number of employees when working in such conditions, but whether the achievement of the department's goal was necessary to carry out the work listed in the Regulation on retirement age and the increase in retirement and disability pensions for employees employed in special conditions or in a special nature - the Supreme Court ruled in a judgment of 19 April 2017, reference number act I UK 155/16.
  • Post-control procedure of the State Sanitary Inspection
    What is the post-audit procedure of the State Sanitary Inspection in the event of irregularities found in the workplace? Does the establishment have a specific time to rectify the irregularities and after that date is the administrative decision issued? What determines the amount of the ticket issued by PIS?
  • Risk assessment of an employee performing additional tasks on a mandate contract
    There is no cleaner in the company. Cleaning work is carried out by two employees of the company on a mandate contract. Should, therefore, an occupational risk assessment be carried out for the cleaner position, which in fact does not exist, or should additional risks be added to the positions occupied by ladies, such as window cleaning, contact with caustic cleaning agents, and what if the contract other employees will sign the order?
  • An ideal recovery plan when exposed to noise
    There are industries as well as workplaces in which we often deal with exceeding the permissible noise standards (NDN). In this case, the regulations oblige to draw up and implement a program of organizational and technical measures to reduce exposure to noise. So how to properly prepare and carry out such a recovery program?
  • What to do if an employee suspects you have an occupational disease
    Question: An employee reports an occupational disease in the company saying that he has a soft tissue disease. How should the employer behave? What next steps should I take if I receive a document on occupational disease? Should we notify someone, keep a register?

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