Aktualności BHP (OSH News) 2020/157 (04)

  • Subject of the issue: Coaching as part of OSH training
    Coaching is a very popular tool used in many areas of our lives. Its goal is to make lasting changes in thinking and effective performance of tasks by a person subjected to coaching. In the article, you check if and how you can use elements of coaching during OSH training? Thanks to this information, your OSH training will be more effective.
  • New regulations regarding fire protection in waste storage areas
    A new ordinance of the Minister of the Interior and administration of 19 February 2020 on fire protection requirements to be met by building facilities or parts thereof and other places intended for the collection, storage or processing of waste is already in force. What new obligations does it introduce?
  • New health and safety regulations for power equipment
    At the end of March, a new regulation on health and safety at work at power equipment was to enter into force (the date of entry into force was postponed to 26 September due to the situation in the country - editor's note). It contains a lot of information and requirements that must be met by employees and the employer. Increased, among others the employer's scope of responsibility and the essence of having operating instructions has been emphasized. Carefully studying the changes and starting to implement them will certainly be conducive to increasing safety in the workplace.
  • Remote work in connection with coronavirus - how to organize it
    As part of the fight against coronavirus, the Act on special solutions related to the prevention, prevention and control of COVID-19 applies. Introduces the ability to perform remote work. However, how to introduce this form of work? Here are the rules to help you organize remote work.
  • Do you need to provide the number of exercises on the certificate of completion of periodic training?
    Question: In the light of the new regulations, is the trainer required to provide this number of hours on the certificate of completion of periodic training, in place of practical training hours?
  • What determines the job grade to the training group
    Question: The company has doubts as to whether an employee should be employed in a workers' position and undergo periodic training. I will use a specific example: the exact job title is Civil Protection and Logistics. An employee with many years of experience employed as part of the civil service corps in the rank of senior inspector, i.e. a typical official of the state administration with one small exception. In addition, he looks after a small civil defense warehouse. This is not a typical high bay warehouse. Only sleeping bags, rubber boots, tents, shovels etc. are stored there.
  • Despite the employee's contribution to the accident, the responsibility falls on the employer
    The employer is responsible for the state of safety at the workplace or in the area of business. It's risk based responsibility. The fact that the injured employee has significantly contributed to the accident by his own conduct does not release the employer from liability for damages suffered as a result of the accident at work.
  • Cleaning steel structures - hazards at the workplace
    To apply appropriate protection against hazards, you must first identify the most common ones in the workplace. Then you have to inform the trained employees about them during the first phase of the training - this is the basic information for the trained employee, but also for the trainee.
  • Work with plant protection products - what to enter in a referral for a medical examination
    Question: My doubts relate to the referral for preventive medical examination of an employee who sells plant protection products. Should an employee who works in customer service and sells pre-packaged plant protection products (does not have direct contact with them) should have plant protection products listed on the referral for medical examinations to work in chemical agents? Employees undergo specialized training in plant protection products.
  • Withdrawal from reporting an accident - completely illegal
    All arrangements between the employee and the employer regarding withdrawal from reporting an accident are unlawful. It is the employer's responsibility, regardless of whether the employee refuses to report the accident or not, to undertake post-accident investigation with all the consequences. What can happen if the accident procedure is not carried out?
  • An unfortunate employee reflex as a cause of an accident at work
    Question: A warehouse employee reported an accident. He felt a pain in his knee as he picked up the goods. He went to the emergency room, where the suspected rupture of the ligaments was suspected, the visit to the specialist had not yet taken place. Can the effort during lifting the goods or the associated dynamic load be considered an external factor?
  • The employee does not want to provide a certificate of injury. What to do?
    Question: During work, the employee opened cardboard boxes with a safe knife, at some point she did not look in which direction she was cutting and cut her arm. The employee stopped work, an ambulance was called and her cut skin was sewn in the hospital. The employee generally feels good, wants to work, does not go sick. Her injury does not hinder her at work. At the time of preparing the report, can the employer, due to the employees' failure to provide a document from the doctor confirming the injury, force her to provide this document? Lack of a doctor's document will result in the accident not being recognized.
  • OSH instruction as an e-document
    Each employer is obliged to issue health and safety instructions and to familiarize employees with them. In practice, this obligation falls on specialists, health and safety inspectors and all those employees whose duties include tasks in the field of occupational health and safety. However, the regulations do not specify the form of access to the instructions - it should only be available for permanent use by the employee, and the access system to the instructions is determined by the employer after consultation with employees or their representatives.
  • First aid and fire fighting in one
    In practice, the person designated to provide first aid, as well as to perform actions in the field of fire fighting and evacuation of employees may have the same predispositions and competences. However, entrusting these two functions to the same person may be considered as malfunctioning. This is a result of the editorial of the provision that clearly separates the issue of providing first aid from actions in the field of fire fighting and evacuation.

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