BHP w Firmie (Work safety in the company) 2020/229

  • The subject of the issue
    • You must remember about this during periodic occupational health and safety training of the construction assistant
      Preparing and cleaning tools, carrying blocks, bags or bricks, carrying out minor finishing works, chipping plaster into bricks or old tiles, performing cleaning works on the construction site are the main duties of a construction assistant. This work is done both indoors and outdoors, and is often hard manual labor. Work on the construction site is often also dangerous work, due to the numerous hazards occurring there. Scaffolding, platforms, excavations - inseparable elements of the construction - all these potentially dangerous places for employees. Therefore, a person performing the work of a construction assistant should have the necessary knowledge of safe methods of performing it. Hence, it is important to properly train the employee employed in such a position. It is also very important that employees have knowledge about the risks that may arise in their workplace, as well as how to prevent them.
  • Health and safety during machine operation - new regulations
    On September 11, the ordinance of the minister of development of July 29, 2020 came into force, amending the ordinance on occupational safety and health during the operation of machines and other technical equipment for earth, construction and road works. Check what the changes are about.
  • Order from the National Labor Inspectorate (PIP) regarding occupational risk assessment - how to prepare an effective appeal
    During the inspection by the PIP inspector, he will check, among others fulfillment by the employer of obligations related to risk assessment. In the event of irregularities in this respect, it will issue an order to remove them. The employer may, however, disagree with such a decision and exercise the right to appeal to a second instance body. Then there is a chance to change or revoke the disadvantageous decision of the inspector. Know what to remember when preparing your appeal and which elements to pay special attention to. For tips, see the article below.
  • Access to hygiene and sanitary facilities in temporary buildings
    The obligation to provide employees with access to hygienic and sanitary facilities results from the general health and safety regulations. According to them, hygienic and sanitary rooms should be located in the building where the work takes place or in a building connected to it by an enclosed passage. The employer may not release this obligation by indicating that the work is performed in temporary buildings (rooms). Failure to install a toilet room is contrary to the regulations in force in the field of occupational health and safety. Such conclusions were reached by the Provincial Administrative Court in Białystok.
  • Employer supervision over working at home conditions - does the employer have the right to do so?
    According to Art. 3 clause 3 sentence 1 so-called Special COVID-19 Act, remote work may be recommended if the employee has the skills, technical and local capabilities to perform such work and the type of work allows it. This provision specifies the conditions under which remote work may be performed, which in practice means whether and to what extent the employer is limited in the ability to issue an effective remote work order. The question is, however, does the provision provide grounds for requiring an employee to describe the conditions in which he works at home?
  • Serious, collective or fatal accident = immediate inspection by a labor inspector
    When a serious, collective or fatal accident occurs, it is the employer's responsibility to notify the district labor inspector. Such notification will result in the appointed inspector taking immediate control actions aimed at establishing the circumstances and causes of the event. The effects of such control may be different - from typical health and safety orders - ending with holding the employer responsible for an offense. This article introduces you to this topic.
  • The period of validity of the certificate for sanitary and epidemiological purposes
    An employee employed as a janitor received a sanitary and epidemiological certificate for 2 years. Is it legal? Shouldn't the judgment be indefinite?
    A victim of an accident at work does not have to be on sick leave
    While descending the stairs, the employee suffered a fall, the doctor found a contusion with a slight bone chipping. However, the employee was not absent a single day. Should the incident be considered an accident at work? What documents should be prepared?
  • How to ensure safe work at height - requirements, PPE, supervision
    The hitherto binding procedures were verified at the production plant. As a result of the analysis, it was found that it would be necessary to introduce a list of particularly dangerous works. One of them is working at height. Apart from any exclusions (wall height protection, etc.) and when barriers cannot be used, PPE remains. How to protect work performed, for example, on a ladder, elements of machines and structures (during maintenance and assembly works) in the ranges of 1-2 m and above 2 m? Are there any other regulations regulating work at heights above 3 m (this is how we perform the tests)? Does constant direct supervision have to be carried out for every work over 1 m?
  • Measuring the temperature of drivers entering the premises
    Can the employer measure the temperature of drivers entering the plant (they are not our employees) due to the epidemic? We use rented transport to deliver our goods abroad. What to do when the driver has a fever of 38.5 °? What if the driver does not agree to measure the temperature, claiming that the GDPR gives him such rights?
  • What about follow-up tests after more than 30 days in quarantine
    If the employee, on the basis of a decision of the Sanepid, ordering him to undergo compulsory quarantine - stayed at home continuously for over 30 days without being sick at the same time (he had only contact with a sick person - these people live in one building, but in separate apartments) before returning working after quarantine, he does not have to undergo a checkup, even if he was paid sickness benefits at that time.

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