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RISKY BUSINESS SHEF (Safety, Health, Environmental & Fire) Newsletter Issue 3 April 2006 IN BRIEF  The Facilities and Safety department is going to carry.

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1 RISKY BUSINESS SHEF (Safety, Health, Environmental & Fire) Newsletter Issue 3 April 2006 IN BRIEF  The Facilities and Safety department is going to carry out a pilot induction training course by May which will cover the main areas of Health, Safety, Fire and Environment. Everyone plays an important part in safety at work. Recent statistics show that injuries are most commonly caused by: - Lifting, carrying or handling activities. - Slipping, tripping or falling - Making contact with electricity - Various effects of fire, such as heat and smoke.  Maintenance and Estates requests that you give to the busy Maintenance Department are now available to all Managers as a read only on the P drive/ Maintenance Work. This is useful to track the progress of your request. NEW FIRE SAFETY REGIME New fire safety legislation will take come into force on 31 st October The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. The current legislation will be abolished and a new system introduced based on the principle of risk assessment and places a greater emphasis on fire prevention in all non domestic premises. As with existing legislation the Order contains requirements in relation to fire fighting, detection, emergency routes and exits, procedures for serious and imminent danger, training of employees and provision of information. Responsibility for complying with the requirements of the Order will fall to the “responsible person” for the premises. This person must carry out a fire risk assessment in order to identify the general fire precautions required by the Order. There are measures which for example reduce the risk of fire and the spread of fire on the premises. The assessment needs to look at any group that may be especially at risk and investigate any dangerous substances on the premises. As with risk assessments made under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, preventative and protective measures are implemented to avoid risks and evaluate those risks that cannot be avoided. The main enforcing authority will be the local fire and rescue authority. AVIAN FLU The risk of avian influenza to humans is almost entirely confined to those who have had close contact with infected domestic poultry. For people who have no contact with domestic or wild birds the risk is almost non-existent. However, as a precaution, Coventry & Warwickshire Health Protection Team have asked the University to pass this information on to staff and students. WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE WHILST AWAY FROM BRITAIN? Avoid live poultry/markets and similar places with large concentrations of birds or other animals. Avoid handling or eating undercooked or raw poultry or eggs Avoid contact with live or dead wild or domestic birds, or contact with surfaces or water contaminated with their faeces. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after contact with wild or domestic birds. Do not try to bring any poultry products back to the UK Early symptoms of avian flu are likely to be similar to normal influenza such as high temperature and a cough or shortness of breath. If you are feeling unwell please consult a doctor or NHS Direct ( ) and phone your line manager as soon as possible. Information taken from University Website www2.warwick.ac.uk/insite/students/avianflu FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT ANDY JAMES EXT 72767

2 NOISE AT WORK REGULATIONS A reminder that new noise legislation came into force on 6 th April 2006, how to comply with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 will be included in the next issue. The installation of the new soundproof curtain in the Graduate Club has been completed which will reduce the noise pollution. Can we remind staff to be vigilant and if you have any comments please feed back to the Facilities and Safety Department. FLOORING New ribbed carpet flooring has been laid on the all disabled ramps which is a safer surface. Cooler dance floor has been replaced with a Fine Quartz matt resin. Also work has been carried out on Battered flooring and Union North stairs, this will hopefully reduce the number of slips, trip and falls. SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES The ban is now set to come into force during the summer An increase in the proposed maximum fines has also been announced: From £200 to £1,000 for failing to display no smoking signs and From £200 to £2,500 for not enforcing the ban. TOP TIPS… Don’t leave your mobile phone charger plugged into a live socket whilst not attached to the phone. A charger may be damaged and could cause a fire. Is it time to dust off your light bulb? Built-up dirt and dust can decrease the bulb's output by 10 percent – so get spring cleaning!! Think before you print! Save paper - do you really need to print all your s? RISKY BUSINESS CONTINUED… FACILITIES & SAFETY DEPARTMENT Andy James Facilities & Safety Manager (Ext 72767) Helen Kendrick Facilities & Safety Administrator (Ext 72826) THE THREE R’S Landfill Tax is currently £18 per tonne, and will rise by £3 per tonne until the target of £35 per tonne is reached. Setting up procedures now to reduce and divert waste streams will help our Union save money when tendering for new waste contracts. If Unions with low recycling rates can consistently divert materials, they should be able to reduce the cost of waste disposal contract by up to 65% (a saving of £5,000 per year). Its not all about money though - providing recycling bins can symbolise a lot, helping to motivate staff and visitors to do their bit. Remember the three R’s waste hierarchy: it is always better to Reduce, then Re-use, than Recycle. We are working on new ideas for recycling but we can still concentrate on Reducing the waste in the first place. Reducing We already implement some of these ideas, consider putting these into practice in your department. If disposable cups are used in offices, consider issuing each employee their own ceramic mug. Whiteboards on office doors reduce the use of post-it notes and scrap paper. Hand-driers are preferable to paper towels, and will cost less money over time. Don’t over-order publications (flyers, SU newspapers) simply because it is cheaper to order bigger quantities. Take into consideration the environmental cost and only order the amount you know you will require. It has been suggested that plastic glasses and polystyrene packaging should be avoided. Re-usable crockery should be the first preference. If disposable packaging is necessary, paper or cardboard is less damaging to the environment than polystyrene. This is a long term idea that needs to be carefully implemented. Information taken from the Ethical & Environmental Committee Last updated: April 2006


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