CERTIFICATE Candidate report template
UNIT NGC3 – THE HEALTH AND
SAFETY PRACTICAL APPLICATION
Location: Date of review:
Introduction including overview of area inspected and activities taking place
This report follows an inspection of the building and yard located in ……. in order to meet the requirements of the Nebosh NGC 3 practical application.
The areas concerned with this inspection are the works building and one store in the yard and its immediate surrounding area.
The building consists of a canteen area, an office for admin duties, two toilets, a locker room, a drying/store room for personal protective equipment (PPE) and a small store room. In the yard is one store for the storage of various outdoor work materials and tools.
The premises are occupied by up to fifteen staff at any one time. Staff work on a rotation of day and night shifts and the building is used for messing, completing paper work and planning work. The yard and store are used for loading and unloading vehicles with work equipment to prepare for railway work.
There were no members of staff on duty at the time of the inspection.
Upon completion of the inspection I found there were several areas of concern which lead to breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA), the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO), the Manual Handling Operations Regulations, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER).
The health and safety of the employees who are using the premises may also be at risk if some of these concerns are not addressed immediately. Failure to address these issues may lead to attention and possible enforcement action from the HSE and/or the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR).
Breaches of statutory duty or failure to comply with improvement or prohibition notices may result in court action being taken which may lead to criminal prosecution and fines of up to £20 000 in a magistrates court and the possibility of up to 6 months imprisonment.
A detailed description of the findings is listed below with reference to specific observations given in brackets.
Main findings of the inspection
The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (RRFSO) requires that fire fighting arrangements must be provided in the workplace (18). Although there are fire extinguishers located throughout the building there is an absence of any extinguisher in the office. Therefore there is an urgent requirement to have extinguishers installed here as employees would be in extreme danger if a fire were to start in the office.
The RRFSO also states that fire exits must remain free from obstructions at all times (1). The PPE blocking the fire exit is not only creating a tripping hazard but it is putting the health and safety of the employees at risk of becoming trapped in the building if a fire were to start.
Management of Health and Safety
Many of the observations are the result of a poor Health and Safety management system which could easily be rectified by members of staff and at a very low cost to the organisation. (2,3,8,10,12).
Use of rail steel as doorstops presents a significant risk of slips, trips and falls and is a very easy problem to rectify. Other housekeeping issues such as tangled cables, hand cleaners being stored near eating and drinking utensils and overflowing waste paper bins are all issues that will present a very poor image to visitors but are low cost and not time consuming problems to resolve.
These issues may also be in breach of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
The Personal Protective Equipment regulations state that all PPE must be suitably...