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Manufacturer Witton Chemicals had a critical decision to make when selecting forklift trucks operating in Zone 2 hazardous areas, as standard trucks would be a source of an ignition in the event of a flammable gas or vapour release.
Laws do not stipulate you must have evacuation chairs, however, there are requirements for responsible persons, as determined by legislation, to ensure suitable and sufficient procedures are in place to ensure the safe evacuation of all users of their premises in the event of an emergency - without the dependence on the emergency services.
When people think about what needs to be considered in terms of health and safety, a number of standard risks will spring to mind. Buildings and electrics need to be fit for purpose, avoidable hazards from poorly fitted furniture to items lying around precariously on the floor are considered and dealt with. Often, observes Gemma Twitchen, senior audiology specialist at Action on Hearing Loss, health and safety is seen by many as the avoidance of visible physical harm.
By definition, working at height refers to any task that takes place in a location from which a person could fall and be injured. As Amanda Bowles, HSEQ advisor at HSS Hire explains, there are many safety hazards involved in this kind of work.