Advantage of doing Safety audits

1.      They highlight potential problems: If there are problems lurking behind the scenes, this can lead to accidents and other negative consequences for a business. The sooner you identify and address them, the better prepared your business will be for assisting its clients.
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2.      They increase employee awareness: Audits can serve to increase an employee’s awareness and understanding of environmental and safety regulations.
3.      They enhance your company’s credentials: If you are bidding for clients or looking into new business, you will find that the majority of companies expect you to have proper health and safety procedures in place. Having positive public relations on the back of this will ultimately benefit your business goals.
4.      They save you money: A health and safety audit provides a calculated analysis of procedures and provides fact-based changes to be implemented. This will save you from wasting money on what may be little more than second guesses about procedures and benefit areas, such as employee sick leave.
5.      They help you comply with the law: There are different regulations and laws in place to ensure safety within different industries. If you are not abiding by these laws, it can lead to your business getting in trouble with the authorities or possibly being shut down. Knowing that you have the proper regulations in place and eliminating the risk of injury in the workplace will ultimately benefit you and your employees. The audit process can also be an opportunity to demonstrate your company's commitment to compliance.
6.      They may be viewed favourably by regulatory agencies. A thoroughly completed audit with proper follow-up can signal that your company is making a good-faith effort to comply with applicable regulatory requirements.
If a third party conducts your audits, there are a further 4 advantages
7.      They will offer knowledge and validation: Third-party audit companies have the benefit of having conducted audits in multiple environments and are able to share best practices that can strengthen individual programmes, industry-wide knowledge held by a third-party provider can serve to validate existing programmes and provide recommendations for growth or change when deemed necessary.
8.      They will offer objectivity: Third-party auditors are able to come in and provide a completely neutral assessment and review of a company’s systems and processes without the natural familiarity that occurs over time with regular staff and day-to-day routines.
9.      They offer greater results accuracy: Due to objective positioning, the results of a third-party audit provide a more accurate review of what is occurring within multiple environments of a company in regards to safety practices.
10.  They can lower your business impact: Audits conducted internally can be taxing on time and labour resources and take away from overall business function. A third-party auditor is able to enter a location for the sole purpose of conducting an audit and conduct the audit and interviews in a timely and efficient manner without interrupting the efficiency of the company.

Create Good Standards of HSE within an Organisation

The three main reasons for promoting good standards of health, safety, and environmental protection within an organisation are:
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• MORAL: For humanitarian and environmental reasons, and because society expects it
• LEGAL : To avoid prosecution and/or litigation
• ECONOMIC: To manage the costs of accidents , ill health events, and environmental incidents
The protection of workers against work-related sickness, disease, and injury is the duty of every employer. A societal goal is to promote opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security, and human dignity.
Decent work is safe work. Safe work is also a positive factor for productivity, economic growth, and sustainability. Sound business reasons for maintaining good health, safety, and environmental standards include:
  • Reduction in losses from injury and damage
  •  Decreased absenteeism
  •  Increased staff retention
  •  Decreased insurance premiums
  •  Enhanced worker morale
  •  Improved reputation
  •  Enhanced business opportunities
  •  Reduction in cost associated with waste generation and management
  •  Reduction in cost associated with purchasing hazardous substances
  • Decreased likelihood of civil and/or criminal litigation

Different types of Factory act in Safety

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Sec.’6’ Registration of a factory
Sec.’11’ Cleanliness
Sec.’13’ Ventilation and temperature
Sec.’17’ Lighting
Sec.’18,19’ Drinking water and sanitary
Sec.’23’ Employment of young person on dangerous mechanical
Sec.’28’ Hoist and lifts
Sec.’29’ Lifting machines and tackles
Sec.35’ protection of eyes
Sec.’36’ Precaution against danger furmes
Sec.’36(A)’ Use of portable electric light
Sec.’38’ Protection in case of fire
Sec.’40(A)’ Maintenance of building
Sec.40(B)’ Safety officers duty
Sec.’45’ First aid boxes
Sec.’111’ Obligation of workers

Different Safety related Act

The SAFETY Act provides important legal liability protections for providers of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies - whether they are products or services. The goal of the SAFETY Act is to encourage the development and deployment of effective anti-terrorism products and services by providing liability protections. 
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The factory Act – 1948

 Petroleum Act – 1934

The mines Act – 1952

Water Act – 1974

Automatic energy Act – 1962

 Air Act – 1948

Railways Act – 1890

Indian electricity Act – 1910

Indian boilers Act – 1884

Workmen compensation Act – 1948

Employee’s state insurance Act – 1948

Arc welding Safety Procedures and Preventive measures

Arc-welding  is a safe occupation when sufficient  measures  are  taken  to protect the welder from  potential  hazards. When these measures are overlooked ,   however, welders can  encounter such dangers as electric  shock, over exposure to  fumes  and  gases, arc radiation,  and  fire  and  explosion; which  may result  in  serious, or   even fatal injuries.

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Even  though  the  output voltage  of a manual electric
                  arc welding transformer (welding transformer) at open
                  circuit  no-load  condition  is not very high, only about
                  60  to 80 Volt a.c. It could cause electric shock .

               2. The  Electric shock may cause injuries  to the welding
                   workers and sometimes leads to death.          

The followings are the common causes of electric shock 

         1.Overlook the potential hazards in the working environment

           2.Carelessness during welding

           3.Use of unsafe welding equipment.

Enhanced Welding Safety to Prevent Electric Shock

        In order to prevent electric shock and to minimize the damage or injury , We should follow 
        the following:
               1. To  avoid  direct contact with the live  parts  of  welding  equipment 

                    and the workpiece to prevent electric shock. 

               2. To make the overall impedance of the leakage current path is large

  1. Do Not weld in open source during raining.
  2. Do not stay in water or seriously flooded workplace to weld.

Safe Working Practices

             Avoid  making  direct  contact with any exposed conductor of the electrode
                holder, the  connected welding electrode and the exposed metal part of the
                workpiece with the bare hands or the body. 

             Always keep the hands and the body dry. 

             Do not put the welding transformer too far away from the workplace.In case
                of  need or  accident,the welding transformer can be switched off in time to
                disconnect the power source. 

             Switch off  the welding transformer when it stops welding to take breaks for 
                 rest,tea and meal.Also properly dispose of the welding rod remained on the
                 electrode holder.
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Use of Safety Welding Equipment

              o Properly  earth the metal casing of welding transformer by 
                   connecting separate earth wire to the power source.  

                o Install  an  automatic   voltage   regulator   in   the  welding
                   transformer  to  reduce the open circuit no-load voltage of
                   the transformer and the risk of electric shock. 

                o Use proper cable connectors to extend the welding cables.

                o Use proper and safe welding equipment

        1. Wear  dry  welding   gloves.

        2.Wear good insulating shoes
            and boots.

        3.Wear   protective   clothing. 
            Avoid naked body.

How to handle occupational injury at workplace

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, musculoskeletal disorders accounted for 33 percent of all workplace injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work in 2011. Additionally, BLS notes that for all occupations, the back was injured in 42 percent of reported MSD cases and required a median of seven days to recuperate.
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The first step to preventing back injuries is to get in good physical shape and maintain it, the Washington-based Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America notes. Being overweight, especially when most of the excessive weight is carried in the abdomen, creates tremendous stress on the back. The organization also advises the following:
  • Become educated about avoiding back injuries on the job.
  • Stretch before work. A slightly elevated heart rate gets blood flowing to the muscles as well as to the discs between the vertebrae in the spine.
  • Maintain good posture.
  • When facing a specific task, always assess the load and decide if it can be handled by one person. Check for obstacles in the path. Set the task up to be as easy as possible.
  • Note that back belts do not prevent back injuries and can provide a false sense of security.
  • Keep in mind that some tasks can be done safer with mechanical equipment such as lifts or other lifting equipment.
  • When lifting, bend the knees and get as close to the load as possible. Keep the back straight and use the legs to do the heavy work. Avoid twisting when lifting, carrying or lowering the load. When carrying, keep the load as close to the body as possible. When finished, take a few seconds to straighten and stretch the back.

How to do Manualy Safe lifting

Lifting and carrying objects is common for many workers across the country. But training is important. If performed improperly, lifting and carrying items can lead to injuries. The National Safety Council notes that manual handling of objects accounts for an estimated 25 percent of all occupational injuries. Common materials-handling injuries include strains and sprains (specifically to the back), cuts, fractures, and bruises.
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NSC states that no “sure-fire” rules exist for safe lifting: “Manual materials handling is a very complex combination of moving body segments, changing joint angles, tightening muscles and loading the spinal column.” However, NSC does recommend following a number of do’s and don’ts pertaining to lifting.
  • Eliminate manual lifting whenever possible to help reduce injuries.
  • Stay in good physical shape if lifting items is part of your job.
  • Keep materials within easy reach and have handling aids around in case you need them.
  • Make sure you have a good grip on any item you attempt to lift. Test the weight and balance of items before moving them. Too heavy? Get a mechanical lifting aid or ask a co-worker for assistance.
  • Keep the item you are lifting close to your body. Ensure your feet are close to the load, stand in a stable position with your feet pointed in the direction you’re moving, and lift mostly by straightening your legs.
  • Twist your back or bend in a sideways direction.
  • Attempt to lift or lower an object if you’re in an awkward position.
  • Feel compelled to lift an item that is too heavy – get help instead.
  • Lift or lower an object if your arms are extended.
  • Continue to lift an item if you realize it’s too heavy.
  • Lift above your shoulders or below your knees.
Training for safe lifting can take time. NSC says that regular reinforcement of proper lifting techniques is critical, as people tend to revert back to previous lifting habits.
“Safe work practices must be enforced and any unapproved deviation must be corrected immediately,” the council states.

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