Bradford Black & Collins

Welcome to BB&C Workplace Safety

Welcome to Bradford Black & Collins Office Safety Specialists.

BB&C has a practical, simple and realistic approach to health and safety in the workplace. All our professional Advisors pride themselves on providing the most effective, and most cost-effective, solutions to our clients\' health, safety and employment challenges. All our services can be tailored to meet your individual business needs and requirements. Please contact us for a confidential discussion and find out how we can help you. Most employers place great emphasis on the Health & Safety of people who are on the premises, but a desire to implement a Safe environment will leave most Employers asking the question " Where do I begin?"

Not only can BB&C answer that question but we can undertake most of the research and administration for you. Remember - there is no such thing as a standard Health & Safety policy. The policy has to be prepared specifically for the needs of your organisation. To find out more, please see our Services section, then please contact us for an initial discussion on your requirements. NEW: Members can now take advantage of the BB&C Health and Safety News and Guidance section here. To find out how to become and Member of the BB&C Safety site, please

Emergency Lighting

The lighting must be so designed that people can safely activate it, work, use facilities and move about. If there is a significant change to the work, environment or accommodation, the lighting must be re-assessed.

Emergency Lighting must be provided in any room where people at work would be especially exposed to danger if the artificial lighting failed.

Certain lighting conditions (e.g. some fluorescent tubes) can produce a flicker effect. This flicker when superimposed on rotating machinery would appear to indicate that machinery was slowing down or even stationery. Lighting in workshops and near rotating machinery should be carefully selected to eliminate this risk.

Health and safety for beginners

Workplace related accidents and injuries are lowered because every beginner will be trained in health and safety before he would actually begin working. The economy can suffer when working days are lost because of work accidents such as tripping and slipping or lifting, carrying or handling injuries. Less experienced workforce hired may be prone to accidents and non-fatal injuries, but the health and safety courses will minimize the risk for these unwanted situations.

Health and safety policies

Those who want to work in any field in London and worldwide must have a health and safety policy in place for the company they will work. The work equipment must be verified and tested on a regular basis to avoid any unwanted situations. Systems of prevention have been built over generations and safety will not come about by accident. Even though prevention is highly valued, over 500,000 workplace injuries occur every year in the UK.

Preventing ill health caused by work and accidents should be the priority of each company and worker. Safe and healthy working must be second nature to everyone and workers should know what to do – or what they should not do – at work. This training is not just a formal course, because people need it a lot more than as a certificate to work. Workers have to be informed that they are responsible to keep themselves and others safe.

Risks have to be managed and elements that can harm workers must be identified. In addition to this, you must wear protective clothes, footwear, eye mask or gloves when problems may arise or you are likely to get hurt. Before actually wearing your equipment, you must ensure it is well-functioning and safe. Anyone who is employed, even the ladies from, will have to sign the health and safety policy before actually begin working.

Companies will benefit a lot from health and safety regulations. These rules are not meant just to prevent injuries and ill health – they are a significant component of a successful business. Some people believe that these policies and courses are an expensive burden and see it as a “necessary evil”. Yes, the process involves increased workload, costs and the often heard expression “we’ve always done it this way”, but they can help to reduce hidden expenses and even increase the efficiency at work.

Follow the rules

Every employer should follow these steps in order to minimize accidents and injuries related to work: hazards should be identified, people who are prone to be hurt should take precautions, find on time elements that can threaten the safety of your employees, record the findings and review all the assessments until everything and everyone will be safe and secure. Measure the risk assessment, find the people at risk for accidents and ensure they are properly protected with the right and well- functioning equipment.

Last but not least, employers are required to provide employees with health surveillance, especially if they are at risk. Blood tests, lung function test, medical surveillance and even symptoms are some of the most common ways how employees are checked by their employers. Consider the health and safety rules and you will never get hurt at work!

Batteries and Battery Rooms

There is a wide variety of batteries available, each with its own associated risks. Care should be taken to ensure that batteries are suitable for the use to which they will be put.

Batteries contain hazardous substances and their use and disposal should be assessed for risks. It may be necessary for larger batteries to be disposed of in accordance with waste disposal legislation as hazardous/toxic waste

Batteries must be protected against short circuit to prevent flash, fire or explosion. Do not recharge batteries while wearing them, e.g. in a body belt. Batteries that are damaged or are not designed to be recharged, must not be recharged.

The highly explosive hydrogen which evolves during the re-charging of wet batteries must be strictly controlled (proper ventilation, no ignition sources).