Thursday, 23 May 2024, 10:37 AM
Site: Turning Point Scotland
Course: Turning Point Scotland (TPS)
Glossary: Resources

Back pain in the workplace

Sitting badly in front of a computer for hours on end is storing up trouble.  The body can tolerate being in one position for only a short period of time before it feels the need to adjust.  Positioning monitor, keyboard, and mouse, correctly can help to ensure good computer posture and a proper chair is essential.  The following guide will give you some tips on how to try and avoid back pain the the workplace.

Caring for cleaners

This Health and Safety Executive publication will be useful for employers, managers/supervisors, health and safety personnel, trainers, safety and union representatives and cleaners themselves.
Guidance is provided on recognising and controlling the manual handling and upper limb risks faced by cleaners at work.  A number of case studies are also provided, focusing on how organisations have reached a solution.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 1998 (COSHH) Simple Guide

Health and Safety Executives short guide to what you need to know about Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)

E-learning Policy

The following Turning Point Scotland policy will give you an overview of the following:

  • The definition of e-learning
  • When and where you can do e-learning
  • Practical considerations when doing e-learning
  • How much time you will get to do e-learning
  • Computer considerations
  • Security considerations
  • E-learning misconduct

Ergonomics and human factors at work

You may have heard the term ‘ergonomics’.  In some industries, such as major hazards, defence and transport, ergonomics is also called ‘human factors’. This Health and Safety Executive leaflet helps to explain how applying ergonomics can improve health and safety in your workplace.

Exercises for office workers

In recent years there has been a move towards more office based jobs which has resulted in a nation of people who spend hours a day sitting stationary and hunched over in front of a desk.  It is not surprising that a growing number of office workers complain of back pain.  The lack of activity and movement as well as the bad posture associated with sitting in front of a desk all day means our backs are under a great deal of stress.  However, despite this there are ways to protect your back from the strains of office work.  This short guide will give you some tips on what you can do whilst at work to reduce the impact of back pain.

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

A short guide to Health and Safety Regulations by the Health and Safety Executive.

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

A short guide to Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) by the Health and Safety Executive.

Managing for Health and Safety 2013

A short guide introduction to managing for health and safety.  This leaflet is for those who need to put into place or oversee their organisation's health and safety arrangements.

Manual Handling at Work

This Health and Safety Executive leaflet describes what you, as an employer, may need to do to protect your employees from the risk of injury through manual handling tasks in the workplace. It will also be useful to employees and their representatives.