Are you aware of health and safety risks at work?
Do you know what action to take when an issue arises?
Prospect helps members to resolve health and safety issues at work by providing advice to take action and by working together to make the world of work safer.
Prospect's WorkSafe resources aim to:
- Highlight key health and safety issues in the workplace
- Provide guidance and advice though online resources
- Provide further advice and support if required via our network of health and safety reps
Find out more
For many members, driving is the most dangerous thing they will do at work. We’ve pulled together a range of resources about how you and your employer can keep you safe – and healthy – on the road.
- Prospect brief guide to work-related road safety
- Prospect members’ guide to safe driving and work-related road risk
- Health and Safety Executive guidance on managing road risk
- The Highway Code, road safety and vehicle rules
- Guidance on reducing the ergonomic risks of driving, including bad backs, necks and shoulders
Employers need to ensure that people who work by themselves are placed at no greater risk than other employees. Find out more about lone working, where training and communication systems are crucial.
- Prospect brief guidance on home and remote working
- Prospect members’ guides to homeworking and lone working
- Health and Safety Executive guidance on lone working
- Health and Safety Executive guidance on home working
- The Suzy Lamplugh Trust campaigns and provides advice on lone working
People come in different shapes and sizes, so we need PPE that fits and is suitable for the job. Research has shown that, all too often, women – particularly those working in the electricity industry – are given PPE that doesn’t fit properly.
- Health and Safety Executive guidance on PPE
- Health and Safety Executive information on the equipment needed when working with hazardous substances
- TUC guidance on PPE and PPE for women
Rates of work stress are at a record high, despite there being tried and tested methods for reducing it. Find out more about stress and how it can be tackled with these resources.
- Prospect brief guide to stress and mental health
- Prospect members’ guide to stress
- Prospect Stress, Stigma, Solutions reps’ guide to organisational solutions for tackling stress
- Health and Safety Executive guidance on stress
- More information can be found at the NHS and the mental health charity Mind
More and more people are working through their breaks, and research even suggests that people are increasingly using their leave to do paid work. As a minimum, workers have the right to one uninterrupted 20 minute rest break a day, as well as daily and weekly breaks. Make sure you take it.
- Prospect members’ guide on working time and the law
- Health and Safety Executive information on the Working Time Regulations
- ACAS guide to working hours
- Government guidance on holidays, time off, sick leave, maternity and paternity leave
Immediate dangers are often easy to identify. Others – particularly those that affect our health – can be harder to spot. Trade unions have developed methods to uncover the less obvious dangers lurking in our workplaces.
- Prospect factcard on workplace and body mapping – simple steps to investigate risks at work
- Safety reps’ magazine Hazards has compiled DIY methods for becoming a hazards detective
For further information on health and safety, please visit our health and safety page.
Also, you can download a range of WorkSafe posters to display in your workplace.