CAREERS: Worth a Look..

LUCY MAGGS

"It is the duty of every employer, so far as reasonably practicable, to ensure the health and safety and welfare at work of all his employees,

according to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Living up to this statement is a challenge for any health and safety officer, but particularly tricky for those looking after staff who often work in difficult circumstances.

This booklet gives health and safety officers employed by aid agencies a clear guide to dealing with some of the problems. It builds on the People in Aid Code, principle 7, which concerns the health, safety and welfare of staff working directly or indirectly for aid agencies and contains information from workshops run by People in Aid.

It is clearly laid out in three sections, looking at risk assessment, managing health and safety in aid agencies and a review of the legal implications of health and safety. Each section explains some straightforward steps to ensure the safety of staff. Some of the statements may seem fairly obvious to anyone, such as "aid agencies must take into account the international operational context", but overall the advice is useful.

At the beginning of the report, key comments tackling some of the most important issues have been singled out and these cross-reference to pages further on, making it easy to dip in and out of the booklet.

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