CONCERNED ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

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Coronavirus

While the risk to individuals in the UK remains low it is not unreasonable to be concerned about the global spread of the new Coronavirus following the outbreak in Wuhan, China. In the UK, as at 10th February, it has been reported that a total of 1,114 people have been tested of which 8 had tested positive and the rest … Read More

MANUAL HANDLING GUIDANCE REVISED

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Manual Handling

The HSE have published an updated version of their leaflet “INDG143 Manual Handling At Work A Brief Guide”. The leaflet is aimed at employers and gives information on the problems associated with manual handling and gives guidance and practical advice on how to reduce the risk of injury from manual handling. While the regulations and the HSE’s policies on manual … Read More

Pigs In Blankets – Risk Management

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Christmas

Christmas is a time for many things, family, tradition, joy, remembrance, food and sharing are just a few, but one thing no-one wants to share is food poisoning. Yes, I know, the health and safety people are being Christmas grumps again, but with the Food Standards Agency estimating that there are one million cases of food poisoning in the UK … Read More

CALL FOR ZERO TOLERANCE DRINK DRIVE LIMIT IN EUROPE

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Drink Driving

A recent report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) looking at progress towards reducing alcohol related road deaths published is calling for EU member states to introduce a zero tolerance level for all road users. Although it is not possible to be accurate due to differences in the way figures are collected, it has been estimated that a quarter … Read More

BEST PRACTICE GUIDE FOR TRASPORTING WIND TURBINE PARTS

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Wind farm

Wind turbines include a number of components that can be particularly large or heavy which can make transporting them a particularly hazardous and difficult task. Following a number of accidents involving the transport of wind turbine components in Europe a safety alert and a new transport best practice checklist have been issued to help with the safe transport of these … Read More

UPDATED HSE SAFE WELDING GUIDANCE

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Welding

In February 2019 the HSE issued a safety alert regarding exposure to welding fume and the measures that HSE inspectors will expect to see in place where welding is carried out. This followed scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans. … Read More

VIBRATION CLAIMS AND DUPUYTREN’S CONTRACTURE

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The most common health issues associated with exposure to vibration through the hands and arms are a range of conditions collectively known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and certain specific diseases such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Typical early symptoms of these conditions include tingling and numbness in the fingers, not being able to feel things properly, loss of strength … Read More

MOBILE OVEN CLEANING SAFETY ALERT

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Oven

Following an incident where a van exploded the HSE have issued a safety alert regarding mobile oven cleaning services. Typically, these services involve a van equipped with a dip tank to soak oven parts in hot cleaning solution at the customer’s property.  This is generally heated either electrically or using a gas burner connected to a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) … Read More

ENFORCEMENT ACTION FALLS IN 2018/19

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The latest figures issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show a fall in the number of prosecutions and notices issued for breaches of health and safety regulations in 2018/19. The HSE and local authorities can issue both improvement and prohibition notices. In the last year 11,040 notices were issued this represents a 4% decrease on the previous year. … Read More

SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS STILL TOPPING THE CHARTS

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The latest statistics from the HSE show the most common cause of non-fatal injury in the workplace was slips, trips and falls at the same level accounting for around 29% of injuries. So, what can you do to protect your workforce from becoming a statistic? Not surprisingly the precise answer will depend on your workplace and the hazards that exist … Read More