Work at height rescue planning

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The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG) has published new guidance on the rescue of persons from MEWPs (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms). Whenever such equipment is used there is always the risk of persons in the work platform becoming stranded at height e.g. due to malfunction, breakdown or an outside influence and it is essential that plans are put in … Read More

Setting a limit for diesel exhaust emissions

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The European Parliament has announced that an agreement has been reached to set workplace exposure limits for diesel engine exhaust emissions and five additional carcinogens: trichloroethylene, 4,4-methylenedianiline, epichlorohydrine, ethylene dibromide and ethylene dichloride. Currently diesel exhaust emissions are considered to be hazardous to health and the HSE recommends that employers have in place suitable control measures to minimise exposure, however … Read More

Reforming RIDDOR

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The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 require employers and others to report and keep records of work related accidents causing death or certain serious injuries, certain occupational diseases, and certain dangerous occurrences / near misses. As part of the legislation the HSE is required to carry out a review and produce a report within five years … Read More

Lets talk about stress

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Latest statistics released by the HSE show that around 595,000 workers were reported to be suffering from work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18, leading to 15.54 million lost working days. This represents over half of all working days lost due to ill health. The main sources of stress, anxiety or depression were identified as workload (44% of cases), … Read More

Health and safety progress in Northern Ireland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) recently published their latest annual report. The report shows the number of fatal work related injuries in Northern Ireland fell from 16 to 11 in 2017/18 a drop of 31%, the largest number of fatalities was in the agricultural sector with 7 deaths. The number of major injuries increased by 27% … Read More

Food allergen information: what do you need to know?

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Recently there have been a number of stories in the news about food allergens and labelling. It is estimated that around 2 million people in the UK have a food allergy (1-2% of adults and 5-8% of children) and many more have food intolerances. Even a tiny amount of a food ingredient that a person is sensitive to can produce … Read More

Fewer prosecutions; bigger fines

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The latest figures released by the HSE show that a verdict was reached in 517 cases prosecuted by the HSE (or the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service in Scotland) in 2017/18 a fall from 612 cases in 2016/17. Of those cases a conviction for at least one offence was reached in 493 (95% of cases) leading to £72.6million in fines … Read More

Discovering safety

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The HSE and the University of Manchester are starting work on an ambitious new programme called Discovering Safety. The programme aims to use using new insights from data and novel analytical techniques to improve health and safety on a global scale through education, practical improvement initiatives and commercial tools and services. Phase 1 of the programme is about to start … Read More

Counting the cost of injury and ill health

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Latest statistics released by the HSE show that the annual cost of work related injury and new cases of ill health in Britain was £15 billion of this approximately £9.7billion related to new cases of work related ill health. This annual cost has been broadly level since 2009/10. The two most common types of work related ill health were musculoskeletal … Read More

Appeal launched in Opera House hearing loss case

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In May we reported how judgement had been awarded against the Royal Opera House following a claim by a musician that their hearing had been damaged by a particularly loud rehearsal in 2012. It has now been reported that the Royal Opera House has been granted permission to appeal this judgement. It is expected that the appeal will be heard … Read More