OLD TYRE CONSULTATION LAUNCHED

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Concerns have been raised about the safety of older tyres especially when used on heavier vehicles. Earlier this year we reported that the Department for Transport was planning to consult on legislation to make it illegal for buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles and mini-buses to run with a tyre aged 10 years or over. This consultation has now been launched. … Read More

REFORMING THE BUILDING SAFETY REGULATION SYSTEM

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The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety set up following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire made various recommendations for improving the regulatory regime covering safety for high rise buildings. The Government has now launched a consultation on proposals as to how the system of building regulations will be improved. Under the new proposals 5 duty holders (client, principal … Read More

NEW GUIDANCE: WORKING PLATFORMS FOR CONSTRUCTION PLANT

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The Temporary Works Forum (TWF), a not for profit company, has published a good practice guide for the design of granular working platforms for construction plant. Construction sites often involve the use of various types of plant which will need to travel around and operate from different locations on site. Granular platforms are temporary structures, consisting of compacted granular fill, … Read More

Night Shift – Cancer Risk

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Over the years there have been a number of reports suggesting a link between shift work and increased rates of cancer, in particular breast cancer in women. One theory that has been proposed is that light at night supresses the production of the hormone melatonin which is known to have anti-carcinogenic properties. Potentially reducing the body’s ability to fight emerging … Read More

New Food Labeling Laws Due By Summer 2021

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Food Labeling

Allergies or intolerances to various substances are a part of everyday life, it is estimated that 2 million people in the UK have some form for food allergy or intolerance. While for many people an allergic reaction may be uncomfortable but not severe sometimes the consequences of consuming the wrong food can be devastating. In July 2016, 15 year old, … Read More

Hot and Bothered – Can I Stop Working?

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Temperature Regulations

With record temperatures predicted for western Europe and the summer holidays not yet begun temperature in the workplace can be a hot topic. While regulations do state that “During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable” in the UK there is no set maximum temperature for a workplace and the regulation does not apply to … Read More

UPDATING THE CONSTRUCTION HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT TEST

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CITB, the Construction Industry Training Board, have announced that with effect from 26th June 2019 there will be a significant update to the Health, Safety and Environment test to better reflect the range of day to day tasks and responsibilities on site. The test was introduced in 2001 as a way for construction workers to show they can be safe … Read More

Noise – A note worthy appeal

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Noise

While many of the articles you will find here look at health and safety regulations from the point of view of enforcement by the authorities, failures in complying with regulations are often cited in claims for compensation when someone has been injured at work. Previously we have reported on a compensation claim by a musician against the Royal Opera House … Read More

SAFETY IN STAGES – GUIDANCE FOR THEATRICAL MACHINERY

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Theatre

IOSH the (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) has launched a new online safety guide aimed at those involved in designing, manufacturing and using machinery on theatrical sets. The guide takes a checklist type approach and breaks the process down into seven stages, with links to template documents at each stage: ·         Concept, ·         Design, ·         Manufacturing, ·         Commissioning, inspection … Read More

New guidance for STIG of the dumper truck

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The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG) have launched a good practice guide for the safe use of forward tipping dumpers. These are commonly used on construction sites to move soil and material around site. There are a number of hazards associated with all types of construction plant for example collisions between moving plant and pedestrians. As well as the … Read More