WHEELED LOADING SHOVEL SAFETY NOTICE

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The HSE recently issued a safety notice concerning the use of wheeled loading shovels in waste and recycling facilities. This follows nine fatal vehicle-pedestrian collisions over four years involving these vehicles. Six of these were in the waste and recycling sector (the remainder involved wood chip). While wheeled loading shovels are versatile machines, driver visibility can be a problem and … Read More

PPE REGULATIONS TO BE UPDATED

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PPE

In July and August 2021, the HSE ran a consultation on proposals to extend the definition of workers that employers are required to provide with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE). Currently under the ‘Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992’ employers have a duty to provide suitable PPE to their employees who may be exposed to a risk to their … Read More

LATEST ILL HEALTH AND INJURY STATISTICS PUBLISHED

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The HSE has issued their latest annual statistics for levels of work related injury and ill health in the UK covering the period April 2020 to March 2021. Not surprisingly it is understood that these statistics have been significantly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic making comparisons with previous years difficult. The figures show that 1.7 million workers were suffering from … Read More

INTRODUCING NATASHA’S LAW

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Natasha's Law

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 of 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, while on a … Read More

HSE LAUNCH WORKING MINDS CAMPAIGN

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In normal years it is estimated that around 600,00 workers suffer from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or longstanding) and over 12 million working days are lost to these causes, making this the number one cause of employee sickness absence. With added anxiety caused by Coronavirus, it is no surprise that this is a serious issue. Recently the HSE … Read More

ENFORCEMENT ACTION FALLS IN 2020/21

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H&S Prosecutions

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 2020/21. In the latest year, 185 cases prosecuted by the HSE (or referred to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for prosecution in Scotland) resulted in a conviction for … Read More

DANGEROUS GOODS DRIVER TRAINING GUIDANCE

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Trucker

Certain materials e.g. gasses, flammable liquids and solids, explosives, radioactive, toxic, corrosive or oxidising substances can be particularly hazardous and it is important that anyone using or handling these substances has received appropriate training so that they can do their work safely. This includes when the substances are being transported by road. Driving is already a hazardous task, when dangerous … Read More

MORE NEW COVID SAFETY RULES FOR SCOTLAND AND WALES

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COVID restrictions

Last week the Welsh Government announced that from 27th December nightclubs must close and there will be a 2 metre rule on social distancing in offices and extra measures to protect customers and staff. The Welsh Government provided some more detail and brought the introduction of the new measures forward to 26th December with the announcement of a return to … Read More

TIGHTENING RESTRICTIONS ON MOBILE PHONE USE AT THE WHEEL

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Since 2003, it has been an offence for drivers to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. Offenders can face a fixed penalty notice of £200 or a fine of up to £2,500 in the magistrates’ court, as well as 6 penalty points on their licence. Mobile phones have advanced a lot since 2003 and are now capable of many … Read More

WORKING IN ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS

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Adverse conditions

Working outdoors during the winter months can present risk to those who are unprepared. Icy conditions can be extremely hazardous for pedestrians and very challenging for drivers of moving vehicles and plant, working near to water in freezing temperatures requires extra care to ensure that ice patches are not created by work activities, and snow can greatly increase dangers. If … Read More