The Health and Safety Executive Change Their Expectations Over Welding Fume Control

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Following the publication of new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer the HSE have issued a safety alert for anyone who carries out welding activities, including mild steel, in any industry. The evidence suggests that exposure to all welding fume, including mild steel welding fume, can cause lung (and possibly kidney) cancer. Based on this the … Read More

Wood Burning Thatch

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New guidance has been published on the safe use of wood burning and multifuel stoves in thatched buildings. Following reports that the growing popularity and use of wood burning and multi-fuel stoves have been responsible for an increasing number of fires in thatched roof buildings Historic England and NFU Mutual Insurance Society Ltd funded the Fire Protection Association to carry … Read More

Sedentary Work and Health

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In 2015 the HSE launched the Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC) to provide independent expert opinion on new and emerging issues in workplace health. The WHEC recently carried out a review of scientific research and published a position paper looking at the impacts on health of sedentary work. The paper finds that while sedentary lifestyles are shown to increase the … Read More

27 Recommendations for the Health & Safety Executive

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Government departments are subject to regular review and recently the Department for Work and Pensions published the findings of their latest review of the work of the HSE. Overall this latest review found the HSE is a well-respected and well-structured organisation that fulfils its statutory objectives effectively, however a number of recommendations were made. Most of the recommendations concern how … Read More

Bacteria and Legionella Testing Factsheeets

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The Water Management Society (WMSoc) has made available a number of factsheets produced by the Rapid Microbiology Industry Liaison Group. The factsheets aim to give information about a number of current rapid test kits and their potential capabilities. These can be found on the training section of the WMSoc website at: https://www.wmsoc.org.uk/legionella-training-courses/ WMSoc is a not-for-profit membership organisation providing practical … Read More

Tower Crane Safety Alert

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The HSE has issued a safety alert following the collapse of a tower crane jib in high winds. While the causes of the incident have not yet been fully established investigations so far suggest that problems with maintenance of the slew brake release mechanisms and the addition of accessories were contributing factors. The safety alert reminds tower crane owners and … Read More

Safety Standards For Lorries in London

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In 2016 the London Mayor first announced plans to improve road safety in the city by setting minimum vision standards for HGV’s driving in the city. It was initially proposed that vehicles would be given a zero to five star rating based on how much the driver can see directly from the vehicle’s cab, the more the driver can see … Read More

New Drug Driving Law for Scotland

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Traditionally it has been illegal to drive a motor vehicle in a public place while unfit through drink or drugs. Specific limits have been in place for alcohol for many years, however without specific limits it can be difficult for the authorities to show that someone is unfit to drive through drugs. Under the Crime and Courts Act 2013 the … Read More

Highway Code Updated

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) recently announced that the Highway code has been updated to provide more detailed advice on safely using remote control parking and motorway assist functions. Under mobile phones and in vehicle technology rule 149 confirms that You may park your vehicle using a legal hand-held remote control app or device but you should not put … Read More

Happy Birthday Safety Squirrel

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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) recently announced that their road safety mascot, Tufty, has reached his 65th birthday. Originally created in 1953 Tufty has helped to spread safety messages to millions of children. At their height in 1972 there were over 2 million “Tufty Club” members and 24,500 registered clubs. While he may not have been … Read More