New guidance for those handling the deceased

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There are a number of deaths in the UK each year that are related to infectious diseases in addition at time of death some people may be carrying infectious diseases that are undiagnosed or unrelated to their deaths. It is important that the risk of infection is managed for those whose work involves handling the deceased, which includes those working … Read More

Managing the heat

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Working in hot temperatures Although the Great British Summer often doesn’t result in hot temperatures (apart from this year), there will be times when the sun does come out and workers find themselves working in hot conditions. In the UK, there is no maximum temperature that a workplace is allowed to be, rather advice from the Health & Safety Executive … Read More

Standards for reporting on Health and Safety

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GRI is an American based international standards organisation which helps businesses, governments and other organisations understand and report on a wide range of sustainability issues. With support from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) a new standard was recently launched providing guidance on measuring and reporting on occupational health and safety impacts on the economy, the environment and … Read More

MPs call for FFI to be expanded to local authorities

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The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Occupational Safety and Health recently published a report looking at the enforcement of health and safety by Local Authorities. APPGs are informal cross-party groups run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords to provide a forum for the discussion and promotion of specific issues. While these groups have no official status … Read More

Scaffolding safety alert

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With the school summer holidays fast approaching the HSE have issued a safety alert reminding contractors and those in charge of construction work of the need to assess the site and ensure suitable measures are in place to prevent members of the public, especially children, from climbing scaffolds and ladders. While it may not be possible to deter the most … Read More

Bouncy castles and play inflatables: are they safe?

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Tragically bouncy castles and play inflatables have been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons, with a 3 year old girl fatally injured in an incident involving an inflatable trampoline at Gorelston in Norfolk and two people being jailed following the death of another young girl when a bouncy castle blew away at a park in Harlow, Essex … Read More

Droning on and on about safety

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Unmanned aircraft, more commonly known as drones, are becoming increasingly popular as their commercial opportunities are explored, whether these are in media and broadcasting, agriculture, delivery or monitoring and inspection applications. Used correctly drones can have benefits for health and safety for example by removing the need for people to work at height, carrying out inspections of hard to reach … Read More

Deaths in the workplace rise

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Provisional figures released by the HSE show that 144 workers died as result of work related injuries between April 2017 and March 2018 (a rate of 0.45 per 100,000 workers) an increase from the 135 workers fatally injured the previous year. Despite this increase the figure has remained broadly level over the last five years and is lower than the … Read More

Feeling the heat: too hot to work?

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With the current heatwave set to continue and the summer holidays not yet begun temperature in the workplace can be a hot topic. In the UK there is no set maximum temperature for a workplace, however regulations do require that temperature should be reasonable, exactly what is reasonable will depend on the type of workplace. Irrespective of whether the heat … Read More

Metal working fluids inspection campaign

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In a recent article we reported on new guidance issued by the HSE and the UK Lubricants Association Metalworking Fluid Product Stewardship Group and  how exposure to the fluids used in cooling and lubricating metalworking processes can result in dermatitis and irritation of the skin from direct contact with the fluid or breathing problems such as occupational asthma and irritation … Read More