Manage dangerous substances campaign launched

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The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work have launched a two-year Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of preventing risks from dangerous substances, in particular by promoting risk assessment and providing information on practical tools and creating opportunities to share good practices. In the UK many dangerous substances are covered by the Control … Read More

Mobile cranes and the new road-worthiness rules

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Following changes to EU directives new rules came into force on 20th May 2018 which remove or modify previous exemptions from the requirement for annual roadworthiness tests for several categories of vehicle including specialised heavy vehicles, such as cranes, based on a HGV chassis. The Construction Plant Association (CPA) have now published a technical information note explaining the new requirements … Read More

Medicine, manufacturing, testing, teaching – does your work involve ionising radiation?

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Ionising radiation can be found in a number of industries including nuclear, medical and veterinary, manufacturing, engineering, non-destructive testing, research, teaching, radiography and others. Radiation is called ionising when it has sufficient energy so that when it interacts with an atom, it can remove electrons from the atom’s orbit causing it to become charged (or ionised). Workplace exposure can also … Read More

Extra flexibility for landlords’ gas safety checks

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Gas safety regulations place duties on landlords to ensure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants’ use are safe. Part of this includes making sure that an annual safety check is carried out on each gas appliance or flue and that tenants are issued with a copy of the latest safety check record. Originally the regulations required landlords to … Read More

Building safely with nano-materials

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Very small things can have particular properties that make them useful in all sorts of situations including providing water repellent coatings for glass and other materials, increasing the strength of concrete or improving the performance of insulation. As a result the use of nanomaterials in construction products has been growing. Some estimates suggest that by 2025 up to half of … Read More

Why not make assessing DSE your New Year resolution?

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Working with Display Screen Equipment (DSE) may not be the highest risk activity that is carried out in your workplace but with the proliferation of computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and other similar devices it is often the most common piece of work equipment. It is also something which is easy to overlook. The HSE state that in surveys a significant … Read More

The importance of Health & Safety training

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Training staff is a statutory requirement and an essential part of managing risk within any organisation. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 emphasises the importance of health and safety training, stating that employers must provide suitable information, instruction and training for all employees. Making sure your organisation has the correct training programme in place for all members … Read More

Does your organisation have the correct fire safety measures in place?

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Fires are a serious risk for organisations of all types. It’s up to you as the business owner/employer to take the correct precautions to keep yourself and your co-workers safe from fire hazards and protect your business in terms of property and reputation. You are responsible for fire safety in a business or other non-domestic premises if you are an … Read More