Designing Safe Buildings

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RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) has announced that over the next twelve months they will be developing a new mandatory test for all UK Chartered Members on health and safety and building users life safety. This is, in part, inspired by the Hackitt Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety earlier this year following the Grenfell Tower fire … Read More

New Chemical Exposure Limits

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Due to their hazardous properties limits are set for the amount of certain substances that people may be exposed to at work. A workplace exposure limit (WEL) is the maximum concentration of an airborne substance averaged over a reference period which employees may be exposed to by inhalation. The HSE’s publication EH40/2005 Workplace exposure limits includes the list of substances … Read More

The Secret Life of the Office Toilet, What is Your Washroom Used For?

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All employers are required suitable welfare facilities for their workers, this includes: suitable and sufficient sanitary conveniences; suitable and sufficient washing facilities; an adequate supply of wholesome drinking water; suitable and sufficient rest facilities; and where meals are regularly eaten in the workplace, suitable and sufficient facilities for persons at work to eat meals Regulations go on to say that, … Read More

Asbestos Identified in Bunsen Burner Gauze Mats

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Gauze mats for use with Bunsen burners supplied by two UK laboratory supply companies have been identified as containing asbestos in the centre area. The HSE has issued enforcement notices to stop the supply of the asbestos containing mats and ensure that affected mats are disposed of safely. They have also issued advice for schools, colleges and others that may … Read More

Glyphosate, Cancer and the Safe Use of Weedkiller

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Recently a US court ordered Monsanto to pay $289million to a groundsman after it was claimed he had developed cancer from using glyphosate containing weed killers as part of his job at a school in California. It is expected that Monsanto will appeal this judgement. There is not the space in this article for a detailed discussion of the scientific … Read More

Avoiding Falls From Height

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The consequences of a fall from height can be severe. Figures recently released by the HSE show that while falls from height were the most common type of fatal accident at work typically accounting for around 28% of accidental deaths, they only tend to represent around 7% of non-fatal injuries (see http://www.sigersonassociates.co.uk/news/deaths-in-the-workplace-rise). What can go wrong? Looking at some recent … Read More

Reducing the Sweet Smell of Ammonia

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When released into the atmosphere ammonia can have significant effects on human health and the environment. The main source of ammonia pollution in the UK has been identified as agriculture. As part of the Government’s clean air strategy a new Code of Good Agricultural Practice (COGAP) for Reducing Ammonia Emissions has been produced by the Department for Environment Food and … Read More

New Construction Hoists Guidance

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The Construction Plant Association (CPA) has published a new technical information note that outlines the steps to be taken in assessing appropriate out-of-service wind speeds for construction hoists in the UK. Out of service wind speeds are important as they will have an effect of the stability of a hoist. You can download the new note (TIN302) and other guidance … Read More

Manual Handling and Sickness Absence

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Figures recently released by the Office for National Statistics show that, musculoskeletal problems (including back pain, neck and upper limb problems etc) were responsible for 28.2 million days lost to sickness in 2017. The figures were higher for men at 28% of days lost compared to 18.4% for women. Musculoskeletal problems can often be a result of poor manual handling … Read More

Tougher sentences for manslaughter

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Last year we reported how the Sentencing Council for England and Wales had launched a consultation on proposals on how offenders convicted of manslaughter should be sentenced in England and Wales. New guidelines, to be used from 1st November 2018, have now been launched. The guidelines cover different types of manslaughter, (manslaughter by unlawful act, gross negligence, loss of control, … Read More