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April 2024 | 17 min read

Human Factors in Health and Safety

The HSE model within HSG48 Human factors in safety gives three factors which may impact on human behaviour. These could contribute to mistakes, violations and accidents or equally reduce the likelihood of human failure resulting in an injury or accident. Organisational factors such as the quality of the H&S leadership, having a proactive H&S approach […]

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February 2024 | 6 min read

HSE Takes Action on Falsified ND Testing

To ensure welds and other materials are free from internal and external damage, a range of non destructive tests can be carried out. Some highlighting external imperfections others using Xray’s and Gamma Rays to look deep into the material structure. The HSE has flagged a few cases recently where the testing which has been undertaken […]

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February 2024 | 3 min read

Health Surveillance in Health and Safety

Health surveillance Essentially, a health surveillance programme is a series of ongoing checks on employees to establish a baseline and ensure that their work is not adversely affecting them. Health surveillance aims to provide early identification of potential ill health. The data collated enables employers to implement better controls to prevent the development or exacerbation […]

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February 2024 | 6 min read

What to Expect When A H&S Auditor Calls

What is a H&S audit? According to ISO 45001:2018, “an audit is a systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining audit evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which the audit criteria are fulfilled”. Simply put, the auditor will want to gain objective evidence that highlights whatever your organisation says it is […]

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February 2024 | 6 min read

HSE Launches Asbestos Campaign (Again)

The dangerous material was banned from construction 25 years ago BUT Asbestos may still be present in buildings built before 2000. Buildings that people use in their daily lives, such as workplaces, schools and hospitals are the focus of a new campaign to keep people safe from asbestos. Asbestos: Your Duty was launched in January, […]

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October 2022 | 3 min read

COSHH Assessments

The route of entry into the body Chemical classification, categories of harm and risk phrases Ill health effects: acute/chronic/target organs/ local agents Chemical and physical properties Solubility Synergistic effects (see below) Amount used Does the substance have a workplace exposure limit (WEL)? The health effects caused by hazardous substances can be broadly divided into three […]

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September 2022 | 3 min read

Managing Alcohol Use in the Workplace

Alcohol and drug misuse is everyone’s concern. In the context of work, not only does it damage the misuser’s health and potentially increase the risk to all workers’ health and safety, but it can cost employers through absenteeism and reduced productivity. There are well-documented links between alcohol and drug use, prescribed or not. The risks […]

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June 2022 | 4 min read

Look Out For Eating Disorders

Eating disorders, such as excessive, compulsive or binge eating, anorexia, bulimia and dieting failure, affect millions of people of all ages and from all walks of life. An eating disorder is a complex mental health problem and stems from both emotional and psychological distress which results in an obsessive relationship with food. The ability to […]

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June 2022 | 2 min read

Promoting Wellbeing in Construction

In one of its latest news bulletins, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has drawn attention to the work of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity. The only organisation of its kind providing mental, physical and financial wellbeing support to the construction community and their families, the charity runs a confidential 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline and […]

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June 2022 | 2 min read

Are Your Assessments Suitable and Sufficient?

Substance use It is not just about the substance but the assessment needs to consider factors associated with its use. What is the substance being used for? How is the substance used or applied? How could exposure occur? How often is the substance used? How long is the substance used for? How many times is […]

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June 2022 | 3 min read

Assessing The Risks Of Chemicals

Despite have specific legislation requiring the assessment of hazardous substances since 1988 employers small and large still often lack assessments of the risks their employees face when working with or being exposed to a chemical or biological agent. The relevant law develops the basic requirement within the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to […]

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June 2022 | 2 min read

Another Hand Arm Vibration Prosecution

Lancashire County Council has been fined after several employees carrying out work in the highways department developed a debilitating nerve condition as a result of failure to control exposure to vibration. Manchester Magistrates’ Court recently heard that, in February 2019, HSE received a RIDDOR report from Lancashire County Council, relating to the diagnosis of a […]

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