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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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June 2022 | 4 min read

Nebosh H&S Diploma for H&S Professionals – Join our success

The Nebosh Diploma is the flagship of NEBOSH when launched in 1988, was the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals. The National Diploma is recognised and reliable and over 13200 learners have achieved the qualification since its introduction. We launched the new Diploma in September 2021. This is […]

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June 2022 | 2 min read

Identifying Alcohol Issues

Defining a “drinking problem” is not easy, but most will accept that it refers to an over-reliance on alcohol to the point that it starts to impair the health, work and social functioning of an individual. Such problems are often referred to as “alcohol misuse” and are common across all age groups. There are many […]

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April 2022 | 2 min read

Setting Your Health And Safety Policy

If the stated target for an organisation is simply to meet legislative requirements, then failure to meet the organisational aims means, by definition, that the law is also being breached. However, if the organisation sets a target for performance above the legal minimum, then shortfall in performance (which is fairly likely in the early days […]

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April 2022 | 3 min read

Thames Water Prosecution

On 24 and 25 July 2016, an estimated 500,000 litres of raw sewage was discharged into the Seacourt and Hinksey streams in Oxford. The discharge lasted 30 hours. It flowed for 3.5 kilometres along the streams, through a pub garden and past community allotments. The discharge was thought to be responsible for killing 3000 fish […]

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April 2022 | 3 min read

HSG65 The H&S Management System

There are many different systems based on different standards, some covering health and safety, quality and or the environment. They are in the main based around Plan, Do, Check and Act. In 2013 the HSE moved away from using the POPMAR (Policy, Organising, Planning, Measuring performance, Auditing and Review) model of managing health and safety […]

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