Category: Health and Safety

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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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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 | 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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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

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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April 2022 | 5 min read

Accident Causation

There are almost as many theories about the causes of accidents as there are definitions of what constitutes an accident. It is difficult to determine if any of these theories has had a profound impact on accident prevention. Personal blame This is probably the earliest of the derived theories and is still commonly found in […]

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November 2021 | 2 min read

Home Is Where The Hazard Is

Children under the age of 5 are at the greatest risk so remember lots of those hazards may not present a risk to you and me, but to a child this could be a completely different story – one without a happy ending. From an adult perspective, those over 75yrs are at greatest risk of […]

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November 2021 | 2 min read

Safety Starts At Home

Due to the pandemic, more and more people have been working fully or partly from home, with employers still obliged to ensure their employee’s health, safety and welfare even when they are away from their normal place of work and working from home. We have all become familiar with the employer’s obligations to ensure a […]

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March 2021 | 3 min read

Construction Fall From Height

Two companies have been fined after a worker sustained serious injuries by falling approximately three metres through a hole cut into a floor during the refurbishment of a property at in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard how on 27 July 2017, an employee was working as a dry liner for R&B Plastering Limited, who […]

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March 2021 | 2 min read

Free PPE For All?

One of the innovations of the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 was the introduction of a new absolute requirement not only for the employer to provide personal protective equipment, but also for this to be provided free of charge. This obligation is supported by more specific requirements which appear in the Personal […]

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March 2021 | 2 min read

Fragile Roof Fatality

A roofer was fatally injured when he fell six metres whilst working on a replacement roof at a property in Kirkdale, Liverpool. Liverpool Crown Court heard how, on 22 May 2017, the roofer was completing snagging work on a replacement roof. The worker had accessed a part of the old roof made of fragile asbestos […]

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