Put a spring in your step

There can be no question that safety boots are an essential part of PPE which no engineer, or anyone working on a building site or refurbishment project should be without. However, what is open to question is the level of protection your feet need and whether in fact the sheer amount and range of safety footwear available is truly necessary. Read more

RIDDOR

Do you know how to RIDDOR report?

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) reporting is a simple and straightforward procedure for any accident that needs to be reported to the HSE. The HSE have produced a guide on the RIDDOR Regulations, covering what needs to be reported, who should report the accident and how to go about it.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg453.pdf

When Glove Breaks Down

Gloves are a very good form of protection against chemical hazards, however when they fail this almost always leads to danger. It is important for anyone responsible for specifying gloves to understand the complex reasons gloves work and stop working.

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Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) Guidance

HSE is providing guidance for anyone who has duties under the COMAH Regulations 2015. The aim of the Regulations are to prevent and mitigate the effects on people and the environment of major accidents involving dangerous substances. An example of a major accident was the BP oil spill of 2010 on the Gulf of Mexico.

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COSHH Essentials

The HSE are providing COSHH Essentials which set out basic advice on what to do to control exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.

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Safety Signs and Signals Regulation Guidance

This guidance is available for employers, duty holders and others who have responsibility for the control of workplaces, sites and premises. It is also for those operating equipment that requires verbal and/or non-verbal communications.

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Sun Exposure and Skin Cancer

Practical guidance is available for protection while working in the sun, as outdoor workers could be at risk of developing skin cancer.

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Fit2Fit

Fit Testing for Respiratory Protective Equipment

Using Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is the most practical means of ensuring that workers are protected from the effects of occupational respiratory diseases. However, if the RPE doesn’t fit the wearer correctly they are not being adequately protected, therefore they are still exposed to the hazards they believe they are protected from.

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EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation

On 13 December, new legislation (the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation 1169/2011) will require food businesses to provide allergy information on food sold unpackaged, for example in catering outlets, deli counters, bakeries and sandwich bars. Read more

HSE Launch New Asbestos Campaign

HSE has launched a new campaign aimed at tradespeople, including construction workers, carpenters and painters and decorators, to give guidance on where asbestos is found and what to do and what not to do if it is found.

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