Vaping e-cigarettes

Vaping at work

Vaping is seen as the acceptable face of smoking, but should employers sanction it at work?
Smoking cigarettes, pipes, cigars or herbal cigarettes in indoor work places has been banned since 1 July 2007, but e-cigarettes do not burn tobacco, so the law treats them the same way as nicotine patches, gums etc. Individual organisations can ban their use in the workplace if they wish, the same as banning alcohol, hot drinks or eating in the workplace. Read more

Forward Ladies Awards Badge

Forward Ladies National Women in Business Awards

We are delighted to announce that Liz Preston, managing director of Craven Safety Services has been shortlisted in the Yorkshire, North Ease and Scotland region, SME Emerging category of the 2016 Forward Ladies National Women in Business Awards. Read more

Tom Hill House

Craven Safety Services have moved

Craven Safety Services have moved to Tom Hill House, Gargrave Road, Broughton, Skipton, BD23 3AQ.  We are delighted to have relocated onto the Broughton Estate and look forward to many years in our new office.

National Access & Scaffolding Confederation

NASC updated scaffolding guide

The NASC has launched an updated version of its user-friendly, free Scaffold Specification Template (Guide to Managing and Appointing Scaffolding Contractors).  It can be downloaded from their website http://www.nasc.org.uk/nasc-launches-updated-free-scaffold-specification-template-2/.

The Ladder Association

Ladders & Work at Height

The Ladder Association’s main message is “When it’s right to use a ladder, use the right ladder and get trained to use it safely”.

They currently have a scheme running called the Advocate Scheme, where a team of ladder experts will come out and address corporate events or meetings of trade and professional bodies whose members are regular ladder users. Read more

Health Surveillance

Health Surveillance

What exactly is health surveillance?

Health surveillance isn’t just an annual assessment, but an ongoing system of health checks for employees exposed to a specific hazard, e.g. noise, vibration, solvents etc.  Read more

Helping Great Britain Work Well campaign

The HSE has unveiled its new health and safety strategy with the emphasis on “health”. The “Helping Great Britain Work Well” strategy has been developed in a bid to ensure everyone in the workforce has a role to play in reducing the complexity of health at work.   The strategy is tailored around six themes – acting together, tackling ill health, managing risk well, supporting small employers, keeping pace with change and sharing success. Read more

Emergency lighting

Is your Emergency Lighting up to standard?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Article 14, states that “emergency routes and exits must be indicated by signs and emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of their normal lighting.”  All non-domestic buildings must have emergency lighting installed in case of fire.

But what does emergency lighting actually do? And how does it work? Read more

Asbestos fibres

Asbestos dust

What should you do if you suspect that asbestos has been disturbed?

Your first response should be to stop the disturbance and isolate the location.  In many cases isolation will be straightforward and the room or area can simply be locked.  If the space is occupied, tell employees to calmly leave the area and not to take anything with them.  Read more

sun exposure

The health risks of sun exposure

Thousands of people worldwide have been diagnosed with skin cancer due to working outside without protecting their skin.  In the most serious cases of malignant melanoma many people die, 60 per year in the UK alone. If you or your employees work out in the sun you have a legal duty to assess whether you or your employees are at risk of sun exposure. You can take action in lots of different ways –  Read more