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Work Related Dermatitis

Work related dermatitis can be caused by exposure to chemical agents and wet work (hands repeatedly wet for long periods). Other agents can be biological (e.g. plants or bacteria), physical (e.g. vibration) and mechanical (e.g. abrasion). Hands are most at risk, but other parts of the body can be affected. Read more

Portable Electrical Equipment

The HSE have issued new guidance for maintaining portable electrical equipment. The guidance is for managers, electricians, technicians and users and gives sensible advice on maintaining portable electrical equipment to prevent danger. Read more

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RIDDOR

From 1st October 2013 the requirements to report accidents to the HSE under RIDDOR have changed. The main changes will be to simplify the reporting requirements in the following areas:

  • The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’
  • The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease to be replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness
  • Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ will require reporting Read more
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Manslaughter

North Eastern Maritime Offshore Cluster Ltd (NEMOC) hired Allan Turnbull trading as A&H Site Line Boring & Machining to dismantle structural steelwork on the roof of a shipyard in Wallsend, Newcastle. Read more

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Student Work Experience

The HSE has issued revised guidance to employers considering offering work experience to students. The Department for Education has worked with Ofsted to publish guidance on how Ofsted will inspect Health and Safety and the Association of British Insurers is reassuring employers that they don’t have to take out special insurance policies to cover students on work experience, and that this will not in itself have an effect on annual premiums. Read more

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Drivers’ Eyesight

Specsavers Corporate Eyecare have produced free information packs to help those with fleet responsibility to ensure their employees who drive for work are fit to do so. Read more

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HSE Inspections

There has been a rise of 43% in “tip-off” based HSE inspections of businesses suspected of inadequate Health & Safety management in the past 12 months. Read more

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Workers Exposed to Asbestos

Michael Southern, owner of PMF Cladding, instructed an employee and a casual labourer to remove and replace soffit boards during refurbishment work, despite being informed by a neighbour that they were made of asbestos insulating board. Read more

Slips & Trips

Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work. On average they cause 40 per cent of all reported major injuries and can also lead to other types of serious accidents, for example falls from height. Slips and trips are also the most reported injury to members of the public. Read more