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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

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

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

The Invisible Risks

Health risks do not seem to receive enough attention when it comes to managing the risk. This may be due to the fact that the consequences of exposure to some harmful agents are not often visible.

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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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