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Warehouse Health and Safety

There are many causes of warehouse accidents. The following will give you some idea of the areas to consider. Vehicles They are many kinds of vehicles operating in warehouses, such as pallet and forklift trucks.  All drivers should be trained in vehicle use, also warehouse safety procedures should be in place and followed. Where possible, […]

3D Printing

3D printing – Managing the Risks Evidence is now emerging about the health and safety risks associated with 3D printing.  There are various 3D printing technologies, we are just looking at Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) here. FFF printing is a process of laying down melted plastic filament in a series of layers. The adjacent layers […]

What is carbon monoxide?

What is carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels. This includes gas, oil, wood and coal. Carbon-based fuels are safe to use.  It is only when the fuel does not burn properly that excess CO is produced, which is poisonous.  Blood is prevented […]

Welding Fumes – Guest article by Craig Batty of Workplace Exposure

Change in Enforcement Expectations for Welding Fumes In February this year, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) announced a significant “change in enforcement expectations” regarding welding fumes. It comes as a result of new scientific evidence which shows that exposure to all welding fumes can cause lung cancer. The latest change in regulation means that […]

Work Related Stress

Work Related Stress Work related stress is how you feel when you have demands at work that exceed how much you feel you can cope with. Over 11 million working days are lost each year because of work related stress, and stress can contribute to conditions such as anxiety or depression.

Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

Display Screen Equipment Prolonged working with computers can be associated with neck, shoulder, back or arm pain, as well as with fatigue and eyestrain. Research has found that a high proportion of DSE workers report aches, pains or eye discomfort. These aches and pains are sometimes called Upper Limb Disorders (ULDs). These can include a […]

Working Safely with Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

The HSE have redesigned their online guidance for DSE. It now features a step-by-step guide to working safely with DSE and covers topics from workstations and assessments, to eyesight testing. Take a look at the redesigned guidance. Their website also has related resources including their free, downloadable publication Working with display screen equipment (DSE)

Skin Health

Our skin is amazing. On average it is about 1.5mm thick, contains 17km of blood vessels and is just as important for our wellbeing as a healthy heart or lungs. So it’s not surprising that the HSE has guidelines for companies on effective skin health surveillance.

Musculoskeletal Disorders

The HSE have updated their guide to Musculoskeletal Disorders (INDG143). This leaflet (previously published in 2012) provides practical guidance on reducing the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling. It helps employers comply with their duties under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.