Category: Health & safety alerts

  • Health & safety alerts
    23/11/2021

    Are you Managing your Workplace Transport Risks?

    Where workplace transport risks are not being correctly managed and an incident occurs the consequences for a driver or ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    27/10/2021

    Safety Notice is issued by HSE regarding the use of Wheeled Loading Shovels

    In the last 4 years there have been 9 fatal vehicle / pedestrian collisions which involved wheeled loading shovels. Six ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    18/10/2021

    Manufacturers who Produce Wood Dust as a Part of their Operations, to be next Focus for Inspections

    In an effort to reduce serious health effects to employees who are exposed to wood dust in the workplace, the Health and...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    30/09/2021

    HSE Issues Safety Alert re: Lubrication of Circuit Breakers

    Due to a catastrophic failure of an HV circuit breaker which lead to an explosion/fire, and which was lucky not to resul...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    24/09/2021

    DUST in Construction is the next Focal Point for HSE Inspectors from 4th October

    As a part of HSE’s longer term strategy to improve health within the construction industry, from Monday 4th October HS...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    23/09/2021

    Metal Working Fluids (MWF) – Are you managing them properly?

    Exposure to metalworking fluids can cause both irritation of the skin/dermatitis and lung diseases, such as occupational...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    7/09/2021

    Skin Cancer from Sun Exposure

    Comedian Sean Lock sadly passed away last month from an, as-yet undisclosed, form of cancer. His first brush with the di...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    19/08/2021

    HSE Issues Call to Farmers to Raise Safety Awareness after a Series of Farm Related Fatalities

    HSE, supported by relevant industry partners is asking farmers to review their safe working practices and raise the awar...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    12/08/2021

    Self-isolation requirements are to be removed for double vaccinated close contacts from 16th August

    Adults and children will be free to return to work, attend school, and meet friends and family as the protection from va...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    9/08/2021

    Can Trespassers Gain Access to Your Site and in Doing So, Are They at Risk of Injury?

    The HSE is not the only regulator which can bring its powers to bear on businesses that do not manage to ensure safety i...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    28/07/2021

    MHRA warns of Inaccurate Infrared Thermometers

    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a warning to both the general public and healt...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    26/07/2021

    Ventilation and Air Conditioning in the Workplace

    Providing good ventilation in the workplace is considered to be a key factor in helping to reduce viral infection within...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    14/07/2021

    Re-opening your Workplace with COVID in mind

    Firstly, it is important that employers recognise that COVID-19 has not gone away and person-to-person contact is still ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    11/06/2021

    Do You Have Forklift Trucks in Your Workplace?

    Recent prosecutions demonstrate that workplace transport accidents where forklift truck use is involved are still occurr...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    21/05/2021

    Mental Health in the Workplace

    Last week was Mental Health week so we thought that this would be a good time for you to look at what you do as a compan...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    11/05/2021

    Fee For Intervention (FFI) Increases to £160.00 per Hour

    Since 2012 when the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) first instigated its Fee for Intervention Scheme (FFI) at £124....

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  • Health & safety alerts
    26/04/2021
    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    April 28th 2021        This year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work campaign focuses on strategies to stre...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    26/04/2021

    Plumbing Suppliers and Contractor Found Guilty After Building Collapse

    The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigated after a building undergoing work collapsed, with debris falling int...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    21/04/2021

    Fire Safety

    The fire at Grenfell Tower represented the greatest loss of life in a residential fire in the UK since the Second World ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    16/04/2021

    Workers Exposed to Dermatitis Risk

    An engineering company has been fined £20,000 incl of costs for failing to control the risk of its employees developing...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    23/03/2021

    It Has Been One Year Since the Beginning of the First COVID-19 Lockdown

    This time last year we entered the first national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, today we reflect on the toll...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    8/03/2021

    Register to order Coronavirus tests for your employees.

    COVID-19: All businesses in England to be given rapid coronavirus tests free of charge. COVID test kits will be made av...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    23/02/2021

    Upcoming Enforcement Visits to Fabricated Metal Businesses

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has written to fabricated metal businesses across the UK to check that they are ma...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    8/02/2021

    Register to Order Coronavirus Tests for your Employees.

    Rapid tests will be offered to workplaces with more than 50 employees in an effort to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Th...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    29/01/2021

    COVID-19 Tests and Isolation Explained

    There are 2 main types of test currently being used to detect if someone has COVID-19: Polymerase Chain Reaction (P...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    25/01/2021

    Health and Safety Spot Checks and Inspections During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Enforcement officers are out and about, carrying out spot checks and inspectio...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    11/01/2021

    COVID-19 Response to a Positive Test Result

    When to Isolate: Introduction: In line with UK Government guidelines, if an employee or worker has had contact at work...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    23/12/2020

    Christmas Tree Lights Banned because of Portable Appliance Testing (PAT.)

    A property management firm responsible for three Lancashire Jobcentres advised the Department for Work and Pensions that...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    21/12/2020

    New Tier 4 level – STAY AT HOME – what does it mean?

    The Government announces a new level of restriction for certain areas to be in place from 20th December. Employers do n...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    21/12/2020

    Jobcentre Staff Banned from Sticking Christmas Decorations on the Ceiling.

    Jobcentre staff were banned from sticking Christmas decorations on the ceiling - in case they fell and injured themselve...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    18/12/2020

    Brownies and Guides Banned from Singing Carols in Shopping Centre – because of “Health and Safety” Risk.

    The Marlowes centre in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire banned Brownies and Girl Guides from putting on a carol concert fo...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    17/12/2020

    Christmas Decorations Banned from Village Centre because of “Health and Safety.”

    A small Kent village had lost its festive spirit before Christmas had even got started in 2019, after the council banned...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    15/12/2020

    A City Council Banned its Staff from Putting up Christmas Decorations

    A city council banned its staff from putting up Christmas decorations on their office walls because it breaches ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    8/12/2020

    “Health and safety” killjoys force Santa to wear a seatbelt in his sleigh.

    Every Christmas Eve Santa whizzes around the world at top speed, without incident. But Santa's unblemished driving reco...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    16/11/2020

    Company fined after forklift truck fatality

    A pallet transport company has been fined after a forklift driver was killed when his forklift overturned. Mr Regina...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    9/11/2020

    £40,000 fine after care home death fall

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dunkeld has been fined for health and safety failings which led to the death of a vulnerab...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    5/11/2020

    What a face covering is?

    In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mou...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    3/11/2020

    Liverpool to be regularly tested for Coronavirus in first whole city testing pilot

    Tests will be provided through a partnership between Liverpool City Council, NHS Test and Trace and the Ministry of Defe...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    19/10/2020

    Fine for manufacturer after serious injuries to worker

    Emtelle UK Limited, a manufacturer of plastic tubing and blown fibre tubing for telecoms and water piping, has been fine...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    9/10/2020

    Construction Health Inspection Initiative – October 2020

    Health and Safety Executive (HSE) There have been big improvements over recent years in reducing the number and rate of...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    20/07/2020

    New Plans to Ensure Pubs, Restaurants and Cafes Offer Both Smoking and Non-Smoking Outdoor Options

    People using pubs, restaurants and cafes will soon have greater freedom to choose non-smoking outdoor areas following an...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    15/07/2020

    Face Coverings to be Mandatory in Shops and Supermarkets from 24th July

    Under new rules, people who do not wear a face covering will face a fine of up to £100, in line with the sanction on pu...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    8/07/2020

    HSE Urges Businesses to Become COVID-Secure

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is calling for businesses in Great Britain to make sure they’re COVID-secure as ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    26/06/2020

    Restarting Workplace Pressure Systems Safely During the Coronavirus Outbreak

    This guidance is for employers who use pressure systems in their workplace including those working in manufacturing, and...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    23/06/2020

    Air Conditioning and Ventilation During the Coronavirus Outbreak

    Air conditioning The risk of air conditioning spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace is extremely low. Yo...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    22/06/2020

    Air Suspension Systems on Vehicles

    HSE has investigated several serious incidents involving air suspension systems on vehicles. The two main causes are col...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    11/06/2020

    Use of Face Masks Designated KN95

    Introduction A substantial number of face masks, claiming to be of KN95 standards, provide an inadequate level of prote...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    29/05/2020

    COVID-19 Temporary Relaxation of the Enforcement of the EU and GB Drivers’ Hours Rules: All Sectors Carriage of Goods by Road

    The Department for Transport introduced a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of both the EU and ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    19/05/2020

    Is the Covid-19 Shutdown Putting Your Workers at Additional Risks from Legionnaires’ Disease?

    Legionellosis – is the collective name given to the pneumonia-like illness caused by the legionella bacteria, includi...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    18/05/2020

    Statement From the UK Chief Medical Officers on an Update to Coronavirus Symptoms: 18 May 2020

    New information about coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms has been announced. From today, all individuals should self-iso...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    12/05/2020

    New Guidance Launched to Help get Brits Safely Back to Work

    New ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines are available to UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    1/05/2020

    Musculoskeletal Disorders – How to Keep Britain’s Backbone in Good Health During the Pandemic

    The Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry is being pushed to its limits, with many manufacturers and suppliers repo...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    23/04/2020

    Advice to Distribution Centres and Other Sites on Maintaining Social Distancing for Drivers

    Loading and unloading goods vehicles can put drivers and other workers at risk. It is important to consider all risks to...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    17/04/2020

    RIDDOR Reporting of COVID-19

    You must only make a report under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    16/04/2020

    Carrying Out Thorough Examination and Testing of Lifting and Pressure Equipment During the Coronavirus Outbreak

    Introduction An emerging consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is the challenges faced by commerce and ind...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    6/04/2020

    Coronavirus Update: A Joint Statement between the HSE, TUC and CBI

    This is an extremely worrying time for firms and workers. We know many workers, union reps and employers have questions ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    3/04/2020

    First Aid Cover and Qualifications during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    If first aid cover for your business is reduced because of Coronavirus or you can’t get the first aid training you nee...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    27/03/2020

    Fit Testing Face Masks to Avoid Transmitting Infection During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

    HSE updates its guidance regarding RPE and face fit testing. A fit test should be carried out before people wear RPE ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    25/03/2020

    Performing Health or Medical Surveillance During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

    Do you already provide health / medical surveillance for employees? Are you concerned with how to continue to manage ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    19/03/2020

    Drivers – Welfare Regulations and Drivers Hours

    Are you restricting a delivery drivers’ access to welfare facilities in your premises when they visit as part of their...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    21/02/2020

    Exposure Limits Revised

    Do you carry out building refurbishments, run a bakery, have a woodworking shop, carry out welding activities or fabrica...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    11/02/2020

    Does Your Company Lease Your Premises? Part 3

    Questions which are often raised with Consultants are: Does a commercial landlord have any legal responsibilities f...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    31/01/2020

    Does Your Company Lease Your Premises? Part 2

    Questions which are often raised with Consultants are: Does a commercial landlord have any legal responsibilities f...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    27/01/2020

    Does Your Company Lease Your Premises? Part 1

    Questions which are often raised with Consultants are: Does a commercial landlord have any legal responsibilities f...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    18/11/2019

    DRIVING FOR WORK – On The Road

    More than a quarter of all road traffic incidents involve someone who is driving for work (Department of Transport).  I...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    31/10/2019

    Risk Assessment – Are You Complying with the Legal Requirement?

    All employers are legally required to make a ‘suitable and sufficient assessment’ of the risks to their employees’...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    30/09/2019

    Working at Height

    There are three main reasons for providing a safe and healthy working environment, (possession of morals, the fact that ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    2/09/2019

    Company and Director Sentenced After Multiple Workers Diagnosed With Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

    A company providing specialised services in drilling, and its director, have been sentenced after a number of workers we...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    12/08/2019

    Health and Safety Executives Statistics 2018-2019

    A total of 147 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2018/19. Although this represents an increase of 6 fatali...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    29/07/2019

    Employer Sentenced After Worker Severed Three Fingers – 17th July 2019

    Andrew Gibson has been given a suspended jail sentence for safety breaches after a worker suffered life changing injurie...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    5/07/2019

    Maintenance Failings Blamed for Death in Wolverhampton

    A company which admitted breaching health and safety laws after a woman was killed by debris blown off a building roof b...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    25/06/2019

    Health and Safety Executive Dust Inspections

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have announced new rounds of dust control inspections, which will take place over ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    15/05/2019

    HSE Issue Safety Alert Regarding Platform Lifts (vertical lifting platforms or lifts for people with impaired mobility)

    If you own or use a platform lift within your premise to allow persons with impaired mobility access or are responsible ...

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  • Health & safety alerts
    11/02/2019

    Change in Enforcement Expectations for Welding Fume

    Introduction: There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mi...

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