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What has happened to the new CDM Regulations?

The HSE anticipated publishing The new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations by 5 October. Here we are in mid-October, however, and the new regulations are nowhere to be seen. I was involved in the original 2007 Regulations, so I have been watching CDM 2015’s progress with interest. The answer to this question is not straightforward, […]
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Facilities managers and safety: How many hats can you wear?

In your current role have you been involved with facilities or human resources? Do logistics or operations come into your remit? What about sales and marketing, finance and contractor management? It’s a fact that many property and facilities managers have chosen this as a career, and there are a range of professional, vocational and academic […]
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Going for Gold: Olympic legacy at food and drink safety event

The Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) annual OHS exchange event was held in Birmingham last month, with the aim of sharing best practices and formalising commitments. In an industry that contributes over 16 per cent of the manufacturing workforce in the UK, the day long event encouraged speakers and attendees to adhere to the federation’s […]
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Preventing the spread of Ebola in health workers

Since the Ebola outbreak, more than 4,000 people in West Africa have died from the disease and it has started to reach countries such as Spain, Germany and the US. Transmitting the disease The Ebola virus spreads in humans through person-to-person transmission via direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) – the blood, secretions […]
Behavioural Safety

Redressing the balance between safety and productivity

Lord Cullen’s Piper Alpha report said that, “it is essential to create a corporate atmosphere or culture in which safety is understood to be and is accepted as, the number one priority”[i]. For a number of economic and competitive reasons, however, productivity is often the number one priority, not safety. It is often assumed that […]
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CDM revision: heavy burden for the Principal Designer

The HSE has announced the outcome of the CDM revision consultation which closed on 6 June 2014. Key changes to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 include the proposed replacement of the CDM co-ordinator role with that of the Principal Designer, the removal of the ‘domestic client’ exemption and a shorter “signposting” Approved Code […]
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FAQs about HAVS

Why is managing HAVS important? HAVS (hand-arm vibration syndrome) is a debilitating disease, which affects both circulation and fine nerves in the fingers, as well as being a causal factor for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It can result in pain in cold weathers and permanent loss of sensation. There is a legal duty to manage the […]
Asia

Rethinking PPE for a safer workplace

By N Venkataraman Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to protective clothing or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury. [1] PPE minimises exposure to serious workplace injuries and illnesses, which can occur by blunt impacts, electrical hazards, heat, chemicals, and infection. [2] PPE may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, […]
Americas

Asbestos: Saving lives through prevention

  While promising research continues, prevention for asbestos-related diseases remains the only cure. In the UK, exposure to asbestos caused more than 4,700 deaths in 2011. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported, “1.3 million tradespeople are at risk from dangers of asbestos”. The World Health Organisation “estimates, more than 107,000 people die each year […]
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