Fire Risk Assessment

Fire safety: a third of businesses are non-compliant

According to the latest government statistics, more than a third of non-residential premises audited last year by FRAs (fire and rescue authorities) were not fully compliant with the government’s Fire Safety Order. Action was taken in 12,932 premises as a result of non-compliance with the order. The worst performers were licensed premises – only 52% […]
Chemical Hazards

Four killed at Texas chemical plant

Four workers have been killed at the DuPont chemical facility in Texas after an apparent chemical leak. Investigators from the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) are in Texas looking into the incident. A fifth worker at a DuPont plant in La Porte, Texas. The workers probably died while responding to a valve leak […]
Occupational Health

Local exhaust ventilation: not enough protection

Prof. David Fishwick’s blog on occupational asthma made a clear case for reducing inhalation exposure. This blog picks up on this theme and deals with local exhaust ventilation, the most common method of reducing inhalation risk. Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) is used to protect workers’ health by removing airborne contaminants before they enter their breathing […]
In Court

Bakery firm sentenced after worker suffers hand injury

HSE has said that proper safeguards and training could have prevented an incident on a pastry production line, during which an employee suffered serious cuts to his fingers while cleaning a machine. The incident happened at a pastry manufacturing site in Bedford, home to a UK branch of a Swedish farming group, in November 2012. […]
In Court

Companies fined for failing to provide safe machinery

Two companies have been fined for safety failings after a worker suffered serious injuries to his left hand when it was caught in a stone cutting machine. Following the prosecution the injured worker said that he hoped this case served as a reminder to other companies that safety has to be paramount. Swindon Magistrates Court […]
Legislation And Guidance

Mobile welfare unit safety regulations: are you up to speed?

Recent regulation changes have put even greater focus on the design and manufacture of all types of vehicles, including mobile welfare units. It can often be a daunting task for health and safety practitioners, plant and fleet managers to keep up with the latest regulations. And despite the fact that no company would claim to […]
Stress

Stress at work: the legal duties

The HSE defines work-related stress as an adverse reaction, caused by extensive pressures or other demands placed on people during their employment, which can lead to physical or mental ill health. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s Absence Management Survey 2013 stress at work is rising, and remains one of the most […]
In Court

House builder fined £10k for ignoring safety warnings

A construction firm has been fined after it ignored repeated warnings about safety at a building site for a row of terraced houses in Manchester. HSE said that the case should act as a warning to other firms who will find themselves in court if they fail to take action upon notices issued against them. […]
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