Fire Safety And Emergency

FDIS research raises fire door concerns

Research carried out by the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) has identified issues around the effectiveness of UK fire doors in holding back smoke and flames in the event of a fire. Inspectors visited 31 sites and looked at 677 doors in the FDIS analysis. The research uncovered 2,506 faults on the fire doors inspected, […]

Office safety and first aid: don’t get caught out

Lionel Bailey outlines the key hazards in the office environment and explains how businesses can ensure they have adequate first aid provision based on industry best practice. Mitigating risks in an office environment starts with ensuring there is relevant first aid provision in the workplace. Potential hazards may not be obvious in the average office […]

Worker health protection: international human rights issue

The government has thrown its support behind the first wide-scale project to rank companies on their human rights performance. The innovative project, announced by International group Aviva Investors at the end of 2014, has also been welcomed by the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). The new corporate human rights benchmark will assess and rank the […]

Fit for Work: GPs start patient referrals

General practitioners in Sheffield have become the first GPs to refer patients to the government’s long-awaited Fit for Work. Twenty GPs in the Sheffield area started to use the referral service on 13 January. The Department for Work and Pensions envisages that the service will be rolled out across the country in the spring, building […]

Going nuclear: requirements for site safety

With nuclear power playing an increasing role in the UK’s energy supply, Craig Reiersen looks at three essential requirements for nuclear site safety. The UK government has stated that nuclear power has a role in the country’s future energy supply, alongside other low-carbon sources, and a number of companies have indicated that they wish to […]

Fire prevention: managing the human factor

Human failings and poor management often contribute to the risk of fire. Paul Stock gives an overview of the new management system PAS 7, and how it can help to reduce that risk. When people die in a fire there is always a time for conjecture and questions. With fire prevention it is often seen […]

Exposure control – the need for an integrated approach

Occupational exposure to hazardous substances continues to cause avoidable illness. HSE figures estimate that deaths from occupational cancer and other diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, outnumber those from safety failings almost 100 fold. Recent blogs from HSL colleagues have covered the use of local exhaust ventilation (LEV) and respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to […]

Just in case: does PPE make a difference?

By David Towlson In Terry Pratchett’s 26th Discworld novel, Thief of Time, two History Monks (Lu-Tze and Lobsang) are rushing to deal with an emergency involving their procrastinator machines (used to move and store time). Standard health and safety issue is a thick cork helmet. Lu-Tze hands Lobsang the helmet, and the following conversation ensues: […]
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