Guide to COSHH

In any industry that involves working with chemicals or hazardous substances, workers will invariably come across COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) symbols on the labels of bottles and containers that store dangerous substances. It is essential that these labels are understood, and that the COSHH standards are followed in the handling and storage […]

Week Commencing 12/02/2024 – In The News

£2.15m fine following recycling worker fatality HSE inspector Stephen Garner explains the background to a fatal accident at a paper recycling plant. On 30 January 2020, 32-year-old Dean Atkinson was returning from the employee welfare cabins to his workstation on the picking line at Ward Recycling’s paper recycling plant in County Durham, England. Dean needed […]

Top 10 Tips for COSHH Safety in the Workplace

Any substance with the capacity to inflict harm in any form is defined as hazardous. According to COSHH, hazardous substances are defined as those that are corrosive, explosive, toxic, or capable of oxidizing. Almost every UK workplace will use substances that pose potential health hazards. Therefore making sure that employees can recognize such substances and […]

Week Commencing 05/02/2024 – In The News

Wood dust failures lands £15k fine A manufacturing company has been fined £15,000 after exposing its own workers to wood dust and failing to comply with two improvement notices. Wood dust can cause serious and often irreversible health problems, including sino-nasal cancer, asthma and dermatitis. Employers have a legal responsibility to prevent or adequately control […]

Safety Spotlight: Asbestos Awareness and COSHH

As part of February’s Hazard of the Month, Occupational Health, we’re highlighting two key areas: Asbestos Awareness and Control of Hazardous Substances. Asbestos Awareness Asbestos exposure is one of the biggest occupational hazards to workers in the UK, with around 5000 people dying from asbestos-related illnesses every year. These diseases, such as mesothelioma and lung disease, are incurable and […]

Week Commencing 22/01/2024 – In The News

Hospital staff left with life-changing conditions Workers at Bio Decontamination Limited attended Scarborough Hospital on 18 September 2019 after being hired to carry out the decontamination of the Aspen ward. The company used ionised hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate the rooms in the ward. They failed to appropriately seal the rooms, meaning the ionised hydrogen peroxide […]

Top 10 Fire Safety Tips for the Workplace

The needs of every workplace when ensuring their fire safety needs are met are unique – however, there are some actions you can take in any workplace to improve the fire safety of your business and employees. Keep reading for our top tips! 1. Maintain Good Workplace Housekeeping Keeping a clean and uncluttered environment is […]

Fire Risk Assessments in the Workplace

A workplace fire risk assessment should be carried out and reviewed regularly in order to identify what actions are required to prevent fire and keep people safe. By carefully examining you premises and the people within them, you should be able to understand potential risks and use this information to improve your fire safety precautions. […]

Staying Safe on Site: Top 10 Tips for Construction Site Health and Safety Risk Management

Construction is a high-risk industry, both for injuries, and for ill health. Controlling these risks is paramount in protecting your workforce, and there are many different aspects to be considered – keep reading for an overview of how you can achieve effective Health and Safety risk management on site. 1. Common Health and Safety Risks […]

Lead, Lead Paint and Lead Dust Toolbox Talk

This blog can be delivered to your staff as a Toolbox Talk. If you require a specific Toolbox Talk for your workplace, please feel free to get in touch. Reason: Anyone working with lead or materials containing lead must understand the dangers. Lead is a cumulative poison and so exposure must be controlled. In extreme […]