Tag: occupational health

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 01/01/2024 – In The News

Japan jet crash: How crew pulled off flawless evacuation from plane inferno  Passengers dashed to the emergency exits of a burning Japan Airlines jet without their hand luggage, in compliance with the flight crew’s instructions. The simple act of leaving their valuables behind would be a “major factor” behind the speed of the evacuation, with […]

Week Commencing 20/11/2023 – In The News

Time to tackle “plague” of work accidents and ill health, says new IOSH President The new President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is calling on the profession to challenge itself to develop new ways of tackling the “unacceptably high” number of work-related deaths, fatalities and ill health.   With an estimated […]

Week Commencing 16/10/2023 – In The News

Northwich furniture company fined over multiple wood dust failures A Northwich furniture company has been fined £16,000 after it repeatedly failed to protect its employees from exposure to wood dust. Pineland Furniture Ltd, based on Witton Street in the Cheshire town, was inspected by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on two separate occasions over […]

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 […]

Week Commencing 09/10/2023 – In The News

Woodworking company fined for dust exposure A Norfolk woodworking company has been fined £25,000 for failing to control its employees’ exposure to wood dust. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection of The Joinery Yard Limited at Sweet Briar Road industrial estate, Norwich in November 2019 identified failings in the company’s control measures to prevent […]

ISO 45001: Occupational Health & Safety Compliance

A formal management system can help businesses ensure a safe and healthy workplace by providing a structured framework to follow. Most businesses follow the HSE Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) system, recommended by the HSE through HSG65. However, some high-risk businesses require more stringent control around health and safety. ISO 45001 is an international standard, […]

What Are the Risks of Lone Working?

Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, employers must manage the risk to lone workers. Risks that affect lone workers in particular include workplace violence, the effects of stress, and medical conditions or accidents. Keep reading to learn more about how to protect your lone workers. Why are lone workers at risk […]

Managing Drug and Alcohol Misuse in the Workplace

Drug and alcohol misuse can cause a serious risk in the workplace, not only to the individual’s own physical and mental health, but also to those around them if they are employed in a safety-critical role. A recent study from 2022 found an increased rate of alcohol and recreational drug use during the summer months […]

Week Commencing 05/06/2023 – In The News

Woodworking businesses targeted on HSE inspections to tackle occupational lung disease Many woodworking businesses are ‘endangering workers’ lives’ by not implementing measures required to prevent or control exposure to wood dust says the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Supported by HSE’s Dust Kills campaign, which provides free advice to businesses and workers on the control […]