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Prize Draw

Photo shows the cover of the book Health and Safety, Environment and Quality AuditsWhen @HealthSafety passed 9,000 Twitter followers, it seemed like a great opportunity to plan a prize draw as a quick way to say thanks to all of our followers. So, once we reach 10,000 followers, one follower will be chosen at random to receive a copy of Stephen Asbury and Peter Ashwell's book Heal…

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Chemical firm fined following explosion at Widnes plant

Photo shows the damaged roof where the explosion took placeA chemical firm has been fined after a hydrogen explosion blew a vessel lid through a factory roof, leaving a worker with minor injuries.

Catalloy Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident at its plant on Moss Bank Road in Widnes on 25 November 2011. The …

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New Links

Some recent additions to HealthSafetyNews.co.uk include a link to Lab Safety 101 on the main links page and to Earthworks-Jobs on the safety jobs page.

Lab Safety 101 is an excellent resource, aimed at students, which provides an introduction to general lab safety; safety advice for working with …

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What you need to know about fire safety in the workplace

Photo shows firefighters tackling a fireFire safety is an issue that no firm can afford to ignore. If you let risk management standards slip when it comes to this issue, the consequences could be disastrous for your personnel, premises, finances and reputation. The fact is, the majority of blazes are preventable, as long as you adopt the …

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A guide to racking safety

Photo shows racking in a warehouseRacking safety should never be overlooked. And yet, because racking is something which is used everyday, it is easy for businesses to get complacent. This is something that happens to SMEs and multinationals alike. So whether you’re a startup entering distribution for the first time, or a warehousin…

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What you need to know about portable appliance testing (PAT)

Image shows the plug of a portable appliance near an electrical socketUnder the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, dutyholders (employers and self-employed people) are legally required to ensure that electronics with the potential to cause injury are maintained in a safe condition, so far as is reasonably practicable. Dutyholders are jointly responsible for equipme…

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Workplace fitness

Photo shows office workers using the stairsFor many modern professionals, there’s a frustrating irony to their hard work--their fast- paced, high energy jobs actually prevent them from being active and healthy. While one might think high stress would equal high energy output--and thus, a fine-tuned physique--the World Health Organization s…

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Is your business doing its bit to protect the environment?

Photo shows lots of paper around a waste paper binThe role, and education of, environmental protection is something that shouldn’t be limited to schools, science labs, or left solely down to the general public. According to the UN, the world's 3,000 biggest firms cause around $2.2 trillion worth of environmental damage - when you consider that th…

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Child loses fingertips in Rochdale park gate

Photo shows the gate where the childs fingers were severedRochdale Metropolitan Borough Council was fined for safety failings after a child had two fingertips severed when they were trapped in a gate at a playpark designed for children under 11 years old.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard how the two-year-old boy trapped his fingers in an external gate …

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Annual workplace injuries 2014/15

safety and health infographic showing annual workplace injury statistics for 2014/15

This infographic was produced using statistics from provisional data released by the Health and Safety Executive. Further details can be found here.

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Éliminer les brûlures sur le lieu de travail

Photo shows a man sampling liquidThis article is also available in English.

Les brûlures sont souvent négligées comme lésion liée au travail, mais elles se produisent par milliers chaque année et dans plusieurs domaines professionnels. Alors que les brûlures sont moins fréquentes que les blessures par glissement et par chutes ou…

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Using technology to create a sustainable business environment

Photo shows a group of office workers looking at a computerCreating a sustainable workplace can be easily achieved in various ways, especially with modern technology such as software automation. The integration of technology into the work environment improves the safety and health of employees. One way to safeguard your employees, assets, and products is by…

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Eliminate burns in the workplace

Photo shows a chef in a hot kitchenBurns are often overlooked as a workplace-related injury, but occur by the thousands each year and in several occupational fields. While burn injuries are less common than slip and fall injuries or sprains and strains, according to a study conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administrati…

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Lincolnshire transport and storage firm fined for forklift fatality

Photo shows Jonathan Newham who was killed in the forklift truck incidentA Lincolnshire transport and storage firm has been prosecuted after a father-of-two died when a metal frame being loaded onto a lorry trailer fell on top of him.

Jonathan Newham, 52, of Skegness, died in hospital from head and chest crush injuries following the incident at George H Kime and Co Lt…

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Be CO safe at work

picture shows how to identify a problem with a gas flameToxic to humans, carbon monoxide (or CO) is an extremely poisonous gas caused by unsafe gas appliances. Dubbed the ‘Silent Killer’ as it’s colourless, tasteless and odourless, it has claimed the lives of many thousands of people. In fact, it is estimated that around 50 people die each year from …

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Safety Media to Launch New Health and Safety Software

image for the safety & health expo in London between 16 and 18 June 2015Safety Media will be unveiling exciting new LMS software at the upcoming Safety & Health Expo at London’s ExCel over the 16th-18th of June.

Built into the learning management system will be new Incident Reporting, Risk Assessment and Audit Reporting modules. These will enable businesses to asse…

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London construction firm fined for dangerous basement excavation

Photo shows dangerous basement excavationLondon construction company Darma Limited has been fined after an unannounced inspection from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found dangerous conditions on a basement excavation site. 

The inspection of the site on Filmer Road in Fulham was carried out during a clampdown on poor safety con…

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Free asbestos awareness workshops in Lancashire

Image from the HSE Asbestos, the Hidden Killer campaignFree workshops are being run across Lancashire to help small businesses better prevent the risk of exposure to asbestos.

Construction companies and small businesses are invited to attend one of six free half day events so they are aware of how they can avoid work that may disturb asbestos. This w…

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Major Workplace Disasters

Research indicates that since the Introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act in 1974, fatal injuries to employees have fallen by 87%, and reported non-fatal injuries have fallen by 77%.

However, recent figure provide evidence that 153 workers have a work-related accident every 53 seconds i…

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What you need to know about the new 2015 health and safety legislation

Photo shows a representation of JusticeIt was back in 2011 when the UK government commissioned a review of health and safety legislation by Professor Löftstedt. Despite the fact that Professor Löftstedt concluded no real modifications were required, the government tasked the Health and Safety Executive Executive (HSE) with evaluating and…

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