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The types and importance of warning signs

The black and yellow warning signs that we see displayed in different places play an important role in our lives. They protect us from many potentially hazardous situations.

Regardless of the hazardous place, it is always the responsibility of someone to warn all parties concerned about the hazard…

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Guidance - Using work equipment safely

Following a number of recent news items about prosecutions for machinery related workplace injuries, I'd like to remind my visitors that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides valuable advice on what you can do to eliminate or reduce the risks from work equipment.

The HSE's free-to-downl…

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Using work equipment safely

Following the prosecution of a company after a maintenance engineer was crushed, I'd like to remind my visitors that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides valuable advice on what you can do to eliminate or reduce the risks from work equipment.

The HSE's free-to-download guidance Using wo…

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EH40 Workplace exposure limits

The new edition of EH40 takes account of new substances and workplace exposure limits (WELs) introduced in 2007 and 2011.

Find out more and buy/download the new edition here.

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iPhone first aid app available free

St John Ambulance has officially announced its first aid iPhone app is now free to download. The app, which gives life saving advice, has already proved to be the difference between life and death.

Launched last year, the ‘St John Ambulance First Aid’ app has now been downloaded by nearly 43,000 peop…

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Gas safety in winter

gas fireWith the cold weather setting in, many households will be relying on gas boilers and gas fires to keep their family warm this winter. This increased usage can put pressure on gas appliances and could lead to them breaking down when they are needed the most.

It’s vital that everyone has their gas ap…

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NASC has released new Video Toolbox Talks

The NASC has recently released two Video Toolbox Talks to help explain and educate those working with scaffolding contractors on certain particular issues which are frequently misunderstood.

The two new videos are:

Explaining Scaffold Handover Certificates and Scaffold Inspections 
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Fall hazards in unusual places — what you don’t know CAN hurt you

This post was written by Rigid Lifelines, a leading provider of fall protection solution and OSHA fall protection information. They provide anything from a simple fall arrest harness, to a more comprehensive system.

Many fall hazards are obvious to even the untrained eye. Unenclosed elevated walkwa…

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Guidance: The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2011

The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2011 came into force on 24th October 2011.

These Regulations transpose Directive 2010/35/EU on transportable pressure equipment in Great Britain and Northern Ireland (repealing Council Directives 76…

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Using work equipment safely

Following the prosecution of a food business following the loss of a worker's hand due to the removal of safety guarding on machinery, it's worth pointing out that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides valuable advice on what you can do to eliminate or reduce the risks from work equipmen…

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Resources: Healthy Workplaces Magazine

This Magazine is part of the resources produced to support the European Campaign on Safe Maintenance. The articles in the Magazine demonstrate the wide range of maintenance related issues that have an impact on maintenance safety and more generally on safety and health at work. These include, am…

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Using work equipment safely

Following the prosecution of a farmer where a worker's fingers were severed, it's worth pointing out that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides valuable advice on what you can do to eliminate or reduce the risks from work equipment.

The HSE's free-to-download guidance Using work equipment s…

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Prevention of infection and communicable disease control in prisons and places of detention

This document from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) provides guidance for healthcare workers and other staff who work in prisons and places of detention. The manual provides advice on specific infections and dealing with outbreaks, key points on immunisation and vaccination and guidance on infecti…

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HSE: Tips on tackling 6 causes of work-related stress

Addressing work-related stress doesn't have to cost the earth; often it's about identifying practical solutions after assessing the possible causes.

Based on the 6 risk factors included in the Management Standards, this document allows you to check if you're doing enough to address the causes of …

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Forklift guidance

forklift_imageFollowing news of a man being killed in a forklift incident, it's worth pointing out that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides valuable advice for anyone making use of forklift trucks in the workplace.

The HSE's free-to-download guidance 'Safety in working with lift trucks' states that…

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Young people at work

Following news of a child who suffered burns working on a farm, it's worth pointing out that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides excellent advice for anyone employing young people.

"Young people, especially those new to the workplace, will encounter unfamiliar risks from the jobs they wil…

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Free health and safety guidance

Don't forget to check out the free guidance available on the Health and Safety News home page.

There is a section in the right-hand column containing many useful guidance documents which can be downloaded free of charge.

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Chemical firm sentenced over finger loss

Ineos Enterprises Ltd. has been prosecuted for ignoring basic safety guidelines after a maintenance worker seriously injured his right hand at a Runcorn factory.

The 58-year-old worker lost his ring finger and suffered damage to his middle and little finger after his gloved hand was pulled into mach…

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Free Business Advice Open Days

Business Advice Open Days is a cross government support roadshow dedicated to providing FREE information and support. It will be useful to you if you are already running a business or if you are just thinking of starting one.

You can find out about your legal obligations, learn about recent develop…

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First Aid Resources

The health and safety links page has been updated. One of the new additions is a link to some useful First Aid Fact Sheets available on the Aid Training website.

EDIT 25/11/13 - Aid Training link removed at request of site owner

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