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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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HSE welcomes Löfstedt review

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has welcomed the publication of the Löfstedt review.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling commissioned the independent review in March 2011 and appointed Professor Ragnar Löfstedt - Director of the King's Centre for Risk Management at King's College, London - to …

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Lincoln University fined for asbestos failings

Lincoln University has been fined for putting staff, students and contractors at risk of exposure to asbestos.

The failings came to light on 24 February 2010 when a lecturer became trapped in a room after a door lock broke. She enlisted the help of a colleague to release her and once freed, they n…

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Cambridgeshire stonemasonry business fined after poor practice spotted on BBC television programme

A Cambridgeshire stonemasonry business has been fined over dangerous stone dust after the firm appeared on a BBC television programme.

Atelier 109 Limited, of Main Road, Etton, near Peterborough, featured in March 2010 in the BBC2 series, Mastercrafts, presented by Monty Don - but an eagle-eyed v…

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HSE challenges construction industry to learn from London 2012

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is challenging the construction industry to learn from the London 2012 construction project and improve the safety record of one of the most dangerous occupations in Britain.

The HSE's Leadership and Worker Involvement on the Olympic Park research, published…

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Healthy Workplaces European Campaign on Safe Maintenance

During 2010-2011, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is helping promote safe and healthy workplaces by encouraging an integrated and structured approach to maintenance.

Maintenance is a process that affects every area of safety and health. Poor standards and a failure to keep working environm…

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Warning after asbestos kills man 43 years on from accident

A Yorkshire man survived an industrial accident in 1965 only to die 43 years later because he was not protected from asbestos particles in the aftermath, his family has revealed.

Ken Hoggett worked at the giant Ferrybridge power station when three cooling towers collapsed in 100mph winds.


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Health and Safety Jobs Page

For the last couple of days, there was a problem with the jobs page of this site which meant that the recent health and safety jobs were not listed. This has now been repaired and some new jobs have been posted.

If you have a job vacancy you would like listed, please contact me.

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Twitter followers listed on my site

It's taken a while to get it working but the followers of @HealthSafety are now listed on the home page.

Thank you to all of you for following, I hope you find the tweets useful. Feel free to comment here if you have any ideas of extra things you'd like to see on the site!

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Meningitis Awareness Week 2011

Meningitis Awareness Week (19-25th September) sees the launch of an online video to support the Meningitis Research Foundation's (MRF) Counting the Cost of Meningitis campaign and builds support for vaccination against meningitis and septicaemia.

The shocking lifelong costs of surviving meningitis …

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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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"Employers could do more to reduce work-related road deaths"

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has urged employers to do more to reduce the worrying number of work-related road traffic accidents (RTA).

IOSH made the call after research it commissioned with TRL (Transport Research Laboratory) revealed that many companies are spending mon…

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Poignant training pledge launched to tackle 4000 asbestos death toll

A poignant target of 4000 hours of free asbestos awareness training has been set in a new initiative to help tradesmen across Britain protect themselves from the deadly dust.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in partnership with the training industry, is calling for those who run training cours…

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Court rejects “hazardous to health” odour appeal

An electrical-components manufacturer has lost an appeal against a decision that the health of its workers was not adversely affected by strong smells generated by a neighbouring business, reports SHP Online.

Hirose Electrical UK Ltd. lodged a nuisance claim against Peak Ingredients Ltd. which manuf…

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Top 10 bizarre health and safety 'bans'

top_ten_imageThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published this years' ten most bizarre health and safety bans or restrictions spotted in media coverage.

This is just the latest step in the HSE's efforts to 'put the record straight' about health and safety.

What has been good to see is that the media hav…

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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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Second-hand smoke kills

Second-hand smoke is the smoke that fills restaurants, offices or other enclosed spaces when people burn tobacco products such as cigarettes, bidis and water pipes. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.

Every person should be able to breathe smoke-free air. Smoke-free laws…

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Today is Action Mesothelioma Day 2011

Mesothelioma is a terminal chest cancer that develops between 15 and 60 years after exposure to asbestos.

The British Lung Foundation campaigns to raise awareness of mesothelioma and to improve the treatment and care of people who are affected by it. This campaigning culminates each year on Action …

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