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Manual handling at work; when you probably shouldn't lift

Photo shows a close view of someone carrying a boxAt one time, what you could and couldn’t lift whilst operating in a workplace environment was down to what you could physically manage.

People love the phrase ‘can-do attitude’, but thankfully that doesn’t apply anymore when it comes to manual handling.

Whilst there are no legal limits…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Training in first aid – how companies can make their work environment safer

Photo shows a first aid kitIt’s a sad fact that accidents, injuries, and illnesses can take place in the workplace. For this reason, many countries have adopted a law ensuring that workers have access to a well-stocked first aid kit and facilities alongside an actual response system that provides an established proced…

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Who visits HealthSafetyNews.co.uk?

Photo shows a globeThanks to Google, we can see who has been visiting HealthSafetyNews.co.uk, more specifically, where they are in the World. Looking at the number for the past two months, we get a pretty clear picture.

It's probably not a surprise that just over 72% of visitors were based in the United Kingdom but w…

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The 7 most visited pages

Over the last 30 days, the seven most visited pages on HealthSafetyNews.co.uk were:

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The root of manufacturing safety concerns

YPhoto shows a worker welding and not using visorour manufacturing plant has all the right safety equipment and training procedures in place. Why do you keep having accidents? The answer is simple: you have humans involved. Human error can negate even the most stringent safety measures. However, there are steps you can take to reduce this vast ar…

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The importance of first aid refresher courses

Photo shows a first aid kitTraining your employees on the importance of first aid in the office is essential in creating a safe workplace. It is against the law for employers to not provide adequate and appropriate personnel, equipment and facilities needed to ensure their staff receive immediate attention if they are injured…

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Asbestos: The Facts

blue asbestos fibresDespite incessant media coverage and tremulous word-of-mouth horror stories, the risks of asbestos continue to be underestimated.

The fact is that asbestos can be lethal. The lack of immediate symptoms is deceptive, and can often mean that those handling the substance are unaware of the danger they…

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Hidden dangers in a manufacturing plant

Photo shows an employee using equipmentIt takes a keen eye to spot all of the dangers associated with manufacturing. After all, not every hazard is obvious to the casual observer.

Because complacency in manufacturing can be deadly, workers should be well-trained and always on the lookout for hidden dangers. They should also be well equi…

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How safety barriers are reducing workplace accidents easily and effectively

photo shows a barrier being used to block a hazardMany workplace accidents take place either when the employees fail to recognize a prospective perilous situation or when the company’s owner or the management team fails to install safety barriers. Reports about near misses and fatal accidents often signify that the causes of these accidents were ow…

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Leisure centre operator fined for child's chemical burns

Photo shows the drain cover where the injuries were sustained

The operator of an Essex leisure centre has been fined after a two and a half year-old boy suffered severe burns in the changing area of the centre’s swimming pool.

The toddler’s father, who does not wish to be named, was walking him to the pool after getting him ready for his weekly swimming l…

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Dorset firm fined after Christmas crane collapse

Photo shows the crane involved in the incident

A Dorset-based property developer has been told to pay a total of £97,681 after residents living near one of its construction sites in Essex were evacuated when a 45 metre crane jib collapsed.

The incident was one of two that happened in December 2011 at a site in South Road, Saffron Walden. Bot…

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