The HSE has just issued the following safety alert regarding new scientific evidence that exposure to all welding fume, including mild steel welding fume, can cause lung cancer. There is also limited evidence linked to kidney cancer.
HSE inspectors will be expecting that adequate control measures are implemented to protect workers against the potential fatal effects of breathing in welding fumes.
HSE Safety Alert:
Bulletin No: STSU1 – 2019
Issue Date: February 2019
All workers, employers, self-employed, contractors’ and any others who undertake welding activities, including mild steel, in any industry.
There is new scientific evidence that exposure to all welding fume, including mild steel welding fume, can cause lung cancer. There is also limited evidence linked to kidney cancer. (more…)
The recognised standards for safety gloves, EN 388 has been revised with the intention of bringing the standards of safety gloves up to date with developments in cut resistant fibres.
EN 388 determines a protective gloves performance against 4 primary hazards:
A great deal of media coverage has appeared relating to the Heinz baked beans ‘can song’ being banned by The Advertising Standards Authority as ‘it encouraged behavior that prejudiced health & safety’. (more…)
No matter what kind of business you are in there is no doubt you will spend a substantial amount of time each day driving. Whether you just travel to and from work or drive all day, this course is for you. (more…)
These pictures were taken by one of our GDA consultants while looking out of his window at home!! With reference to the article, ‘Accident Review’ we commented that with modern communication methods – There really is no hiding place for substandard health & safety operations!
A company which manufactured and installed windows has been fined £36,000 after carrying out work in the West End of London with no measures to prevent the workers falling eight metres and after dropping part of a window onto the public area below. (more…)
ISO 45001 is the replacement standard for occupational health & safety management systems and is set to replace the current standards BS OHAS 18001. (more…)
The construction industry has launched new guidance to encourage better management of occupational risks.
The new guide called ‘Occupational health risk management in construction’ has been launched by the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (ConIAC) health risks working group.
More than 200 health related enforcement notices were issued during a recent construction initiative.
Figures show that construction workers are at least 100 times more likely to die from a disease caused or made worse by their work than they are from a fatal accident. (more…)
Following the Sentencing Council’s publication on sentencing guidelines on 3rd November 2015, the new guidelines are now in force. These guidelines cover health & safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food offences.
It has been our experience in recent weeks that many organisations are falling short of their duties when it comes to fire safety.
The key legislation driving legislation implementation of life saving systems within workplaces and other non-domestic premises is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.