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Covid-19 Outbreaks At Meat Plants – What Lessons Can Be Learned?

Recent Covid-19 outbreaks at various meat processing plants worldwide are raising concerns about health and safety, working conditions, the possibility of a second wave of infections, and what it may mean for the UK hospitality industry as it is about to reopen its doors to the public. The Extent of The Covid-19 Outbreaks Nearly 30,000 […]

The Latest COVID-19 Secure Guidance

As many businesses reopen the government has issued several measures, resources and guidance around COVID-19. Whilst health and safety remain of utmost importance, the HSE has said it intends to adopt a pragmatic and proportionate approach towards enforcement action for non-compliance with statutory requirements which are directly because of the coronavirus outbreak. Working Safely – […]

HSE Regulatory Changes During The Covid-19 Outbreak

As the Covid-19 outbreak continues to impact businesses, the Health and Safety Executive has announced how they are adjusting to address the situation. This article looks at some changes to regulatory requirements related to health monitoring and safety issues, and how the HSE has changed the way it aims to meet its obligations while protecting […]

Health and Safety While Working At Home During Coronavirus

The coronavirus COVID-19 is having an increasing impact in the UK. This article has information on the measures brought in recently, which business that should remain open and which should close, health and safety issues when working from home, and isolation notes for people who are unable to work for more than seven days because […]

Steps To Avoid Accidents With Ladders

Last month a county council ruled that workers could no longer use ladders to place advertising banners on lamppost mounts because it “is not a safe system of work and therefore breaches health-and-safety legislation.” Over the years there have been several misinterpretations about safely using ladders and stepladders, both inside and outside. Common Work At […]

Health and Safety Committee Best Practice

By law, an employer must consult their workforce about any change that will substantially affect their health and safety. These changes include implementing new or different procedures, using new equipment, and implementing new shift patterns. The HSE has a brief guide to the law informing employers what they need to do to ensure they are […]

Fatalities, Figures and Fines – The Latest HSE Statistics

Recently the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released annual statistics for work-related health and injuries. The HSE Summary statistics for Great Britain 2019 show the UK remains one of the safest places to work in the world, with one of the lowest standardised rates of fatal injury in the EU. Below is a summary of […]

Forklift Truck Accidents Increasing

The rate of forklift-related accidents has increased over the past year, rising from 1,000 per annum to 1,300 in the last 12 months. Search for ‘UK forklift truck accidents’ in Google News, and you’ll get a long page of results that show how frequently forklift truck accidents occur and how serious they can be. Twelve […]

Working Safely With Display Screen Equipment

Display screen equipment (DSE) is any device that has an alphanumeric or graphical display screen. Such devices include computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, televisions, cash register displays, CCTV screens, touchscreens and other equipment. This type of equipment is often in constant use in today’s modern workplaces and their incorrect or excessive use, poorly designed workstations or […]

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) – Breathing Easy

Some jobs can involve the release of harmful substances into the air. They may produce harmful dust, fibres, vapour, gas or fumes. If workers are not protected from these substances the consequences can be grave. The TUC says ‘far more people die from occupational diseases caused by exposure to substances like asbestos, silica and diesel […]

Safely Using Scaffold To Work At Height

Earlier this month three people were injured when scaffolding collapsed at a derelict shopping centre in Reading. A full investigation is being carried out by the HSE, which could result in prosecutions if serious failings come to light. Earlier this year a scaffolding company was fined over £24,000 after scaffolding collapsed near a primary school […]

Coping With Excessive Heat In The Workplace

The next couple of months could see some of the hottest summer temperatures experienced in the UK. While these are traditionally the months when most people take a holiday and enjoy the weather, there are still many who have to continue working and find ways of coping with excessive heat in the workplace. The Effects […]