Asbestos exposure is a major cause of death and serious ill health. Asbestos is made up of thin fibres. These can break down into much smaller and thinner fibres. The smallest fibres cannot be seen with the naked eye but they can be breathed in. Asbestos fibres are only dangerous if they are made airborne and breathed in, but

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Thanks for an excellent update on CDM and a good introduction to the changes in CDM 2015. Peter made this subject understandable and clear to us – great training! Paul Heathcote, Director & Principal Structural Engineer, Abacus Design Associates Ltd

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The CDM 2015 Regulations come into force on 6 April 2015 and will apply to all building and construction projects, regardless of the size, duration and nature of the work. With these new regulations good quality, professional health and safety advice will be needed more than ever. A summary of some of the key changes are

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Face Fit Testing of RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment) Respiratory Protective Equipment (or RPE) is used to protect wearers from exposure to a range of chemicals, solvents, dust, fibres, etc.  It is often a protective measure that is identified in the risk assessment. The RPE must be able to provide adequate protection for individual wearers (otherwise

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Asbestos prosecution – A businessman allowed the spread of asbestos in an industrial building by failing to employ licensed contractors to remove the potentially deadly material, a court has heard. In this case, Peter Rees, the owner of a business unit in Eagle Farm Road on the Mochdre Business Park, was selling the building to another

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Diesel fumes and cancer – in the UK, about 800 people a year are diagnosed with cancer caused by exposure to diesel fumes. Further to this, around 500,000 UK workers are exposed to dangerous levels of diesel fumes, while Europe that figure could be more than 3.6 million people. Anyone working with or around diesel-powered equipment or vehicles can be affected –

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Thank you for an excellent service and for Peter’s expert help. It was vital is helping us to defend ourselves and to maintain our unblemished Health and Safety record. My worries were considered and dealt with and I now have my peace of mind back. Martyn Smith, BRM PRODUCTIONS LTD

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Warehouse Safety – Falls from height can happen in warehouses anywhere – this case relates to a Canadian Company. In this case, the company directors receive jail sentences and the corporation is fined after worker dies in a fall. New Mex Canada Inc. (an importer and retailer of furniture and accessories)  has been fined 250,000 Canadian

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In this Question and Answer section, Mike Ellerby addresses some of the questions concerning employers about their duties and responsibilities with respect to Occupational Road Risk (ORR) and driving, including the need for risk assessment and the use of mobile phones whilst driving.

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