Spotlight On – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Unsafe gas appliances can cause the release of a highly poisonous gas: carbon monoxide (CO). You can’t taste it, see it, or smell it – but it can kill quickly. It can also cause serious long term health problems such as brain damage.

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Simply Put – Confined Spaces

Confined spaces tend to cause a more confusion that you would think. Everyone knows what one is, until you ask them to define ne.

A confined space is a place which is substantially enclosed (though not always entirely), and where serious injury can occur from hazardous substances or conditions within the space or nearby (e.g. lack of oxygen).

What are confined spaces?

It can be any space of an enclosed nature where there is a risk of death or serious injury from hazardous substances or dangerous conditions (eg lack of oxygen). Some confined spaces are fairly obvious are are easy to identify, eg enclosures with limited openings:

  • storage tanks
  • silos
  • reaction vessels
  • enclosed drains
  • sewers

However, some other confined spaces may be less obvious, such as:

  • open-topped chambers
  • vehicle inspection pits
  • vats
  • combustion chambers in furnaces etc
  • ductwork
  • unventilated or poorly ventilated rooms
  • some cellars

It is not possible to provide a comprehensive list of confined spaces. Some places may become confined spaces when work is carried out, or during their construction, fabrication or subsequent modification.

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Simply Put – Sensible Risk Management

Sensible Risk Management

‘Health and Safety’ often gets a bit of a bad press, with the phrase ‘health and safety gone mad!’ never too far away. In this article, we’re looking at what sensible risk management means – and perhaps more importantly, what it isn’t about.

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Firm Fined for Worker’s Hand Injury | Health & Safety

Firm fined £3,000 for worker’s hand injury

Key Facts:

  • A tool manufacturing firm have been prosecuted following a worker’s hand injury.
  • A shift-manager’s hand was crushed in a machine whilst he was attempting to fix a fault. As a result of his injuries, he lost the index finger on his left hand.
  • The firm was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,288.10.

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Unguarded Machine Incident Leads to Fine | Health & Safety

Unguarded machine incident leads to £8k fine

Key Facts: 

  • An unguarded machinery incident lead to worker breaking his arm, whilst trying to repair computer-controlled machinery.
  • Several key safety failings were identified, including lack of appropriate risk assessment, lack of adequate training, and no system in place to monitor employees.
  • The company were fined £8,000 and costs of £1,180.38.

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Spotlight On – Occupational Disease

Occupational Disease

The term ‘occupational disease’ covers a wide range of diseases that are linked with occupational exposure to specific hazards. In this spotlight article, we’re looking at some of the focus areas in occupational disease.

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