Case 1 Failure to control the work (at height) of contractors led to a large waste management company being fined £100,000 (with costs of £22,000) for breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work, Etc Act 1974 (HSWA) by failing to ensure the safety of those not in its employment. The contractor was

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COSHH (the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002) is often an area for concern for businesses, especially smaller businesses. It an area of health and safety that is poorly understood and is viewed with mysticism. Like all aspects of health and safety, small businesses need a considered approach to COSHH, but they must

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Although it is the employer’s responsibility to carry out the Fire Safety Risk Assessment (FSRA) and to make suitable and suffiicient arrangements for the overall management of fire safety, it is still very much everybody’s responsibility to reduce the risk of fire. Employers and employees have simple, but important, contributions to make. Here are a

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Fire safety doesn’t take a holiday, even if you do. So why not take a few simple steps to help to keep you and your family safe! Don’t ignore fire safety on holiday – just do some simple checks and know the “lie of the land”. Hotel safety If possible, check that your holiday accommodation

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The Health Protection Agency (HPA) have suggested that motorists who do not use screenwash for their windscreen wipers risk getting potentially deadly legionnaires’ disease! The warning comes after health experts apparently discovered that professional drivers are five times more likely to be infected with the dangerous legionella bug. The suggestion is that legionella will thrive

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July Health and Safety Myth of the Month: Health and safety brings candyfloss to a sticky end The reality This is not the case. From the HSE website: Come the summer sun and what tops off a great day out better than good, oldfashioned candyfloss? But if you believe some newspaper headlines this beloved sweet

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Five firms have been ordered to pay over £9 million between them in combined fines and costs for their part in the Buncefield explosion. The explosion happened on Sunday 11th December 2005 at the Buncefield oil depot, which was equivalent to a 2.4-magnitude earthquake and was heard up to 125 miles away. The fire is

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The carriage of dangerous goods by road in the UK is regulated by: ADR (The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road) The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 which sets the legal framework for ADR in the UK These provide for the appointment of

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