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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COSHH Risk Assessment can be daunting for smaller businesses. Most of the businesses in the UK are small or medium-sized enterprises.  The same health and safety laws apply to small businesses as apply to big ones, with a few exemptions on written risk assessments and policy documentation for very small companies.  Note: these size-based exemptions

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Metalworking fluid – COSHH extrinsic allergic alveolitis – an Uxbridge manufacturer of ejector seats has been fined £800,000 after three workers developed debilitating lung conditions. Three skilled CNC machine operators developed extrinsic allergic alveolitis after many years of years of exposure to the mist of working metal fluid. The lung condition, also known as hypersensitivity

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IOSH’s No Time To Lose Campaign The aim of the No Time to Lose Campaign is to bring about better understanding of the causes of occupational cancer, and to help businesses take action. The campaign is working to: Get carcinogenic exposure issues more widely understood Raise awareness of the issue Suggest some solutions to tackle

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Changes to labels on chemical packaging (CLP Regulations) In this article, we’re looking at the recent changes to labels on chemical packaging. The CLP Regulation, which deals with classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, came into force in January 2009.  CLP adopts the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System (GHS) on the classification and

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Poison Prevention Week On Friday, Barack Obama made a proclamation about poison prevention. Each year, the third week of March marks National Poison Prevention Week (PPW) in America – and over here in the UK we’re also taking the opportunity to take a look at the issue. The aim of PPW is to educate the

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Prosecution following farm worker’s exposure to toxic gases Key Facts: A farm owner and his two businesses have been fined following as a result of serious safety failings A worker, 29, died as a result of exposure to toxic hydrogen sulphide gas The HSE found a number of unsafe practices and failings The owner and

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Health Risk from exposure to metalworking fluids – Exposure of workers to metalworking fluids can cause both skin irritation and respiratory ill health.  The (COSHH) risk assessment for the use of metalworking fluids should identify a range of simple control measures that can significantly reduce the risks of ill health developing.  The main health effects arising

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Occupational cancer (or work related cancer) claims 666,000 lives a year on a global basis, according to the “No Time to Lose” website. Cancer caused by what people do at work is nothing new. One of the first official cases of an occupational cancer was identified in the eighteenth century. Dr Percival Potts (Doctor in UK)

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