Entries by PCL10

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Swimming Pool Health and Safety

There are many risks associated with public and private swimming pools. Pool owners (including local authority clients), architects, engineers, designers and pool hirers need to have a vigilant awareness of safety in leisure pool activities. The HSE is the enforcing authority for pools occupied by local authorities, the defence force and educational establishments. All other […]

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The Construction Worker – Manual Handling and Noise

The biggest health risks for the construction engineer can result from manual handling, vibration, biological hazards, dust/fumes, being injured/loss of life due to machinery and noise pollution. This article addresses manual handling and noise. Manual Handling Even though manual handling is a part of the construction environment, there is no reason for one to injure oneself. […]

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Time Out – Managing Stress in the Workplace

According to the HSE, the total number of cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 487 000 out of a total of 1 241 000 cases for all work-related illnesses. The industries that reported that highest rates of work related stress included the human health and social work industries, education, public administration […]

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Asbestos: How to approach working with it

Working with and managing asbestos containing materials is classified as being either non-licenced work, notifiable non-licenced work or licenced work. To determine whether the work is licensable or non-licensable, a risk assessment needs to be carried out by professionals. The risk assessment should include the details of the type and quantity of the asbestos, the […]

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Environmental Laws

The Environment Agency (EA) was created in 1995. It is sponsored by the UK’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The EA and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) work together to protect the environment, employees and the general public. The EA is one of the regulators under the Environmental Permitting Regulations. The […]

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Eye and Face Safety

The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002 and the Personal Protective Equipment at Work regulations 1992 contain the guidelines for protecting the body, including the face and eyes. Hazards to the eyes and face include chemical/metal splashes, dust, projectiles, gas/vapour, radiation, temperature extremes, hair tangled in machinery and the risk of the head being knocked. The […]

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Safety in Surface Engineering

Surface engineering involves altering the properties of solid surfaces to enhance their preservation and/or design. This includes plating technologies. Examples include preventing corrosion, making items more aesthetic to the eye, making surfaces non-stick and lubricity enhancement. These technologies are used in the automotive, electronic, biomedical, steel, power and road surfacing environments. Most types of materials, […]