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Common Sources of Accidents in Health and Social Care settings

Slips and trips Slips and trips are the most common accidents that can occur and make up for one third of all accidents. Slips can result in broken bones. Most slips occur on wet or contaminated floors. Many health and social care providers make use of smooth vinyl on their floors which can lead to […]

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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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Pallet Safety

PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) covers the safety of work equipment involving pallets and the use of them. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 is also applicable. These regulations cover the hazards and risks of using pallets in the work place. Pallets consist of a flat platform that […]

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Display Screen Equipment

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) i.e computer workstations, laptops and other VDU’s can sometimes be associated with neck, shoulder, wrist and arm pain. VDU’s can also cause eyestrain and fatigue. In offices and places of work the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002 […]

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Work at Height

10 million workers are estimated to be carrying out jobs involved in working at height every year in the UK. Falls are the biggest causes of death and injury. However, if one uses their safety harness and work at height gear properly (see video below!) all should be ok. There are some very simple approaches […]

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Protect your Hands

The best kind of gloves to use in the work place are non-powdered, ‘low-protein’ single-use latex gloves. ‘Low-protein’ means manufactured to the European Standards indicated by EN420. In powered latex gloves, NRL (Natural Rubber Latex) proteins can leach out of the glove materials and attach to the powder particles. The proteins can then become airborne and […]

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Risk – The HSE 5 step process

           Step 1 – HSE – Identify the hazards Identify the hazards associated with the task or activity Consider People, Equipment, Materials and the Environment People hazards cover a number of issues. Consider training, capabilities/restrictions, supervision, communication, adequate numbers and human error Equipment hazards will relate to the equipment used and will also cover tasks associated […]

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COSHH for Beauticians and Nail Bars

Ingredients used in nail lacquering, hair dressing, electrolysis, tattooing and some other treatments can cause allergies and/or ill health to the recipient. It is the duty of all salons, nail bars and beauty therapists to comply with COSHH (the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 as amended) to protect workers health and safety. […]

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5 Star Certification Success

Success for TEAMFORCE Labour Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) Following preparation with our team and an audit by Achilles in June this year, we are pleased to announce that TEAMFORCE Labour (www.teamforcelabour.co.uk) has had its certification against the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) renewed for another 12 months. TEAMFORCE supplies and recruits labour and specialists in the following […]