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European week for Health and Safety

The “European Week for Safety and Health at Work” is held every October (w/c 21 October 2013). This event is held across the European Union and beyond. Seminars and meetings as part of this event for 2013 are scheduled to take place in France, London, New Zealand and many other countries. This campaign focuses on drawing […]

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Christmas Tree and Lighting Safety

The tree lights According to a UK Newspaper, a £10,500 electronic Christmas tree in County Durham had to be taken down due to the risk of somebody being electrocuted. The LED-tree had to be guarded overnight because of its 240v rating. This was particularly concerning as guidelines suggested a maximum voltage for an unsupervised public display of just […]

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Risk Assessment in the Workplace

Step 1: Identify the hazards Walking around the workplace and communicating with everybody may help one become aware of the hazards not easily identified initially. Feedback from employees, visiting the HSE website for guidance, checking the manufacturers instructions for hardware and learning from the past, ie past recordings of risk etc may help identify hazards. […]

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The Humorous side of Health and Safety

Scenario 1 A Bar refused to let customer carry tray of drinks because they had not been ‘health and safety trained’?! HSE replies  “The suggestion that special training is needed for a customer to use a tray to carry drinks/food in a restaurant is patently ridiculous. There is no occupational health and safety legislation which […]

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Securing Vehicles for Load Haulage

There are significant risks associated with drivers involved in haulage and transport of goods on the road. According to the HSE, reports show that nearly 60 employees were killed over the last 5 years and 5000 seriously injured carrying out duties involved in load distribution. There are many simple steps that can be carried out […]

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The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS)

CHAS moved to annual assessments with effect from 1st October 2012, please call us if you require support for re-assessment. What is CHAS Assessing suppliers health and safety competence is a time consuming process. Suppliers can sometimes meet one buyer’s Health and Safety standards but not another. Being CHAS approved reduces duplication as suppliers compliance […]