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Classifying Chemical Waste

Chemicals are used in many different sectors, for example, in factories, farms, offices and the home. Businesses that transport, store and dispose of hazardous waste have duties under the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 (HWR). There may also be responsibilities under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). The Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) (WFD) specifies […]

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Construction Work PPE

Protecting the Head Head protection is necessary from many kinds of hazards. This includes flying or falling objects, where there is a risk of bumping into things, chemical drips, hair getting entangled in machinery etc. Where hard hats are used they should be in good condition, otherwise they will not provide good protection. They should […]

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Infection Control: Wash your hands!

Not washing one’s hands is the easiest way to spread germs and disease.  We carry millions of germs on our hands, most are harmless, but some can cause disease. Diseases that one may spread if not washing their hands could include Salmonella, Norovirus and Adenovirus. When one uses the toilet, changes a diaper, handles animals or handles […]

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Preparing to be Safe: Non-licensed Work on Asbestos

As reported by the HSE, 20 tradespeople die on average every week from asbestos related diseases. Asbestos can be in any building or house if built before 2000. Asbestos is still present in millions of homes and buildings. The following is an advised approach to non-licensed working with and encountering asbestos and suspect asbestos materials. […]

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ISO 14001: The Environmental Management Standard

ISO 14001 belongs to the environmental management family of standards known as ISO 14000. This series has been developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO); with the 14001 standard described as being one of the most important. The ISO is located in Geneva, Switzerland. The ISO 14000 series is voluntary is not enforced by […]

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Facilities Management Southern achieves OHSAS 18001 AND ISO 14001

Facilities Management Southern a leading UK business undertaking all aspects of Installations, Service and Maintenance across the entire spectrum of Mechanical and Electrical equipment have successfully achieved the internationally recognised ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard and BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard. This is an excellent accomplishment for the business achieved with […]

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The Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS) 18001

OHSAS 18001 (BS OHSAS 18001:2007) is an international applied British standard. It is an accreditation given to organisations when they demonstrate a sound level of occupational health and safety performance within their business. Organisations recognise the OHSAS accreditation as being the standard indicator for occupational health and safety management systems worldwide. OHSAS, when it was formed, […]

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The Law, the Environment and Waste Management

Much effort has been done worldwide over the past decades to decrease our carbon footprint.  If not managed, the effect of waste on the environment can be detrimental. The consequence of waste materials on the natural ability of animals to thrive can be toxic as it can distort their food chain and kill off species. […]