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Six Easy Ways to Improve Health and Safety in the Workplace

The health and safety at work act (1974) outlines the main duty of care that both employers and employees have towards their workers and colleagues. Fundamentally the legislation helps ensure that working environments are safe, secure and clean, with all risks and hazards effectively managed, monitored and recorded. Above all most working environments are different and will need a more tailored risk management procedure, but there are some primary tasks you can take to achieve a safer working environment. Subsequently both your risk assessments and health and safety policies should devise a systematic procedure to effectively manage any risks. Here… Read more

It’s time to consider CoSHH Cabinets

Many of us handle hazardous substances on a daily basis, from cleaning chemicals to paint. We all come into contact with potentially harmful liquids or gases.  Although, there is no direct threat to our safety, it’s important to be aware of the potential dangers that these substances hold. Well, lucky for us there is a set of regulations called the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. I know a mouthful, so thankfully experts call these regulations CoSHH for short. CoSHH ensures our bosses have procedures in place to control the exposure of hazardous substances to prevent ill health. From considering what… Read more

Healthcare: Exposure to Biological Agents [Regulations]

Biological Agents

Working in Healthcare means risking exposure to biological agents throughout the day. While doctors, nurses or surgeons might be directly exposed to infection, other employees such as porters and cleaners might be exposed to indirect sources of infection. These risks exist in human healthcare (such as hospitals, clinics, and education establishments) as well as in animal healthcare (such as veterinary clinics, private practices, farms, and vet schools). Human healthcare is a major industry in the UK, with employers in both public and private sectors. The NHS is the largest employer, with about a million employees in over 500 NHS trusts… Read more

Secondary Containment: Common Practices

Secondary Containment Common Practices Featured

Containing hazardous liquids is essential in workplaces where water and land pollution is a possibility. Whereas spill response is what happens after spills happen, secondary containment is a preventive practice and is usually semi- or fully permanent. It is a secondary line of defence in the event of major hazards events. It serves as a prevention, control & mitigation method that is essential to comply with regulations. This blog post aims to cover the common techniques in secondary containment, focusing on physical containment forms. For more ways to implement secondary containment, visit the HSE website. Concrete & Plastic Bunds Bunds… Read more