Workplace Safety

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

Managing Warehouse Traffic: Safety Barriers

Managing Warehouse Traffic - Featured

Heavy objects, machinery and human beings. Wherever these three elements meet, accidents are bound to happen. The warehouse is such a place! Warehouse managers are responsible for ensuring that the warehouse is a safe place for pedestrians, machine operators and visitors. To do that, managers need to review the traffic management plan regularly, thus keeping risks and hazards at the lowest level possible. This blog aims to provide ideas and solutions on how to implement safety precautions (particularly safety barriers) to lower those risks. Risks & Hazards of Warehouse Traffic The efficiency of a warehouse is directly linked to the… Read more

Assessing Hazards at Work [HSE Reg & Case Studies]

Assessing Hazards at Work

Hazards and risks in the workplace can be effectively managed, if identified correctly. Having appropriate first aid provisions as well as adequate training helps reduce the risks of accidents & illnesses, but only if employers and employees do the homework. Identifying and assessing your workplace means including these 5 factors in your assessment: Hazards – with the help of a general risk assessment and list of different workplace activities Employees – number of employees, level of experience and existing health issues Accidents & ill-health records – monitor past accidents and note how & where they occurred Working arrangements – day… Read more