Category Archives: COSHH

NHS Trust criticized after patient dies after drinking cleaning fluid

NHS Trust criticized after patient dies after drinking cleaning fluid Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after a patient apparently died after drinking cleaning fluid that had not been safely stored. Inspectors discovered that Joan Blaber, 85, believed the liquid to be orange juice at […]

COSHH Breach ‘lax enforcement of standard operating procedures’ as contributing factor in biomedical scientist’s death

[breadcrumb] COSHH Breach ‘lax enforcement of standard operating procedures’ as contributing factor in biomedical scientist’s death Last December, Southwark Crown Court fined Imperial College London and Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust a total of £150,000 in fines after a researcher died in a lab whilst working on an Aids vaccine. He had been using liquid […]

What are the Occupational Risks of Working on a Production Line?

[breadcrumb] What are the Occupational Risks of Working on a Production Line? It is no secret that human involvement on the modern day production line is becoming less and less. Advancements in technology has given us quicker, more accurate production and lower cost workforces based outside of the UK is ultimately driving more and more […]

It’s National Cupcake Week – but is baking as sweet as it seems?

[breadcrumb] It’s National Cupcake Week – but is baking as sweet as it seems? Whilst the baking world celebrates National Cupcake Week and the nation continues to be glued to the Great British Bake Off, it’s worth giving a thought to the thousands of people who work in baking in the UK, and who sometimes […]

Allergy Awareness Week – Employers could do better

[breadcrumb] Allergy Awareness Week – Employers could do better As Allergy Awareness Week approaches, Annabel Chadwick, Head of COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) at industrial disease expert Roberts Jackson, says employers continue in their failure to protect employees from allergens at work. The number of cases of employers failing to act when employees […]

Dangers of Metal Working ‘Mist’ still not being heeded

[breadcrumb] Dangers of Metal Working ‘Mist’ still not being heeded The danger of exposure to metal working fluids is still not understood by some employers.  An ejector seat manufacturer was recently fined £800,00 for failing to protect its workers under the COSHH regulations.  COSHH, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, is how your employer […]

Simpler Health & Safety rules will be a welcome relief for business

[breadcrumb] Simpler Health & Safety rules will be a welcome relief for business We come into contact with substances that can cause us harm many times a day.  Most of us are aware of dangerous substances like asbestos and lead, but there are plenty of other materials that can make us ill.  Even in the […]

Firm fined £40,000 Over Allergic Dermatitis Case

[breadcrumb] Firm fined £40,000 Over Allergic Dermatitis Case A rubber seal supplier company to food manufacturers have received a fine of £40,000 plus costs of £6,529 after one of their employees suffered an allergic reaction to his skin which caused Allergic Dermatitis. In January 2014, the employee was exposed to ingredients in the rubber compounds […]

Head of Roberts Jackson’s COSHH Department, Annabel Chadwick, gives advice and insight into Occupational Asthma & Dermatitis

[breadcrumb] Head of Roberts Jackson’s COSHH Department, Annabel Chadwick, gives advice and insight into Occupational Asthma & Dermatitis Occupational Asthma and Occupational Dermatitis are forms of industrial disease that are usually caused by a breach of what is known as The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH). COSHH is, in a nutshell, how your […]