Category Archives: Health and Safety

Employers are urged to scrap off-the-shelf safety practices – New web-based advice on manual handling

Employers are urged to scrap off-the-shelf safety practices – New web-based advice on manual handling The Health and Safety Executive has launched new support for employers regarding manual handling, stressing that simplistic one-size-fits-all advice is unhelpful and companies need to use a more tailored approach to keep their workers safe. Manual handling, relating to moving […]

Wake up to Diabetes – Roberts Jackson’s Employees Raise Awareness for Men’s Health Week

Wake up to Diabetes – Roberts Jackson’s Employees Raise Awareness for Men’s Health Week Despite one in ten men in the UK being affected by diabetes, and men being 26% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than women, they are still less likely to be aware that they could be in danger of suffering […]

Furniture maker fined for dust exposure

[breadcrumb] Furniture maker fined for dust exposure A furniture manufacturer based in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, has been fined after it left employees exposed to hardwood dust, a substance know to cause occupational asthma and nasal cancer. An extraction fan in the workshop was discovered to be faulty when it was tested during an HSE inspection in […]

Housing Associations in Wales need to do more to protect workers from Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

[breadcrumb] Housing Associations in Wales need to do more to protect workers from Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome A second community housing association in Wales has been fined for mismanaging risks of injury to its employee’s just months after another Welsh housing association was fined £100,000 for the same failure. Newport Magistrates’ Court fined Tai Calon […]

Government announces review into response to vaginal mesh concerns

[breadcrumb] Government announces review into response to vaginal mesh concerns Today the government has announced that Baroness Julia Cumberlege will carry out a review into vaginal mesh implants, along with an epilepsy drug, sodium valporate and a pregnancy test, primodos, which have all been in the news after concerns were raised safety. The new review, […]

Could your pain be down to Raynaud’s Disease?

[breadcrumb] Could your pain be down to Raynaud’s Disease? February 2018 is Raynaud’s Awareness Month. Despite the problem affecting up to 10 million people in the UK, many people have never heard of it before. Many of us, however, will suffer from it and we will most certainly know someone who has. Raynaud’s disease is […]

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 […]

HSE implements impromptu inspections in food manufacturing

[breadcrumb] HSE implements impromptu inspections in food manufacturing On 2nd January, the Health and Safety Executive announced a stringent inspection programme targeting the food manufacturing industry, starting from the date of the release of the news. The two key ill health issues they will look for are occupational asthma, caused by exposure to flour dust, […]

Huge surge in fines for health and safety breaches

[breadcrumb] Huge surge in fines for health and safety breaches The Health and Safety Executive has released its latest statistics on workplace illness and injury in the UK. Whilst the statistics showed no dramatic change in trends over the past few years, the most noticeable news was the huge rise in the value of fines […]

Engineering sector must improve vibration safety

[breadcrumb] Engineering sector must improve vibration safety In the past few months two engineering companies based in the North West have been fined after they failed to protect their employees from vibration injury at work.  The cases reflect the ongoing battle to raise awareness and understanding of the high potential for vibration injury in the […]