Category Archives: Respiratory

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Roberts Jackson on respiratory conditions during Breathe Easy Week

[breadcrumb] Roberts Jackson on respiratory conditions during Breathe Easy Week The British Lung Foundation will celebrate its annual Breathe Easy Week between the 12th-18th June. Breathe Easy week is a series of events in which support groups from The British Lung Foundation help raise awareness of different lung conditions and diseases. Themes and topics in […]

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 […]

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 […]

England’s Last Active Deep Pit Mine Closes

[breadcrumb] England’s Last Active Deep Pit Mine Closes One of England’s last remaining deep pit mines has been closed after 50 years of coal production. Kellingley colliery, also known as the “Big K”, was one of Europe’s most productive coal mines producing over 2 million tons of coal per year and employing over 2,500 miners […]

Health and Safety Executive release annual report 2014/15

[breadcrumb] Health and Safety Executive release annual report 2014/15 Last week the UK’s governing health and safety body, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), released their annual report including key stats and figures. Every year the HSE collate reports and figures and releases them in a couple of handy documents which aim to show the […]