Noise at Work - The Complete Guide
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) more than 1million employees in the UK are exposed to levels of noise that is putting their hearing at risk. With the increasing claims culture in the UK, it is essential than organisations comply with the control of noise regulations. Here are five steps that businesses can take to ASSESS and CONTROL excessive noise levels.
Dust Exposure - The Complete Guide
Every year, thousands of workers are made ill from exposure to dust in the workplace that could result in an increase of lung diseases including Occupational Asthma, COPD and even Cancer.
Workplace Mould - The Complete Guide
Mold is a type of fungus. It is present almost everywhere, including the air. There are up to 100 common indoor mould types that have the potential for creating health problems such as Aspergillus and Penicillium species.
The most toxic moulds are those that are capable of producing chemicals called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are small molecular weight toxic molecules produced by some species of mould such as Stachybotrys (black mould), they are particularly important because they are known to be highly toxic.
Benefits and Challenges of Rapid Antigen Tests
The sensitivity and specificity of rapid antigen tests have been presented by manufacturers in a way that inflates these performance characteristics. Figures in the 95%+ region are commonly stated.
With increasing pressure on the UK government to take action the real-world use of these antigen tests has extended beyond there original intended purpose of post-symptom diagnosis to encompass routine surveillance screening.
Furthermore the performance of rapid antigen tests has not been fully evaluated for detection of asymptomatic infections or during the incubation phase.
The dangers of disregarding or misunderstanding the imperfections in test sensitivity are evidenced by the outbreak that unfolded in the White House, which relied exclusively on rapid antigen screening as a sufficient measure to prevent transmission.
COVID Secure Ventilation in the Workplace
The law says employers must make sure there’s an adequate supply of fresh air in the workplace.
There are two ways of maximising the level of fresh air in a workspace, either by natural and / or mechanical ventilation.
Ventilation control measures play an essential role in reducing transmission as part of making your workplace COVID-secure.
Legionella Water System Disinfections Explained
When it comes to stored water in the work place, it is vitally important that all systems are monitored frequently.
If there is a risk of / or a suspected bacterial contamination, a full system disinfection must take place as soon as possible - to eliminate the risk of employees and visitors contracting Legionnaires disease or any other bugs.
How often do I need a Legionella Risk Assessment?
Could your employees be at risk of contracting a potentially fatal form of Pneumonia called Legionnaires on their return to the workplace?
Factories, warehouses, healthcare or office environments could be at risk if the water systems present offer the right environmental conditions for legionella bacteria growth, especially in buildings that have had little usage over the lockdown period.
Welding Fumes - The Complete Guide
With up to 80,000 known Welders in the UK, including those that use welding techniques as part of their positions, a big proportion of the population come face to face with potential harmful fumes and gases every single day. The fume given off by welding processes is a varying mixture of airborne gases and very fine metal particles.
Poor Indoor Air Quality, Its Impact, Causes & Assessment
Indoor air quality has been identified as one of the top five most urgent environmental risks to public health. Over the last 30 years building designs have focused on reducing energy consumption and as a result working environments have become more air tight with very little fresh air ingress.
Top Five Occupational Exposure Risks in Construction
You may think that Construction as an industry is generally dangerous, and you’d be right, especially if those involved in projects are not suitably trained, don’t have the right personal protective equipment, and are not fully aware of relevant exposure risks.
Working Safely with Metalworking Fluids and Oil Mists
Does your business or occupation involve using machines that require metalworking fluids or oil mist – do you know the potential risks to your employee’s health if they are exposed to them on a frequent basis?
Designing a COVID19 Surveillance Testing Program
COVID-19 Surveillance testing detects and monitors for the occurrence of infection at the population level. Surveillance testing is practical for any business looking to reduce the threat of an outbreak.
Compressed Air Quality for Breathing Apparatus
Compressed air for breathing apparatus such as air fed masks or air tanks normally originates from a compressor system. These systems themselves can generate and concentrate a wide range of contaminants that can have an impact on the air quality being supplied to the users.
As the users life and health depends on the air supplied by the compressor, you should ensure that the air supplied meets the quality requirements shown below and outlined within BS EN 12021
HVAC COVID-19 Air Transmission
Although the World Health Organisation (WHO) initially held that the coronavirus could not be spread through aerosols, it recently reversed its stance. The WHO guidelines now state that airborne transmission of the coronavirus may be possible indoors, especially for people who spend extended periods in crowded, poorly ventilated rooms.
This may also be a good time to think about improving air quality in buildings by significantly changing heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems or by making physical changes to manage indoor airflows.
COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality
Given the World Health Organisation has now confirmed that COVID-19 survives under certain indoor air conditions for up to 3 hours and its head scientist of disease has urged hospitals to better manage their air quality for staff when treating patients, there is a serious need for the public to understand the impact that air quality and in particular humidification levels can have on the spread of a virus.
Occupational Health Surveillance Services - A Guide to Purchasing
Health surveillance of employees likely to be exposed to health hazards in the workplace is an ongoing requirement of regulation 11 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) 2002.
This artical will assist you in making an informed decision when appointing and selecting your Occupational Health (OH) Provider.
HSE Publishes Important Changes to Workplace Exposure Limits for Known Carcinogens
The Health and Safety Executive has issued a new version of the EH40/2005 Workplace Exposure Limits (4th edition) in January 2020. This document details the legal exposure limits of over 500 common substances that are hazardous to health under the COSHH regulations.
They have reduced the workplace exposure limits (WEL’s) of 11 existing carcinogens and classified 2 new substances as carcinogens.
Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions - The Complete Guide
Diesel engine exhaust emissions (commonly known as ‘diesel fumes’) are a mixture of gases, vapours, liquid aerosols and substances made up of particles. The health effects to regular exposure can range from irritation of the airways to chronic respiratory problems.
Legionella control in the healthcare environments
When it comes to Legionella, it doesn’t take any prisoners – it can be found in any workplace including healthcare practices such as hospitals, dental & doctor’s surgeries, care homes etc. How it is monitored and managed in the healthcare environment is different to how it would be in a regular office or factory setting.
Legionella – everything you need to know about water temperatures
Employers right across the UK should be aware of Legionella and the potential risk to employees if the water supply to buildings, factories or warehouses is not monitored regularly.
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