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Legionella Compliance - The Complete Guide

2021-06-10

Legionella Compliance - The Complete Guide

Those that work in your business be it in a factory, warehouse healthcare or office environment could be at risk if it has a water system that offers the right environmental conditions for legionella bacteria growth.

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Hand Arm Vibration - The Complete Guide

2021-06-09

Hand Arm Vibration - The Complete Guide

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 were introduced to protect workers from vibration at work and were recently updated in July 2019. Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) caused by exposure to vibration at work is preventable, but once the damage is done it is permanent.

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Workplace Mould - The Complete Guide

2021-05-24

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.

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Improving Workplace Ventilation - The Complete Guide

2021-05-23

Improving Workplace Ventilation - The Complete Guide

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. 

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Noise at Work - The Complete Guide

2021-05-02

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.

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Welding Fumes - The Complete Guide

2021-05-01

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.

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Poor Indoor Air Quality - The Complete Guide

2021-05-01

Poor Indoor Air Quality - The Complete Guide

Indoor air quality has been identified as one of the top five most urgent environmental risks to public health, and as a responsible employer – you need to ensure your employees are safe and healthy whilst in the working environment.

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Metalworking Fluids & Oil Mists - The Complete Guide

2021-04-28

Metalworking Fluids & Oil Mists - The Complete Guide

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?

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Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions - The Complete Guide

2021-04-28

Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions - The Complete Guide

Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions (DEEE's) contain a complex mixture of gases, vapours, liquid aerosols and particulate substances. You may be exposed to diesel fumes if you work where diesel operated heavy vehicles are being used, or where motor vehicles are generating diesel fumes such as when coming into and out of car parks or when passing toll booths. You may also be exposed to diesel fumes if you are working in tunnels or on construction sites where diesel operated stationary power sources are being used.

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Dust Exposure - The Complete Guide

2021-04-24

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.

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How Often Do I Need A Legionella Risk Assessment?

2021-03-21

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?

Those that work in your business be it in a factory, warehouse healthcare or office environment could be at risk if it has a water system that offers the right environmental conditions for legionella bacteria growth.

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Occupational Asthma

2021-01-24

Occupational Asthma

As part of our workplace exposure testing and assessment service for clients, we often come across a frequent misunderstanding of Occupational Asthma and what causes it in the workplace.

If your business involves manufacturing, fabrication, welding or is based in a factory or warehouse, its very important you understand what Occupational Asthma is and how it is caused. It is now officially the most common work-related lung disease in the UK.

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Benefits and Challenges of Rapid Antigen Tests

2020-12-24

Benefits and Challenges of Rapid Antigen Tests

Pre-symptomatic and early symptomatic cases (up to five days prior to symptom onset) are the most likely to account for a significant proportion of transmission of COVID-19. Emerging research suggests that people may actually be most likely to spread the virus to others during the 48 hours before they start to experience symptoms.

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Designing a COVID19 Surveillance Testing Program

2020-12-10

Designing a COVID19 Surveillance Testing Program

What is Surveillance Testing?

COVID-19 surveillance testing detects and monitors for the occurrence of infection at the population level. By testing groups instead of individuals, you can efficiently monitor populations, ranging from small companies to university campuses. Results from surveillance testing can serve as an early warning of infection and inform targeted interventions that slow the spread.

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Have you assessed your workplace exposure levels for wood dust? WE WOOD recommend it!

2020-11-24

Have you assessed your workplace exposure levels for wood dust? WE WOOD recommend it!

Carpenters and joiners are four times more likely to get asthma and other lung diseases due to working closely with wood dust on a very regular basis.

Other conditions can also develop particularly from hardwood dust such as Cancer - particularly of the nose which is why it’s very important to be aware of the workplace exposure limits and assess your workforce on a regular basis.

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Compressed Air Quality for Breathing Apparatus

2020-09-16

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.

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HVAC COVID-19 Air Transmission

2020-07-27

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.

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How to Manage Asbestos in the Workplace

2020-05-24

How to Manage Asbestos in the Workplace

If you own, occupy, manage or have responsibilities for non-domestic premises which may contain asbestos, you have a legal duty to manage the risk or to fully co-operate with whoever manages that risk on your behalf.

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COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality

2020-05-19

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. 

 

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Occupational Health Surveillance Services - A Guide to Purchasing

2020-04-03

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.

 

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HSE Publishes Important Changes to Workplace Exposure Limits for Known Carcinogens

2020-01-31

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.

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Flour Dust Exposure - The Complete Guide

2020-01-11

Flour Dust Exposure - The Complete Guide

Flour dust is a daily occurrence in facilities including plant bakeries, craft bakeries, semi-automated craft bakeries, in-store bakeries, pizza and pastry manufacturing facilities and biscuit manufacturing which means that approximately 95,000 people working in the UK baking industry encounter it daily.

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Legionella control in the healthcare environments

2019-09-26

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.

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Top Five Occupational Exposure Risks in Construction

2019-09-25

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.

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Legionella – everything you need to know about water temperatures

2019-09-10

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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Effective Management of Asbestos Removal Projects

2019-05-15

Effective Management of Asbestos Removal Projects

Refurbishment or demolition projects that involve buildings built before 1985 inevitably contain significant levels of asbestos materials (although any building built prior to 1999 has the possibility). Identification and removal of asbestos materials can be complex and may escalate if not correctly managed.

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HSE Safety Alert: Mild Steel Welding Fumes

2019-03-01

HSE Safety Alert: Mild Steel Welding Fumes

There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans. The Workplace Health Expert Committee has endorsed the reclassification of mild steel welding fume as a human carcinogen.

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Legionella Water System Disinfections Explained

2019-01-09

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.

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How to prevent Mould in the workplace

2018-12-06

How to prevent Mould in the workplace

 

Mould is something you would most commonly associate with the home, maybe even to one room – the bathroom; as it often has moisture in the air.

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How long should you keep records of your Legionella Risk Assessments for?

2018-11-27

How long should you keep records of your Legionella Risk Assessments for?

How long should you keep records of your Legionella Risk Assessments for?

Every business premises in the UK has a responsibility to control the risks of legionella and Legionnaires’ disease when it comes to employees, contractors and any site visitors - in accordance with Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.

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What methods of Legionella testing are there?

2018-11-23

What methods of Legionella testing are there?

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.

Every business will have different facilities available some just a kitchen area and toilets whereas others have showers and other water usages.

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What is Tinnitus and how is it caused?

2018-09-17

What is Tinnitus and how is it caused?

When working in and around the construction, manufacturing, engineering and other noisy industries, or for businesses based in a factory or warehouse it is very common for workers to experience Tinnitus and assume it is a direct result of exposure to excessive noise.

Tinnitus is the term given to the sensation of hearing a sound in the absence of any external noise.

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Did you know excessive NOISE exposure can affect much more than your ears?

2018-08-24

Did you know excessive NOISE exposure can affect much more than your ears?

Prolonged noise exposure in the workplace could have serious health implications on your ears, but did you know exposure to loud or persistent noises can also have an affect on your overall mental and physical health too?

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Five steps to preventing NOISE exposure in the workplace

2018-06-05

Five steps to preventing NOISE exposure in the workplace

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.

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The importance of selecting the right ear protection

2018-05-15

The importance of selecting the right ear protection

Hearing protection is vitally important to those working in noisy environments daily.

BUT, if the protection provided by the hearing protection is too high, communication can become difficult and individuals can end up working in isolation or have difficulty hearing warning alarms or approaching vehicles.

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