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All in a week's work for the HSE!

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29 Jul 2014 12:30PM

Lee Calver Not many weeks pass without the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) releasing new research or detailing a recent prosecution, but last week was possibly the busiest for the HSE in a long time. First up, it revealed the results of its national targeted inspection which focused on health risks for construction workers. During a two-week period of proactive inspections, the HSE demanded improvements and in cases where sites fell short of expected standards, put an immediate stop to work activities. HSE revealed that its Inspectors focused on significant health risk issues, such as respiratory...

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Ten top tips to ensure the safety of employees during the summer months

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22 Jul 2014 9:40AM

Kelly Mansfield School holidays are here, and the hot weather has everyone talking. The traditional summer silly season is upon us, but while we remain in the workplace, the hot weather does raise safety and wellness issues to consider, and highlights actions that need to be taken. Whether your staff are based indoors or outdoors, as an employer you will need to address various matters in order to ensure your employees remain safe, happy and productive. What the law says The laws covering summer weather issues are few and far between and not very specific, but there are some key points raised by health a...

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Consultation opens on guidance to help reduce fire risk at waste management sites

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8 Jul 2014 2:08PM

Lee Calver A cross-industry group has developed draft guidance in an attempt to help reduce the risk of fires at waste management sites, and is now seeking feedback from the industry. The comprehensive 89-page document has been prepared over the course of six months by the Environmental Services Association (ESA) in conjunction with the Environment Agency, HSE, and the Chief Fire Officers Association. It was also revealed that the main insurance companies involved in waste management were also consulted for their views on some aspects of the document. The guidance applies to waste sites where more ...

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