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5 steps to achieving road worker safety

5 steps to achieving road worker safety

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Keeping the UK’s road network running smoothly is essential but dangerous work. A recent survey by highways maintenance company, Amey, revealed some alarming statistics for roadworkers: despite 87% of drivers acknowledging that being a road worker in the UK is a dangerous occupation, almost three quarters admitted they had exceeded the speed limits designed to…

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Breathing Space: Protecting workers from respiratory disease

Breathing Space: Protecting workers from respiratory disease

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Every day millions of people are exposed to dust, dirt, fumes and dangerous substances while carrying out their jobs, resulting in thousands of deaths every year due to occupational lung disease. Campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of respiratory diseases, such as those being run by British Safety Council and British Occupational Hygiene Society,…

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Safety in the construction industry

Safety in the construction industry

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The annual Safety in Construction Show serves as a timely reminder of the hazards and challenges faced by those working on construction and civil engineering sites. Construction, along with agriculture, annually tops the list of industries accounting for the greatest number of fatalities, averaging 39 deaths a year. In many cases the provision and enforcement…

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How to safely manage dangerous substances

How to safely manage dangerous substances

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The five most dangerous substances that workers in Europe are exposed to have been named as silica, asbestos, solvents, non-infectious biological agents and wood dust. This is one of the main conclusions of a recent study conducted by the Institute of Occupational Medicine and commissioned by EU-OSHA, the European Agency for Safety and Health at…

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How to meet new rules on exposure to welding fumes

How to meet new rules on exposure to welding fumes

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The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) new enforcement expectation regarding the control of exposure to welding fumes, including that for mild steel welding, came into force in February, following scientific evidence that suggests exposure to mild steel fumes can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer. The HSE subsequently reclassified these fumes as a human…

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3 Top Tips to Improve Workplace Safety

3 Top Tips to Improve Workplace Safety

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It could be argued that workplace safety is the vital ingredient to ensuring productivity and efficiency – and you would be right. However, care for the workforce is also an indicator of the ethos of a company; it is representative of the culture within your organisation. This can have a far-reaching impact on how your…

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How to choose the right workwear for your business

How to choose the right workwear for your business

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Choosing new workwear for your employees is an important decision to get right. After all, it’s an essential investment in your workers’ comfort and safety, as well as being an integral part of your brand identity. But it’s not just about practicalities and image either – choosing your company’s workwear needs to be simple from…

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What to look for when changing PPE suppliers

What to look for when changing PPE suppliers

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Are you thinking of moving your business to a new supplier of PPE and protective clothing and equipment? If so, make sure you do your research and ask yourself the following questions to ensure you choose the best PPE supplier to meet your organisation’s needs: Do they provide a Man-Pack service? Don’t underestimate the convenience…

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A Year of Protecting Worker Safety

A Year of Protecting Worker Safety

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As 2018 draws to an end, managing director Jim Lewis takes a look back at a momentous year for Contego Safety Solutions. “As the end of 2018 draws near, it’s a good time to reflect on the progress that’s been made here at Contego Safety Solutions over the last 12 months, during which time we’ve…

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What is the difference between waterproof and water-resistant protective clothing?

What is the difference between waterproof and water-resistant protective clothing?

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Waterproof, showerproof, water- resistant, water-repellent – when it comes to choosing protective clothing that will cope with wet and windy weather, it can all seem a bit of a minefield. Different outerwear offers different levels of protection for workers exposed to the elements, so knowing your waterproof from your water-resistant can make a huge difference…

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