What the latest statistics tell us about health and safety priorities in the utilities sector

What the latest statistics tell us about health and safety priorities in the utilities sector

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The Health and Safety Executive’s annual Health and Safety at Work report, detailing work-related ill-health and injury rates, highlighting trends and issues to help health and safety managers understand cross-industries patterns, makes for insightful reading for the utilities industry, where workers can face a range of potentially dangerous hazards. The latest statistics come as the […]

How to set KPIs for health and safety

How to set KPIs for health and safety

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Safety in an organisation is often cited as the number one imperative. An inherent safety culture with a track record that reflects high standards is something a business can pride itself on. To understand how safe an organisation is, targets must be set, monitored and measured, and any areas for improvement identified and actioned. That’s […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]