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Workplace Stress – Not to be ignored…

  Stress Stress – state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.   I am pretty sure all of us have experienced stress in some form, at some point throughout our lives. Many of life’s demands can cause stress. This maybe something temporary and short lived, such as being briefly in a situation where we feel uncomfortable, however medium to long term stress factors (work, relationships, money worries) can have a severe affect on our lives.   Stress can and will affect us all... Read More

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‘Brexit’ – How will this affect H&S?

So, with the UK having opted to leave the EU; how will this affect health and safety (H&S) laws within the UK?  Well, the truth is, as with everything else surrounding ‘Brexit’, nobody quite knows – yet. For the past four decades EU legislation and directives have, in one way or another, had a major influence over our regulations. Most of our H&S rules and regulations are directly or indirectly imposed by the EU, with UK statutory bodies creating legislation to, as a minimum, comply with these EU Directives. In... Read More

HSE lists top 10 Health & Safety Myths

HSE continues to tackle Health and Safety myths by publishing its top 10 worst. A lack of understanding has led to Health & Safety often being cited as the source of unnecessary controls.  All the points listed below are NOT required by Health & Safety law.   Children being banned from playing conkers unless they are wearing goggles Office workers being banned from putting up Christmas decorations Trapeze artists being ordered to wear hard hats Pin the tail on the donkey games being deemed a health and safety risk Candy floss on... Read More

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Schmallenberg virus (SBV) identified in UK livestock

Tests by the Animal Health and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) have confirmed the presence of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in livestock samples submitted since January 2012 from a number of farms in the south and east of England. Positive cases have been identified on the Isle of Wight, West Berkshire, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Previously, cases have been identified across the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, East and West Sussex, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Cornwall and Wiltshire.   To date, the majority of the cases of SBV infection have been... Read More

Proper approach to real Health & Safety…

Safety chief uses high-hazard visit to distinguish real health and safety from the nonsense The Chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has used a visit to a Cheshire oil refinery to highlight a shining example of a proper approach to health and safety. Judith Hackitt visited the Stanlow Oil Refinery in Ellesmere Port on Tuesday 31 January, where she met apprentices taking part in training to work in the chemical and oil industries.   Ms Hackitt, who herself worked in the chemical industry for more than 30 years,... Read More

Changes to accident reporting…

From 6 April 2012, subject to Parliamentary approval, RIDDOR’s over three day injury reporting requirement will change. From then the trigger point will increase from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened). Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work. Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all over three day injuries – if the... Read More

Newport Salmonella Outbreak – Potential Link to Watermellons

One person has died and at least 50 more have fallen ill from salmonella poisoning which may be linked to watermelons imported from Brazil. The outbreak, which began in December, is believed to involve packs of ready-to-eat sliced watermelon. Health chiefs say the public can protect themselves by washing all types of fruit and vegetables. The one British fatality was suffering from a number of other underlying health problems. Details of the outbreak – involving the Salmonella Newport form of the bug – were revealed by the Health Protection Agency,... Read More

FSA Updates answers on cross-contamination control

            The Food Standards agency has published the second edition of the Q&A on its guidance document ‘E.coli 0157:control of cross-contamination’. http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/pdfs/enforcement/crosscontaminationqanda.pdf The new version of the Q&A address a number of issues that have arisen since the original document was published in June 2011. Among the issues addressed are: expanded information on the scientific basis of the guidance a definition of ‘complex equipment’ detailed advice on ‘temporary clean areas’ applicable to ALL food businesses advice on the preparation and use of fruit and vegetables for ready-to-eat... Read More

New BS-8599 British Standard for Workplace First Aid kits

New BS-8599 British Standard for Workplace First Aid kits   The New BS-8599 standard for workplace first aid kits has been effective since 30th of June.  This standard replaces the BHTA-HSE kits universally used in the UK, and are based on HSE guidelines.  The old standard, first published in 1997, will be withdrawn from 31st December 2011.   Despite many EU states having a national standard for workplace first aid kits, until now, the UK did not.  The BHTA guidelines were in need of revision because training protocols have changed,... Read More

FSA Updates its Advice on E. coli

  Following further cases of E. coli in France, the Food Standards Agency is revising its guidance on the consumption of sprouted seeds such as alfalfa, mung beans (usually known as beansprouts) and fenugreek.   Following reports of E. coli cases in France, the Agency is, as a precaution, advising that sprouted seeds should only be eaten if they have been cooked thoroughly until steaming hot throughout. They should not be eaten raw.To date, no cases of food poisoning have been reported in the UK linked to the outbreak in France. The Agency also advises that equipment... Read More