Asbestos

The law (2012 regs) states that anyone responsible for maintenance and repair of a commercial or industrial property has an obligation to identify asbestos in the premises and manage the risk. Asbestos-related diseases kill more people than any other single work-related cause. All types of asbestos can be dangerous if disturbed. The danger arises when asbestos fibres become airborne. They form a very fine dust and breathing asbestos dust can cause serious damage to the lungs and cause cancer. Before you commission or do any construction work that is likely to disturb asbestos, you will need to find out if there are any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in the premises or structure. You … Read More

Manual Handling

Manual Handling operations account for approximately 25% of all reported work related injuries every year. Manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work and causes over a third of all workplace injuries which include work related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) such as upper and lower limb pain/disorders and joint and repetitive strain injuries. Manual handling injuries can occur almost anywhere in the workplace and heavy manual labour, awkward postures and previous or existing injury can increase the risk. Work related manual handling injuries can have serious implications for both the employer and the person who has been injured. Employers may have to bear substantial costs, through … Read More

HSE Activity

HSE were targeting inspections on construction sites for two weeks from 23rd of June. The HSE have just released their findings: A total of 560 sites were visited. The Inspectors focussed on significant health risk issues, such as respiratory risks from dusts containing silica materials, exposure to other hazardous substances such as cement and lead paint, manual handling, noise and vibration. One in 6 sites visit resulted in issuing enforcement actions. Work was stopped (Prohibition notices) on 13 sites. and enforcement notices were served at 85 sites 107 Improvement Notices. Notices of Contravention (FFI) were served at 201 of the sites. During the last recorded year the HSE have carried … Read More

Let’s fly the flag for life-saving health & safety law!

The 40yr old Act’s rules are founded on common sense, but they’ve been hijacked by jobsworth! Summer is well under way, so we can expect the usual litany of patronising health and safety announcements on public transport and elsewhere. Among the blindingly obvious bits of advice that have apparently passed mankind by in the millennia since we started to walk upright are the following: we should wear loose-fitting clothes in the heat, make sure we drink plenty of water and sit down if we feel faint. At Lord’s of all places, the players during the England v Sri Lanka Test stopped not for drinks, which have sustained cricketers since the … Read More

New member of the Epica team

We’d just like to welcome Jane to our team as our new Training Coordinator & Administrator. Jane will be in charge of health and safety training and will be here for any question you may have about the company and our health and safety services.