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  • Key Data - Lone working
    Lone workingThe HSE’s definition states: “Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision”. Lone working may take place off-site, on-site and out of hours, on a large site or in remote areas. The HSE has produced guidance on lone working: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg73.pdf. What’s the risk? When staff work alone, additional risks may arise in comparison with those who work with others.When working alone, the risks of an accident may directly increase, e.g. because...
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  • News - Keeping food safe - new guidance
    The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a consultation on its new guidance on food safety withdrawals and recalls. Who is the guidance for and what does it cover?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Regulating chemicals if there’s a no-deal Brexit
    Guidance has been published detailing how those producing, registering, importing or exporting chemicals could be affected if the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 with no deal. What’s involved?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Working in car parks safely
    If you’re responsible for staff who direct traffic in a car park, steps need to be taken to ensure their safety. Use our document to brief employees on your expectations for safe working.
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Fork lift truck operators in the frame
    In November 2018 the HSE prosecuted a number of companies for failing to manage the safety of fork lift truck (FLT) manoeuvres. What kind of mistakes were made?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Tackling violence in the NHS
    Tackling violence in the NHS..Brutality on the rise. The Department of Health and Social Care has released figures which show that 15% of the NHS workforce has experienced violence from patients, their relatives or other members of the public in the last twelve months. These are the highest figures to date over a five-year period. Protection. In an attempt to provide staff in England with better protection, a new partnership has been formed between the NHS, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service. A zero...
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Managing chronic fatigue syndrome
    An employee has informed you that they have myalgic encephalomyelitis. You’re concerned about the possible health and safety implications. What steps should you take to manage the situation?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Service failures can impact safety
    A facilities management company has been prosecuted after standby generators failed during a power cut, resulting in high containment facilities being left without power for several hours. What happened?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Basic accreditation is not enough for some
    Although the HSE thought it had simplified the basic checks part of the contractor selection process in 2015, this accreditation is not enough for some companies. What’s going on and should you consider asking for more?
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  • Tips & Advice Health & Safety - Q&A - should we update our legal register?
    Q&A - should we update our legal register?..Q. Every January we spend hours updating our health and safety legal register. We do this so we are prepared for our annual surveillance audit with the ISO external certification body. However, with Brexit looming we’re not sure whether we should do it now or wait until after the dust settles. What do you advise? A. If you do an update it should be a fairly straightforward process as there haven’t been any significant changes to the law in 2018. Tip.  However,...
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