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We scour the Internet for Health and Safety related news items on an almost daily basis.

The news articles and clippings, curated by MD Safety, highlight the requirements for compliance with UK Health and Safety Legislation and best practice across all industry sectors.

The majority of the information and cases will apply to a greater or lesser degree to our broad range of Clients and lessons to be learned will be able to be gained.

First aid during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

This guidance will help employers ensure first aiders are confident that they can help someone injured or ill at work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Employers and their first aiders should take account of the specific guidance  on giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from the Resuscitation Council UK. 

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Slips and Trips Training in Collaboration with HSE

Virtual College are working in collaboration with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to develop a range of online health and safety courses designed to help businesses prevent slips and trips in the workplace. Find out more below.  Slips and trips are one of the biggest causes of serious accidents at work, which means a strong training solution is needed. By collaborating with HSE we have developed online courses suitable for all levels and have ensured content is in line with businesses’ needs. Find out more below.

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4 in 10 would refuse to work without PPE, survey finds

Almost half of workers would refuse to return to work if they were not provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), a new study has revealed.  Carried out in the weeks leading up to lockdown measures being relaxed, the survey of more than 2000 employees revealed that just three in 10 workers feel they’ve been given enough information on personal safety. When asked who should be responsible for ensuring workers have the right equipment to work safely, 87% of respondents said it is the employer’s role, while 40% also said the government should shoulder the responsibility. 

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LEV guidance crucial for workplace health

New best practice guidance for local exhaust ventilation (LEV) will reduce the risk of thousands of workers contracting serious and life limiting health conditions such as industrial asthma and pulmonary disease.  The issue of health and safety in the workplace is under increased scrutiny in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, which makes the publication of new best practice guidance for the effective design, installation and lifetime maintenance of LEV systems particularly welcome.

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Construction professionals call for wider combustibles ban

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is recommending government extends the ban on the use of combustible materials to a wider range of buildings than is currently proposed.  The Construction Industry Council is the umbrella body for construction’s professional institutions and associations. It wants the ban to include care homes, halls of residence and possibly schools. The CIC recommendations are in response to a government consultation first published in January 2020, which proposes changing the building regulations to ban the use of combustible materials in and on external walls and in specified attachments to the external walls on buildings such as hotels, hostels and boarding houses of 11-metre height or above.

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HSE Warning - Use of face masks designated KN95

A substantial number of face masks, claiming to be of KN95 standards, provide an inadequate level of protection and are likely to be poor quality products accompanied by fake or fraudulent paperwork.  These face masks may also be known as filtering facepiece respirators.  KN95 is a performance rating under the Chinese standard GB2626:2006, the requirements  of which are broadly the same as the European standard BSEN149:2001+A1:2009 for  FFP2 facemasks. However, there is no independent certification or assurance of  their quality and products manufactured to KN95 rating are declared as  compliant by the manufacturer.  

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Managing mental wellbeing when returning to work

IOSH’s latest free Covid-19 webinar explored how to tackle the many psychosocial impacts now affecting employees as organisations begin encouraging people to go back to their workplaces.  The tenth webinar in our global Covid-19 series, Covid-19: Managing mental wellbeing when returning to work, on Thursday 4 June, brought together speakers from the British Psychological Society, Britain’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Mind – the mental health charity, and leading contractor Skanska.

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Manufacturing firm fined after worker is fatally crushed

IFG Drake Ltd has been fined after a worker suffered fatal crush injuries whilst working on a machine at the site in Huddersfield.  Leeds Crown Court heard how, on 24 March 2017, Mr Javeed Ghaffar, was working on the stretch godet section of a synthetic fibre manufacturing machine at Victoria Mills, Victoria Lane, Huddersfield. He became entangled in the machine when he was performing a task of removing a lap from around the rollers. A lap occurs when fibres stick to the rollers of the machine and begin to wrap around them.

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Refinery giant Phillips 66 fined £1.2m after blast burned workers

Oil refinery giant Phillips 66 has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after two workers sustained serious burn injuries from an uncontrolled release of high pressure, high temperature steam at around 250ºC.   Twenty-year-old apprentice Scott Irvine and his supervisor Dene Leggett, 53, were re-assembling high pressure steam pipework following maintenance of a steam turbine driven pump when the incident happened on 30 October 2013.

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HSE to prosecute Lightwater Valley Attractions

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has informed Lightwater Valley Attractions Ltd that it will be prosecuted after a seven-year-old boy was ejected from a Twister ride at its theme park in North Stainley, Ripon on 30 May 2019.  

Following the investigation by HSE, Lightwater Valley Attractions Ltd, of Sherborne, Dorset, will face a charge under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

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