Every breath you take: A brief history of silica and silicosis

Take a deep breath. It’s something we all take for granted from the day we are born. When resting, adults breathe 12-20 times a minute. In fact, it is estimated that we take between 17,000-30,000 breaths per day and that the total length of airways in our lungs is 2,400 km...the equivalent of travelling between... Continue Reading →

Asbestos: from ‘magic mineral’ to serial killer

Asbestos. Just the word is enough to set most peoples hearts racing. As we’ve discussed in our feature on asbestos statistics, asbestos is still the single greatest cause of UK work-related deaths, with at least 4,000 people dying each year from asbestos-related diseases resulting from workplace exposure. In this eye-opening presentation, we expose some of... Continue Reading →

New CDM regulations coming into force, how will you be affected?

New Construction Design Management (CDM) Regulations, subject to goverment approval, are due to come into force in April, but what changes do the 2015 regulations bring, and how will your businesses be affected? To answer these questions I’ve put together a brief summary of the changes heralded by the new CDM Regulations - all of... Continue Reading →

The ABC of OSH (Part 1)

As every safety and health professional knows, there’s a near endless list of issues we need to consider if we are going to ensure every employee returns safely home to their families each night. While most of you will have studied for years to achieve the highest health and safety qualifications, there’s no harm in... Continue Reading →

Asbestos – a legacy of horror

As we discussed in our previous post on asbestos facts, asbestos was historically revered as a ‘magic mineral’, used in a multitude of commercial and industrial applications, from roofing to toothpaste! Today however, we recognise the dangers associated with its use, with at least 4,000 people dying each year from asbestos-related diseases resulting from workplace... Continue Reading →

Profile of a killer: 6 surprising facts about asbestos

Nowadays, the mere mention of asbestos is enough to send a shiver of concern through most people – and rightly so. Despite updated asbestos regulations coming into force in 2012, asbestos is still the single greatest cause of UK work-related deaths and remains a source of misery and ill-health the world over. However, in recent... Continue Reading →

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

On Sunday 28th of April we will be celebrating the International Labour Organisation (ILO) World Day for Safety and Health at Work – an occasion when the world comes together to focus on emerging trends in the field of occupational Health and Safety, and to draw attention to work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide. The... Continue Reading →

Asbestos Regulations – What you need to know

Campaigners for asbestos regulation called for a ban on the deadliest forms, (blue and brown), over half a century ago. Despite this, we live in an asbestos filled world and asbestos is not only still killing people - it is the single greatest cause of UK work-related deaths. Following the new asbestos regulations introduced last year,... Continue Reading →

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