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 London and Turkey! Yet if you are working in an environment where you are exposed to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) dust, every breath you take has the potential to cause silicosis. In this short post, Dr Karen McDonnell, our occupational safety and health policy adviser, explores the issues surrounding silica dust, and what you can do to protect your workers from potentially deadly exposure.
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Posted in Asbestos, Construction, Hazards, Health and Safety Exposed, Health and safety law, Risk Assessment, Safety Professionals, Safety training, Uncategorized, Workplace health, tagged Asbestos, asbestos awareness, asbestos facts, Health and Safety, Workplace deaths on March 17, 2015| 2 Comments »
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 the most surprising facts about the former ‘magic mineral’… You’ll never look at your toothpaste the same way again!
Posted in Asbestos, Construction, COSHH, Health and safety law, Safety training, Statistics, Uncategorized, Workplace health, tagged CDM, CDM Regulations, Changes in regulations, Construction, Health and Safety on January 28, 2015| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Asbestos, Career Advice, COSHH, Fire safety, Fleet management, Health and Safety Exposed, Health and safety law, IOSH, Manual Handling, Workplace health, tagged asbestos awareness, Construction, COSHH, Health and Safety, Manual handling, OSH, Safety training, training on January 15, 2015| Leave a Comment »
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 occasionally going back to basics to refresh your memory… Which in this case means remembering your ABCs! In this short post, we look at the first 12 letters of the alphabet and what they mean for the OSH professional…
Posted in Asbestos, Workplace health, tagged asbestos awareness, Asbestos law, Asbestos regulations, Asbestos statistics, asbestos training, Health & Safety, Health and Safety, health and safety legislation, OSH Professional, Safety Management, What is... on November 4, 2014| 4 Comments »
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 exposure. In this special report, a longer version of which appears in this month’s RoSPA OSH Journal, we look at the history of asbestos in more detail, and explore what can be done to tackle its deadly legacy.
Posted in Asbestos, Construction, Workplace health, tagged Asbestos, asbestos awareness, asbestos facts, Asbestos law, asbestos training, Health & Safety, Health & safety law, Health and Safety, NVQ 5 Occupational Safety, Safety Management, What is... on August 12, 2013| 3 Comments »
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 human history asbestos was revered as a ‘magic mineral’, used in a wide range of commercial and industrial products and applications. Read on to discover more… (more…)
Posted in Asbestos, Health and safety law, Manual Handling, Safety training, Workplace health, tagged Health & safety law, Health and safety standards, ILO, Occupational Health, Safety at work, Safety statistics, Safety training on April 25, 2013| Leave a Comment »
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.