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Tips For Avoiding Health and Safety Fines In 2016

Health and Safety Tips for 2016

Useful Advice to Prevent H&S Fines by Charles Willis With large fines coming into force from February 2016, a clear message has been sent to businesses about the importance of health and safety in the workplace – emphasised by a £10m figure for fines relating to the most serious offences. The new legislation – part of the Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences Definitive Guideline – comes as a result of concerns that penalties imposed for health and safety offences were set too low previously and sentencing was frequently inconsistent. The Extent Of 2016’s Health Read More

traffic management segregation


Training and Segregation at the Heart of Traffic Management in the Industrial Workplace by Matthew Parkinson What is the most dangerous vehicle in the UK workplace? Is it those heavy duty, 500-horsepower HGVs, backing into loading bays on poorly-managed forecourts? What about those busy, buzzy white vans containing dizzy, fizzy white van men? Or maybe it’s the commuting cars, piling through the morning rush hours into stacked and over-spilling parking bays? All wrong. In fact, the most dangerous piece of transport in the workplace injures more people than all the aforementioned modes of transport combined. Last year, more than 800 Read More

Fluid for thought


FLUID FOR THOUGHT Thermal fluids are used in a variety of sectors including manufacturing pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, textiles, petrochemicals and food. Here, Dr Chris Wright, head of research and development at Global Heat Transfer describes the Health & Safety issues of thermal fluid in the food manufacturing industry. In an environment where there is potential for an oil or lubricant to come into contact with food or a food preparation surface, a certified food-grade (FG) fluid should be used. This fluid must be clear, non-toxic and odourless to ensure consumer safety in the event of a leak or spillage. As you Read More

A-SAFE barriers


New Guardrail Range Offers Protection and Hygiene for Food and Drink Facilities For businesses with hygiene dependencies, supply logistics can be affected if any part of the chain does not adhere to strict hygiene controls, says Matt Callard of UK company A-SAFE. Now, in a world first, with the iFlex hygiene seal, food and drink or sanitation-focused facilities can implement safety barriers that do not have potentially hazardous ingress points. An absence of joints means iFlex barriers already minimise the places where dirt, dust and debris can collect, but hygiene seals prevent any ingression of foreign bodies whatsoever. The seals are also Read More

health and safety app hse


Safety Wizard Spells Out Common Hazards RNF Digital Innovation has developed a new app designed to help small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) meet their Health & Safety requirements. The free-to-download Safety Wizard app, drawn directly from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Toolbox guidance offers SMEs a solution to help navigate a vast array of Health & Safety information. It’s the first time a Toolbox guidance app has been developed using HSE website based information and as a result will offer SMEs the opportunity to access a treasure trove of data at the touch of a button. The Safety Wizard Read More