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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



The Benefits of Getting Proactive With Your Maintenance “Assumptions are dangerous things to make, and like all dangerous things to make – bombs, for instance, or strawberry shortcake – if you make even the tiniest mistake you can find yourself in terrible trouble. Making assumptions simply means believing things are a certain way with little or no evidence that shows you are correct, and you can see at once how this can lead to terrible trouble. For instance, one morning you might wake up and make the assumption that your bed was in the same place that it always was, Read More