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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Work

Most of us are familiar with the potentially lethal danger of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home. However, any enclosed space which contains equipment and appliances burning fuels also poses a risk. This includes workplaces and enclosed work sites. What Causes Carbon Monoxide Poisoning? Carbon Monoxide (CO) is produced as a direct result of an […]

Fire Safety in the Workplace – Risk Assessments

A risk assessment of fire hazards should be carried out before designing and implementing a strategy for fire safety in the workplace. You need to decide if a hazard is significant and if you have put in place the right measures so that the risk is acceptably low. In our guide to fire safety at […]

Safe Working Loads for Rope

The safe working loads of rope vary. They change according to the rope’s material and diameter. Employers and workers should never assume that all rope is more or less the same. This point becomes critical when a business uses rope for securing and lifting. Knowledge of safe working loads is essential. And even then, there […]

Working With VDUs and Computers – UK Health & Safety Laws

Health and safety regulations which related specifically to the use of visual display units (VDUs) and computers in the workplace came into effect in January 1993 to implement an EU directive. The regulations apply to staff who are working with VDUs as part of their day to day job. What Does VDU Stand For? Definition: […]

Safe Working Distances from Power Lines – Guidelines For Minimum Heights UK

Overhead power lines carry highly dangerous amounts of electricity. It’s important to maintain safe working distances from overhead power lines. The lines are a common feature of our urban and rural landscapes. It is essential to exercise great care when working close to power lines. The lines kill an average of two people each year. […]

Guide to Environmental Psychology in the Workplace

Defintion: Environmental psychology is about the way people relate to the environment. Some of the work in this field concerns natural environments and educational environments. But it also deals with the way a work environment can affect human behaviour. What Environmental Factors Matter in the Workplace? It makes sense that your work environment will affect […]

Choosing Safe Workplace Equipment

Whilst maintaining work equipment, keeping it in good working order and ensuring it is always safe to operate is an ongoing legal requirement, choosing the equipment in the first place will also greatly reduce any safety risks. Buying Work Equipment Before buying any work equipment, consider: What the equipment will be used for. Who will […]

Hazardous Substances at Work – Risk & Handling Guide

Almost all of us will face some sort of hazardous substances at work or during our daily life. It’s important that we understand how to deal with the risks of potentially dangerous chemicals. The idea of dangerous substances can conjure up pictures of science laboratories and radioactive waste. However, the bulk of them are more […]

Toxic Office Plants

Plants can enliven an office, improve air quality and trap pollutants. But unfortunately, many office plants also carry toxins. These toxins may not be a threat to everyone. Nor do their effects necessarily pose serious risks to health. Nonetheless, for safety’s sake it’s worth knowing how poisonous certain plants can be. The following is therefore […]

Safety and Fume Management

A number of industries use processes that generate fumes. At best, these fumes may be irritating; at worst, they can cause serious and even fatal diseases. Employers must therefore manage fumes safely. They should be aware of the Hazardous Nature of Fumes, and have systems in place to ensure any risks to health are minimal. […]