Dealing With H1n1, Swine Flu at Work

One of the most potentially serious threats to public health in recent years is swine flu, otherwise known as influenza A (H1N1). There are certain measures, however, that workers can take to safeguard themselves and their colleagues. What is Swine Flu? Swine flu is a disease of the respiratory system. It usually affects pigs although […]

Control of Vibration at Work Regulations

If you use any kind of vibrating machinery at work, you should be aware of The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005. The purpose of the regulations is (obviously) to ensure workers don’t suffer ill health from vibration. Much of the regulation covers workplace hand-arm vibration but whole-body vibration effects are also covered. Background […]

Breathing and Skin Problems at Work

Not everyone reacts to the work environment in the same way. This is why some people may suffer from breathing and skin problems while others are unharmed. Nonetheless, it’s vital not to ignore the symptoms of any such disorders. Occupational Respiratory Disease Occupational respiratory disease has several possible causes. These include the presence of dust, […]

Ten Symptoms of Bullying at Work

Bullying at work is commonplace. The facts are stark. Surveys show that at some time during their working lives, half of UK workers have endured bullying. Experts who have studied bullying in the workplace make a further important point: business people and politicians have little interest in the prevention of bullying. This is despite the […]

Potential Hazards of Latex

There are 40 billion latex gloves produced each year. Most of these go to the health-care sector. Despite this, studies estimate that up to 6% of the population has latex sensitivity. And within health care, one study suggests that up to 17% of workers may have an adverse reaction to latex. Most at Risk Those […]

Heat Stress

Heat stress usually occurs in the workplace because the workplace itself is too hot, the employee is over-exerting themselves or a combination of the two. Excessive humidity and the type of clothing worn to carry out a particular job can also be contributory factors. How Does Heat Stress Occur? When your body overheats, it reacts […]

How to Avoid Sick Building Syndrome

‘Sick building syndrome’ is an expression which was coined to define a situation where a place of work has been found to cause various ailments and illnesses characterised by headaches, Respiratory Problems and Skin Irritations. It is thought to be caused by indoor pollutants, micro-organisms or inadequate ventilation. The ‘syndrome’ tends to be associated more […]