We’re celebrating this month, as some of our team have gained a certificate in an IOSH Health and Safety Management course.
We’ve always prided ourselves on creating brilliant training courses written specifically for their subject using resources such as the trusted HSE and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Now our staffed are trained to give the highest level of support and guidence for all our clients and to all enquiries.
So we’d like to say a huge ‘Congratulations’ to Lisa Godding, Alex Morris, Alex Wilkins, Claire Smith, Rachel Elsdon, Sue Ridgway, Aaron Ridout, Sam Hockley, Sam Simmons, and Joel Tillyer.
Swedish researchers are warning about the risks involved in the herring industry, a popular fish there especially around Easter and Mid-Summer. Their study found minute particles of fish protein in the air particularly around the filleting machines and cleaning hoses. The particles art sparking allergies and breathing difficulties for the staff but improve when they are not at work.
CoSHH regulations state that where the processes can’t be changed, protective equipment needs to be provided to ensure the health of the staff. Read more on this story on the BBC Website.
A woman has had a lucky escape after a gas cylinder rocketed over her head before hitting the ceiling then coming to land on a nearby desk. The explosion at a scrap metal plant caused the canister to fly past several buildings before crashing through their window in Country Antrim.
The HSE is leading an investigation into what maybe a storage error or mis-use of the gas. Check out our CoSHH page for advice on what you need to be doing with chemical products in your workplace.
A firm which left staff trapped inside after a spillage of 1,000 litres of hydrochloric acid created a chemical cloud outside the building, has been told to stock more neutralising agents to prepare for other such incidences. 2 Police officers were treated after breathing in the fumes but there were no other injuries were reported. They were however praised for their action to prevent further damage and clear up the spillage. Read more on the BBC News Website.
They will no doubt reviewing their CoSHH risk assessment to help prevent any further events.
A pharmaceutical company has been fined for failing to meet COSHH regulations after a worker was left in a critical condition suffering massive burns and damage to one eye.
The employee was sprayed with the potentially fatal chemical Bromine as he carried out tasks in Northumberland.
The HSE has said ‘All employers, particularly those handling dangerous chemicals must not assume a lack of previous incident means risks are adequately controlled. Measures must be in place to ensure, through robust audit and review that the lack of incident is due to effective management and not just good fortune.’
Of course not every work place has potentially fatal chemicals used there, in most offices the biggest chemical danger can be from printer ink or bleach for cleaning, however it is essential that all workplaces have risk assessment in place for COSHH and suitable measures to protect staff.
Or more simply, have a look at our new training course COSHH, available to purchase or preview, ONLINE and on interactive CD-ROM.
More on this story at the HSE website