Really Important Stuff! EBOLA

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REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF! Ebola I have received the following statement from Chemspec and had something similar from Biotrol; read into it what you will, but the most important thing is to make sure that you are well informed before taking on or promoting any service to do with this virus. I have also included some […]

Be Aware of… Risk Assessments Why?

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   Risk Assessments  What you should know A risk assessment is an important step that will help you to protect your workers and your business, as well as complying with the law. It helps you to focus on the risks that really matter in your workplace – the ones with the potential to cause real […]

Cleaning Is it worth the Risk ?

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Sensible risk management Risk management is about taking practical steps to protect people from real harm and suffering – not bureaucratic back covering. Taking a sensible approach to risk management is about: ensuring that workers and the public are properly protected enabling innovation and learning not stifling them ensuring that those who create risks manage […]

Sharps Whats the Point !!!

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HSE advice on staying safe from sharps     Steps for remaining ‘sharps safe’ are summarised below. Avoid leaving sharps lying around; Avoid re-sheathing any used needles/razors; Do not bend/break needles before discarding them; Place contaminated sharps/razors in disposal containers approved to BS 7320:1990, immediately after use; Close the aperture to the sharps container when […]

Gosh What about COSHH ????

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COSHH and cleaners – key messages Having your hands wet for a long time or having them frequently wet during the day can irritate your skin leading to dermatitis. Some ingredients in cleaning products can cause skin allergies and asthma. Some cleaning products are corrosive and can cause skin burns and eye damage. There are […]

Not More COSHH !

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COSHH assessment: Identifying hazard and assessing risk You are probably already aware of many risks in your trade or industry. A COSHH assessment concentrates on the hazards and risks from substances in your workplace. Remember that hazards and risks are not limited to substances labelled as ‘hazardous’. Steps to making a COSHH assessment: Walk around […]

Why Be Aware Of…BBV’S ?

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What are blood-borne viruses? Blood-borne viruses (BBVs) are viruses that some people carry in their blood and can be spread from one person to another. Those infected with a BBV may show little or no symptoms of serious disease, but other infected people may be severely ill. You can become infected with a virus whether […]

What is offensive/hygiene waste?

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What is offensive/hygiene waste? Offensive/hygiene waste (previously known as ‘sanpro’ or human hygiene waste) is not ‘clinical waste’, ‘hazardous’ or ‘special waste’ (in Scotland) under environmental legislation and not dangerous goods under transport legislation if it: ■ is considered non-infectious; ■ does not require specialist treatment or disposal. See Schedule 1 of the Controlled Waste […]