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Does what it says on the tin – The importance of health and safety labels

25-04-2016

Photo shows a label warning about radioactive materialsWhether you’re a small start-up business or you’re an established company with well over 100 employees, having an established set of health and safety procedures and protocols is always essential. It is likely that you have a wide range of different procedures in the event anything goes wrong within your business, including what to do in the event of a fire, or accident or injury. Any business owner with some sense would know that this is one of the most basic aspects of running a business, to make sure that both you and your employees are covered in an emergency situation.

Along the same vein, making sure that hazardous areas and materials that might be used by your employees have the correct health and safety labels on them is also incredibly important. Read on to find out how having the proper health and safety labels can help to reduce the number of accidents in your workplace.

Preventing unnecessary accidents

If something is clearly labelled as dangerous, people are less likely to mess with it or mess around near it. However if something is not properly labelled – or worse, mislabelled – that is where accidents and injuries can occur. While you will have an establ…

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Best practice chemical storage in the workplace

12-04-2016

Photo shows a chemical storage systemChemical safety is a primary workplace safety concern for many organisations. To control the exposure of employees to chemicals in the workplace, particular efforts need to be made to ensure chemicals are safely stored and handled. Even commonly used substances in the workplace such as ammonia, benzene, sulphuric acid, pesticides, acetone, hydrofluoric acid and sodium hydroxide need to be stored  and handled in a specific manner.

If you use or generate chemicals or other hazardous substances at work, it is important that these substances are subject to chemical storage best practices.

  1. Chemicals should be properly labelled

According to The CLP Regulation (dealing with the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures), chemical suppliers are required to label all hazardous substances. However, chemicals can often get switched from their original containers in the workplace meaning labelling can be inaccurate. Whether stored in their original containers or not, accurately label all stored chemicals to include any important data as per their Safety Data Sheet (SDS).

Correct chemical labelling is of key importance as labels indicate not only the…

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Latest product recalls

06-04-2016
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Photo shows a Centre branded heater Center brand fan heater sold at Wolseley Plumb Center There is a risk of the plug and/or fuse overheating and could be a fire hazard. More...
Photo shows an Alba tablet Alba tablets sold at Argos There is a possibility that the 3 pin mains adapter could detach when plugged into the mains and pose a risk of electrical shock. More...
Photo shows a Hotpoint tumble dryer Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan, Proline tumble dryers In some rare cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire. More...
Image shows recalled rice products Rice Market rice sold at Netto Recalling two types of rice after a supplier announced a suspected pest contamination at its packing site in Germany. More...
Image shows the Fatherston Bakery milk allergy warning Fatherson Bakery - Easter Butterfly Cakes The product contains cows milk, an allergen not shown on the product ingredient label. More...
Photo shows a Stix bicycle light product  Flux and Stix bicycle lights The headlights and taillights can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. More...
Photo shows a TRS Wholesale Company Ltd cumin powder pack Jeera (Cumin) Powder and Dhania (Coriander) Powder TRS Wh…

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Dos and don’ts for working at height

23-03-2016

Photo shows a painter standing on a stepladderWorkplace injuries can pose very real dangers in our daily jobs, particularly when the task involves working high up on a building or other structure. Safety statistics make for grim reading, with accidents on building sites responsible for more than their proportionate share of all fatal injuries at work. Sadly, many of these accidents are the results of a fall.

What’s more, it’s not just builders who are at risk. In fact, working at height is one of the biggest causes of major injury and worse, so it’s crucially important to familiarise yourself with what is and isn’t safe to do, as it may just save your life.

What does the law say? The Working at Height Regulations 2005 (with 2007 amendments) apply to everyone who works at height, and this is officially defined as working in a place where a person could fall and suffer personal injury unless precautions are put in place. It could be a fall from a ladder or scaffolding, or through a fragile roof.

Employers have a legal duty to provide protection for their employers and others in their care, and must ensure that

Planning & Organisation has been put in place for any activities involving working at height.

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