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Prize Draw


Photo shows the cover of the book Health and Safety, Environment and Quality AuditsWhen @HealthSafety passed 9,000 Twitter followers, it seemed like a great opportunity to plan a prize draw as a quick way to say thanks to all of our followers. So, once we reach 10,000 followers, one follower will be chosen at random to receive a copy of Stephen Asbury and Peter Ashwell's book Health and Safety, Environment and Quality Audits (see the picture for the cover). There are some T&Cs but you don't have to do anything other than follow @HealthSafety to be entered. will be used to randonly select a winner once @HealthSafety has 10,000 followers and the winner will be PM'd following that.

Chemical firm fined following explosion at Widnes plant


Photo shows the damaged roof where the explosion took placeA chemical firm has been fined after a hydrogen explosion blew a vessel lid through a factory roof, leaving a worker with minor injuries.

Catalloy Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident at its plant on Moss Bank Road in Widnes on 25 November 2011. The company was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay £80,000 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 by failing to ensure the safety of workers.

Warrington Crown Court heard on Thursday 24 September, that the company, which produces metal catalysts used by the pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries, had made a modification to one of its reactors.

The explosion occurred on the first day of production following the modification and blew the lid and other equipment through the corrugated panels on the roof of the factory and into a neighbouring car park. A worker also suffered cuts to his hand and back.

The HSE investigation found the firm had fitted a new seal on the reactor to prevent air getting in, but had not properly considered the risks of the increased pressure inside the equipment during the production proces…

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New Links


Some recent additions to include a link to Lab Safety 101 on the main links page and to Earthworks-Jobs on the safety jobs page.

Lab Safety 101 is an excellent resource, aimed at students, which provides an introduction to general lab safety; safety advice for working with chemical and biological hazards and; tips on how to assess risk in these areas and more general hazard areas (such as fire and electrical hazards).

The Earthworks-Jobs site is useful for anyone looking for jobs in the health and safety or environmental health fields. Some of the current jobs listed on the site are: a London-based HSEQ advisor for a lifts and escalator organisation; a Health and Safety Manager with rail experience (working from Woking) and; a Senior Safety Technical Engineer to be based in Denmark.

As with all links included on the site, they have been added because they are believed to be of interest or use to those of you visiting HealthSafetyNews, links are never sold on the site.

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