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HSE – New Webpages on Driving and Riding Safely for Work

HSE and the Department for Transport work with stakeholders to create new ‘Driving and riding safely for work’ webpages. Although the risks cannot be completely controlled, employers or companies who engage drivers and riders must take all reasonable steps to manage these risks and do everything reasonably practicable to protect people from harm in the […]

Environmental Services Association (ESA) – Zero Plan

ESA Launch Zero Plan https: ESA-Net-Zero-Exec-Summary.pdf (circularonline.co.uk) This strategy sets out ESA’s collective ambition to not only become a net zero GHG emission sector, but to achieve this by 2040 – a full decade ahead of the UK’s legally binding target. Meeting this stretching ambition requires joint action from our sectors, government, supply chain and […]

CIWM Presidential Report 2021 – Skills for the Future

This report – the CIWM Presidential Report for 2021/2022 – captures the thoughts of CIWM members and other professionals working in, or supplying, the resources and waste sector about what the next ten years might hold in terms of sector evolution and most importantly what skills we will need to drive a more green and circular recovery. CIWM-Skills-for-the-Future.pdf (emap.com)    

COVID-19 Vaccine NHS Scotland Explainer Video – Translated Versions

Scottish Government publish COVID-19 Vaccine NHS Scotland Explainer Video, with additional languages and formats now available. COVID-19 Vaccine Videos Below are links to the full suite of videos, including shorter versions and topic-specific cut-downs. View full-length COVID-19 Vaccines Explainer Video View shorter version of the COVID-19 Vaccines Explainer Video View Safety Information short video View […]

COVID-19 Summer Safety Measures

This week the Scottish Government launched the COVID-19 Summer Safety Measures Campaign, which went live on Monday, 21st June. This campaign is focused on reminding people of the importance of good safety behaviours such as ventilation and outdoor socialising. Continuing to follow these behaviours until we are all vaccinated will help us avoid future outbreaks […]

Preventing Work Related Stress in Construction

Stress., depression and anxiety are the second biggest cause of work-related ill health in the construction industry. Recognising the signs of stress will help employers to take the necessary steps to prevent, reduce and manage stress in the workplace. If you already have a risk assessment in place, consider whether you need to re-assess the […]

Preventing Lung Damage Guidance

Some work can cause life-threatening lung diseases. Find out how to protect your workers when they do these tasks: Construction – cutting, drilling and sanding Welding Stonework Cement and concrete manufacture Woodworking Baking and milling Quarry work Industry guidance A-Z

Moving & Handling Material Guidance

Regularly lifting, carrying or handling materials and items can cause serious injuries. Do not accept these injuries as an inevitable part of your work. This page tells you how to control these risks and why. More detailed information is available on the main HSE manual handling page. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 says you must prevent […]

HSE – New Edition of Asbestos Guidance (HSG248)

Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000 and it causes around 5,000 deaths every year. HSE publish revised version of an asbestos publication. The new edition of ‘Asbestos: The Analysts’ Guide’ (HSG248) provides clarification on technical and personal safety issues, especially in relation to sampling and 4-stage clearances. New information […]

COVID-19 Guidance & Updates

For a full range of COVID-19 related information and advice see the  “COVID-19  Restrictions – What you can and Cannot Do” which includes information on the following:   Examining and testing equipment Managing difficulties with thorough examination and testing of equipment as restrictions continue to ease COVID risk assessment Every workplace should have a COVID […]