Article Database - Tips & Advice Health & Safety: Year 09, issue 02?volume=09&nr=02&cookieChecked=1

Q&A - must we provide back belts? Publication date: 22.09.2010
Article database » Manual handling » Risk assessment
Q. One of our employees is demanding that we provide him with a lumber support belt because his job involves heavy lifting. Are we obliged to do so? A. No you’re not. In fact, there is no clear evidence that using back belts prevents injury. According to the HSE they may actually have long term detrimental effects by weakening the back support muscles....
Asbestos case decision - will it affect you? Publication date: 22.09.2010
Article database » Workplace » Asbestos
Who pays? In a recent landmark case, a company was found liable for hospice care for a former employee who died from asbestos-related cancer. The case against Foster Wheeler (F) was that their employee, James Wilson (W), had been exposed to asbestos whilst working for the company at Dartford Power Station in the 1950s. W died in March 2007 of mesothelioma,...
What’s a fire-resistant letterbox? Publication date: 22.09.2010
Article database » Fire safety » Suppression systems
As your office is on a busy street your insurers have mentioned that it might be worthwhile fitting a fire-resistant letterbox. What are they, how do they work and should you install one?
Time to service the old boiler Publication date: 22.09.2010
Article database » Workplace » Heating
The weather’s turned and it’s time to turn the heating back on. However, you’ve been told that you must have the boiler inspected first. Is this really necessary, and if so, must a Gas Safe Registered engineer complete it?
Residents evacuate staff! Publication date: 22.09.2010
Article database » Fire safety » Alarm
When the fire alarms sounded at the Park Hotel in Leicester, it was the guests who organised the evacuation, not the staff! How did the Fire & Rescue Service react when its officers realised what had happened?
Safety alert - powered access gates Publication date: 22.09.2010
Article database » Safe use of machinery » Guarding
In the summer two children were killed in separate incidents involving automatic sliding gates. Now the HSE has issued a safety alert covering all powered access gates. What do they say?
Equality Act now in force Publication date: 22.09.2010
Article database » Occupational health » Medical checks
Earlier this year we told you about plans for new legislation in the area of disability and discrimination. Our fear was that it would lead to pre-employment health questions being banned. So were our concerns well founded?
LPG inspections taking place now Publication date: 22.09.2010
Article database » Enforcement authorities » HSE
One of our subscribers was recently visited by an HSE inspector who checked over their LPG installation and immediately issued an improvement notice with a long list of requirements. What’s going on?
Drivers, take a “Brake” Publication date: 22.09.2010
Article database » Transport » Driving
A recent study has highlighted that many people are putting themselves and others at risk by driving whilst overtired. Why and how should you deal with this?

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