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Risks of asthma going unchecked

Research carried out for the HSE has found that the vast majority of employees who are exposed to asthma-causing agents, i.e. asthmagens, do not receive adequate health surveillance. What should you be doing? More...


HSE dust rules “daft as a brush”?

The Sun newspaper has picked up on a story which involves a furniture maker being told by the HSE that he must look at alternatives to using a broom to clear wood dust from the floors. Is this really the case? More...


Asthma triggered by flour dust

A bakery has been fined after its workers suffered ill health from long-term exposure to flour dust. Why was the problem not dealt with before staff were badly affected and what should have been done to prevent it? More...


Business failed to respond to “request”

A car repair business has been prosecuted because of problems with its control of spray booth risks. What was the issue and how did the owner’s response to inspectors turn a simple request for information into a court appearance? More...


Occupational health strategy

Information that will help employers manage occupational health risks has been added to the HSE’s website. What’s the legal status of this guidance and is it something that you must follow? More...


New guidance on silica dust

New guidance which identifies where silica may be found and the risks associated with it has been issued by the HSE. Who is the leaflet aimed at, and is it worth a look? More...


Revised guidance on toxic wood

The HSE has recently reissued its guidance on the subject of toxic wood. Which types of wood are regarded as a problem, what precautions are expected and are there any significant changes in the advice given? More...


Controlling dust from cutting tools

You use portable stone cutting tools and are aware of the health risks they pose, e.g. exposure to hazardous dusts. So, according to research completed by the HSE, what are the most effective suppression options? More...


Employees at risk from asthma

In a recent prosecution, a company was accused of serious failings in the management of hazardous soldering fumes. What happened and what can you do to avoid the same fate? More...


The fastest growing occupational disease

Between 1,500 and 3,000 people develop occupational asthma each year, which is estimated to cost UK businesses £1.1billion. Is this likely to be an issue in your workplace, and if so what should you be doing about it? More...
Last updated: 29.05.2020

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