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Category: Cleaning

occupational health and safety advice for people working in the cleaning industry

HSL: Improving your Health Related Risk Assessments – HSL Buxton, 29 Sept 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

This course is designed to help the general H&S practitioner better understand the ‘invisible’ risks associated with hazardous substances, noise and vibration and aims to provide a more confident approach to these issues.

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Slips and Trips – Falls Prevention – Buxton, 13 September 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

This course will help you understand the causes of slips, trips and falls, and highlight successful interventions that offer a great starting point for organisations looking to reduce falls.

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Musculoskeletal disorders in the cleaning industry

Thursday, January 28, 2016

New webpage, replacing guidance HSG234, providing information on MSD risks within the cleaning industry.

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Working at height whilst window cleaning

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Updated webpages provide information for window cleaners who work at height. Guidance replaces information sheets MISC 611, 612 and 613.

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Health and safety at work – Vital statistics 2015 poster

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

To tie in with the 2015 health and safety statistics release, this new poster visualises the key elements in an infographic style. Order your copy from HSE Books.

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Firm sentenced after worker dies after inhaling paint stripper

Friday, October 30, 2015

An employer has been fined after a worker died after inhaling fumes while cleaning a chemical stripping paint tank at a motor vehicle repair company. 

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HSE releases injury and ill-health statistics 2014/15

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The full statistical report and industry specific data can be found online.

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Turban-wearing Sikhs – extension of head protection exemption

Friday, October 2, 2015

The exemption for turban-wearing Sikhs from the need to wear head protection has been extended from construction sites to all workplaces, with some limited exceptions. The change applies solely to turban-wearing Sikhs and relates to head protection only.

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Preventing dermatitis and dermal exposure – Buxton (HSL), 22 October 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Dermatitis and other diseases occur in many industries, and skin can be an important route of entry of chemicals into the rest of the body. This course will show you how to identify and assess the risks, and how to control those risks to prevent harm.

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Cleaning company fined for putting workers lives at risk

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Sheffield property and cleaning company was fined for breaching Work at Height regulations. 

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Window cleaning company find for safety breaches

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A window cleaning firm & it’s sole Director have been fined for health and safety breaches after the company was employed to clean the windows at a nursing home.

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Pet food firm sentenced for safety failings

Friday, June 12, 2015

A pet food manufacturer has been sentenced today after exposing its employees to chlorine gas during cleaning of equipment at its plant in Nottinghamshire. 

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Sentences after tree-felling incident leaves worker in wheelchair

Friday, June 5, 2015

A school operator and a cleaning contractor have both been fined, after a man sustained permanent spinal injuries while felling a tree on school grounds in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

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New COSHH essentials e-tool launched

Monday, June 1, 2015

A new and improved COSHH e-tool has been launched. Enhancements include the incorporation of Hazard (H) statements to comply with CLP Regulations in line with the Global Harmonisation System (GHS) of classification and labelling.

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Croydon firm’s safety failings led to worker’s multiple injuries

Friday, March 6, 2015

A Surrey-based cleaning firm has been prosecuted for safety failings after an employee suffered life-changing injuries when he plunged six metres through a fragile rooflight.

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Free-to-download Safety Wizard app

Friday, February 20, 2015

A developer has launched a free-to-download health and safety app to help small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) manage common workplace risks. The ‘SME Safety Wizard app’ is structured around HSE’s Toolbox guidance.

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Firms sentenced after airport worker breaks leg

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Two firms have been prosecuted after a worker suffered a broken leg when he deliberately steered his ride-on cleaning machine into a balustrade when the brakes failed in order to avoid hitting pedestrians in Stansted airport.

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Risk assessments – A brief guide to controlling risks in the workplace

Friday, August 29, 2014

HSE has revised and simplified the 5 Steps. INDG163 ‘Risk assessment – A brief guide to controlling risks in the workplace’ clearly outlines what businesses need to do to assess their workplace risks without creating mountains of meaningless paperwork.

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HSE51 – Regulation of health and safety at work

Thursday, August 7, 2014

HSE has published a document that explains the main features of the regulatory approach taken by HSE and local authorities to improve standards in health and safety performance. The document will be of interest to businesses regulated by HSE and local authorities, as well as others working in health and safety.

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Cleaning company fined for risky rooftop work

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Stoke-on-Trent company, which uses jet washers to clean roof tiles, has been fined after a worker was spotted on a roof without any falls protection in place.

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