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Category: COSHH

Control of substances hazardous to health

COSHH Training: Practical Assessment and Control – London, 22-23 September 2015

Thursday, September 3, 2015

This two day course, run by HSL, gives detailed and practical training on carrying out COSHH assessments and, crucially, putting the assessment into practice to control substances hazardous to health.

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Self-employed workers – changes to health and safety law

Thursday, August 20, 2015

From 1 October 2015, if you are self-employed and your work activity poses no potential risk to the health and safety of other workers or members of the public, then health and safety law will not apply to you.

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Welding – risk to respiratory health from fume exposure

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Welding Fume Team (WFT) was established by HSE in 2010 and has a broad membership with representatives from across a range of interests. The WFT works together to raise awareness of the respiratory hazards of fume from welding and thermal cutting applications. Read more about welding top tips, case studies and the WFT.

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‘Dust hub’ microsite launched

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

This site provides information to help employers control exposure to dust in the workplace. You can find guidance on health and safety issues related to dust and answers to some frequently asked questions.

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HSG251 – Fumigation: Health and safety guidance for employers and technicians carrying out fumigation operations (2nd edition)

Monday, June 29, 2015

This guidance outlines the real risks and describes the law that applies to fumigation operations. This edition updates references to legislation and links to further guidance. It also gives a clearer explanation of what action to take and why.

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Fumigation – frequently asked questions

Monday, June 29, 2015

New fumigation web page and FAQs primarily for employers and fumigation technicians (including the self-employed) to help them comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) when carrying out fumigation activities, both traditional pest control and within the laboratory and biosecurity sectors.

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Chemical company fined for acid fumes exposure

Monday, June 29, 2015

Chemical processing company, Airdale Chemical Company Ltd, was fined after people at a neighbouring company were exposed to Nitric acid fumes.

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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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Revised COSHH essentials e-tool – action required prior to upgrade

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A revised and improved COSHH essentials e-tool will be launched in June 2015. During the upgrade all saved assessments will be deleted. Therefore, we advise you print a copy of any assessments you wish to keep by the end of May 2015. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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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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Legionella… The Dutyholder’s Responsibilities: HSE/LCA event – Edinburgh, 26 March 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Run by HSE and the Legionella Control Association (LCA), this dutyholder event covers all you need to know about legionella control and prevention, and your duties as the responsible person. It will help you understand how to comply with the law, identify and assess sources of risk, prevent or control risks and ensure sustained compliance.

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Rochdale company in court over worker’s severe chemical burns

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Rochdale fabric firm has been fined £10,000 after an employee fell into a vat of bleach and suffered severe chemical burns over most of his body.

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COSHH Training – Practical Assessment and Control, London, 10 – 11 December 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Two day course gives detailed and practical training on carrying out COSHH assessments and, crucially, putting the assessment into practice to control substances hazardous to health.

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Bedfordshire vets in court after workers exposed to harmful drugs

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Bedfordshire veterinary firm has been fined after workers were potentially exposed to harmful substances found in animal chemotherapy drugs prepared at the veterinary practice over a four year period. 

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Storing petrol safely – new regulations come into force

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 (PCR) came into force on 1 October 2014 updating and replacing all previous legislation on petrol storage. They apply to workplaces that store petrol where petrol is dispensed and non-workplace premises storing petrol, for example at private homes or at clubs/associations.

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Make an impact – Influence safety management with a career in HSE

Friday, September 19, 2014

The work we do at the HSE has a positive and far-reaching impact on UK industrial safety. Explore this site to learn more about the Specialist roles we’re offering.

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Workers’ health put at risk by Hampshire firm

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Hampshire manufacturer has appeared in court after allowing the health of employees to be put at risk.

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Introduction of new Petroleum Regulations

Friday, August 1, 2014

Are you aware that the legislation on storing petrol is changing? On 1 October 2014 the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 will come into effect and replace existing petrol storage legislation. An information sheet is now available providing details on how the new regulations will affect your workplace and the storing of petrol at home.

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Public consultation – Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

This Consultative Document seeks views on the proposals from HSE to align domestic legislation with the EU direct acting Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP). This consultation began on 12 June and ends on 5 August 2014.

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Firm fined for silica failings despite previous warning

Monday, May 12, 2014

A natural stone supply firm has been fined for failing to protect workers from exposure to hazardous substances – despite a previous warning.

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