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Category: Infections at work

HSE unveils changes to reporting requirements

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has formally implemented changes to simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses.

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Trust fined after employees are exposed to TB bacteria

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust has been fined for safety failings after employees were exposed to a potentially deadly strain of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) bacteria when a test vial smashed in a specialist laboratory.

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Health and safety statistics 2011/12

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Latest release – health and safety statistics 2011/12 presenting the latest top level statistics on work-related ill health, workplace fatalities and injuries, and enforcement in Great Britain.

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Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease eBulletin

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

For free regular emails about significant updates to the legionella and legionnaires’ disease site, subscribe to the Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease eBulletin.

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West Yorkshire firm prosecuted over unacceptable working conditions

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Keighley lighting supplier has been fined for subjecting its staff to ‘appalling’ working conditions and exposing them to risks from defective electrics and welding fumes.

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Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease – Controlling risks from manmade water systems

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Guidance on Legionella and how to control risks from exposure to Legionella from manmade water systems. It will help employers and those with responsibility for the control of premises understand what their duties are and how to comply with health and safety law.

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Offshore oil and gas – Occupational health risks offshore

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The UK offshore industry employs more than 20,000 people, who are exposed to a range of occupational health risks. The consequences of ill health can be devastating for the individuals and their families – there is often a long-term impact on quality of life and financial security.

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Biosafety – Infections at work

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Infections at work are those created by exposure to harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, internal parasites, and other infectious proteins known as prions. These are called ‘biological agents’ in health and safety legislation.

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Lung diseases: Silicosis – Major disease risk from RCS dust

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Respirable crystalline silica (RCS) is found in stone, rocks, sands and clays. Exposure to RCS over a long period can cause fibrosis (hardening or scarring) of the lung tissue with a consequent loss of lung function.

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Leptospirosis: Are you at risk?

Friday, December 9, 2011

This pocket card explains what leptospirosis is, how you might catch it and ways to prevent it. It also explains what you should do if you do contract the disease.

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Health topics – What is legionella?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Legionella is a bacteria commonly found in water. Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal type of pneumonia, contracted by inhaling airborne water droplets containing viable Legionella bacteria.

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Woodworking: hazardous substances – what do you need to know?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

As well as causing asthma, wood dust, sap and the lichens associated with wood can have adverse health effects on the skin, respiratory tract (nose and lungs), eyes as well as the whole body.

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E.coli 0157: Health Alert – avoiding ill health at open farms

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Following the recent outbreak of E.coli 0157 linked to a visitor farm attraction in Surrey, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is issuing this alert

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Swine flu – updated

Thursday, August 13, 2009

General advice for employers for the current situation – employers and employees should always practice good personal hygiene measures

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HSE Swine flu guidance – updated

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The advice for employers for the current situation has been updated, including additional information on use of face

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Swine flu

Thursday, April 30, 2009

General advice for employers – Employers and employees should practice good personal hygiene measures

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Swine flu

Thursday, April 30, 2009

HSE has issued information about the emerging new ‘swine’ strain of influenza that has been reported.

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Leptospirosis leaflet updated

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Two types of leptospirosis infection can affect workers in the UK, Weil’s disease and the Hardjo form of leptospirosis.

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Genetically modified organisms

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Lastest update to the public register of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) – notifications of contained use

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HSG262: Managing skin exposure risks at work

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Many materials used at work can affect the skin or can pass through the skin and cause diseases elsewhere in the body.

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