Monthly Update January 2022

10th January 2022 Posted in Blogs

If you missed out on our last newsletter – never fear! we’ve pulled together all the information in this blog post and there’s plenty to catch up on!

Open-plan office noise increases stress and worsens mood, and it will require a new approach from the profession to tackle it.

IOSH is no stranger to campaigning about the impact of noise in the working environment. Usually, it’s in the context of construction or heavy industry and relates to measurements above 80dB. Even in the UK, where there is ample legislation and widespread knowledge, there is frustration that not enough is being done about noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.

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The Silent Cost Of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss 

Peter Wilson is angry. The technical director of the Industrial Noise and Vibration Centre is a veteran in noise reduction and helped to write the IOSH ‘Noise at work – risk assessment and management course, yet he finds himself frustrated by the global approach to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

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Nine loading shovel fatalities in 4 years cause HSE Safety notice 

Great Britain’s safety regulator has issued a safety notice on the use of wheeled loading shovels after nine people have been killed in the past four years.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) notice follows the fatal vehicle-pedestrian collisions, six of which were in the waste and recycling sector, with the remainder involved moving wood chip.


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CASE STUDIES

Director sentenced after apprentice injured in fall from height

The director of an air conditioning company has been sentenced after a worker sustained a broken back when he fell five metres to the ground.

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From Twitter

Joinery firm fined after failings

A joinery firm in south east London has been fined £14,000 for health and safety failings, including putting its workers at risk of exposure to wood dust.

NEWS: Birmingham City Council to cut all funding to the cultural sector.

Give it a few years and British culture will be represented solely by four films about each one of the Beatles.

What a country.

Company and director sued after scaffolder receives electric shock

A Kent scaffolding company has been fined and its director given a suspended prison sentence after a scaffolder suffered an 11,000-volt electric shock.

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