Safety Smart Monthly Update April 2023

3rd April 2023 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!

April is Stress Awareness Month, stress, anxiety and depression are the number one reasons for work-related illness in the UK and figures are on the rise.

Whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, the law requires all employers to prevent work-related stress to support good mental health in the workplace.

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Global Asbestos Awareness Week.

Asbestos didn’t disappear when it was banned in the UK, it remains in millions of homes and buildings today. Download our quick guide for examples of where you could come across asbestos during your work 

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Asbestos Training from HSE 

Asbestos awareness training provides you with the information you need to avoid work that may disturb asbestos during your work, it doesn’t allow you to carry out work with asbestos-containing materials. Find out more about training

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Updated standards widen checks for contracting authorities, says CHAS

Contracting authorities in the public sector have a new way to assess the safety and effectiveness of their supply chains, according to CHAS. Contractors looking to win public sector contracts now need to show compliance with a broader range of standards as covered in the Common Assessment Standard (CHAS Elite) and PAS 91 (CHAS Advanced) accreditations.

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This month we’re tuning into one of the Industry’s best. IOSH magazine’s podcast series features exclusive interviews with industry experts, behind-the-scenes discussions with IOSH members, and conversations with future leaders of the health and safety profession.

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We are all stressed. Four in ten people worldwide report feeling regularly stressed, 13.7 workdays are lost every year in the UK due to stress at a cost of £28.3 billion to the economy. That’s the financial implication but what’s the real cost – and how can employers help?

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McLaren fined as worker dies after falling at Formula One facility

Automotive group McLaren has been fined £650,000 after a father-of-five from Portsmouth fell to his death carrying out an inspection.An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found McLaren had failed to properly assess the risks and to put measures in place to prevent workers falling from height at its Paddock Brand Centre.

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£600,000 fine for company after employee died while loading lorry

An East Yorkshire garden landscaping supply company has been fined £600,000 after an employee died while loading a lorry.

Brian White, 59, was working for Kelkay Limited when he was operating a forklift truck at the company’s site on Heck and Pollington Lane, Pollington, East Yorkshire, on 15 June 2018.

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From Twitter

Occupational skin cancer is on the rise with two out of three workers unaware they are at risk of skin cancer resulting in many not applying adequate protection whilst working outdoors.

This is the Birmingham I actually live in. This is my real experience, shame a bunch of aggressive divisive idiots sullied it for a while, off they pop.

This is the reality of what women in public service regularly face and will remain to face in our future unless we confront abusive men who feel they have a right to intimidate women. Bless that these men think they could shout Jess down ⬇️

Recycling company fined after workers exposed to wood dust

A wood recycling company has been fined after the long-term health of workers was put in danger due to excessive exposure to the dust their work created.

#WoodDust #CaseStudy #IndustryNews

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