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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SMART LISTEN 

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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SMART RESOURCE: 

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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CASE STUDIES

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

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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