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chemicals, skin and dermatitis

We all handle chemicals, even though we sometimes do not recognise this.  How many times do you have contact with dihydrogen monoxide, i.e. water, on a daily basis? Do you consider this an issue? ‘Wet work’ is the most common cause of occupational contact dermatitis and water has been recognised for many years by dermatologists […]

Circular economy

For years we have been used to a traditional linear economy (take, make, waste) and industrial processes and lifestyles that created products that end up in incinerators or in landfills.  With the world being more socially responsible and sustainability forming part of boardroom agendas and company strategies, a new style of economy is now firmly […]

World first aid day

Tomorrow (12 September) is World First Aid Day, here’s a thought you are most likely to perform first aid on someone you know. For most full time employees, who spend on average eight hours a day in the company of their work colleagues, there is a high chance that you will use first aid on […]

asbestos the dormant danger

Mesothelioma is a long-winded word that many of the general public won’t have heard of and its a type of cancer affecting the lining of the lungs.  New figures from HSE on mesothelioma mortality for the years 1958 to 2013 show that the UK has the worst mortality rates for mesothelioma in the world and […]

most dangerous sector in uk

More than a quarter of workplace fatalities happened in the construction sector between 2013 and 2014, making it the UK’s most dangerous sector to work in.  31.5% of fatal injuries occurred within the construction sector, which is the highest number of all the industrial sectors.  Agriculture had the second highest fatalities accounting for 20.3% whilst […]

Burn injuries

Burns injuries can be extremely serious if left untreated.  If the skin suffers a burn, it can no longer act as a natural barrier against infection.  Additionally, body fluid loss can occur as small blood vessels in the skin leak tissue fluid, either through the surface or collecting under the skin forming blisters. There are […]

emergency first aid at work

This one day course was introduced by the Health and Safety Executive in October 2009 to replace the former “Appointed Person” course. From 1st October 2013 the HSE ceased to directly approve the provision of first aid training for the workplace. This qualification satisfies the HSE guidelines for the requirements of a one day Emergency […]