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22nd November, 2018 - Health

The 12 Symptoms Of Legionnaires Disease That Can Be Fatal

Legionnaires’ disease is an infection caused by breathing in small droplets of water contaminated by the Legionella bacteria. It is a severe form of pneumonia that can be fatal, and while relatively rare, there are around 350 confirmed cases identified in the UK each year.

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20th November, 2018 - CDM

CDM Health And Safety File Contents (What You Should Include)

The health and safety file is an important document required by the CDM regulations. Information for the health and safety file is gathered off all CDM duty holders, and it is important that everyone understands what should, and what shouldn't be included.

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19th November, 2018 - COSHH

What Is A COSHH Assessment?

A COSHH assessment is a health and safety document produced for the use or production of a hazardous substance. It is a type of risk assessment carried out at work specifically to identify the hazards and assess the risks associated with substances hazardous to health.

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15th November, 2018 - Vibration

HAVS Exposure Limits (EAV, ELV And What They Mean)

There are two exposure limits when it comes to HAVS, and these are legal limits as to the amount of vibration you can be in contact with on a daily basis. These limits are defined in the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations, the exposure limit value (ELV) and the exposure action value (EAV).

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12th November, 2018 - Health

What Is Silica Dust And Why Is It Bad For You?

Silica dust is the second biggest cause of lung disease in workers after asbestos, killing more than 500 construction workers every year. Yet, even with such a high level of fatalities, many construction workers are unaware when harmful silica particles are being released.

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9th November, 2018 - Paperwork

How To Write A Method Statement In 5 Minutes

Writing a method statement can be quite time consuming, you need to go through your activity step by step, considering the people, tools, environment, requirements, and how your work will be carried out safely. Ok, so we know what a method statement is, but how can we write one in 5 minutes?

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7th November, 2018 - Toolbox Talks

7 Toolbox Talk Formats (With Ready To Use Examples)

There are 7 formats that are commonly used to give toolbox talks - informal chats, safety briefings, handouts, presentations, demonstrations, videos and software. Some are quicker to get started than others, some do the hard work for you, and some need a bit of preparation.

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5th November, 2018 - Construction

10 Free Ways To Improve Construction Site Safety

With profit margins on construction projects often tight, smaller contractors and sometimes larger construction firms just don’t have a big budget and loads of resources to dedicate to health and safety. The good news is many health and safety measures can be implemented for free (or low cost).

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2nd November, 2018 - Management

Proactive Vs Reactive Health And Safety Management

Does your health and safety management consist of mostly proactive or reactive measures? Which one you focus on could have a big impact on your safety culture, and your bottom line. But what's the difference between proactive and reactive safety? Should you use one, the other, or both?

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31st October, 2018 - CDM

CDM Planning Period And How Much Time You Need

The CDM regulations say that clients must allow sufficient time for each stage of the project, in fact it's the first client duty. How much time should be allowed for the planning and preparation period of a construction project, to comply with this duty under CDM?

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29th October, 2018 - COSHH

7 Types Of COSHH Control Measures And How They Reduce Risk

One of the fundamental requirements of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) is the prevention or control of exposure to substances hazardous to health. But what control measures are best to use for COSHH and how do they reduce the risk?

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25th October, 2018 - CDM

CDM 2015 Principal Contractor Duties Explained

CDM 2015 requires a principal contractor to be appointed by the client on any construction project with more than one contractor. The role of principal contractor carries additional CDM duties and responsibilities. Here are the CDM 2015 principal contractor duties explained.

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