Category: Occupational Health & Safety

Carcinogenic Radon at Home and at Work

Environment

Naturally emitted form rocks, Radon is an odourless and colourless radioactive gas that results from the decay of Uranium in rocks and soil. It is the densest noble gas known and can easily seep into buildings from the ground. Radon has the ability to build up to really high concentrations…

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European Union’s Regulations and Requirements Regarding Health & Safety in the Offshore Industry

Compliance Management

The geological and geographic conditions for offshore activities, naturally increase the risk factor when it comes to safety and health of the employees working on offshore workplaces such as oil rigs. However, reports on offshore disasters in the recent years have shown that most of the times; accidents occur due…

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Update on ISO 45001 – October 2017

ISO Standards

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has confirmed that ISO 45001, the Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard will be published at the end of March 2018. The Second Draft (DIS2) The second draft standard (DIS2) was published in May 2017 and received 88% approval rating from the various…

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The Impact and Control of Noise Hazards at Work

Occupational Health & Safety

20,000 people working in the UK in the last year have suffered from Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), caused or made worse by work; according to an estimate from a recent Labour Force Survey. This equates to a rate of 62 cases per 100,000 workers. In 2014, according to the HSA,…

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Importance of Safety on Farms & the Next Farm Safety Action Plan

Environment

In the last decade alone, there have been almost 200 deaths on Irish farms. Today, farm safety is one of the most prominent issues in the agricultural and farming sector. More than 1000 injuries occur on farms annually. Even though a very small proportion of the total workforce in Ireland…

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United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals 2015 (SDGs)

Corporate Social Responsibility

After years of debates and discussions, 193 countries agreed to develop a set of Global Goals in 2015. It was a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that everyone lives in a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable environment. These 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a…

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ISO 45001 – An Update on the Health & Safety Standard

ISO Standards

The publication date for ISO 45001, the Occupational Health and Safety management system standard is now likely to be February 2018.  Once released it will replace OHSAS 18001:2007. This new voluntary standard currently under development will help organisations around the world improve their health and safety performance by creating a…

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History of Health & Safety in the UK

Occupational Health & Safety

Health and Safety is a relatively recent and modern area of interest. Health and Safety legislation in place today arose from many labour movements over the last 200 years. Read on to learn more about the history of H&S legislation in the UK. Sources British Safety Council HSE.gov.uk  

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Importance of RoHS Directive Highlighted by £33m Product Withdrawals

Occupational Health & Safety

Figures released by the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) show that in 2015/2016 up to £33m worth of products were removed from the UK market. In all, 146,182 individual items were scrapped, modified for legal sale or shipped back out of the country in 2015/16. These ranged from a…

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How Safe is Your Organisation?

Compliance Management

The second Draft International Standard (DIS2) of ISO 45001 is expected to be released for comment in January 2017. With a global focus on this new international standard for Occupational Health and Safety, we decided to have a look at some Health and Safety statistics for Ireland and the UK…

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