Category Archives: Risk assessment

Ensuring safe working conditions during the winter

As winter sets in employers need to be aware that workers who are exposed to cold, wet or icy conditions may be at risk of sustaining injuries or becoming ill. In the more mild regions of the UK people aren’t … Continue reading

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Pregnancy and work – what support to expect

The Duchess of Cambridge’s second pregnancy, which has seen her afflicted again by a rare and debilitating form of morning sickness (‘hyperemesis gravidarum’), has brought the topic of the potentially incapacitating effects of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy to the … Continue reading

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Working safely in the heat

As the UK experiences one of the most continually warm and sunny summers on record, many people are turning their attention to the challenges and potential perils of working in heat. There are a number of potential dangers associated with … Continue reading

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Preventing cancer caused by work environments

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) has published a new guide on preventing work cancers, a topic that the ETUI feels has not received sufficient attention from EU policies over the past decade. The guide, Preventing work cancers – a … Continue reading

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Risk assessments during pregnancy or when breastfeeding

Many women choose to continue working while pregnant or return to work whilst still breastfeeding, and there is no reason why being pregnant or having young children should stop women from continuing their employment. In order to facilitate this, employers … Continue reading

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Guest blog: Tell-tale signs of respiratory problems in the workplace

According to research by the Health and Safety Executive, it is estimated that a staggering 13,000 new cases of respiratory problems caused or aggravated by work, are diagnosed each year in Great Britain.  Around 12,000 deaths are also believed to … Continue reading

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26 March is Purple Day – raising awareness of epilepsy

Purple Day (26th March each year) is an international day for epilepsy awareness. This year, the organisers of Purple Day hope to ‘turn the world purple’ – people can do anything they like to mark the day, so long as … Continue reading

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Working at height regulations updated as part of the Red Tape Challenge

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) guidance on working at height was overhauled and updated in January 2014 as part of the Government’s long-term economic plan (the Red Tape Challenge) to abolish or simplify outdated or over-complicated regulations. The aim … Continue reading

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Occupational cancer – minimising the risks

4 February 2004 was World Cancer Day, which forms part of the wider campaign to significantly reduce premature deaths from cancer and improve the quality of life for cancer sufferers and cancer survival rates. According to Health and Safety Executive … Continue reading

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Working conditions in Amazon warehouse. Are workers under too much stress?

Amazon has featured strongly in the news this week with reports about warehouse workers at its Swansea warehouse being under inordinate amounts of stress. A man secretly filming his work as a picker at the warehouse reported working long shifts, … Continue reading

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