Author Archive | Alan


Summer Is Finally Here!

We need to consider the risks Posted on: 30/06/2015   By: Lee Rance At last, summer is finally here and our thoughts turn to BBQ’s, sun tans and pub gardens…..of course. But we need to consider the long-term and short term potential health risks, especially when working in high temperatures and direct sunlight. Most employers will have policies in place […]

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Scores On The Doors Or Food For Thought?

The Food Standards Agency ratings … Posted on: 22/04/2014   By: Alan Dawson People of a certain age will remember the Generation Game which reached a peak of 25 million viewers in the 1970s. In the show, Larry Grayson would ask ”what are the scores on the doors?” and his lovely assistant, Isla St. Clair, would reply with ”the names […]

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People Are Still At Risk Posted on: 18/06/2015   By: Lee Rance Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has recently been fined £50,000 for failing to control legionella. Legionella bacteria are common in natural water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but usually in low numbers. They may also be found in purpose built water systems such […]

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Explosion at Halifax Primary School

It could have been a lot worse Posted on: 09/06/2015   By: Lee Rance The HSE has recently fined Marshall Gas Services Ltd after they admitted a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company must pay nearly £50,000 over safety failings that led to an explosion at a school in Halifax. The company had been […]

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Health and Safety @ Festivals

What goes on behind the scenes?   Posted on: 02/06/2015   By: Lee Rance I recently read an article in the SHP magazine (‘Safety and Health Practitioner’ if you’re interested) that piqued my interest. Not only because it was health and safety related but also because it concerned music festivals. In my youth I was a regular festival goer from […]

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Changes to the Driving Licence

Doing away with the counterpart   Posted on: 26/05/2015   By: Lee Rance The government recently announced that from the 8th June 2015 they will be abolishing the paper counterpart to the driving licence. One of the reasons for this was a result of the Red Tape Challenge. The Red Tape Challenge is a government initiative that aims to scrap […]

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Bag for Life?

It might be time to change!   Posted on: 19/05/2015   By: Lee Rance This week’s blog is on a similar theme to last week’s about waste and recycling but I thought it would be an interesting and informative topic for a blog. From 5th October 2015 retailers in England with 250 or more employees will be obliged to charge […]

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The Wonders of Modern Recycling

We’re going in the right direction Posted on: 12/05/2015   By: Lee Rance I was hopping through the channels the other day and quite by accident a came across a programme called ‘Wastemen’ on BBC2. It was a behind the scenes look at what happens to our waste from wheelie bin right through to recycled product or landfill. The part […]

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Fire Extinguishers

The Colours and the Fires Posted on: 05/05/2015   By: Lee Rance We all see them (or not) every day in the corner of the office or workplace. Some people use them to wedge doors open in the summer, a lot of the time they are just overlooked. But do employees know exactly what’s in the extinguisher, how to use […]

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The ‘No Time To Lose’ Campaign

Raising Awareness Of Occupational Cancer … Posted on: 28/04/2015   By: Lee Rance Occupational Cancer is the leading cause of work related deaths in the UK. It is estimated that there are around 8,000 deaths and 14,000 new Cancer registrations each year. 4,000 of these are caused by Asbestos exposure and 10,000 are linked to Silica dust and Diesel fumes […]

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