HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES - 02.07.2020
Do we need to test cutting fluid?
One of our subscribers has been told by an auditor that he should have a regular test of the cutting fluid on his metalworking machines. Is this true? And if so, what should be carried out?
PPE - 02.07.2020
Substandard face masks on the market
No protection. The HSE has warned that face masks are appearing on the market which claim to be to “KN95” standard and it wants businesses to be aware of what this means and why they are not to be used (see The next step ). Not up to standard. KN95 denotes a Chinese quality standard for face masks which are broadly equivalent to mid-range disposable face masks under our own standards, which are labelled “FFP2”. (FFP stands for filtering facepiece, and there are three grades from one to three.) ...
GREEN INITIATIVES - 25.06.2020
It’s good to share
The Chair of the Environment Agency has spoken of the importance of “disclosure” as a tool to drive environmental improvement. What does it mean and what are the benefits to organisations which participate?
WASTE - 25.06.2020
Neighbours run ragged by waste criminal
A director has been found guilty following persistent breaches of his company’s waste permit. How did his actions lead to multiple neighbour complaints and ultimately land him in court?
WASTE - 01.06.2020
Waste stockpile had community living in fear
A businessman has been ordered to pay £84,000 after his stored bales of waste created a major fire risk. What happened in the run up to the prosecution and how could it have been avoided?
CORONAVIRUS - PPE - 18.05.2020
Can’t get the right PPE?
In an open letter to the food industry, the HSE has revealed a degree of flexibility in its attitude towards those who are unable to obtain their usual personal protective equipment (PPE). What has it said?