PPE - 03.09.2020
PPE is not enough
An auditor has said that although you’re providing the correct gloves and masks for the job, you’re not doing enough to control the risk from chemicals. What is the “hierarchy of risk control” they’ve referenced, and how must you apply it?
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.) ...
CORONAVIRUS - PPE - 17.06.2020
KN95 facemasks not up to standard
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a safety alert warning employers and suppliers not to purchase or use KN95 facemasks as personal protective equipment (PPE). What’s the problem and what should you look out for?
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?
TECHNOLOGY - 07.05.2020
Safe use of small 3D printers
As part of the public response to help the NHS during the pandemic, small 3D printers have been utilised by individuals to make protective visors. What are the safety considerations when using this equipment?
PPE - 07.11.2019
Eye protection from lasers
Research. A study has been carried out by the HSE to investigate eye protectors used with lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) as it was suspected that products made to an inadequate standard were being marketed (see The next step ). What’s the hazard? A variety of medical and cosmetic treatments, including hair and tattoo removal and various skin treatments, involve the use of lasers or IPL. Both are designed to cause targeted damage to hair follicles and/or pigmented skin, therefore they can also cause damage to other parts of the body, including the eyes. Effective eye protection is therefore essential. ...