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Jangro, the UK and Ireland’s largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has recently enhanced its Enviro H6 General All Purpose Sanitiser with a new and improved formula. It has been tested and passed standards EN1276 and EN16615 (adapted for commercial kitchens), which confirm its anti-bacterial action, whilst EN14476 proves it is effective at killing enveloped viruses, including coronavirus.
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today released its annual figures for the number of work-related fatalities in 2019/20, as well as the number of people known to have died from the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, in 2018. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents revealed that 111 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2019 and March 2020 (a rate of 0.34 deaths per 100,000 workers), the lowest year on record. This represents a fall of 38 deaths from the previous year, though it is likely that this fall was accentuated by the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the economy in the final two months of the year.
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Social distancing means keeping people apart to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. Where possible you should keep people 2m apart. If this is not viable, keeping 1m apart with risk mitigation is acceptable. In the UK some rules such as social distancing may be different in each of the devolved nations. However, HSE regulates in all of these countries
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out further spot inspections at businesses in Oldham and Pendle to ensure all workplaces are COVID-secure as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the areas. HSE inspectors are busy calling and visiting businesses across all different sectors in both areas putting employers on the spot and ensuring they are COVID-secure.
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Cooperation between the United Kingdom Lubricants Association (UKLA) and HSE has led to a revised version of the UKLA Good Practice Guide for the Safe Handling and Disposal of Metalworking Fluids being published. This is a comprehensive guide giving advice on how to maintain metalworking fluids to prevent ill-health in machine workshops.
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Infrastructure services company Morrison Utility Services has been presented with the top prize at the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2020. The company, which works to repair, renew, refurbish and maintain infrastructure in a range of utility sectors, won the Sir George Earle Trophy, the highest honour that the RoSPA Awards can bestow, by demonstrating excellence in health and safety management and commitment to continuous improvement and employee development.
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Three talented and hard-working young people – Sidney Beckles, Garry Richford and Anya Squires – have been named as the recipients of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s (CHSA) 2020 Undergraduate Bursaries. Going to King’s College London to study Philosophy, Sidney’s mother works for Comax UK Healthline. Sidney is motivated and ambitious. She volunteered at a care home whilst taking her A’ levels, valuing the opportunity to engage with a range of different people. She intends to use the bursary to fund extracurricular learning and development opportunities.
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As the UK Covid-19 lockdown restrictions begin to ease, engineering, design and environmental consultancy firm Ramboll has launched a new, free interactive training app to help businesses prepare and support employees returning to the office, while effectively reducing the risk of infection. The app, ‘Prevent infection – Offices’, directs employees through typical everyday office situations where there might be a risk of infection, and provides clear training in how to effectively reduce this risk – whether in lifts, shared facilities or on the commute.
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Yesterday the Health Secretary announced how we will be tracing the spread of the virus through the use of a new system. From today (28 May), anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.
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Loading and unloading goods vehicles can put drivers and other workers at risk. It is important to consider all risks to the health, safety, and welfare of drivers delivering to and collecting from sites, and take reasonable and practical steps to safeguard drivers and mitigate risk to their health and safety. Many dutyholders manage the safety of visiting drivers in line with HSE Guidance by providing a dedicated waiting area with welfare facilities for drivers
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