World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2013

At Acorn EHS we celebrated World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2013 on the 28th April 2013.

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work in 2013 focuses on the prevention of occupational diseases.

 

Further information please visit the ILO Website safeday@ilo.org

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Acorn EHS Deliver UKATA Accredited Asbestos Awareness Course

Acorn Environmental Health and Safety Ltd (Acorn EHS) have successfully delivered the UKATA Asbestos Awareness Course in Swindon and Rugby.

Well done to all the delegates who attended.

If you would like more information on our UKATA accredited Asbestos Awareness Courses please call us on 0333 456 0999 or click here

Bubble Ban At Parties: Safety Myths Exposed

Bubbles banned from a child’s birthday party and toothpicks removed from a restaurant are among a list of health and safety myths exposed in the last year.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said more than 150 cases had been reported to a panel it set up last year to target “jobsworths” who use safety laws as a ruse to ban legitimate activities.

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Workers and Public Put at Risk by Asbestos Dumped in Skip

The HSE has released details of a property restoration and development company which has been fined after workers and the public were exposed to asbestos in a Lincolnshire town.

J Hodgson and Sons Ltd, of Carre Street, Sleaford, disturbed asbestos insulating board during refurbishment work at the former White Hart pub in Southgate in the town between March and June 2011.

The company had  placed the material in an open skip close to a busy thoroughfare in the early stages of stripping out the building. A surveyor visiting the premises reported this to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which immediately served a Prohibition Notice stopping all work at the site until the firm employed a licensed asbestos removal company to take the material away.

At Lincoln Magistrates’ Court  on 10 September, J Hodgson and Sons Ltd pleaded guilty to two separate breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 for failing to prevent the spread of asbestos and exposure to it. The company was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Sam Russell said:

“The company first put workers’ health at risk by disturbing asbestos and then that of the public by putting the insulation board in an open skip close to a busy thoroughfare between a car park and Sleaford’s main shopping area.

“Asbestos-related diseases kill more than 4,000 people a year. Asbestos is still prevalent in many buildings and has to be managed correctly. Operatives and companies must be trained to work with this potentially deadly material to make sure no-one is put at risk.”

Further information on managing risks and working safely with asbestos can be found online at www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos or by speaking to  Acorn EHS, we offer a comprehensive service which will  ensure your organisation is compliant with the regulation.

Be Asbestos Aware

Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. At Acorn EHS we provide health and safety advice and guidance to organisations so their staff who may be exposed to asbestos at work know what to do to protect themselves and others.

Why is asbestos dangerous?

When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases which are responsible for around 4000 deaths a year. There are four main diseases caused by asbestos: mesothelioma (which is always fatal), lung cancer (almost always fatal), asbestosis (not always fatal, but it can be very debilitating) and diffuse pleural thickening (not fatal).

Asbestos fibres are present in the environment in Great Britain so people are exposed to very low levels of fibres. However, a key factor in the risk of developing an asbestos-related disease is the total number of fibres breathed in. Working on or near damaged asbestos-containing materials or breathing in high levels of asbestos fibres, which may be many hundreds of times that of environmental levels can increase your chances of getting an asbestos-related disease.

Asbestos related diseases won’t affect immediately but later on in life, so there is a need for you to protect yourself now to prevent you contracting an asbestos-related disease in the future. It is also important to remember that people who smoke and are also exposed to asbestos fibres are at a much greater risk of developing lung cancer.