Health & Safety


Prison Sentence for Workplace Death Sends Message to all Employers

A three-year prison sentence imposed on a construction supervisor for criminal negligence in a young worker’s death is a message to all Canadian employers, says the United Steelworkers union. In the first such case in New Brunswick, a prison term was imposed on Jason King, who was a supervisor at Springhill Construction Ltd. on Aug.…


Legal Comment: UK Theatres Shutting Doors Over RAAC Fears

Kizzy Augustin, Partner at Mishcon de Reya LLP, comments on media reports of several theatres shutting their doors over fears of finding Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC). Whilst there is clearly an issue that has triggered the urgent survey of a number of schools, we must not forget the potential risks associated with lower rise buildings, both…


Safety in the Rail Industry: The Impact of Slips, Trips and Falls

Alongside the challenges of ensuring on-time departures and maintaining tracks and stations, a frequently overlooked concern in the fast-paced world of rail transportation is safety and, specifically, the occurrence of slips, trips, and falls. Seemingly minor incidents can have far-reaching consequences for the workforce, the public and the efficiency of rail operations. The Effect of…


Trade Body Backs Further Research into Damp and Mould

UK industry body the Property Care Association (PCA) recently pledged to support an international conference of industry experts and academics which discussed moisture, damp and mould in buildings. The PCA which sponsored the 2nd International Conference on Moisture in Buildings (ICMB) warns that tackling excessive moisture in homes should be treated as a priority. Organised…


Technology and Asbestos Monitoring in Europe

Whilst the UK’s regulatory landscape for asbestos remains largely unchanged, the European Parliament is discussing lower concentrations of airborne fibres. The SOCOTEC Group considers how technology can support this ambition. In 2023 in the UK the exposure to airborne asbestos fibres still poses a significant risk. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was once…

Case Studies

Putting Safety First

A new case study from Aramark considers the wider impact on ESG of its Safety Leader Program – a network of around 400 employees who are the ‘voice’ of safety across its businesses in the United States. Aramark_SLP_Case_Study


New Cementex Arc Rated Face Shields

Updated face shield provide classic, reliable arc flash protection.

Case Studies

Case Study: Enhancing Audible and Visual Safety in Large Manufacturing Plants

Industrial Concepts, Inc., of South Carolina has partnered with manufacturer of thermal management, and audible and visual alarms Pfannenberg USA, to develop a novel signaling solution for large-scale plants. The fully wireless solution uses Pfannenberg’s audible and visual alarms to integrate into existing automated alert systems. The elimination of plant-wide re-wiring means lower costs upon…


Exemplary Health and Safety Performance Recognised with Multiple RoSPA Awards

Mitie, has been awarded four gold medals by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for its exceptional health and safety performance across several business areas, including cleaning, security, waste, and landscaping, The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards programme is the largest occupational health and safety awards programme in the UK, with almost…


Office FM Specialist Wins British Safety Council Award

Office and corporate facility services provider Anabas has received an International Safety Award from the British Safety Council recognising its commitment to keeping its employees and workplaces healthy and safe. Now in their 65th year, the International Safety Awards acknowledge organisations from around the world which demonstrate their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related…


Multiple RoSPA Awards for Actavo

RoSPA has recognised Irish multinational infrastructure solutions provider Actavo with four awards at its annual Health and Safety Awards ceremony. Actavo Actavo Industrial Solutions UK received a RoSPA Order of Distinction Award following 19 consecutive years of achieving Gold Awards.  Actavo Network & In-Home achieved three awards including the RoSPA President’s Award, which recognises the company’s achievement of…


SOCOTEC to Support 6,000 UK Retail Properties with Asbestos Management

SOCOTEC UK’s Asbestos team has secured contracts to deliver integrated asbestos management, consultancy and training services for three major UK supermarket and retail chains. With a combined value of some £2.5 million annually, the contracts include a five-year extension that will take SOCOTEC’s partnership with one of the retailers to 16 years. The additoin of…


UniFirst Achieves Safety Milestone in Kentucky

UniFirst has been presented with a health and safety award from Kentucky’s KYSafe program following 1,164,849 of man hour operations at its distribution center in Owensboro without a lost time incident. The safety milestone, for the period from 1st June 2021 to 30th September 2022, is the third such award for the Owensboro team, with…


14forty Supports Critical Essar Oil Refinery Shutdown

Compass Group facilities management business 14forty recently supported Essar’s Stanlow oil refinery in Ellesmere Port during a vital shutdown event. Located in Ellesmere Port, the oil refinery covers a land area equivalent to 300 football pitches and produces 16% of the UK’s road transport fuel, operated by 1,500 engineers and support staff around the clock.…

Best Practice

Keeping Emergency Communication Out of the “Dead Zone”

Honeywell Building Technologies on why Advanced Emergency Responder Communication Enhancement Systems (ERCES) eliminate potential dead zones in commercial buildings to help first responders remain connected. First responders such as fire, EMS and police depend on reliable two-way radio communication when lives and property are at risk. That’s not always an easy task in many buildings.…


Asbestos Management in the UK

The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) came into force in 2012, updating and replacing the previous 2006 law. They contain requirements for work with asbestos, as well as information on the notification of work, designating areas where you are working on asbestos, medical surveillance, record keeping and ongoing awareness training. In November 2019 think tank…


New Safety Tool Targets SMEs

Global compliance Unicorn, Ideagen, has launched a digital tool to transform how small to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) track and report health and safety incidents at work. Ideagen EHS Essentials takes the best functionality of the company’s ProcessMAP solution (a legacy of the acquisition of ProcessMAP in October 2022), and packages it into an off-the-shelf product.…


Unions Respond to Hinkley Point Fatality

Unions GMB and Unite have responded to the death of a worker at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station site in Somerset, South West England. Hinkley Point C Union Convenors and Reps said: “GMB Union and Unite the Union members at Hinkley Point C are devastated by the tragic loss of one of our own. “All…

Best Practice

Managing Underside Fuel Tank Corrosion in Accordance with New DIO Guidelines

Matt Graystone, national account manager – defence at Adler and Allan, provides a checklist to help managers of defence estates comply with new guidance from the UK’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) on underside fuel tank corrosion. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has released new guidance for the management and maintenance of rectangular single-skin or double-skin…

Life Safety

Pfannenberg Launches World’s Brightest Stack Light

Pfannenberg has unveiled the BR50 Series Stacklight™, a visual indicators of a machine’s status for industrial machinery operatives which it claimms as the brightest on the market, outshining its own legacy range of stack light LEDs by 10,000 per cent. The solution features an online configuration tool that makes it easier to design a simple…


Peace of Mind in Harsh Industrial Environments

Pfannenberg is marketing its PA 1 PATROL Series Sounder which is suitable for multiple audible alarm applications, including cranes, mining, milling and manufacturing. According to the manufacturer, PA 1 PATROL Series Sounders reach a 105 dB (A) Max sound pressure level through a user controlled rotary volume switch and offer 80 pre-programmed alarm tones with…

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