anthrax
What is Anthrax?
Anthrax is an infection caused by bacteria which form protective spores to survive in extreme conditions, enabling it to survive for long periods of time.
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asbestos
What do I need to know about asbestos?
Asbestos is a natural mineral used primarily for insulation and fireproofing. There are three main types of asbestos
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Asthma in the workplace - what do I need to know?
Asthma is a debilitating disease that affects around 5.4 million people in the UK. When someone with asthma comes into contact with an asthma trigger, the muscles around the walls of the airways tighten, narrowing the airway and making it harder to breath...
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bioterrorism
What is the real risk of Bioterrorism?
The risk that biological and chemical agents will be used deliberately to cause harm has historically been very low. However, in a time of international conflict and terrorist activity, it is easy to become paranoid about biological and chemical agents being used in the UK.
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bird flu
What do I need to know about Bird Flu or “Avian Influenza”
Bird Flu is a contagious disease of animals caused by viruses that normally only infect birds and, less commonly, pigs. Avian influenza viruses are very specific to bird species but have, on rare occasions, crossed the species barrier to infect humans.
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breeam
What is the relevance of BREEAM In-use to FM?
BREEAM In-Use is a scheme used to assess environmental impacts and sustainability issues relating to existing buildings. It is designed to reduce the running costs of buildings and improve their environmental and sustainability credentials by identifying areas for improvement.
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co2
What do I need to know about carbon dioxide?
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a non-flammable, colourless, odourless gas.
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carbon monoxide
What do I need to know about carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odourless, colourless, tasteless and poisonous gas which interferes with the delivery of oxygen in the blood to the rest of the body. As a result of these properties, it is often referred to as the silent killer.
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Closed water systems – How do I deal with with Pseudomonas contamination?
Microbiological contamination (sometimes referred to as “biofouling”) of closed water systems can be caused by a number of different micro-organisms including Pseudomonas.
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corporate manslaughter
Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 - How could it affect my organisation?
The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into force across the UK on 6 April 2008. Contrary to some reporting, it does not introduce any new safety laws or legal obligations but it does remove obstacles that have previously hampered the prosecution of, in particular, large companies.
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