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New coronavirus causing concerns

What looks like an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus, believed to have started around Wuhan in China, has seen cases rise and spread over recent days. So far 9 people have died and over 470 people have been infected with the virus across various parts of China, according to press reports, and new cases have been reported in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and the USA.

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Increases in Legionella cases another climate change outcome?

The average number of reported/notified cases of Legionnaires’ disease in England and Wales over the last 15 years is approximately 350. Results year on year have been variable however, with 2011 recording the lowest incidence (235 cases) and 2018 the highest (814 reported/notified cases) according to Public Health England figures. But why such differences?

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Senior management health and safety training on the up!

The year is not two weeks old and already we’ve planned and delivered three sessions of Director/senior management health and safety training and have a number more in process.

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Another year, another decade and more change

For me, it doesn’t feel that long since the start of the new millennium and yet this week it was 20 years ago. Conversely, it also feels that considerable and significant change has been packed into these last two decades from a health, safety and environmental perspective.

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The high ground. Is it an advantage?

Towards the end of November, two consecutive articles were released by the HSE, both involving sentences to employers who didn’t put the correct precautions into place with their employees working...

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Legionella Control. Is it worth a sentence?

This insight demonstrates that people should be prepared when it comes to Legionella control and not assume that it won’t affect you or your company.

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Local authorities falling behind on food hygiene inspections

In a recent edition of Environmental Health News (EHN) a story was published about an infestation of mice found in a convenience store in the West Midlands following a routine...

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Asbestos in schools prompts air testing

Throughout 2019, the spectre of asbestos in schools has again been rearing its head.

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An ‘insight’ into fire evacuations for high-rise construction sites

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has recently published the findings of a study, funded by themselves, and carried out by the University of Greenwich focusing on fire...

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Budget time for health and safety!

In the last few weeks ‘health and safety budgets’ have been a recurring conversation whilst I’ve been out and about.

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Another fine MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) you’ve got me into…

Introduced to support energy efficiency and our carbon reduction targets, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) - through the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 – targeted our existing commercial building stock.

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Still more to learn for asbestos management in schools

As reported in Health and Safety at Work (September 2019) many of our schools are still struggling with managing asbestos.

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