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  • How to use nanotechnology safely in construction and demolition

    Mega phone 08 January 2018
    180108 Nanotech

    Self-cleaning windows, very high strength concrete and thin, lightweight, super-efficient insulation – just three examples of new building materials with impressive properties made possible by nanotechnologies that manipulate materials atom by atom.

    These unlock new and better features to transform the performance of buildings and infrastructure. But, for all their benefits, the very small-scale particles and fibres could also carry risks.

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  • “Concern” over fatal accidents on Ireland’s farms

    Mega phone 05 January 2018
    180105 Farm

    A rise in the number of fatal accidents on Ireland’s farms – especially those involving over-65s – demonstrates the need for continued health and safety support.

    There were 24 work-related fatalities in the country’s agricultural sector in 2017 - accounting for more than half of the overall toll of 47 across all sectors, according to figures released by the country’s Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

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  • High-rise fire safety needs ‘right people making right decisions’ after Grenfell

    Mega phone 18 December 2017
    170731 Judith Hackitt

    Ensuring that “the right people” are in place to “make the right decisions” on fire safety in high-rise or complex buildings is vital to prevent a repeat of tragedies like the Grenfell Tower fire, a leading global body for health and safety professionals said today.

    The interim report by Dame Judith Hackitt into building regulations and fire safety, commissioned following Grenfell, was published today, Monday 18 December.

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  • Silica dust cancer risk tackled by cross-industry commitment

    folder 04 December 2017
    Stone cutter

    Measures to control employee exposure to the second biggest cancer-causing agent found in the world’s workplaces have been introduced by a cross-sectoral group of organisations.

    After signing a commitment to tackle the cancer risk posed by respirable crystalline silica (RCS), organisations have removed or substituted materials which contain the deadly dust while others have introduced mechanisms to control what workers breathe in.

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  • Trainers aim to drive up Bangladesh health and safety standards

    Mega phone 01 December 2017
    factory floor

    Twenty-nine people have undergone training to enable them to deliver workshops to raise health and safety standards in Bangladesh’s factories and communities.

    The 15 women and 14 men were the first cohort of trainers to be recruited to the OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) Initiative for Workers and Communities, which is co-funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

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