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  • Global zero-harm strategy lands coffee producer health and safety gong

    Mega phone 15 October 2018
    181015 Food and Drink Awards

    A global tea and coffee producer, a world-renowned food manufacturer and a Scottish smoked salmon supplier have picked up major awards for innovative ways they protect their workers.

    The International Food and Drink Health and Safety Awards were presented earlier this month, with the top prize going to Finlays. Second and third place went to Kraft Heinz and Farne Salmon respectively.

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  • Vehicle choice could reduce drivers’ air pollution exposure

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    181004 Black cabs crop

    Could switching to low-emission taxi cabs potentially halve exposure to toxic exhaust pollutants? According to findings from new research, London black cab drivers experience twice as much exposure to air pollution at the wheel compared to outside of work, but their choice of vehicle can make a very significant difference.

    The study into air quality by King’s College London’s Environmental Research Group (ERG) monitored drivers of both diesel and electric taxis, measuring particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide inside and outside of their working environments. It found that drivers of diesel taxis are exposed to pollution levels 1.8 times higher than those driving an electric model.

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  • Worker protection requires “relentless” pursuit of improvement

    Mega phone 04 October 2018
    181004 Food and Drink

    The devastating impact of a workplace fatality was highlighted at a leading health and safety conference.

    Richard Parr, Chief Operating Officer at Natures Way Foods, told delegates at the annual Food and Drink Manufacturing Health and Safety Conference that the electrocution of a contractor “turned their world upside down”.

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  • Combustible cladding ban should apply to all high-rises - IOSH

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    181001 Cladding

    A ban on combustible cladding in the UK should apply to ALL new high-rise buildings, the chartered body for safety and health professionals said today.

    Housing Secretary James Brokenshire announced at the Conservative Party conference that new high-rise residential buildings, hospitals, registered care homes and student accommodation will be covered by the ban.

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  • “Strong leadership” needed to make railways safer

    Mega phone 26 September 2018
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    A railway safety expert is calling on industry bosses to lead from the front in ensuring risks to people are managed as effectively as those posed to their business, as new figures reveal the number of fatalities and injuries in the industry last year.

    Published by the Office of Road and Rail, the figures reveal that were seven passengers and two workers killed on the UK’s railways in 2017-18 – compared with 15 and one respectively the previous year. Meanwhile there were 337 fatalities involving members of the public – those defined as neither passengers or workers – up from 309 in 2016-17.

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