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Health Hazards in the Construction Industry

Fast facts: • Asbestos is the biggest killer in the workplace • With noise damage to the ear, it may take many years for the symptoms to appear • Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) can cause permanent damage • Repetitive work is one of the major causes of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) • Reaction of the skin … Continue reading Health Hazards in the Construction Industry

Develop Your Health & Safety Knowledge in 2015

At 3M we’re passionate about preserving the health and safety of your workforce which is why for the past 4 years, we have been running a series of free lunchtime webinars to share our knowledge and expertise on a variety of workplace issues and hazards. Featured in this years 3M Safety Spotlight webinar series are a range of informative topics, such as … Continue reading Develop Your Health & Safety Knowledge in 2015

The 4-step guide to Hearing Conservation

Protect your employees from noise-induced hearing loss and the result will be a healthier workforce and a more productive business. This simple 4-step programme should help you ensure every individual is offered the protection they need. Step 1: Identifying and measuring the noise Let’s start with a few questions about the noise levels where you … Continue reading The 4-step guide to Hearing Conservation

RPE in the construction industry

The construction industry can be a very hazardous place to work if you don’t take the necessary precautions, which can include wearing the correct PPE. Hazards can be divided into three main categories: those which can affect our hearing, respiratory system and eyes. In this blog, we’ll be focusing on respiratory hazards. As well as … Continue reading RPE in the construction industry

Winning hearts and minds to improve PPE compliance

An organisation’s culture can have as big an influence on safety outcomes as their safety management system. Culture can be best understood as “the way we do things around here”. An organisation’s culture will influence performance at work and poor safety culture has contributed to many major incidents and personal injuries.¹ The influence of senior … Continue reading Winning hearts and minds to improve PPE compliance

Tackling long-term Health and Safety issues in Construction

Fast facts: 4,000 people die every year from asbestos related diseases[i] 500 people die every year from silica related diseases[ii] 50% of all workplace cancers appear in construction[iii] The need to focus on long-term health issues Despite the fact that only 1-4%[iv] of fatalities linked to Construction are due to on-site accidents, historically there has … Continue reading Tackling long-term Health and Safety issues in Construction

Metal Processing: Event Round-Up

On Wednesday 5th November we held the first in a series of events for the Metal Processing Industry, ‘A Safer Future in Fabrication’ at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon. Highlights The event focused on the ‘health’ in health & safety and included seminars on implementing an effective respiratory protection programme, hearing conservation, hand-arm vibration … Continue reading Metal Processing: Event Round-Up

Skin hazards – choosing the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

There are two questions you need to ask yourself when you choose PPE: is it adequate and is it suitable? By adequate, we mean is it capable of reducing the wearer’s exposure to a skin hazard to a suitable level? By suitable, we mean is it appropriate for the task, the wearer and the environment … Continue reading Skin hazards – choosing the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Fit Test vs Fit Check – Understanding the difference

We’ve compiled this brief Q&A to emphasise the importance of, and the differences between, fit checking and fit testing, enabling you and your employees to safely use respirators while knowing how responsibility is shared. What types of respirators need to be fit tested and fit checked? Any tight-fitting Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) – disposable respirators, … Continue reading Fit Test vs Fit Check – Understanding the difference

Headline from the Helpline: Silica Dust

How dangerous is it to be exposed to silica dust? The health effects of long term exposure to respirable crystalline silica are well documented and include silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and lung cancer. The level of risk depends on the amount of exposure which is determined mainly by the materials and work methods … Continue reading Headline from the Helpline: Silica Dust

PPE Compliance, Stage 4 – Seven tips to reduce non-compliance

Non-compliance with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is costing us all around £65 million a year* and has serious health consequences for many. In this blog post, the last in a series of four written by Sarah Broadbent from 3M’s Technical Service team, Sarah takes a look at some of the steps you can take to … Continue reading PPE Compliance, Stage 4 – Seven tips to reduce non-compliance

PPE Compliance, Stage 3 – Consequences of non-compliance

Non-compliance with Personal Protective Equipment can have serious consequences for the individuals involved, the companies and society as a whole. In this, the third in a series of four blog posts, Sarah Broadbent, from 3M’s Technical Service team, gives us an idea of the sheer scale of this problem. Let’s start with a couple of … Continue reading PPE Compliance, Stage 3 – Consequences of non-compliance

PPE Compliance, Stage 2 – Reasons for non-compliance

Unfortunately, it isn’t enough just to provide your workforce with suitable Personal Protective Equipment – you also need to ensure they’re always wearing it when required. In this, the second in a series of four blog posts, Sarah Broadbent, from 3M’s Technical Service team, explores the various reasons why employees put their health at risk. There are all … Continue reading PPE Compliance, Stage 2 – Reasons for non-compliance

PPE Compliance, Stage 1 – What is non-compliance?

Providing your workforce with suitable Personal Protective Equipment is only half the story. Making sure your employees understand why they need to wear the equipment and also encouraging them to take the time and effort to do so can be a far more difficult challenge. In this series of blog posts, Sarah Broadbent, from 3M’s … Continue reading PPE Compliance, Stage 1 – What is non-compliance?

Headline from the Helpline: Fit Testing

In the first entry of the new “Headline from the Helpline” blog series, Pete Hilton from the 3M Health and Safety Helpline discusses the frequently asked questions he receives on Fit Testing… What are the common questions people ask you about Fit Testing? Probably the most common question is whether it is necessary to fit … Continue reading Headline from the Helpline: Fit Testing

Protecting workers’ hearing, Stage 4 – Validation

Noise protection is a vital part of Health and Safety compliance and doing the job effectively can actually lead to increased productivity for your company. This is the last in a series of four blog posts written by Technical Services Engineer, Sarah Broadbent of 3M’s Personal Safety Division and covers how you check that your … Continue reading Protecting workers’ hearing, Stage 4 – Validation

Protecting workers’ hearing, Stage 3 – Education and Training

Protecting your workforce from noise is vital for Health and Safety compliance and it can also reward your company with increased productivity. This is the third in a series of four blog posts written by Technical Services Engineer, Sarah Broadbent of 3M’s Personal Safety Division and covers the training options provided by 3M to encourage … Continue reading Protecting workers’ hearing, Stage 3 – Education and Training

Protecting workers’ hearing, Stage 2 – Protection

Protecting your workforce from noise is vital for Health and Safety compliance and can lead to improved productivity. In this, the second in a series of four blog posts, Technical Services Engineer, Sarah Broadbent of 3M’s Personal Safety Division talks about the different types of protection available and how to go about choosing the one … Continue reading Protecting workers’ hearing, Stage 2 – Protection

Protecting workers’ hearing, Stage 1 – Detection

Protecting your workforce from noise is vital for Health and Safety compliance and can lead to improved productivity. In this series of blog posts, Technical Services Engineer, Sarah Broadbent of 3M’s Personal Safety Division explains the methodology of implementing hearing protection in the workplace: Understanding the combination of volumes and frequencies of noise in the … Continue reading Protecting workers’ hearing, Stage 1 – Detection

PPE Compatibility, Part 2

PPE must be fit for purpose but ensuring different PPE fits together is just as important. Following on from Part 1, where compatibility effectiveness and comfort were highlighted as key factors, this second entry takes a closer look at the regulations surrounding PPE compatibility and the importance of educating your workforce. Rules of protection The … Continue reading PPE Compatibility, Part 2