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SAFETY MATTERS WINTER 2016

11 January 2017
  • FATIGUE
  • NEW SENTENCING GUIDELINES
  • NEAR MISS?
  • LADDER INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE
  • ASSESSING THE RISKS OF PUSHING AND PULLING
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SAFETY MATTERS AUTUMN 2016

24 October 2016
  • COMMENT
  • BACK OF LORRY AS WORK PLACE
  • DELIVERY DRIVER HAS BLOCKED TRAFFIC
  • DRIVERS GIVEN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WARNING
  • OLDER EMPLOYEES
  • WORKING AT HEIGHT (AGAIN)
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SAFETY MATTERS SUMMER 2016

17 June 2016
  • COMMENT
  • FALL WHILST WORKING AT HEIGHT
  • ASSESSING WORK AT HEIGHT
  • HIGH NEUTRAL LOADS (SWITCH-MODE POWER SUPPLIES)
  • THOROUGH EXAMINATION OF LIFTING EQUIPMENT
  • CIRCUS TENT COLLAPSE
  • NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR REPORTING RIDDORS
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SAFETY MATTERS SPRING 2016

17 June 2016
  • COMMENTARY
  • FINES FOR ASBESTOS CODE BREACHES
  • WORK LADDER FALLS
  • WORKER KILLED WHILST ASSISTING A REVERSING LORRY
  • THERMAL RUNWAY
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SAFETY MATTERS WINTER 2015

17 June 2016
  • COMMENTARY
  • SOCIAL ACTION, RESPONSIBILITY AND HEROISM BILL
  • TERRORISM EVENT 2015
  • TESTING RESPONSIBILITY?
  • HEALTH AND SAFETY AND THE SELF-EMPLOYED
  • TIMBER MANUFACTURER FINED
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SAFETY MATTERS AUTUMN 2015

17 September 2015
  • COMMENTARY
  • HANDRAILS IN THEATRES
  • FALL INTO LIFT SHAFT
  • LIFTING SAFELY
  • CUTTING CORNERS WITH AGRICULTURAL SELF-ADHESIVE TAPE?
  • ANOTHER FAIR RIDE INCIDENT
  • COSHH E-TOOL
  • HEALTH AND SAFETY NO EXCUSE!
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SAFETY MATTERS SUMMER 2015

16 June 2015
  • COMMENTARY
  • CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER OFFENCE
  • SERIOUS SAFETY FAILURES
  • SCAFFOLDING FALL
  • A SCAFFOLD COMPLAINT
  • FINE FOR TESTING LIVE CONTROL
  • AND FINALLY, A MYTH BUSTER!
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SAFETY MATTERS SPRING 2015

24 March 2015
  • COMMENTARY
  • DOORS TO NOWHERE
  • FALLS FROM A WALKWAY AND FENCING
  • PROHIBITION NOTICE
  • MOBILE ELEVATING WORK PLATFORMS (HSE GEIS6)
  • GET A GRIP
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SAFETY MATTERS WINTER 2014

15 December 2014
  • COMMENTARY
  • RISK ASSESSMENTS
  • ABSENCE OF RISK ASSESSMENT
  • FAULT-RIDDEN FORKLIFT
  • THEATRE ANNOUNCEMENT
  • HEALTH AND SAFETY LAW POSTER
  • HEARING PROTECTION AND HE "REAL WORLD"
  • VAPING IN THE WORKPLACE
  • MOVING LIGHT HEAT SCREEN
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SAFETY MATTERS AUTUMN 2014

13 October 2014
  • COMMENTARY
  • FALLS FROM HEIGHT
  • RISK ASSESSMENTS
  • CRUSHED BY MDF
  • CHILD PERFORMANCE REGULATIONS
  • COMPANY FINED FOR COMPLIANCE FAILURE
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SAFETY MATTERS SUMMER 2014

7 July 2014
  • ARE YOU BEING STRESSED BY EMAILS
  • NO SAFE SYSTEM OF WORK WHILE ERECTING A TEMPORARY STAGE
  • A SAWMILL WORKED LEFT WITH A PERMANENT IMPAIRMENT
  • EMPLOYERS' LIABILITY COMPULSORY INSURANCE
  • BIRMINGHAM FIRM FINED AFTER WORKER SUFFERS LIFE-CHANGING INJURIES
  • MAKING A DRAMA OUT OF STRESS
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SAFETY MATTERS SPRING 2014

1 May 2014
  • ELECTRICITY
  • SAFELY MANAGING SPRAY ROOMS: HSG276
  • HSE POSTER
  • WORKER'S FINGERS SEVERED
  • FALL FROM A LADDER
  • WORKING AT HEIGHT:SIMPLIFIED
  • PASMA AND BS EN 1004
  • HSE COMMENT ON LOW VOLTAGE
  • COSHH ACOP
  • AND FINALLY
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SAFETY MATTERS WINTER 2013

21 January 2014
  • HOW OFTEN DO RULES APPLY?
  • SCENERY TOPPLED FROM A TRUCK
  • HIPPODROME WORKER FALL
  • A NIGHT FROM HELL
  • CIRCUS AS A 'RISK ART'
  • HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE
  • CONTROL OF LEGIONELLA BACTERIA IN WATER SYSTEMS
  • WEDDING DECORATOR IN FALL
  • SCHOOL CARETAKER FALLS THROUGH ROOF
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SAFETY MATTERS AUTUMN 2013

2 December 2013
  • Legislation
  • FIRST AID
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Hands-only CPR
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • RIDDOR
  • Specified injuries to workers
  • Injuries to non-workers
  • Reportable occupational diseases
  • Reportable dangerous occurrences
  • Reports
  • WHEN AN INSPECTOR CALLS - FEES FOR INTERVENTION (FFI)
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SAFETY MATTERS SUMMER 2013

2 December 2013
  • PPE
  • Does the law require head protection when assembling scenery?
  • What is 'suitable' head protection?
  • Do we have to wear safety footwear?
  • Is it okay to wear rigger boots?
  • Should shorts be allowed when working on stage?
  • Hand protection?
  • When must hi-vis clothing be worn?
  • DRIVER RUN OVER BY HIS OWN LORRY
  • FIRST AID UPDATE
  • ASBESTOS RISK
  • TECHNICAL STANDARDS 2013
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SAFETY MATTERS SPRING 2013

10 July 2013
  • MANUAL HANDLING
  • AND DON'T FORGET (RSI & WRULD)
  • FORKLIFT INCIDENT
  • COUNTERFEIT SAFETY HELMETS
  • WORK AT HEIGHT INCIDENT
  • HOOPED LADDERS
  • TALLESCOPES
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SAFETY MATTERS WINTER 2012

10 July 2013
  • SAFETY SIGNS FOR THE PUBLIC AND WORKPLACE
  • TOOLBOX TALK 'ON-LINE'
  • ELECTRIC SHOCK
  • REVERSING TRANSIT VAN
  • WORK AT HEIGHT INJURY
  • LONE WORKING: MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE
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SAFETY MATTERS AUTUMN 2012

10 July 2013
  • HARD HAT OR RISK ASSESSMENT
  • PROVISION AND USE OF WORK EQUIPMENT
  • FEE FOR INTERVENTION (FFI)
  • RENEWED FOCUS ON LEGIONELLA RISK
  • DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!
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SAFETY MATTERS SUMMER 2012

10 July 2013
  • COACH YOUR VOICE
  • MANUAL HANDLING AND THE SAFE USE OF MECHANICAL AIDS
  • FORKLIFT VEHICLES
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SAFETY MATTERS SPRING 2012

10 July 2013
  • PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING Q&A
  • REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURIES?
  • LADDERS & STEPLADDERS: TRAINING IS NECESSARY
  • MAN DIES FROM FALL: BREAD COMPANY FINED
  • CAMERAMAN HURT ON SET: FILM COMPANY FINED
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SAFETY MATTERS WINTER 2011

10 July 2013
  • RECONSIDERING HEALTH & SAFETY REGULATIONS
  • LEDs TO IMPROVE SAFETY
  • USE OF TALLESCOPES IN THEATRES
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SAFETY MATTERS AUTUMN 2011

10 July 2013
  • ACCIDENT REPORT CHANGED
  • HSE INFORMATION WEB; INFOLINE NO MORE
  • THOROUGH EXAMINATION
  • LOADING BAY INCIDENT
  • NON-COMPLIANCE WITH HEALTH AND SAFETY LAWS COULD BE COSTLY?
  • ENTERTAINMENT INFORMATION
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SAFETY MATTERS SUMMER 2011

10 July 2013
  • Costume Designer is Paralysed
  • Modern Manual Handling
  • Edge-Safe
  • Working at Height using scaffolding in Theatres
  • Controlling Wood Dust Risk
  • ABTT Access Code
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SAFETY MATTERS SPRING 2011

10 July 2013
  • Lone working
  • Deadly Wood Dust Warning
  • Fatal lack of planning
  • Corporate manslaughter
  • Tallescopes update
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SAFETY MATTERS WINTER 2010

10 July 2013
  • TALLESCOPES: THE CURRENT POSITION
  • 13MM GRADE 8 LONG LINK CHAIN
  • COMMON SENSE, COMMON SAFETY
  • IS FIRE RISK TARGETED FOR SPECIAL ATTENTION?
  • DRIVERS WARNED OVER LEGIONELLA RISK
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SAFETY MATTERS AUTUMN 2010

10 July 2013
  • FOOD, DRINK AND HYGIENE
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points
  • (HACCCP)
  • WORKING AT HEIGHT
  • Tail lift inspection
  • HSE surprise visit
  • Missing guardrail
  • Can you produce the inspection and
  • maintenance records for your harnesses?
  • FAULTY ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES MAY
  • KILL
  • Code of practice for Portable Appliance
  • Testing & advice on electrical safety in
  • theatres (2010)

SAFETY MATTERS SUMMER 2010

10 July 2013
  • Harassment in the workplace
  • Operating Machinery directive
  • Guardrail Collapsed
  • Optical Radiation Rules
  • Legislation and Enforcement
  • Fire Risk Management?
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SAFETY MATTERS SPRING 2010

10 July 2013
  • Commentary
  • Slips and Trips
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SAFETY MATTERS WINTER 2009

10 July 2013
  • Commentary
  • Electric shock
  • Moving Vehicles and Pedestrians
  • New risk assessment tools save businesses time and money
  • Death of worker at height serves as warning to employers
  • Draft Code of Practise for the selection and use of access equipment for working at heights in theatres
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SAFETY MATTERS AUTUMN 2009

10 July 2013
  • Moves to simplify Health and Safety take effect
  • Re-Examine your working at Height practices
  • Asbestos warning after company prosecuted
  • Earplug myth or summer madness?
  • Two manual handling incidents
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SAFETY MATTERS SUMMER 2009

10 July 2013
  • First Aid Management after harness suspension intolerance
  • First aid guidance for the post-recovery of a semi-conscious or unconscious person in a horizontal position
  • Hairdressers wave goodbye to bad hand days
  • Spot-checks highlight the danger of unrestrained vehicle loads
  • Royal Opera House compensates employee
  • Model technical rider & guide
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SAFETY MATTERS SPRING 2009

10 July 2013
  • First Aid at Work Training
  • Meanwhile a Message from the Ambulance Service
  • £5,000 award for damage to eye
  • Restrain loads on vehicles
  • HSE Inspectorate
  • The Health and Safety commission and the Health and Safety Executive have merged
  • Court ruling on risk assessments
  • Note on John Watts Memorial Forum - 13 May 2009
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SAFETY MATTERS WINTER 2008

10 July 2013

Safety Matters for Winter 2008

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SAFETY MATTERS AUTUMN 2008

10 July 2013

Safety Matters for Autumn 2008

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SAFETY MATTERS SUMMER 2008

10 July 2013

Safety Matters for Summer 2008

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SPRING 2008

10 July 2013
  • Corporate Manslaughter and the Corporate Homicide Act 2007 Case updates
  • Ladder Fall followed by a £9,000 fine
  • Failure to carry out proper risk assessments before maintenance work followed by a £95,000 fine
  • Ignored permit-to-work system followed by a £175,000 fine
  • TALLESCOPES – WHERE ARE WE NOW?
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WINTER 2007

10 July 2013
  • Safe Vehicles
  • Footwear
  • Environmental Influences
  • Loading/Unloading
  • Manual Handling Risks
  • Legal Consequences
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AUTUMN 2007

10 July 2013
  • Corporate Manslaughter Act given Royal Assent
  • Mobile phone driver can now claim damages
  • Insurance company warns on tired drivers
  • Company fined for breaching PUWER
  • Laptops causing back problems
  • Portable Appliance Testing

SUMMER 2007

10 July 2013
  • THE LIFTING OPERATIONS AND LIFTING EQUIPMENT
  • REGULATIONS 1998 (LOLER)
  • TRAIN IN THE PROPER USE OF MACHINERY
  • INJURED BY AN UNGUARDED CIRCULAR SAW
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SPRING 2007

10 July 2013
  • An introduction to THE FIRE SAFETY ORDER Part two
  • Identify potential sources of ignition
  • Identify sources of fuel
  • Oxygen
  • Floor plans
  • The Emergency Plan
  • Warning systems
  • Post incident plans
  • Other emergencies
  • Special effects
  • Further advice
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WINTER 2006

10 July 2013
  • An introduction to THE FIRE SAFETY ORDER Part one
  • The five steps of a fire safety risk assessment
  • Smoke Escape routes
  • Signs
  • Further advice
  • Moving Vehicles
  • Working at height
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SUMMER 2006

10 July 2013
  • Reform of first aid certificates.
  • HSE urges caution over Retractable type fall arresters.
  • Noise at Work.
  • Sorting slips and trips in Theatre.
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SPRING 2006

10 July 2013
  • Manual Handling
  • First Aid provision for the Public.
  • Warehouse prosecution highlights important safety issues.
  • 3 Phase power - new and old colour codes.
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WINTER 2005

10 July 2013
  • Explosives Regulations update
  • Transport
  • storage
  • Permitted Storage
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AUTUMN 2005

10 July 2013

Outside the Theatre:

  • Blocked exits, Arson;
  • Fatalities;
  • Work is Essential for Good Health;
  • A common sense approach to risk management;
  • New Vibration at work regulations.
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SPRING 2005

10 July 2013

STRESS; Statistics on Workplace Safety; Refuges;

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WINTER 2004

10 July 2013

Legionnaires’ Disease; Guidance On The Maintenance Of Portable Electrical Equipment; Hse Issues Guidance For Homeworking; Safety Warning On “Sold As Seen” Machinery;

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SPRING 2004

10 July 2013

Noise and occupational deafnesss; Safety of electrical cable reels; Guide for the operation of Lasers, searchlights and fireworks in UK airspace.

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WINTER 2003

10 July 2013

COSHH and the management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999;

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SUMMER 2003

10 July 2013

Pyrotechnics; Top hat fitting; Manual handling.

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SPRING 2003

10 July 2013

Is the set designer responsible for safety?; Nuisance dust masks; Entertainment information sheets; Could an accident like this happen at your premises?

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