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Asbestos could be in any house or building. Left alone, it isn’t dangerous. However, once disturbed, tiny asbestos fibres are released which can prove lethal if breathed in, causing lung disease or cancer. A Health and Safety Executive survey showed that tradespeople such as joiners and other construction workers could come into contact with deadly asbestos on…

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The main hazards found in hairdressing include the use of chemicals, dermatitis, the transmission of infectious diseases (such as HIV and Hepatitis B) and the safety of electrical equipment.


Hand and skin dermatitis are important occupational health problems faced by hairdressers. It occurs when a substance damages the skin. Such as frequent shampooing which removes the skins…

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A smoking ban in Scotland came into force on 26th March 2006, Wales on 2nd April 2007, and Northern Ireland on 30th April 2007. Restrictions on smoking in enclosed and substantially enclosed public places have been introduced following strong scientific and medical evidence which points to the health risks associated with exposure to second-hand smoke.


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The Management of Health and Safety at Work (MHSW) Regulation's 1999 require all employers and self-employed persons to assess the risks to workers and any others who may be affected by their undertaking. Many employers already carry out what might be considered to be risk assessments on a day-to-day basis during the course of their work…

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What powers do inspectors have?

Inspectors have the right to enter into any workplace without giving notice, though notice may be given where the inspector thinks that it is appropriate. On a routine inspection the inspector would expect to look at the workplace, the work activities, documented health and safety management systems and to check that you…

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Electricity at Work Regulation's 1989

What do I need to do?

You must make sure that anyone working on electrical equipment is competent to do so. An indication of competency would be assurance and verification that the person you are using to carrying out these electrical works, is a fully registered member of the National Inspection Council…

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For most businesses a reportable accident, dangerous occurrence or disease is a remote event. However, employers, self-employed and employees should be aware that they have duties under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation's 1995 (RIDDOR 95), to report certain work related accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences. The HSE31 (rev1) (RIDDOR Explained) contains a…

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