Health & Safety News from August 2018

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Written by: Alcumus
30th August

Welcome to our monthly roundup of industry news. This month our experts have selected four articles they feel will keep you in the know around environmental management, occupational exposure limits, ISO 27001 and technology.

Environment Agency ups game against offenders

With a six-fold increase, in just five years, in the level of penalties for environmental prosecutions in the UK, this should be on UK businesses radar.  Especially as directors are particularly at risk. We found Clyde & Co’s research on the matter very insightful, highlighting the negative implications of poor environmental management.

Read: Environment agency ups game against offenders

Changes to EH40/2005 occupational exposure limit values

On 21 August 2018, the European Commission released new and revised Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for 31 different substances. The limits are instantly applicable meaning that relevant COSHH assessments need to be reviewed as a matter of urgency in order to remain compliant with COSHH legislation. In our own blog, we have highlighted the changes and offer advice on how you should prioritise your COSHH management.

Read: Changes to EH40/2005 occupational exposure limit values 

How to determine the scope of your ISO 27001 certification

ISO 27001 seems to be keeping many people awake at night! However, if you're considering implementing this system, it may not be as onerous as you think! We’ve given a rundown of all the things you should consider, before implementing.

Read: How to determine the scope of your ISO 27001 certification

Technology 'fuels our lives', says safety director

A great article from SHP Online on Technology and how our client TFL and others are embracing VR, Drones and other technologies to improve safety. 

We couldn’t agree more with Dylan Roberts, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Director at Skanska UK Plc comments in the article around “overcoming the fear of using it and the myth that its very expensive” and how technology can be a real enabler to improving culture.

Read: Technology 'fuels our lives', says safety director 

We'd love to hear about the health and safety blogs you've been reading. Email [email protected] or tweet us @alcumusgroup and remember to stay tuned for more of our favourite articles next month!