Latest News & Views From The UK Occupational Health World

You can see all of our articles on the latest news and views from the UK world of occupational health here. We will keep you up to date on the changing shape of regulation and requirements in Health & Safety

Thank you Garry for the amazing feedback!

Thank you, Gary from Carver Engineering, again for such an amazing recommendation for our services to one of our potential clients. " It is with much enthusiasm that I am writing to recommend the services of Healthscreen UK. I looked at several companies to provide us with health surveillance and after compiling a shortlist, I eventually chose Healthscreen UK due to their enthusiasm and professionalism. We have been using Healthscreen for our

Published Friday 16 February 2018

5 quick tips for working in the rain....

With the changing of seasons fast approaching, it is time to watch out for the rainy days. Kids love jumping in the puddles and we all enjoy the expression of dancing in the rain. However, working in it? Not so much! Unfortunately, the uncomfortability of working in the rain isn't the only downfall, with the rain, comes an increased risk to those working outside; Therefore it is important to take extra care and precautions. 

Published Wednesday 14 February 2018

Take a look around our Screening Vehicle 

Published Tuesday 13 February 2018

A Day in the Life of an OH Nurse...

Sometimes, understanding something from someone elses                                                                                 perspective is highly important in gaining further information and deeper understanding on differing matters. That is why our amazing occupational health Nurse, Janet Toni, has given us an account of her day-to-day life of attending site to carry out any required surveillance.           Being an OH Nurse, Janet is

Published Monday 15 January 2018

All you need to know about Face Fit Testing...

As an employer, you should be aware how RPE is to be used as the last line of defence against hazards to your employees in the workplace and not as an alternative to finding solutions to possible hazards. However, it is also of high importance to ensure face masks fit correctly to ensure they are providing the expected protection.  It is advised to ensure that no factors can interfere with the face mask providing ultimate protection. Factors

Published Wednesday 3 January 2018

All you need to know about a Safety Critical Worker Medical

So you've had a look   into what health surveillance you require and one of them is a Safety-Critical Worker Medical which you know involves: • A baseline Safety Critical Worker health questionnaire to establish any current or previous medical/psychological health history (we send this to you at the company for the employees to complete ready for when we arrive on site) • Urinalysis for diabetes or other health issues

Published Monday 18 December 2017

Healthscreen welcomes on board 2 new apprentices 

With the fast expansion of Healthscreen in the past year alone, we have welcomed on board 2 new apprentices Jamielee and Grace, who are both about to embark on their new journey to become an administrative assistant and to gain new knowledge on the world of Occupational Health.  Their main duties will involve will include the responsibility for completing a range of administration and customer service duties in order to support the company.

Published Wednesday 13 December 2017

Know the difference between all the HAVS Tiers (1-5)

Multiple studies have shown that regular and frequent exposure to vibration can lead to permanent adverse health effects, which are most likely to occur when contact with a vibrating tool or work process is a regular and significant part of a person’s job. Hand-arm vibration can cause a range of conditions collectively known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), as well as specific diseases such as white finger or Raynaud’s syndrome, carpal

Published Wednesday 13 December 2017

GP Referral Vs. OHP Referral in Audiometry

Due to SEQOHS accreditation, we have put it into our best practice to recommend employees' see their own GP if something flags on their audiogram even if under the HSE guidance lines they are normal hearing for their age and gender. It may be the case that an employee has wax in their ears and the GP may need to remove it, it is just cautionary and recommended only for personal benefit as well as company benefit.  

Published Monday 11 December 2017

Would you contemplate falsifying driving medical documents?...

According to a recent article published by the HSE, a self-employed driver has been sentenced by Leeds Magistrates Court after he acquired a contract as a commercial driver with an invalid medical certificate of fitness to drive. Not only was this certificate invalid, but the individual had altered his certificate displaying a false expiry date. A good practice is to complete a Driver Medical at the beginning of employment (or at least at the

Published Monday 27 November 2017

Healthscreen joins forces with Hear4U for a Spotacular Event....

On Friday 17th November, we joined with our sister company in Leicester and Hinckley Hear4U to swap our work clothes for our cosy PJ'S and on the baking cloves went to raise money for children in need.  Thank you so much for your support & generosity! We are delighted to announce that on our Hear4u fundraiser cake sale, held on Friday 17th November 2017 we raised a fantastic.. We cannot thank you enough for everyone's support and the yummy cake

Published Tuesday 21 November 2017

101: Safety Helmets

With 600,000 work-place injuries over the course of                                                                                                  2016/17 in Britain alone, can you afford to take the chance of not knowing your PPE? In 1989, the development of  " The Construction Regulations " ensured that in areas where the possibility of head injury is acknowledged, employees were provided with adequate protection in the form of safety

Published Friday 10 November 2017

European Week for Safety and Health in the workplace - 2017

With an estimated 30% of the European workforce estimated at being between the ages of 55-64 by 2030, This year's theme is to raise awareness of our ageing workforce and how we can better ensure their safety within the workplace.  Although there is an ageing working population, many employers see older workers as unfit to work due to 'myths' that they are unable to complete tasks given to them at the same high standard and rate as younger

Published Monday 23 October 2017

Council Fined £150,000 for failing to protect Employees from the risk of HAVS!

Across the UK alone, there are 2 million people who are at a great risk of developing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). With those working with the below list of tools or employed in the below list of jobs being at the greatest risk.  However, this is a very compact list and any job which involves the prolonged and frequent use of vibrating tools are at risk.  But yet again, as with the above, these are just a compact selection of industries

Published Tuesday 17 October 2017

Healthscreen Stands Alone from Sister Company....

As previously mentioned, this new office is going to give us the much-needed room to grow the team at the same rate as the company itself is growing. Already in the past few weeks, we have welcomed a new gentleman to the HealthScreen team. David Smith is training to provide services such as Hearing Tests,  Lung Function Tests etc. either on-site or at one of our HealthScreen Premises. David served 8 years in the grenadier guards which he did two

Published Friday 13 October 2017

Winter Cold or Occupational Asthma...

With the winter season coming in its easy to mistake the primary symptoms of a winter cold for Occupational Asthma. With over 5.4 million individuals suffering from asthma in the UK alone; you could easily be or know someone who makes up the 1 in 12 people who suffer from asthma.  Some of the below jobs are obvious in terms of the chance of developing asthma but not all. Even if you don't see your current job listed below, these are just the

Published Friday 22 September 2017

The Evolution of PPE - Respirators

From hard hats to safety glasses, PPE has became a mandatory stable for tradesman within the industrial industry. Defined as personal equipment which when worn correctly minimises the risk of exposure to serious workplace incidents. Unfortunately PPE is often overlooked which results in the the large number of incidents we often see through the media platforms.  The use of respirators in world war 1 was the first well documented use of PPE which

Published Tuesday 19 September 2017

Drugs, Alcohol & The Workplace

We have previously touched upon the high importance of alcohol and drug testing in the workplace, however what happens in your personal life can have drastic consequences on your professional life, however with 2016 summer crackdown by the police on motorists, 4,539 motorists tested positive or refused to provide a sample to be tested. How many of these could of been your employees?  It is of great importance and responsibility to have a

Published Friday 15 September 2017

New Development on the Horizon - OZONE

Here at Healthscreen we constantly have discussions on what more we can do so you fully benefit from our Occupational Health services. From discussions with clients and between ourselves one thing that kept being mentioned was the amount f paper being used. Which for our larger clients is an issue at time. Imagine a client wanting lung surveillance for 20 employees. The Respiratory assessment along with the Respiratory employee questionaire is 5

Published Friday 8 September 2017

Understanding Isocyanate Monitoring

Quick Chemistry lesson....                                                                                                                                        Containing Oxygen, Carbon and Nitrogen...Isocyanates are Carbon-based organic substances; Found in may products ranging from glues, installation foams and paints. With a solid safety scheme in place, workers shouldn't inhale Isocyanates however many factors can increase chances of

Published Tuesday 5 September 2017

What is Occupational Health?

Everyday we are bombarded with news article after news article on how this Health and Safety regulation was breached and this other one was breached. But can you tell me the definition of Occupational Health? The difference between Health Surveillance, Health Assessment and Monitoring? Within this blog we aim to help you improve your understanding of the great importance that Occupational Health brings to a company along with the many benefits. 

Published Thursday 31 August 2017

Take Action Today on Dermatitis....

DRY ITCHY SKIN? STARTING TO GO RED??...                                                                                                        If so you need to read this article. Red patches on your skin, which are starting to get itchy with dryness are 9 times out of 10 the first signs of dermatitis. According to the HSE; Contact dermatitis is the leading type of occupationally induced skin diseases.                                            

Published Wednesday 23 August 2017

Child of only 8 years old suffers avoidable life changing injuries

We often see news articles where by easily avoidable accidents occur; However it is rare when we see one in which shacks us as much as this article we came across recently.  With the summer in full swing, farmers often take on little helpers to assist in simple day-to-day running of a farm which are usually known to be a residence of a family. Although even the simplest of duties shouldn't be over looked by the weary eye when identifying

Published Monday 21 August 2017

WORK Place Hearing Loss....

"SORRY CAN YOU REPEAT THAT!?"....How many times have you or a                                                                                 colleague had to shout or repeat something whilst at work, simply due to not hearing them, even though they're less than 3 feet away? Although hearing loss can occur whilst enjoying day to day things like attending theme parks, gigs or festivals. Hearing loss within the workplace is a disease which creeps

Published Monday 14 August 2017


When searching for your PPE needs do you understand the difference                                                                             between what each EN standard (EN....) refers to? If not then your not the only one, It is common for people to blindly purchase a product based of its description with no regards to the EN Standard which could mean the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful purchase. With our launch of our

Published Tuesday 8 August 2017

The importance of being a SEQOHS accredited Occupational Health provider ...

Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service After working towards our SEQOHS accreditation we were finally awarded it in September 2015. We are happy that this is both a proof and a recognition of our commitment to offering the highest quality occupational health and safety services in the Midlands and across the United Kingdom.  SEQOHS (Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service) is a set of standards and a process of voluntary

Published Monday 31 July 2017

Launch of our new online PPE shop

Here at Healthscreen; We are proud to announce that after liaising with our supplier, web team and a selection of clients on our network;  Our online PPE shop is now live!  (click here to check out our new shop) Offering all the essentials for you and your employees to stay safe in environments where an individuals health and safety is at risk due to the nature of their work environment.   We have taken on this new endeavour, due to countless

Published Monday 24 July 2017

          Drug and Alcohol Testing

Drug and alcohol misuse within the workplace can potentionally cause severe negative repercussions upon not only the individual abusing alcohol and drug substances; but also upon their co-workers the companies productivity and efficency, along with the companies reputation. Workplace drug and alcohol testing can protect your employees and your business.   "It is an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 for any person knowingly to permit the

Published Wednesday 5 July 2017

The Importance of Pre-Employment Medicals

Hiring staff is a difficult enough proposition today. Are they the right fit, are they motivated enough, will they offer the business what it needs? All of these questions can be difficult to answer during the interview process. However, they aren't the only questions that you need to answer about a new employee. You also need to know do they have any existing health conditions and what is their general health. Pre-employment medicals ensures

Published Thursday 29 June 2017

What you need to know about Workplace Hearing tests...

The noise at work regulations 2005, requires all employers to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise at work. A part of the risk reduction is understanding the impact of noise on hearing and ascertaining the hearing thresholds of your employees and any prospect employees. However on a regular basis we get query after query on the importance of hearing tests and what it involves. So us guys at Healthscreen have

Published Tuesday 27 June 2017

Proper PPE Saves Lives! Why isn't it Designed For Women?

You know, a recent study we saw shocked us, I mean really caught us by surprise. As we go about our business providing health and safety services across the UK, we often see women wearing PPE that isn't really tailored for them. It often struck us as odd, but we didn't think that much about it. When you wake up to go work in the morning, what are your first thoughts? Running late? Meeting deadlines? Impressing the new boss? Now imagine being one

Published Friday 23 June 2017

Cover Up of Health & Safety Violations in The Case of a Death Leads To Prison For Men

Unfortunately it is something that we hear all too often. Someone being hurt because of a flagrant and often stupid health and safety violation. In the case of Benjamin Edge who was 25 and a father of one, those health and safety violations led directly to his death. What perhaps makes this case worse for the family of Ben Edge is that the people who were responsible for his health and safety not just failed, but then went on to try and cover up

Published Friday 17 March 2017

Helping Ex Service Personnel With Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Here at Hear4U & Healthscreen we want to provide the very best hearing services for you, as a thank you for the service you gave for our country. If you believe you are suffering from a hearing loss due to having worked as a UK Veteran we would like to help you. With the help of our leading manufacturers and their extensive range of hearing aids and a personalised care plan, along with our compassionate and professional service, we would like to

Published Tuesday 18 October 2016

Occupational Health Surveillance an Imperative in Some Cases

A recent case where a bakery in Hertforshire was fined by the HSE reminded us that even in the case where protective measures are in place, sometimes health surveillance is still an imperative. Let us explain.  The bakery was fined for a series of issues but one caught our attention. One of the failings was that lung function surveillance was not provided for its staff. In this case, exposure to flour dust was a concern, and even after HSE had

Published Wednesday 14 September 2016

Construction union voices health and safety concerns

The Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) has come out against Laing O’Rourke’s new safety policy warning that they feel it could damage the UK’s health and safety culture. Safety differently is the brain child of John Green, health and safety director for Laing O’Rourke's Europe hub. After spending five years in Australia, Green returned to the UK in summer 2015. In Australia, he successfully turned ideas in a book by

Published Thursday 1 September 2016

Download Your Free Guide To Occupational Health Surveillance

We thought it would make it a little easier for you if we gathered together an easy guide to Occupational Health Surveillance. It details what health surveillance is, how it is planned and what you need to think about in your workplace.  Simply click the image to the right to go to the guide, then save the PDF to your computer for later reference We hope that the guide helps you to understand your occupational health surveillance needs

Published Friday 12 August 2016

Download Your Risk Assessment Guide

We thought it would make it a little easier for you if we gathered together a risk assessment guide. It details what you need to think about when you are undertaking a risk assessment in your workplace.  Simply click the image to the right to go to the guide, then save the PDF to your computer for later reference We hope that the guide makes your risk assessment a little easier It is important to you and your employees that you make sure your

Published Thursday 11 August 2016

Are Your Employees Wearing The Right PPE?

As an employer it is important that you supply PPE to protect the health and safety of your employees. Many think that providing gloves, boots and other equipment is a simple exercise and once it is done, all of the requirements have been met. Unfortunately, it isn't as simple as that.  When you supply personal protective equipment it is important that you undertake a thorough risk assessment to identify the tasks, the risks and the PPE that

Published Sunday 31 July 2016

Training Day For Industry, October 10th

We will be holding a training event on October the 10th that we believe will help you protect your business and your employers. The training event will cover the need for drug and alcohol screening in the workplace and health and wellbeing for employees.  With the change in roadside breathalyser laws in 2015, it is inherent upon you as a company owner to consider how a drug and alcohol screening programme can fit into your business. This type of

Published Monday 25 July 2016

The Difference Between Hazard & Risk 

The terms Hazard and Risk are often used interchangeably but they are not the same thing . This is important in the context of risk management in the workplace. So we decide to take a quick look at the terms and what they mean in this context. When we refer to hazards in occupational safety and health the most commonly used definition is ‘A Hazard is a potential source of harm or adverse health effect on a person or persons’.

Published Wednesday 6 July 2016

Firm Fined One Million Pounds For Death of Employee

Watling Tyre Service, a Kent tyre company with fifteen outlets around the South East of England, has been sentenced for safety failings that led to the death of 21-year-old Matthew Hoare, from Canterbury. Matthew was killed when a tyre he was repairing exploded. Matthew was repairing a puncture to the tyre of a dresser loading shovel when it exploded. An investigation undertaken by the HSE found that Matthew was working on his own, that the

Published Thursday 2 June 2016

Occupational Health Screening Errors Lead To Fines

Two construction firms who are based in Derbyshire were fined for safety breaches as a result of separate investigations. The investigations were undertaken into reported cases of carpal tunnel syndrome and hand arm vibration syndrome in their employees. The Crown Court in Derby was told how employees at Sandvik Mining and Construction Limited and Sandvik Construction Mobile Crushers and Screeners Limited were regularly exposed to hand arm

Published Thursday 19 May 2016

Roadside Workplace Safety & The Right Equipment

In a departure from our usual articles, we have a guest post from Dennis Kaminski who is the Founder of an American safety supplies company called SafetyMart. They supply a huge variety of safety equipment that meet the needs of every workplace. When your workplace is the roadside, you need to take every precaution necessary to keep your employees safe. That includes using all of the right equipment. Dennis will give us a full rundown of what

Published Saturday 7 May 2016

Menopause can be a Positive Experience

Kathryn Colas, Founder and Managing Director of SimplyHormones, the first organisation to create bespoke digital education and training programmes about menopause. SimplyHormones has been operating successfully since 2008. Their client base covers a wide spectrum of the public and private sectors. Kathryn is a recognised expert often appearing on radio and television - BBC Breakfast, ITV, Sky TV plus BBC radio across the UK as well as popular

Published Thursday 5 May 2016


Occupational asthma is caused/exacerbated by exposure to irritants/substances in the workplace. There are two types of occupational asthma and each type is dependent upon the cause. it is triggered by allergens such as dust, animals, car fumes, paint fumes.  Allergens are called respiratory sensitizers as they cause changes in your airways to become hypersensitive.   It can take days, weeks, months or even years to become sensitised to an

Published Tuesday 3 May 2016

Designing an occupational health surveillance strategy

As an employer and under the relevant health and safety regulations, the obligation is on you to decide if health surveillance is needed and to institute it. There are definitive regulations that cover health surveillance for certain industries and particular working practices. Health surveillance may be required by law if your employees are exposed to noise or vibration, solvents, fumes, dusts, biological agents and other substances hazardous

Published Monday 2 May 2016

Drug & Alcohol Awareness Taining

227-229 Hinckley Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE10 1QT On 2 March 2015, the drug driving law changed to make it easier for the police to catch and convict  drivers under the influence of drugs. Healthscreen now provide training courses on Drug & Alcohol Awareness and Testing in the Workplace at our training venue in Leicester. This course helps you to be aware of alcohol and drug problems, the effect alcohol and drug misuse has on a

Published Wednesday 27 April 2016

Case Study: Man sentenced after worker is fatally crushed in a trench

Date: 11 April 2016 A self-employed contractor has been sentenced after an employee was killed when the trench he was working in collapsed on him. Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard how William Ryan Evans was contracted to construct a drainage field comprising of infiltration pipes laid at the bottom of deep trenches. He employed two workers and a subcontractor excavator to undertake the work at Longstone Farm, in Pembrokeshire. Hywel Glyndwr

Published Tuesday 19 April 2016

Occupational Health Screening, The Benefits

An occupational health screening strategy and health promotion in your businness can be a very effective way of increasing employee morale. It can also benefit the business by reducing sickness and corresponding absence levels. Let's take a deeper look at what the benefits are.  Looking after the long term health of your employees is good business sense. Employees are the lifeblood of any company, their morale and health is important to the

Published Saturday 16 April 2016

What is an Occupational Health Assessment?

An Occupational Health Assessment is a medical examination carried out by a qualified Occupational Health Professional. An occupational health assessment is used to advise employers on an employee's health issues in relation to their work. It is also used to make recommendations on adjustments in working practices that could be considered to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for that employee. These health assessments are usually

Published Thursday 7 April 2016

Hearing Tests in The Workplace, What's Involved?

We regularly undertake hearing tests in the workplace for our customers which helps them to meet their requirements under the health and safety at work act. It is a simple process which causes very little interruption to their business, we make sure of that. So let's talk you through what we offer.  First off, let's look at the requirements, if you employ staff within a noisy working environment, it is a legal requirement to protect their

Published Tuesday 22 March 2016

Director handed six month suspended sentence

A director of a firm in Wembley which prepares used cars for recycling has received a six month suspended jail sentence for health and safety breaches. A worker suffered severe crush injuries to his left arm and was trapped for two hours in the incident. He was injured while helping to move scrap cars into the back of a shipping container. The container was being made ready for their export to Pakistan where the metal would be sold for

Published Tuesday 22 March 2016

Occupational Dermatitis The Facts 

According to the HSE, occupational dermatitis is one of the most widespread causes of ill health and affects workers across different industries, including food processing and especially catering. The also say that nationally across all industries, an estimated 84,000 people have dermatitis caused or made worse by their work. The food and catering industries account for about 10% of this figure though, so it appears important that all industries

Published Wednesday 9 March 2016

Health Surveillance in The Construction Sector

Ongoing health surveillance of your employees is a means of detecting any harmful changes to their health. It also allows you  identify if further corrective action is needed at an early stage.  Health surveillance will allow you to ascertain if the health risk management system you have put in place is correctly working. Health surveillance is a statutory risk based system of ongoing health checks when exposing workers to substances or

Published Monday 22 February 2016

Plumber Receives Suspended Sentence & Fine

Colin Jones, an Exeter plumber left a gas meter and gas pipe in a dangerous state in a customer’s home after he had undertaken unregistered gas work. He had moved a gas meter at the property in The Mede in Exeter and then connected a new gas boiler to it. Shortly after this work the homeowners smelt gas and called Wales and West Utilities who attended the scene. They found two gas leaks, one on the gas meter supply pipe and one on the gas pipe

Published Friday 19 February 2016

Legionella Training Courses Across The UK

We offer Legionella risk management and risk assessment services across the United Kingdom. As part of our services we also offer Legionella Training courses, the courses can be tailored to suit your needs and involve a mixture of class based teaching and practical exercises. Our view is that customers shouldn’t have to lose 1 or 2 days away from the office. We aim to achieve an appropriate level of legionella training in 1 day and courses can

Published Monday 1 February 2016

Occupational Health Surveillance

In some cases that question is easily answered, if your employees work with certain substances or in certain situations then occupational health surveillance is required. Medical surveillance is a legal requirement for the following workplace exposures: Before we move on, let's look at the regulations. Under the regulations, medical surveillance is ruled appropriate for the following substances and work. If your employees work in this manner

Published Monday 25 January 2016

Let's Talk About Occupational Health Surveillance

Occupational health has moved it's focus from the treatment of occupational disease to the prevention of it in the first place. As part of this fundamental change in outlook it was realised that monitoring the health of the workforce on an ongoing basis could lead to early intervention and prevention. That in essence is what occupational health surveillance is all about, ongoing monitoring of the workforce for prevention of occupational disease.

Published Sunday 17 January 2016

Companies Fined After Injuries During Cold Store Collapse

Simple process and communication failures led to fines being levied on two companies for a incident that led to serious injuries to two workers. The companies were fined for safety failings that led to two workers being seriously injured at a construction site when a cold store they were working on collapsed under them. John Sisk and Son Limited, of Curo Park, Frogmore, St. Albans, Hertfordshire was found guilty of an offence under Section 3(1)

Published Sunday 17 January 2016

Occupational Asthma, What You Need To Know!

How many of you know that Occupational Asthma is one of the most commonly reported work related diseases in numerous countries? Or how many of you know what Occupational asthma is and how is it caused or exacerbated? Occupational asthma is caused/exacerbated by exposure to irritants/substances in the workplace.  There are two types of occupational asthma and each type is dependent upon the cause. The most common type of occupational asthma is

Published Thursday 7 January 2016

Let's talk controlling risks in your workplace

As part of managing the health and safety of your business you must identify and control the risks in your workplace. Although each workplace is different and may have different risks, the process of doing so remains similar. The risks in an office may be far different to the risks on a building site but the key is that there is risks or hazards at both sites that you need to identify and reduce. 

Published Tuesday 5 January 2016

How You Can Avoid Tougher Sanctions in 2016

2016 marks a change in health & safety legal matters with the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences to become active from February 1, 2016. There has been concern for some time that penalties imposed for healthy and safety offences, particularly on larger organisations, were too low. It was also thought that the approach to sentencing in the courts was inconsistent across different areas.

Published Saturday 2 January 2016

Death of a Scaffolder leads to huge fines

An incident which resulted in serious injuries to one Scaffolder and the death of another in Rugby has led to two companies being fined a total of £1.3million at Warwick Crown Court. The court was told John Altoft, 29, who was just weeks away from his wedding day was killed when he fell to his death after being struck by falling debris inside an industrial tower. On 18 January 2012, a team from Cape Industrial Services Ltd including the

Published Monday 28 December 2015

The Moment Workmen Cut Through an 11,000 Volt Cable

Another case that shows the importance of proper health and safety assessments of work and workplace. If proper procedures had been followed, the incident could have been completely avoidable.  Two construction companies have been fined £90,000 after two workers were seriously burned, and one scarred for life after they cut into a live 11,000v electrical cable in Millbank, London. Southwark Crown Court heard that the labourer and a bricklayer

Published Saturday 19 December 2015

Working At Height & Health & Safety

Every year employees suffer life changing injuries or die from fall from height at work. The sad thing is that often these incidents could be avoided by the simple application of health and safety principles. Beside the human suffering, these incidents lead to prosecutions and large financial cost for the companies involved. These incidents are not malicious in nature, they are caused by cutting corners, bad planning and sometimes downright

Published Thursday 10 December 2015

Leicestershire tradesman fined after employee lost fingers

Richard John Pullinger, a sole trader twho recycles cardboard in Polesworth, was fined at Nuneaton Magistrates Court after a 19-year-old employee suffered severe damage to his left hand. While working with the machine his hand was drawn into a roller press that had no guards on it. The court was told that the employee, Wade Moore had only been working for Mr Pullinger for three weeks. On the day in question he had his hand on top of cardboard as

Published Tuesday 8 December 2015

Let's Talk About Noise in The Workplace

Many employees in the United Kingdom are exposed to noise levels in the workplace that may be harmful to their hearing. Hearing loss caused by workplace noise exposure is preventable, but once hearing is damaged it is not repairable. Some 17,000 people in the UK suffer hearing loss, ringing in the ears or other ear conditions caused by excessive noise exposure in the workplace. It is a costly problem and not just in monetary terms, there is also

Published Tuesday 1 December 2015

Workplace Vehicle Safety Leicester

Just recently a commercial vehicle company was ordered to pay more than £212,000 after a worker was killed at one of its West Midlands sites. Craig Stewart Dunn, a father of three aged 44, was working for Imperial Commercial Ltd in Wellesbourne when he was crushed by a heavy goods vehicle. The lorry had been travelling less than 5km per hour and its driver thought he'd hit a stationary vehicle. The court was told that occasionally employees of

Published Sunday 22 November 2015

Health & Safety & Vehicles in The Workplace

Vehicles in the workplace continue to be a major cause of fatal and major injuries in the United Kingdom. The HSE reports that every year there are over 5000 incidents that involve some sort of transport in the workplace. Around 50 of these incident result in fatalities. It is obvious from the figures that vehicles in the workplace need to be covered by strong health and safety planning to manage risk associated with their function. 

Published Sunday 15 November 2015

New Health & Safety Prosecution Guidelines

NEW sentencing guidelines that have been published by the Sentencing Council will ensure a consistent, fair and proportionate approach to sentencing organizations or individuals convicted of corporate manslaughter or health and safety offences. Up to now, there has been limited guidance for judges and magistrates in dealing with what can be complex and serious health & safety offences that do not come before the courts as frequently as general

Published Tuesday 10 November 2015

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

COSHH is the law that requires all employers to control any substance that are hazardous to health. In order to meet all the needs of this regulation you need to take certain steps. You can prevent or if prevention is not possible, reduce workers exposure to hazardous substances by: Most businesses across industries use substances, or products that are mixtures of substances. Some industrial processes create substances. Some of these substances

Published Tuesday 3 November 2015

Firm Fined £50,000 Over Worker's Death

 A Dundee employer has been fined £50,000 after a worker died from the inhalation of fumes while cleaning a chemical stripping paint tank at a motor vehicle repair company. The Dundee Sheriff Court heard how on the 18th of August 2011, Steven Conway, 33, from Dundee died from the inhalation of dichloromethane vapour. Mr Conway was employed by Diamond Wheels (Dundee) Limited to undertake general duties at its Dryburgh Industrial Estate, premises.

Published Monday 2 November 2015

New Health Warning To Stone Workers From HSE

In a recent press release the Health and Safety Executive is urging the stone industry to do more to protect workers’ health. The warning arose following the findings of a recent inspection initiative undertaken in the south of England. Inspectors from the HSE visited sixty stone businesses, including work surface manufacturers, stonemasons and monumental masons during the initiative. The inspections ran from June to September, and the

Published Tuesday 27 October 2015

Builder Fined in Bristol After Worker Suffers Life Changing Injuries

A builder from Wedmore has been fined for safety failings at Bristol Crown Court after an employee suffered life changing injuries when he fell through a fragile roof light while working. The Crown Court heard how in August 2014, the 25-year-old employee of N C Tucker Limited of Wedmore, fell five metres through a fragile roof light at a farm during roofing work. The HSE investigated the incident and instituted the proceedings. 

Published Wednesday 21 October 2015

Health & Safety Questions? We can Help Answer Them

We know that you have a lot of questions about health and safety in the workplace. So we added a live talk facility to the website so you can speak to us directly online.  We are only happy to answer any questions that you have, just click the green bar to the bottom right and ask away.  Of course, we still answer the phone! So call us on 01455 234 600 if that suits you better. 

Published Wednesday 21 October 2015

Let's Talk About ART!

The ART tool is designed to help you to assess the risk associated with tasks within your workplace that require repetitive movement of the upper limbs (arms and hands). It will assist you in assessing some of the common risk factors in repetitive work that contribute to the development of Upper Limb Disorders (ULDs). The ART tool is intended for people with responsibility for the design, assessment, management, and inspection of any type of

Published Monday 19 October 2015

Woodworking Firm Fined For Safety Breach in Leeds

A woodworking firm, Spa Laminates Limited, was fined for safety breaches after stacks of boards fell onto two employees during their working day and injured both of them, one seriously. Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that, in August 2012, a fork-lift truck was working closely with two pedestrians during a lifting operation. The forklift hit a stack of boards which knocked into one worker. He then fell onto a second stack stack of boards knocking

Published Wednesday 14 October 2015

Drugs & Alcohol in The Workplace

Drugs and alcohol in the workplace is a major concern for employers, recently with changes in road side testing it has really come to the fore of everyone's mind. Employees under the influence are a danger to themselves and other employees. Depending on their employment role, they can also be a danger to the general public. So what do you need to know and what can be done to tackle the issue of substance abuse in the workplace.

Published Saturday 10 October 2015

Your Health & Safety Strategy, Falls, Slips & Trips

Work-related falls happen across all industries in the UK, including construction, office, and warehousing . Falls, slips, or tripping accidents are usually simple enough but they can be costly to employers and the health of employees. These accidents can often be prevented and you should pay strong attention to them as part of your overall health and safety strategy. To do so though, it helps to understand why the accidents happen and what

Published Thursday 8 October 2015

Sam Bennett, Runner Up In Women In Business 2015

All of us at HealthScreen would like to congratulate Sam our Founding Partner and COO, she was the runner up in the small business category of the Women In Business Awards Leicester 2015. It is a recognition of the sterling work she does and the way HealthScreen UK has expanded and excelled over the years.  The gala event was well attended and Sam even got to see a celeb or two. Sam was really chuffed with the nomination and even more so with

Published Thursday 1 October 2015

Drug & Alcohol Screening, Why You Need it For Your Employees

Since March 2015 new legislation has been introduced in relation to drug driving. The new rules run alongside the existing law, under which it is an offence to drive when impaired by any drug. The new regulations set low levels for the eight illegal drugs, with higher levels set for eight prescription drugs, including morphine and methadone. The law has been introduced in such a way that those using prescription drugs that have been prescribed

Published Sunday 27 September 2015

HealthScreen is Now SEQOHS Accredited

After three years, we were told today that we had received the SEQOHS accreditation. It has been difficult at times and intensive learning, but it was all worth it when we read this: SEQOHS or, Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service, is a set of standards and a process of voluntary accreditation that aims to help to raise the overall standard of care provided by occupational health services. It is a tough, if completely voluntary,

Published Monday 21 September 2015

Occupational Health Services Success!

At HealthScreen we have expanded the occupational health services we offer this year because of demand from our customer base. This expansion has proved to be a huge success for us, driving more and more commissions from both our existing customers and new customers. This is by far the best year that HealthScreen has had in business. We lay the success of this year firmly at the feet of the customers we have served and continue to serve. 

Published Thursday 17 September 2015

Asbestos, What You Need To Know To Keep Safe

Asbestos, unlike many other harmful substances at work is actually a natural substance. A substance that humans have been mining and using for up to 4500 years. However, the modern era of asbestos use began in the 1850s. The use of asbestos became increasingly widespread towards the end of the 19th century. It was used for products such as fire retardant coatings, concrete, bricks, pipes and fireplace cement, heat, fire, and acid resistant

Published Wednesday 16 September 2015

Occupational Hearing Loss, Tips To Protect Your Hearing

Noise has a detrimental effect on humans in general, it appears we are not built for the noisy society that we now live and work in. Noise can affect your daily performance, behaviour and of course your hearing. Exposure to noise has health implications that actually go far beyond damage to hearing. Noise can distract, disturb and interfere with communication and sleep. It can also raise blood pressure and make people irritable.  

Published Monday 14 September 2015

Is Night Work Killing Your Employees?

There has been a steady stream of studies over recent years that suggests long-term night-working is extremely bad for your health. It’s quite a sobering thought for those who have to work at night and the businesses that employ them. There are currently 3.5 million people in the UK who do shift work. Many work long hours, working through the night. Disruption of sleep is not a problem for just night workers though, it appears to be a widespread

Published Saturday 12 September 2015

Hearing Loss in Industry Claims Rise in 2015

We came across an interesting piece on the interweb the other day. The piece was on The Actuary .Com and was about a significant rise in hearing loss claims in the UK in 2015. It also said that hearing loss claims had seen increases in 2010 and 2013. However, there had been a decrease in 2014. The article said that based on figures provided by the What was interesting was that  on average half of the claims made resulted in a zero payout. 70% of

Published Tuesday 1 September 2015

Occupational Health Needs & Problems in The Construction Sector

HSE estimates that two million people within the the Uk currently suffer from an illness caused by , or made worse by their working environment. Ill ­health can have a significant impact on the person affected but through loss of productivity, it can also have a dramatic effect on the business. According to the HSE, sickness absence costs the Uk economy an estimated £12 billion per annum. The construction industry is no different than any other

Published Thursday 27 August 2015

Occupational Health in The Motor Vehicle Repair Sector

There have been over 7000 injuries and 33 deaths in the motor vehicle repair (MVR) industry over the last 5 years according to the HSE website. Because of the nature of the materials used, there is widespread potential for work-related ill health in MVR body shops. Many of the substances used require careful storage, handling and control. It makes sense to have a strong occupational health strategy to protect your employees and your business. 

Published Saturday 22 August 2015

Respiratory Disease in The Workplace

Work-related respiratory disease is not just one singular disease. The term covers a range of illnesses that are caused or made worse by breathing in hazardous substances in the workplace. Substances that damage the lungs can be dusts, fumes or gases. The most prevalent of the diseases that are termed occupational respiratory diseases are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and silicosis.

Published Monday 17 August 2015

Hearing Screening in the Workplace, Food Manufacturing

The exposure to noise at work can cause irreversible hearing damage to employees. Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is one of the most common occupational health problems. It can also be one of the most difficult to detect as the effects on hearing build up gradually over a long period of time. Across all industry, industrial hearing loss remains the occupational disease with the highest number of civil claims. NIHL accounts for about 75% of all

Published Tuesday 11 August 2015

Spirometry in The Workplace

The term work-related respiratory disease covers a range of differing illnesses that are caused, or made worse by breathing in hazardous substances in the workplace. This substances such as dusts, fumes and gases, are varied from industry to industry but all will damage the lungs . The most prevalent of these workplace caused diseases are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and silicosis. 

Published Thursday 6 August 2015

What You Need To Know About Occupational Health in Food Manufacturing

Occupational health risks across different industries are often similar, but each industry has its' own risks that are peculiar to that industry. It is often the case that some occupational health topics and concerns are more important in some industries than others. In this article I would like to explore the topics that are most prevelant in the food manufacturing industry.  Every year, in the food and drink manufacture industry, around 19,000

Published Monday 3 August 2015

Noise Induced Hearing Loss in Industry

Every day, we experience sound, such as the sounds from television and radio, household appliances, and traffic. Normally, these sounds are at safe levels that won't and don’t damage our hearing. However, sounds can be harmful when they are too loud, even for a brief time, or when they are both loud and long-lasting. These sounds can damage sensitive structures in the inner ear and cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

Published Sunday 2 August 2015

Latest Occupational News Round Up

Here is a short round up of some news from around Britain that caught our eye in the last day or two.  Mansfield Magistrates' Court heard Nottinghamshire Council staff were using a lightweight all-terrain vehicle to travel around the park whilst emptying litter bins at the Robin Hood Festival in August 2011. Nottinghamshire County Council of County Hall, Fox Road, West Bridgford pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(1)(b) of the Management of

Published Wednesday 29 July 2015

Why You Need Hearing Screening At Your Business

Exposure to noise at work can cause irreversible hearing damage. It is one of the commonest health problems and can be difficult to detect as hearing loss happens very gradually over time. Throughout all industry in the United Kingdom, industrial hearing loss remains the occupational disease with the highest number of civil claims accounting for about 75% of all occupational disease claims. For this reason alone it is important for every

Published Monday 27 July 2015

Round up of the latest occupational news

We have decided to start delivering some of the latest news items from the occupational health world in the United Kingdom. So here is our first quick round up of the latest occupational health happenings in the UK AN oil and gas service company has admitted health and safety breaches in an accident which left one of its workers seriously injured. Dales Marine Services was fined £20,000 after pleading guilty to failing to ensure the safety of

Published Monday 27 July 2015

Biological Monitoring, Why Its Important For Industry

As part of your occupational health strategy, you might have to introduce biological monitoring. What is it though and who should consider using it? Biological monitoring (BM) is used to assess exposure of a person to any chemical or metal. The assessment of exposure is undertaken by the measurement of a chemical/metal or its breakdown products in blood, urine or breath. We undertake biological monitoring for both lead and isocyanates as part of

Published Thursday 23 July 2015

COSHH Health Surveillance, What is it?

Simply put, Health surveillance is any activity which involves obtaining information about employees' health on an ongoing basis and which contributes to protecting employees from health risks at work. It should not be confused with general health screening or health promotion. Health surveillance is a process; it may be a regular planned assessment of one or more aspects of a worker's health, for example: lung function or skin condition.

Published Tuesday 21 July 2015

There Are Hazards To Prolonged Standing At Work

Recently, research on the health risks of prolonged sitting at work have been prominent in the headlines. However, we read a great article recently on Medical News Today that detailed the findings of a new study on standing at work. The study from the department of health sciences and technology at ETH Zürich in Switzerland, published in Human Factors, the journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. also highlights the hazards of

Published Thursday 16 July 2015

Musculoskeletal Disorders in Industry

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) mainly comprise: WRULDs are chronic (persistent) injuries such as tenosynovitis and carpal tunnel syndrome and result from repetitive tasks such as on production lines. WRULDs account for around 23% of cases of occupational ill health in food and drink manufacture. Chronic back pain can result from repetitive or awkward lifting (e.g. on packing lines, production lines) and account for around 35% of cases of

Published Tuesday 14 July 2015


We would like to announce that Kerry Budworth has successfully passed the first two units of the National General Certificate and has just sent the final unit, NGC3 in for marking. Hopefully we will soon be able to announce that Kerry has gained the National General Certificate.

Published Thursday 21 May 2015


Usable straight out of the box, and featuring state-of-the-art CENS® digital technology, the new Mino CENS® offers shooters an affordable way to experience comprehensive CENS® digital electronic hearing protection. Mino CENS® universal electronic ear plugs are specifically designed to fit into any ear without the need for ear impressions or a custom-made earmould, and like full CENS®Proflex, also still allows for clear communication as well

Published Monday 13 April 2015


Healthscreen are exhibiting at THE NEC HEALTH AND SAFTEY EVENT in BIRMINGHAM from Tuesday 24th till Thursday 26th March.  We have speical offers on our custom made hearing protection, products and services for this event only. We also have a business card draw for your chance to win a hamper all you need to do is come to our stand *H38* enter your business card into our bowl. Winner to be annouced on Thursday 26th March. Good luck !

Published Friday 20 March 2015

Deaf Children Are Being Failed by the Education System

Imagine a world where nearly two thirds of children were leaving school without getting good GCSEs. Parents would rightly be furious that their child hadn't got the right support at school. There would be outrage and a clamour for urgent action. But when it comes to deaf children, this is the reality that we face. The latest figures from the government, published today show that just 36% of deaf children achieved the government's benchmark for

Published Monday 2 February 2015

Report reveals audiology depts under pressure

Two in five NHS audiology departments (41%) are being forced to cut core services due to shrinking budgets or increased demand, affecting hundreds of thousands of people across the UK, according to our new report launched today. Freedom of Information requests, which we issued to every NHS adult audiology service in the UK, reveal that the NHS is already struggling to cope with reduced staff numbers, restricted access to hearing aids and

Published Wednesday 17 June 2015

Christmas Opening Hours

Published Tuesday 2 December 2014

Duke of Edinburgh seen wearing hearing aids for first time

Presented with a pair of ear defenders for his ninetieth birthday the Duke of Edinburgh joked: “Can you get Radio 3 on this?’’ One can only imagine, then, the scene when Prince Philip, now 93, was fitted with the pair of hearing aids that he wore for the first time in public on Tuesday. Although particularly discreet, the devices, which are available through the NHS, could be seen in the form of two thin wires inserted into the Duke's ears at a

Published Tuesday 25 November 2014

Deaf for a day by John Barrowman

Torchwood's main man agreed to 'go deaf for the day' in London John Barrowman had his hearing reduced by 50 to 60 per cent Actor was helped throughout the day by a hearing dog; Robyn BBC star is an ambassador for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People As I walked along the Edgware Road, I felt as though the world was closing in on  me. I could no longer hear the sound of busy London traffic, footsteps walking behind me or the buzz of conversation around

Published Monday 1 September 2014

Deaf woman adopts deaf dog who knows sign language

Home > Blog > Deaf woman adopts deaf dog who knows sign language The staff at a Nebraska humane society says it can be hard for older or disabled dogs to get adopted. But one three year old pit bull who captured the heart of a volunteer is headed to her forever home with a very special family who can relate. Both the dog and her new human, are deaf. Tracie Pfeifle says Rosie the pit bull faces challenges that other shelter dogs don't.

Published Monday 12 May 2014

TESCO Being Sued over Rat Disease

A Lorry Driver is suing Tesco alleging he almost died from a disease caught off Rats in its' warehouses. Darren Finn 39 said Weils disease left him on deaths door.  The dad of two from Epping, Essex claims Tescos' depots were the only place he came into contact with rats. We deliver a comprehensive Training Programme on working alongside rats, pest control and the precautions that should be taken.  If you would like further information, please

Published Monday 7 April 2014

Deaf workers in a hearing world

A Regular helping of news of interest to the deaf community, compiled by the See Hear team. "Deaf people get information in far smaller chunks and it can be a problem for them to get promotions," says Moty Allshever, a sign language user from London who has established a company which helps fellow deaf people with personal development in the workplace. By this he means that in an office or business environment, deaf people can't always be part

Published Monday 17 March 2014
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