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Industries worldwide rely on the steady supply of minerals and metals harvested by the mining industry such as coal, iron ore, bauxite, and potash. Though the final products of mining may not be hazardous, there are many chemical risks that mine workers are exposed to daily.
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It’s important to know how seasonal weather changes affect your safety equipment, especially if placed outdoors. With winter approaching, are your safety showers ready?

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Every employer has a duty of care to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees, this specifically includes controlling the risks from a range of hazardous substances, including Legionella bacteria. Failure to implement proper control systems or risk assessments can lead to heavy fines and huge reputational damage. Negligence alone is enough for a duty holder to be prosecuted
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With chemical hazards present at every stage of vehicle production, coupled with a large workforce, the risk of a chemical spill or splash is high. The manufacture of a car, although largely automated, requires the use of numerous dangerous materials that workers can come into close proximity of.
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Health and Safety guidelines surrounding hazardous substances and decontamination can often be vague. Guidelines often recommend the provision of ‘hygiene facilities’ or ‘washing facilities’ to ensure potentially harmful substances are removed before a worker moves on to another task or finishes work for the day. However, an ordinary shower or sink is not always enough to achieve complete decontamination, especially in the event of an accidental spill or splash.
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Legionnaires’ disease is contracted when bacteria in water droplets or aerosols are inhaled into the lungs. Certain conditions allow Legionella bacteria to multiply rapidly and increase the risk of an outbreak, these include temperatures between 20-45 C, stagnated water and areas that produce a lot of water spray.

As such, emergency safety showers and eye wash units, which can often remain unused for extended periods, should be managed effectively to reduce the risk of Legionella bacteria growing, surviving and spreading.

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Weekly activation of your emergency safety showers and eye/face wash units is paramount to ensure that all emergency equipment is operating properly. This process is stated as a requirement in European and International standards (EN15154 and ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014)

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In the UK alone more than 100 million tonnes of waste are generated every year requiring an enormous workforce to sort and process this waste each day. The recycling and waste management industry is constantly growing and developing due to the need for innovative technologies and processes required to deal with increasingly dangerous waste.

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Hughes are proud to have been awarded Best Health and Safety in Manufacturing at the SHE Awards 2019.This award win recognises the successful implementation of a Good Catch System at Hughes which helped in achieving a positive health and safety culture.

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Introducing Hughes’ latest development: a GRP ladder platform for emergency tank showers, designed to enable easy and safe access to the tank.

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