Health & Safety Bulletins

Latest news on the initiatives and activities being undertaken by the BESA in support of its members and the building engineering services sector.

Friday, January 31, 2020


The coronavirus is spreading fast. More than 9,700 people are known to be infected and at least 213 deaths have been recorded. The bulk of cases have been confined to China, but the virus is gradually spreading to other countries. Cases of the virus have been confirmed in more than 23 countries so far, including the UK. The Chief Medical Officer confirmed the first 2 cases in the UK, in...

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Driving in Varying Weather Conditions

As winter is now upon us, we look at practical advice on driving in difficult conditions. There are many risks associated with driving. Anyone who drives will have had some sort of negative experience. If you drive for work, it is your responsibility to ensure that you take extra consideration when driving in varying weather conditions. Reduced visibility and slippery road surfaces make...

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Friday, November 8, 2019

HSE releases Key Accident figures for 2018/19

Despite Great Britain being one of the safest places in the world to work, figures show that 0.6 million people sustained a non-fatal injury at work in 2018/19.   Read the full statistics...

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Is a 'Fit Check' the same as a 'Face Fit Test'?

The short answer is no and it really is important to understand what real face fit testing is and the difference between the two. So, we have put together a guide to face fit testing for you below.   FACE FIT TESTING Face fit testing is a process for anyone who works in an environment where the use of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is necessary to ensure that this equipment is properly...

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

HSE weld fume inspections due to start in January 2020. Are you ready?

The HSE have strengthened their enforcement expectations for all welding fume, including mild steel welding; because general ventilation does not achieve the necessary control. Control of the cancer risk requires suitable engineering controls for all welding activities indoors e.g. Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV). Extraction will also control exposure to manganese, which is present in mild steel...

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