Occupational Hygiene News October 2020

RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19

HSE has published guidance on when and how you should report coronavirus incidents under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013).

Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus

This guide explains how you can talk to your workers about preventing coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace. It gives guidance on reducing the risks from coronavirus, for example by putting in place social distancing measures, staggering shifts and providing additional handwashing facilities.

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Construction Fire Safety: Responsibility and Competence Matrix

The purpose of the matrix is to identify and outline the roles and the responsibilities of those involved in fire prevention on construction projects.

Tiny golden bullets could help tackle asbestos-related cancers

Gold nanotubes—tiny hollow cylinders one thousandth the width of a human hair—could be used to treat mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

New catalyst turns greenhouse gases into hydrogen gas

A new nanocatalyst that recycles major greenhouse gasses, such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4), into highly value-added hydrogen (H2) gas has been developed.

Manufacturing workers still being exposed to dangerous levels of air pollutants in the workplace

Up to 440,000 workers with health conditions that are worsened by air pollution are still being exposed to unhealthy levels of airborne hazards and pollution.

Keeping COVID-19 out of classrooms: Open windows, use glass screens in front of desks

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread around the globe, studying aerosol and droplet transport within different environments can help establish effective, physics-informed measures for virus mitigation.

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European Week for Safety and Health at Work 2020!

The European Agency for Safety & Health at Work Campaign 2020-22 'Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load' focuses on preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).  

Zooming In: Visualising the Relative Size of Particles

Lately, the world’s biggest threats have been microscopic in size.  But just how small are the particles we’re currently battling? And how does their size compare to other tiny molecules?

Home working and staying healthy

Download the CIEHF infographic 

What’s rhabdomyolysis, and how can you reduce the risk?

Whenever muscle damage occurs – whether it’s the result of a work-related incident, heat exposure, overuse or other cause – rhabdomyolysis can follow.

Global Ergonomics Month

Download the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEH) guide published to help leaders and managers in businesses and organisations make their office workspaces safe for staff returning to work and reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

This Overlooked Variable is the Key to the Pandemic & it's NOT 'R'


There’s something strange about this coronavirus pandemic. Even after months of extensive research by the global scientific community, many questions remain open.



HSE Safety Alert -


Use of face masks designated KN95

MPs urged to take action on silica dust

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) has written to MPs urging them to take action to prevent avoidable deaths and illness caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

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