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NEWSFLASH PREPARED FOR THE FLU SEASON?


With the ‘flu season fast approaching, Deb Limited has issued guidelines on how to adopt good hand hygiene practices, to help prevent the spread of germs in the workplace this winter.


Firstly, work with your washroom services suppliers to encourage good hand hygiene practice by providing posters and


stickers on the mirrors, walls and doors of washrooms. Also try and promote the use of hand sanitisers to complement routine hand washing and educate staff on why hang cleanliness is so important.


Secondly, combat the spreading of germs by implementing a winter cleaning schedule; move to


damp rather than dry dusting and consider different products for different surfaces to help eliminate and prevent the spread of germs. And finally, when it comes to the most important part (i.e. making sure your staff are fit and well), make sure you have a strategy in place that focuses on health


management rather than absence management, try implementing an on-site flu vaccination programme for your workforce and, if your business provides an on-site restaurant, incorporate daily healthy food options throughout the winter months to help employees get their all important 5-a- day.


EUROVIA ROADSTONE IMPROVES ROAD SAFETY WITH HGV SIDE SENSORS


As part of a conscious effort to improve road safety, one of the leading asphalt production companies, Eurovia Roadstone, has undertaken trials and fitted proximity sensors to heavy goods vehicles operating in London, Essex, Suffolk and Kent.


In Britain, on average, 2,706 cyclists are killed or seriously injured on our highways and a large percentage of


these accidents involve lorries turning left as they do not have clear visibility of cyclists alongside the vehicle due to blind spots. A study by the Transport Research Laboratory also found that 23 out of 92 fatal collisions in London were a result of large vehicles turning left.


With 38 liveried vehicles delivering asphalt across central London, Essex, Suffolk and Kent and a desire to improve safety on our highways, Eurovia


NORTH YORKSHIRE FIRM IN COURT FOR SAFETY BREACH


A North Yorkshire company has been fined under safety laws after a supervisor suffered severe injuries to his hand.


The man, who does not want to be named, had his right hand crushed with two fingers severed when he attempted to clean an air slide under a large machine used for mixing animal feed.


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Northallerton Magistrates’ Court was told that the incident happened on 10th August 2010 at A.One Feed Supplements Ltd of North Hill, Dishforth Airfield, Thirsk.


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which brought the prosecution, told the court the man had been told by a production worker at the start of his


shift that the air slide was not operating, a regular problem owing to a build-up of sticky feed deposits on the slide and runners.


The supervisor went to inspect the machine and decided to clean the slide. After climbing a set of moveable steps, he reached up to undertake the work and was injured as his hand came into contact with


Roadstone in conjunction with Brigade Electronics plc chose to develop a solution to the growing problem of cycle safety. The result of this is a combination of proximity sensors, cameras and display monitors that have been trialled on two vehicles operating in London. Its success has seen a commission to extend the system to remainder of the fleet of liveried asphalt delivery vehicles.


dangerous moving parts of the machine.


After the hearing HSE Inspector Paul Newton said the injured supervisor had lost two fingers of his dominant hand, suffered nerve damage to the rest of his hand and would have to live with a disability for the rest of his life. He has not returned to work.


Latest statistics from HSE reveal there were 27 people killed in the manufacturing sector in Britain during 2010/11 and just over 3,800 major injuries were recorded.


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