The FSDF Health and Safety Awards are now open for Nominations and supported by GNB Industrial Power https://www.exide.com/eu/en/global-solutions  The Awards take place on Thursday 23rd May 2019 at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London and aims to recognise excellence in health & Safety on an individual and company wide level. To enter, complete the form HERE and upload your supporting documents and submit online. CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 29 MARCH 2019 To book a place or a table at the FSDF Annual Lunch […]

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Two men injured in an explosion at an industrial estate had been carrying out maintenance work on a lorry at the time, it has emerged. The workers are in a serious but stable condition in hospital after the blast in Woodston, Peterborough on Wednesday 13th February. The factory is sub-leased by transport firm XPO Logistics to Nagel Langdons – a frozen food distributor. An investigation by Peterborough City Council is under way. Police said there was “no ongoing danger” at […]

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Join us for our London TechTalk on sustainable refrigeration road transport and reducing the environmental impact of the cold chain on 7th March. Dr Christina Francis from London South Bank University won the IOR’s Ted Perry award last year for her research into carbon emissions from Direct-Drive Last mile Refrigerated Vehicles.  On the 7th March the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) in conjunction with Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) are inviting Christina to talk about this research project and its […]

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Operator follows through on promise to take action. Each week the DVSA shares stories of operators who’ve failed to change their approach to compliance. It’s as bad when they come before commissioners as it was during the DVSA visit. But there are times when licence holders put things right. They see what went wrong and work to make it better. Last year, Traffic Commissioner Kevin Rooney gave one operator a chance to prove this. The DVSA examiner said he was […]

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Using and trading in fluorinated gases and ozone depleting substances if there’s no Brexit deal Following new guidance published in December, the new system to which businesses should register to receive Fluorinated gas (F gas) and Ozone Depleting Substance (ODS) quota is now live. In the event of no deal, new UK regulations, as specified in the guidance, will apply from 29 March 2019. These new regulations will transfer most of the requirements of the EU regulations into UK law. […]

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Did you know that people who sit for 13 hours a day have a 200% greater risk of death than those who sit for 11 hours or less? Yes, that’s right. Your chair is killing you. At least, that’s what research in the Annals of Internal Medicine says.   Worryingly, no one’s quite sure why sitting is so deadly. It might be because humans are designed to be upright. Our insides work better that way. Or maybe chronic sitters lead less healthy lifestyles. […]

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FSDF member Aggreko, the leading supplier of temporary power, heating and cooling solutions, has made a positive start to 2019 by achieving the new ISO 45001 international standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S), less than one year after the accreditation was first announced. Demonstrating the company’s robust health and safety management system, the new accreditation is a direct replacement for the existing OHAS 18001:2007 standard. Following a stringent audit process, where companies require senior management teams to actively demonstrate […]

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Certain vehicles with heavy goods chassis will need to have had an annual test by 20 May 2019 to remain legal on Britain’s roads. This is because some heavy goods vehicles lost their test exemption in May 2018 and came into the scope of test. Vehicles must now pass an annual test before the next vehicle tax renewal is due. Vehicles now needing a test certificate include: mobile cranes breakdown vehicles (not breakdown vans) tower wagons some mobile engineering plants some trailers […]

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Winter Weather!

01/02/2019

Winter weather brings joy to many, but it sends an icy chill down employers’ spines. Ice and snow can cause a plethora of HR and health & safety headaches and it can be difficult to determine how to respond to certain events. Should I pay workers if they can’t make it into the office? What is the procedure for closing the office for a day? What health & safety measures should I put in place to protect vulnerable staff? Croner […]

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