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Tinnitus Awareness Week
As this week (5 to 11 February) is Tinnitus Awareness Week, we wanted to issue a timely reminder about the dangers posed by excessive noise in the workplace.
Whatever industry you work in, excessive noise can cause long-term hearing issues and lead to permanent hearing loss. Even short-term exposure can cause temporary changes in your hearing, such as tinnitus
But what is tinnitus? Although it’s thought that the condition is slightly different for everyone, most sufferers describe a ringing, hissing, buzzing, roaring or humming sound in their ears. There may be one or more sounds, and the noise may be there all the time or come and go.
Employers have a responsibility to assess the risks posed by noise in the workplace to ensure employees are not subjected to harmful levels. So what can you do to avoid protect yourself and your work force from tinnitus and other hearing issues?
For more information or advice on minimising the dangers posed by excessive noise in the workplace, telephone us on 01405 752440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MNA Group Limited acts as Safety Advisor for construction of state-of-the-art cold storage facility at Wakefield
East Yorkshire-based MNA Group Limited is acting as Health and Safety Advisor to contractors constructing a high-tech, deep freeze storage plant at Wakefield in West Yorkshire for global cold store giants NewCold.
MNA Group Limited, which has its headquarters in Goole, has had a presence on NewCold’s 16-acre site close to Junction 30 of the M62 throughout the first and second phases of the plant’s development. Work first began on site back in 2015.
The company’s role on the project involves carrying out inductions with contractors before they start work on site; reviewing and developing risk assessments and method statements; issuing contractors with permits to work; monitoring operations on site and liaising with all contractors; carrying out weekly site audits and reporting back to Newcold’s management team; dealing with, and advising on, day-to-day health and safety issues; ensuring that arrangements are in place for emergency situations; carrying out accident investigations and reporting, where necessary; and attending and providing input at daily briefings, weekly co-ordination meetings and monthly construction meetings.
Mark Newman, Director of MNA Group Limited, said: “We’re currently working on the second phase of development, which will enhance the work done in phase one. When this phase is complete, the storage facility will be able to hold in excess of 150,000 pallets. Automated product picking will be carried out by 16 high, bay-picking cranes in an environment where the temperature is maintained at -28 degrees Celsius. To eliminate the risk of fire, the environment within the high bay storage will be oxygen-depleted.
Mark added: “Newcold aims to enhance product delivery into its new Wakefield storage facility by installing 'shuttling docks', which will enable 40-pallets to be loaded onto freezer wagons in minutes, rather than hours. It’s very exciting to be overseeing the work of the contractors responsible for delivering such a state-of-the-art facility. It’s a project that requires a comprehensive package of on-site health and safety guidance and support, which we’ve tailored to meet the very specific needs of our client.”
Newcold is a cold store and freezer logistics organisation operating worldwide, with cold stores in the UK, Poland, Australia and America.
As well as providing this type of health and safety consultancy and project management support, MNA Group Limited offers a wide range of health and safety training courses (both classroom-based and online) and construction project management.
We’re delighted to be providing training to more than 100 employees of Hobson & Porter, the award-winning Yorkshire construction firm!
They’ve taken advantage of our comprehensive package of online training by booking more than 600 courses in total - everything from Asbestos Awareness, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Awareness, Display Screen Equipment and Environmental Awareness to Fire Awareness, Fire Warden, Hand Arm Vibration, Manual Handling, Stress Awareness and Working at Height training. We’ve worked with Hobson & Porter in the past and are delighted that, once again, they have chosen us for their health and safety training requirements.
We’ve made it our mission to take the stress and hassle out of health and safety training for the companies that we work with; some of our online training courses take just 20 minutes to complete and they all cost just £20 per person!
To find out more, take a look at the range of courses on offer by clicking here or telephone us on 01405 752440 for an informal chat about your requirements.
Awards shortlisting for MNA Group Limited
We’re thrilled to announce that we’re one of two shortlisted finalists in the Best Support Service category at the Hull Daily Mail’s annual Business Awards.
Now in its 17th year, the awards are a highlight in Hull and East Yorkshire’s business calendar, and will culminate in a glittering ceremony at the KCOM Stadium on November 16.
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony next week. Wish us luck!
Check out our new risk assessments!
If you’ve not already spotted them on the website, you might just want to take a look at our new range of general risk assessment documents.
Priced at just £20 each and with more than 100 to choose from, they cover a multitude of common workplace hazards. Many of the businesses we work with require us to prepare very specific, specialist risk assessments tailored to the sectors that they work in and the hazards associated with them. However, we realised that there was a real gap in the market for a range of risk assessment documents that cover everyday workplace scenarios – everything from the risks faced by staff who work alone to the dangers of winter driving.
The law requires employers to demonstrate that they’ve carried out appropriate risk assessments to minimise any hazards faced by their employees as they carry out their day-to-day work. People often see them as a complex and costly exercise, but they really don’t need to be! We’re here to demystify the process for our customers and ensure that they’re meeting the requirements of health and safety legislation. These cost-effective, easy-to-use risk assessments should really help with that!
To view our extensive range of risk assessments, please click here.
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