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Index of Advice Sheets

Advice Sheet 2: Risk Assessments

Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (as amended) (Regulation 3), all businesses must carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments. This involves a detailed look at your workplace and work activities, so that you can identify all the known hazards associated with them.

Advice Sheet 4: Slips & Trips

Slips & trips are the most common cause of major injuries at work. They occur in almost all workplaces, 95% of major slips result in broken bones and they can also be the initial causes for a range of other accident types such as falls from height.

Advice Sheet 5: Falls From Height

In 2004/2005 53 people died and nearly 3800 suffered a serious injury as a result of a fall from height in the workplace. Falls from height are the most common cause of fatal injury and the second most common cause of major injury to employees, accounting for around 15% of all such injuries. All industry sectors are exposed to the risks presented by this hazard although the level of incidence varies considerably.

Advice Sheet 6: Manual Handling

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended, 2002) apply to a wide range of manual handling activities, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying. The load may be either inanimate - such as a box or a trolley, or animate - a person or an animal. More than a third of all 'over-three-day' injuries reported each year to HSE and local authorities are caused by manual handling.

Advice Sheet 7: Asbestos

Asbestos is the biggest single cause of work-related death and ill-health in Great Britain, causing 3500 deaths a year from mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer. This is expected to rise to 10,000 a year by the year 2020. Most at risk are small builders, carpenters and plumbers because they often disturb Asbestos Containing materials (ACMs) as part of their work activity.

Advice Sheet 8: Contractors

The control of contractors whilst they work on your premises is a joint responsibility. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (as amended) Regulation 11 requires adequate co-ordination and co-operation between you (the client) and the person/company you are employing (the contractor).

Advice Sheet 9: Display Screen Equipment

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (as amended) require employers to minimise the risks in Visual Display Unit (VDU)/Display Screen Equipment (DSE) work, by ensuring that workplaces and jobs are well designed.

Advice Sheet 10: Electricity

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 imposes a general duty on employers to maintain their electrical installation and equipment (known collectively as the electrical system) in a safe condition.  They also give the self-employed, employees and employers duties to ensure that hazardous work (e.g. work on live conductors) is carried out in a safe manner.

Advice Sheet 11: Fire Safety

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 replaces most fire safety legislation with one set of clear rules. The order applies to nearly all non-domestic premises, types of buildings and structures. It does not apply to people's private homes or individual flats in a block or house. Under the order, anyone who has control or a degree of control over premises or systems may be a 'responsible person'. The responsible person must assess fire risks, take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire.

NB: Fire authorities no longer issue fire certificates and those previously in force will have no legal status, but they may be useful as a good starting point for your risk assessment.

Advice Sheet 12: First Aid

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 (as amended) require you to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to enable first aid to be given to your employees if they are injured or become ill at work. Adequate and appropriate first aid equipment and facilities will vary depending on the workplace, however the minimum first-aid provision to be provided in any workplace should include:

  • Suitably stocked first-aid box
  • An appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements

Advice Sheet 13: Gas Safety

Every year about 30 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues which have not been properly installed or maintained. Many others also suffer ill health. When gas does not burn properly, as with other fuels such as coal, wood or oil, excess carbon monoxide is produced, which is poisonous.

Advice Sheet 14: Hazardous Substances (COSHH)

Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people's health at risk, so the law requires employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health.

Advice Sheet 15: Lifts

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (as amended) (LOLER) apply to cranes, lifts and hoists, as well as components such as chains, ropes, slings, hooks, shackles and eyebolts. If you are a lift owner, or someone responsible for the safe operation of a list used at work, then you are defined as a "duty holder" under these regulations.

Advice Sheet 16: Noise

The HSE estimates that 170,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus or other ear condition as a result of exposure to excessive noise at work. Noise at work can cause hearing loss, which can be temporary or permanent. People often experience temporary deafness after leaving a noisy place. Although hearing recovers within a few hours, this should not be ignored. It is a sign that if you continue to be exposed to the noise your hearing could be permanently damaged. Permanent hearing damage can be caused immediately by sudden, extremely loud, explosive noises, e.g. from guns or cartridge operated machines.

Advice Sheet 17: Pressure Systems

If pressure equipment fails in use, it can seriously injure or kill people nearby and cause serious damage to property. Each year in Great Britain, there are about 150 dangerous occurrences involving such unintentional releases. Around six of these result in fatal or serious injury.

Advice Sheet 18: Smoking In The Workplace

A great amount of research has been carried out on passive smoking and the ill health effects it causes. These effects are widely recognised. Passive smoking is the term given to the involuntary inhalation of tobacco smoke. As an employer you have a legal duty to assess the risks to your employees and to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, their health, safety and welfare at work. It is for this reason that we recommend that employers introduce a policy on smoking in the workplace.

Advice Sheet 19: Stress

Stress is the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them. There is a clear distinction between pressure, which can create a 'buzz' and be a motivating factor, and stress, which can occur when this pressure becomes excessive. About 1 in 5 people say that they find their work either very or extremely stressful.

Advice Sheet 20: Violence

Both employer and employees have an interest in reducing violence at work. For employers, violence can lead to poor morale and a poor image for the organisation, making it difficult to recruit and keep staff. It can also mean extra cost, with absenteeism, higher insurance premiums and compensation payments. For employees, violence can cause pain, distress and even disability or death. Physical attacks are obviously dangerous but serious or persistent verbal abuse or threats can also damage employees’ health through anxiety or stress.

Advice Sheet 21: Welfare Facilities

If you employ anyone (however short the period), you must 'so far as is reasonably practicable',- provide adequate and appropriate welfare facilities for them while they are at work. This means you must provide such facilities unless it is clearly unreasonable in terms of time, trouble, cost and physical difficulty. 'Welfare facilities' are those that are necessary for the well-being of your employees, such as washing, toilet, rest and changing facilities, and somewhere clean to eat and drink during breaks.

Advice Sheet 22: Work Equipment

Accidents not only cause human suffering, they also cost money, for example in lost working hours, training temporary staff, insurance premiums, fines and managers' time. By using safe, well-maintained equipment operated by adequately trained staff, you can help prevent accidents and reduce these personal and financial costs.

Advice Sheet 23: Workplace Environment

The 'Workplace' not only includes shops, nightclubs, hotels, offices etc., but also common parts of shared buildings and temporary worksites (but not construction sites). They apply to any premises or part of premises, which are made available to any person as a place of work. As an employer, you already have a general duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of your employees at work. However, more specific requirements for the construction, maintenance and use of workplaces are contained in the regulations quoted below.

Advice Sheet 24: Workboost Wales

Workboost Wales is a government funded service providing confidential, practical and free advice to small businesses in Wales on workplace health and safety, management of sickness absence and return to work issues.

You’ll find Workboost Wales helpful if you manage a small business in Wales, employ between 5 and 250 workers and do not have access to specialist health and safety advice.

Supplementary Advice Sheet: Hairdressing 1

The general principles of health and safety are to be found in Advice Sheets 1 to 10. However, this sheet contains information on meeting your legal requirements, which has been tailored to your specific needs.

Carrying Out Your COSHH Assessment

1. Gathering Information

  • Read the "Blue Book" A Guide To The Health And Safety Of Salon Hair Products in order to find out more about the hazardous nature of the products you use.
  • Using the Hairdressers COSHH Assessment Form provided, list all the processes which you carry out involving these products. There may be other products which you use which are not listed e.g. general cleaning substances, aromatherapy oils.

2. Assessing the Risk

You now need to decide at what points somebody might be injured or suffer ill-health. In your opinion, how likely is this? For example:

  • Accidental or prolonged contact of the product with the skin
  • Splashes, particularly when mixing, and especially to the eyes
  • Contact with food and food utensils e.g. mixing of products using food utensils, preparation in sinks used for washing cups, etc
  • Contact with incompatible substances e.g. stainless steel, other cleaning chemicals.
  • Build up of vapours, aerosols and dusts (from powdered preparations) in the air because of poor ventilation

Observe practices and talk to your staff. Remember to be objective. Find out what is really happening in your salon.

Record the risks you have identified on the Hairdressers COSHH Assessment Form.

Safe Procedures

Write down the actual procedures and precautions which must be followed. Examples of precautions are:

  • Use of correct equipment. This may differ for various processes, so refer to the "Blue Book" and suppliers' guidance
  • Set aside suitable preparation areas, separate from staff wash-hand basins and sinks used to wash cups and other food utensils
  • Provide sufficient ventilation. Mechanical ventilation is strongly recommended. Aim to achieve about 10-air changes per hour
  • Provide and use suitable protective equipment especially gloves and aprons

4. Spillage and First Aid Procedure

  • Make sure you have appropriate first-aid equipment
  • Have you thought through how you would deal with foreseeable incidents e.g. spillage's, splashes and burns

5. Training

  • Take all you staff through your Hairdressers COSHH Assessment Form
  • Explain the risk involved, the precautions to be taken and emergency procedures
  • Record who has been trained by whom and when. Use the Training Record Form provided in the pack. This form should also be used for other health and safety training.
  • Remember it is your duty to make sure your staff have been instructed and trained in the safe working practices, regardless of their previous employment, experience or training

Cleaning and Hygiene

You must have a formal cleaning regime for equipment. It should include, as a minimum standard, the following features:

  • Wash all equipment in hot water and detergent between each client.
  • Sterilise and disinfect equipment if they have come into contact with cuts, wounds or skin conditions
  • Sterilise or disinfect equipment daily. Refer to suppliers recommendations for correct dilution and immersion times
  • Change sterilising or disinfecting solution daily

Sinks used for cleaning equipment and missing products must be kept separate from those used for staff hygiene and food utensils.

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Supplementary Advice Sheet: Hairdressing 2

Dermatitis

This is a debilitating and unsightly condition of the skin. At best it is irritating or painful. At worst, it can be seriously disabling and could end someone's employment prospects.

Dermatitis is an occupational health risk that is particularly associated with the hairdressing profession.

THE LAW REQUIRES YOU TO PROTECT AGAINST THIS RISK

What you must do

1. Recognise the early symptoms

  • Early signs are redness, flaking, itching and cracking of the skin

2. Recognise the main causes

  • Shampoo is an irritant. It can cause contact dermatitis and can also make you more susceptible to dermatitis from the other products because it removes the protective oils from the skin.
  • Other preparations, e.g. perming solution and tints can cause allergic dermatitis.

3. Take adequate precautions

You must adequately control risks associated with Dermatitis. Unless you can devise an equally effective control measure, the precautions should be:

  • Wear gloves routinely during shampooing and when mixing and applying preparations, AND
  • Use barrier creams and moisturisers regularly

4. Instruct and supervise staff

  • Make sure they know the early signs of dermatitis
  • Make sure they know the correct precautions
  • Supervise staff to ensure that they are following the correct procedures and are using the necessary precautions when they should be.

It is essential that medical advice is sought as soon as symptoms are noticed.

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Supplementary Advice Sheet: Dermatitis in Catering

This is a debilitating and unsightly condition of the skin. At best it is irritating or painful. At worst, it can be seriously disabling and could end someone's employment prospects.

Early signs are redness, flaking, itching and cracking of the skin, particularly in the webs between the fingers.

Dermatitis is an occupational health risk that is particularly associated with the catering, cleaning, horticulture, gardening and floristry industries: and with the beautician and hairdressing professions. It costs the country more than £85m per year.

THE LAW REQUIRES YOU TO PROTECT AGAINST THIS RISK

What you must do

1. Make an assessment of the risk
(Advice sheets 2 and 4 will give you further guidance on this)

You have a legal duty to assess the risk to your employees of developing dermatitis from exposure to substances in the workplace. To do so you must recognise the main causes:-

  • Some substances can either irritate the skin (e.g. acids or alkalis, detergents or degreasers (solvents), or sensitise the skin (e.g. some ingredients found in perfumes or soaps, hair dyes, components of some synthetic rubber gloves).
  • Dermatitis may develop after a single exposure to an irritating substance, or after repeated exposure over a long period of time during which the skin's resilience is reduced.
  • The frequency and duration of contact with a substance, as well as the concentration involved has a strong effect on the development of dermatitis.

Regular health surveillance to identify the early symptoms is essential; early diagnosis can substantially reduce the impact of the condition.

3. Control the exposure

You must adequately control risks associated with Dermatitis. You should always seek to prevent the problem first, selecting measures that benefit the majority before you take steps that protect the individual.

  • Ideally, avoid using strongly irritating or sensitising substances altogether by changing the process or using a less harmful substitute.
  • Attempt to control the exposure at source e.g. by enclosing, automating, using extraction equipment etc.
  • Choose ways of working that avoid or minimise exposure to substances.
  • Use Personal Protective Equipment (such as gloves or aprons) in addition to all other measures of controlling exposure.

In addition to the above consider limiting the number of employees who are exposed and/or reducing the time and frequency that they are exposed.

4. Instruct and supervise staff

  • Make sure they know the early signs of dermatitis
  • Make sure they know the correct precautions and procedures
  • Supervise staff to ensure that they are following the correct procedures and are using the necessary precautions when they should be

5. Recognise the early symptoms

Regular checking of exposed skin to identify the early symptoms is an important part of your overall control of the risk of developing dermatitis. Early detection along with appropriate treatment will halt and may reverse the process.

  • It is essential to seek medical advise as soon as symptoms are noticed.
  • Identifying symptoms indicates that a problem exists which you need to investigate and deal with.
  • Health surveillance is not an alternative to a proper risk assessment.
  • Tailor surveillance to the level of risk within your workplace.
  • Surveillance can be carried out by your own staff providing they have received appropriate instruction in what to look for, and they understand the role it plays in controlling the risks within the workplace.

6. Report cases to your enforcing authority

Cases of dermatitis (diagnosed by a registered medical practitioner) must be reported to your enforcing authority on form F2508a (see Advice Sheet 10 and Introduction to (Information) where they are caused by the use of certain specified substances in the workplace, including any known irritant or sensitising agent.

Further Information

Details of which diseases are reportable are contained in A Guide to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995: (HSE) L73 ISBN 0-7176-2431-5; Preventing Dermatitis at Work: (HSE) IND(G)233(L); Understanding Health Surveillance at Work - An Introduction for employers: (HSE) INDG304; Health Surveillance at Work (HSE) HSG61, ISBN 0-7176-1705-x; Health Risk Management - A practical guide for managers in small and medium enterprises; (HSE) HS(G) 137, ISBN 0-7176-0905-7; Video-Rash Decisions: CFL Vision, PO Box 35, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 7EX.

Supplementary Advice Sheet: Car and Tyre Establishments

A Formal Structure for Dealing with Health and Safety

  • You must have a definite structure for managing health and safety.
  • Bring together your key personnel e.g. workshop and bodyshop managers to form a safety committee.
  • One way of getting started is to use the Advice Sheets in the Business Information to set your first Agenda.

The Paperwork

  • The single most important document in both effectively managing health and safety and meeting your legal requirements is the Safety Policy.
  • If you follow the guidance in each of the Advice Sheets in turn, starting with Risk Assessments, then you will have the majority of your Safety Policy in place. You can use the sample forms provided in the information for your risk assessment.
  • You will also need written risk assessments in COSHH and Manual Handling and clear working procedures to manage health and safety effectively. We have included a range of forms which you may use to help you in this task.
  • Use the formal structure you have set-up to spread the load in respect of assessments and establishing safe procedures.

Equipment Maintenance

Some of your equipment will require statutory examination. You are responsible for these:

  • Plan and diarise the inspections; Understand the resulting paperwork and know how to deal with any identified defects (e.g section 5a and 5b entries in form F54's); Have clear isolation procedures; Keep paperwork in an accessible place for the required period.
  • You must also decide on what type of maintenance the rest of your equipment requires. This may not necessarily result in service contracts. In-house checks on a formal and regular basis may suffice. Produce a Maintenance Schedule.
  • You must have a regime for keeping your electrical equipment and installation in a safe condition. Essentially, this is mapped out for you in Advice Sheet 9. We have also included an Inspection Log and supplementary notes on this matter.

Systems of Work

Your Risk Assessments should have identified where your main problem areas are. You must now draw up clear procedures for dealing with these risks. There are a number of areas to which you must pay particular attention. Use HS(G) 62 and HS(G) 67 to help you draw up a safe procedure for the following:

  • Battery charging; Welding and cutting; Work on petrol and fuel tanks/lines; Brake and clutch work; Traffic management; Wheel and tyre changing and inflation; and Dermatitis

Rolling Roads: Ensure the friction coating on the rollers is in good condition. Hatch the floor around the rollers - make this a Prohibited Area during operation.

Exhaust Fumes: Your COSHH Assessment must include how you control risks from exhaust fumes. Things you must consider include the frequency of engine running; general ventilation; workshop size. However, you must be able to justify whether Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) is a necessary precaution in your particular circumstances.

Public Access to Vehicles: Ideally, the public should not have access to the vehicles in the workshop. However, we accept that in certain circumstances, this may be an established working practice. If so.

  • Identify those operations which the public are not allowed near.
  • Children should be prohibited under all circumstances.
  • Provide specific and clear instructions for all staff.
  • Ensure effective supervision of this.

First Aid Provision: See Advice Sheet 10 for your basic requirements on this. Where car repair is carried out then a Suitable Person should be provided.

Staff Welfare: Advice Sheet 8 gives general information on this. In specific terms however you should endeavour to achieve the following.

  • Wash hand basins should be situated so as to encourage their use, i.e. close to the work activity in a convenient position. They should be provided with running hot and cold water and be kept in a clean condition.
  • Eating facilities and rest rooms, separate from the workplace, should be provided and kept clean and in good repair.

Bodyshops

If your operation includes this activity, there are a number of specific measures which must be implemented. You should have the relevant documents to show that you ventilation systems are being routinely examined; Respiratory Protective Equipment must be of the correct type and you must have a definite procedure for checking and maintaining it. You will also need to carry out health surveillance on the sprayers. Some operations, such as the use of Air Chisels may necessitate a formal Noise Assessment. HS(G)67 contains guidance on all of these areas.

Further Information:

Health and Safety in Tyre and Exhaust Fitting Premises. HS(G)62 (HSE) ISBN 0 11 885594;(2) Health and Safety in Motor Vehicle Repair. HS(G)67 (HSE) ISBN 0 11 885671 5; The Retail Motor Industry Federation guides to Management of Health and Safety at Work, the 6 pack Health and Safety Regulations, and COSHH Assessments. RMI Business Stationery, 201 Great Portland Street, London W1N AB.

Advice on Carbon Monoxide

You can’t smell it, you can’t see it and it can kill!

Despite widespread publicity, it has been reported that in the UK between 20 and 30 people die each year in their homes from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

This leaflet explains the symptoms and how to combat carbon monoxide poisoning:
http://wales.gov.uk/docs/healthchallenge/publications/101021monoxideen.pdf

Useful External Links:

1. Carbon monoxide: You can’t smell it, you can’t see it and it can kill! Leaflet for the general public, available at: http://wales.gov.uk/docs/phhs/publications/101021monoxideen.pdf

2. ‘Keep Well This Winter’ campaign: www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru/health--wellbeing/keep-well-this-winter//

3. NHS Choices information on CO poisoning: www.nhs.uk/carbonmonoxide

4. Health Protection Agency information on CO: www.hpa.org.uk/web/HPAweb&Page&HPAwebAutoListName/Page/1226908886240

5. Gas Appliances – Get them checked. Keep them safe. Leaflet produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), available by calling the HSE information line on 0845 345 0055 or at: www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/links.htm

6. HSE has also prepared a series of short videos on gas safety, which help to highlight typical scenarios and symptoms of CO poisoning: www.hse.gov.uk/simple-health-safety/index.htm

Business Advice Pack

At Wrexham, we try to maintain a balance when enforcing health and safety legislation. As well as insisting that the laws are observed, we endeavour to provide as much help as we are able.

In our experience, many small and medium-sized businesses are having difficulty in coming to grips with the significant amount of essential, but often daunting legal requirements placed upon them.

This document has been designed to summarise the most common areas of risk at work within businesses. However, this document is unlikely to cover every hazard within your premises, so the legal responsibility is still with you as the employer to assess your premises effectively.

Advice on Street Parties

What is a Street Party?

In short, a street party is a party or social event taking place on a road. In the UK street parties have historically been held to commemorate momentous events, such as VE Day, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and Royal Weddings.

How to Plan Your Street Party

The number one tip for holding a party is to plan early, think about what you want to achieve. You will need to obtain a temporary road closure notice for your event. You should complete the Application for Closure Under Town Police Clauses Act 1847 form and return it to Wrexham County Borough Council at least 8 weeks in advance. For more advice on this procedure please contact Pride In Your Streets on 01978 298989.

Consult with Everyone

Start by asking neighbours if they are happy with the idea and ask them to ask their neighbours. It may be an idea to hold a meeting, where you can discuss who will do what. Keep meetings informal, share responsibilities and don’t let anyone dominate.  Street parties are a great way to involve all ages, races and faiths and bring the street together. If anyone has any objections then listen to them and try to compromise on anything that is contentious.

You will not be able to suit everyone - as long as you invite everyone, respect differences and don’t seriously inconvenience anyone, you should be able to have your event anyway. Talk to people to prevent any formal ‘objections’ to the council road closure, but no one should be able to stop the event.

Food & Drink

Get everyone in the street to bring something. Food and drink are a great way of bringing everyone together. Paper plates, bowls and plastic cups are easier to clear away at the end of the event.

Activities

  • Get the children to make bunting in advance to decorate the street
  • Best decorated house or garden
  • Tug of War
  • Cake making competition
  • Party Games such as pin the tail on the donkey or apple bobbing
  • Chalk drawing on tarmac
  • Dancing competition
  • Knitting/bookmark competition
  • Best handmade crown competition.

Ensure that there is something to suit all ages.

Music

Ask if anyone in the street plays an instrument or alternatively play music on a CD player. Ensure that there is something for all tastes and that music played is not too loud or goes on too late.

Safety

Care must be taken to minimise risks from accidents, burns if a BBQ is to be used, gas, electricity, weather, damage, breakages, etc. You should agree in advance that everyone should take responsibility for themselves and watch out for each other, especially children.

Clearing Up

You will be responsible for cleaning up after your street party. It’s your street, your party, so keep your local area clean and tidy. Let people know in advance what time the party will finish and have a time set aside for clearing up into bin bags and recycling where possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will we need insurance?

Public liability insurance gives you protection should a claim be made against you as an organiser of an event. This could be damage or injury to people or property as a result of your work. Having public liability is not a legal requirement but it is good business practice. If you are organising an event it is advisable to consider taking out public liability cover for the event. Cover is available from all leading insurance companies. The costs could be split between residents, or you could hold a raffle or ask for donations to cover the costs.

We’re playing music - do we need an entertainment licence?

If your street party is a private party for residents, is not advertised in advance to attract people and you’re not making money, then there is no need for a licence for your music, whether it’s live or recorded.

Do we need a permit to serve food?

You will not need a permit to serve food for a private party.

We’re having a tombola/raffle - do we need permission?

If the cloakroom tickets are sold on the day and the prizes are not worth more than £500 in total then it will be exempt from gambling regulations. Any proceeds from the tombola/raffle must go to a good cause such as a charity or even covering the cost of your party. Any queries on lotteries licensing should be made to Wrexham County Borough Council’s Licensing Department on 01978 813786.

Advice on Radon

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It cannot be detected by smell, sight or touch. It comes from the naturally occurring uranium that is present in all rocks and soils. It is present in all parts of the country, though as the gas disperses readily in the atmosphere the levels out doors are considered to be very low.

Certain geological conditions can lead to higher than normal levels of Radon in your house. Exposure to particularly high levels of radon may lead to increased risks of developing lung cancer.

If you are concerned about the levels of Radon where you live you can contact us and we will be able to provide an estimate of levels in the location that you live. Alternatively you can contact the Health Protection Agency (HPA) who will be able to advise you on how to measure the levels of Radon in your property, whether you need to take any measures to reduce it and how to do so.

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