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What do I need to know about Carbon dioxide?

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a non-flammable, colourless, odourless gas. The main generators of carbon dioxide in the workplace are human beings. The gas is produced as a by-product of breathing. Carbon dioxide levels can be a particular problem in naturally ventilated buildings in the winter. 

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What do I need to know about Carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odourless, colourless, tasteless and poisonous gas which interferes with the delivery of oxygen in the blood to the rest of the body. As a result of these properties, it is often referred to as the silent killer.

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Closed water systems – how do I deal with a Pseudomonas contamination?

Microbiological contamination (sometimes referred to as “biofouling”) of closed water systems can be caused by a number of different micro-organisms including Pseudomonas. This can cause a range of issues such as blockages preventing water circulation and the failure of equipment in the system such as pumps and valves.

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Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 - how could it affect my organisation?

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into force across the UK on 6 April 2008. Contrary to some reporting, it did not introduce any new safety laws or legal obligations but it has removed obstacles that had previously hampered the prosecution of, in particular, large companies.

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Corporate responsibility (CR) - why is it important?

Corporate Responsibility (CR) is the result of the increasing accountability of businesses. It is the voluntary commitment by businesses to consider the wider impacts resulting from their business activities. It looks beyond the financial report for the next year, by identifying and examining the issues which may impact on the success of the business in the short to long term future.

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COSHH - What does it mean to me?

Exposure to hazardous substances at work can put peoples’ health at risk.  The COSHH Regulations require employers to control exposure to hazardous substances and to prevent the ill health of employees and others who may be exposed to hazardous substances in a work activity.

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