Following its April event on hazardous substances in healthcare, Karen Cunningham, from the IOSH Health and Social Care Group, explains how risks presented by hazardous substances are managed by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

Bob Whiteley, chair of the Fire Industry Association, discusses the potential safety benefits of watermist fire suppression systems for healthcare facilities

Slips, trips and falls at work are collectively the single most common cause of injury in UK workplaces. Rob Burgon of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents discusses how hospitals can protect their staff from such harm

Health professionals need to be aware of the risks that waterborne legionella bacteria can pose patients and hospital staff. Susan Pearson talks about the work the Water Management Society is doing to bring healthcare professionals up to speed

The threat posed by Legionella is well understood. But, as Bob Towse of the Building & Engineering Services Association explains, cost cutting can put vulnerable patients at risk

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents briefs our readers on the importance of a strategic approach to staff safety and advises on how hospitals can formulate a tailored risk plan

What is the Core Skills Training Framework for the health sector and how can it improve standards in health and safety? Mark Hughes, vice chair of IOSH’s Healthcare Group Committee reports

How is the NHS improving occupational health and safety? Mark Hughes, vice chair
 of the IOSH Healthcare Group Committee, examines the current situation

How can procurers in the healthcare sector be sure that the services offered by Legionella risk assessment companies are fit for purpose and will help them to discharge their legal obligations? The answer lies with accreditation, writes Jon Murthy from accreditation body UKAS

Health and safety must be communicated to both workers and patients to ensure it is understood and managed. Roger Bibbings, occupational safety adviser at RoSPA takes note

Hospitals - what’s the risk of a fire? Greater than you would think, suggests Robert Thilthorpe, technical manager of the Fire Industry Association

Roger Bibbings, occupational safety adviser at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), examines the right policies and procedures to make Health & Safety work in hospitals

David Halicki of the IOSH Healthcare Group explains why hospitals are unique sites and looks at the issues they face in safeguarding patients, visitors and employees.

The Fire Industry Association explains how portable extinguishers can reduce the risk of fires at healthcare facilities and care homes.

Making lone workers’ health and safety less of a solo effort is the responsibility of the employer, says IOSH, and encourages employers to take simple yet effective measures to protect staff

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The Infection Prevention & Control show will help infection prevention and control professionals search for solutions to prevent infection and improve care.