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Guidance on the Prevention of Dermatitis

  • Dermatitis occurs when the skin has an acute or chronic reaction to an irritant
  • Irritants may be physical, mechanical, chemical or biological
  • Robust controls and targeted PPE policy must be in place to prevent contact with irritants

Guidance on the prevention of HAVS

  • HAVS is the collective term for conditions caused by operation of Vibrating hand tools;
  • HAVS can cause permanent, ill health effects;
  • Employers must ensure that measures are in place to monitor exposure to Vibrating tools;
  • Simple steps can be taken, to ensure that workers are not exposed to excessive use of vibrating tools;

Guidance on the prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)


Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common work-related ailments. Musculoskeletal Disorders are particularly prevalent across a range of construction industry with as much as 30% of the workforce thought to be affected. Back injuries are commonly associated with workers on site and in laboratories whereas office based workers may be more susceptible to repetitive strain injuries and related problems. Designing work to avoid straining and over exertion is the best way to avoid injuries.

Guidance on the prevention of Silicosis

  • Silicosis is a potentially fatal lung disease associated with the inhalation of dust that contains silica.
  • Silica is present in concrete and bricks as well as many rocks such as sandstone.
  • Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineers may be exposed to such dusts when working near drilling rigs, in soil and rock laboratories and on construction sites.

Guidance on the prevention of skin cancers

  • Skin Cancers are one of the most common forms of cancers.
  • Outdoor workers within the geotechnical & geoenvironmental industry may be exposed to sunlight and associated ultraviolet (UV) rays for long periods.
  • Outdoor workers therefore have an increased risk of developing skin cancers through exposure to solar radiation.
  • Every incidence of sun burn increases the possibility of developing skin cancer
  • The best prevention is to cover up and pay particular attention to protecting the head, face and neck

Laboratory Safety Manual


Published in September 2014 This document outlines basic health & safety considerations that should be applied to geotechnical and materials testing laboratories.…