About Newcastle Occupational Health and Hygiene Ltd.

This new step in the continual development of Newcastle Occupational Health and Hygiene Ltd. is born from long established routes in the North East Region.

The vision of NOHH Ltd. is to provide a professional service to all our clients and to keep them fully abreast of their statutory requirements and duties in health and safety practice. We endeavour to support them by providing detailed and comprehensive reports on all investigations undertaken, with the ultimate aim to reduce risk to health and promote a healthy workplace by upholding the principals of best practice.

ABOUT US

Newcastle Occupational Health and Hygiene Ltd. can trace their history back to their Newcastle University origins in the late 1950’s –the very early years of the Occupational Hygiene profession in the UK. Later incorporated within the National Health Service (NHS) for over twenty years it is now an independent company. NOHH Ltd. has continued to develop and take on board the ever shifting concerns, initiatives and legislation in health and safety arising as knowledge and technology improves and more practical controls are made available.

Our current list of satisfied clients include representatives from both the public and private sectors including heavy manufacturing industries, modern hi-technology industries, service industries, Local Government Authorities, Health Authorities and Trusts, Colleges and Universities. We also advise Unions, Legal Practices and private individuals.

Occupational Hygiene is an area of the Health and Safety profession which specifically looks at the recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards. This incorporates the use of scientific principals and methodologies in assessment procedures in order to evaluate the levels of risk.

Hazards in the workplace can be vast and varied however occupational hygienists tend to separate them into chemical and physical hazards. Chemical hazards can include various types such as solvents, metals, acids and bases which can exists in the workplace in the form of dusts, gases, fumes, vapours and mists.

Physical hazards however are defined as agents that cause harm by virtue of their physical action on the body. This group includes such things as intense noise and vibration and the thermal environment (heat and cold). It also includes less well known hazards such as light –both low intensity light which can cause eye fatigue and damage and high intensity which can cause more direct damage to the eyes and skin. Ionising and non-ionising radiation are also included in this group.

An occupational hygienists’ speciality is to evaluate the levels of risk associated with these hazards in the workplace and postulate control strategies in order to minimize the risks. Many different control strategies can be adopted from the most simple and probably most effective, i.e. eliminating or replacing the hazard, through moderately complex forms such as incorporating administrative controls allied with some engineering controls, right through to the most complex capital projects such as the introduction of automated/semi-automated engineering techniques. In most instances however, effective control can be achieved through relatively simple and inexpensive strategies.

Some of Newcastle Occupational Health and Hygiene Ltd.’s specific areas of expertise include:

 

WHY DO YOU NEED TO USE AN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND HYGIENE SERVICE?

There are three main reasons why organisations should consider occupational hygiene as an integral part of their short and long term health and safety plan:

Humanitarian – An organisation cannot operate without a workforce, therefore they should be valued as important assets. If employees can be kept safe and in good health the workforce’s moral is higher, the relationship with management is better if they believe they are important and appreciated by the organisation. Employers not only have a common law duty of care, but also as a moral duty to ensure the health safety and welfare of employees.

Economic - Failure to protect health safety and welfare could not only lead to loss of quality of life for employees, but also to loss of efficiency, productivity, profitability, credibility and increased insurance premiums for the organisation. The cost of accidents and ill health are far reaching fines from prosecution, legal fees, lost production as investigations take place to the installation of incorrect safety measures such as inadequate Local Exhaust Ventilation all hit the profits of an organisation. Careful management can ensure adequate cover and in many cases cut costs and increase production. It must also be remembered that a healthy workforce is a happy workforce, which can be instrumental in reducing absenteeism.

Legal – There are many pieces of legislation which are concerned with health and safety within the workplace including:

 

  • The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (orig. 1992)
  • The Workplace ( Health Safety & Welfare ) Regulations 1992
  • The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
  • The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (orig. 1989)
  • The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
  • The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005

 

These are used within our company on a day to day basis therefore we can easily identify what affects your organisation and what is required for you comply with the legislation.

Failure to comply with statutory duties is a criminal offence and can lead to inspections by the HSE, improvement/prohibition notices, prosecution and fines (which if the case is heard in the magistrates court could be up to £20,000 or if referred on indictment to crown court an unlimited amount).

Section 37 of the Health and Safety at work etc. Act 1974 allows the prosecution of individuals if the offence has been committed with the consent or connivance of, or has been attributable to any neglect on the part of the accused. This means that individuals, directors, safety representatives etc. can be subject to fines or even imprisonment if they are found guilty.

Using our services will not only show a commitment to achieving high standards of health and safety but could also improve the health and safety culture, moral and motivation of the organisation as well as productivity and profitability.

 

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Our Services

Our expertise include a full range of comprehensive Occupational Hygiene Consultancy Services.