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When an organisation has a strong health and safety record, a serious accident seems like a distant possibility. However, nobody is immune – just one slip-up could realise your worst fears. The infographic below is a reminder that the financial and personal cost of failure is high. Whilst prevention is the best cure, it’s essential that even the best health and safety management systems include contingency plans to be followed in the event of a major accident or incident. How would you respond? What procedures need to be followed in the wake of a major accident? One thing’s for certain, the cost of failure – both personally and professionally – can be devastating… Continue Reading »

rainy_streetAs memories of summer fade in favour of colder and wetter conditions, many of us will be looking forward to staying indoors through the darker months. For many workers however, this is simply not an option. What’s more, with wet weather comes a new set of risks – some which can be deadly. However, by following these simple steps, the risk to workers can be significantly reducedContinue Reading »

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis month sees the 25th anniversary of the COSHH regulations. As far as safety regulations go, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations are fairly visible and no doubt many of you have attended COSHH training of some sort. The majority of organisations today use substances that could cause harm to employees, contractors and other people, and as a result it’s likely you’ve seen the COSHH symbols plastered across safety signs and on the back of many common products (you can test your knowledge with our fun COSHH symbol quiz.) To celebrate a quarter of a century of these life saving regulations, we’re delighted to present 25 facts and tips about COSHH – how many have you heard before?

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As our recent worst industrial fires and worst nuclear disasters posts showed, when occupational disasters strike, they can be devastating. While fortunately accident statistics broadly show a decline in workplace deaths in the UK, many thousands of workers still die in accidents around the world every year, reminding us both how far we’ve come as a country, and how far we still need to travel as a planet. In this post we take a look at some of the worst workplace disaster to take place since the turn of the 20th century, from which many lessons should be learned.

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This is it… it’s your chance to decide who deserves to win a free Achievement Award Entry* to the RoSPA Awards 2015! To mark the end of this year’s awards, we’re asking you to vote for your favourite ‘RoSPA Smile’. To vote, simply click on the link below your chosen image and we’ll do the rest.

But be quick… voting will close at 3pm today! The lucky winner will be announced on twitter.

So come on, which one of these gorgeous grins deserves to win?

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EyeStrainAs we discussed in our post on DSE regulations, display screen equipment (DSE) can give rise to a variety of ill health conditions when used habitually. The most prevalent damage to users is repetitive strain injury (RSI), which is a general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse. In this special report, which appears in this month’s RoSPA OSH Journal, we look at how to protect yourself and your employees from injury. Continue Reading »

Reaching your goalAccording to the Oxford English Dictionary, a life hack is defined as: A strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way. As occupational safety professionals, one of the most common criticisms of health and safety we hear is that it takes too long and slows down productivity… Continue Reading »

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