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3d_conversationThe vast majority of British businesses are well aware of health and safety risks in the workplace, and how to mitigate or avoid them all together. Trip and slip hazards, working at height and fire safety procedures are things that are now deeply ingrained in the average employer’s psyche – anything that will prevent physical injury to their staff. But what about psychological injury? As we’ve explored previously, work related stress is calculated to cost the UK economy £26 billion pounds each year. In this article, Rob Burgon, workplace safety manager at RoSPA, discusses why it is vital that managers start asking workers how they feel

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When it comes to construction sites, accidents that occur when working at height are one of the biggest causes of death and serious injuries. While much of the focus is on keeping safe on ladders and scaffolding, a number of recent incidents involving mobile elevated working platforms (MEWPs) illustrates the importance of keeping safe while operating a work platform. In this short guide, we look at what you can do to minimise the risks and properly control the hazards MEPWs can pose.

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worker memorial dayWhat is so important about April 28th? It’s the 118th day of the year or the 119th in any leap year. It also means there are only 247 days of 2015 remaining!

 

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workplace sicknessDrugs and alcohol not only put the users themselves at risk, they also endanger those exposed to the user’s actions while they are under the influence. In this article, the original of which appeared in RoSPA’s Occupational Safety & Health Journal, we look at what can be done to tackle the issue of substance abuse in the workplace…
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cautionAsk anyone to name the most dangerous jobs they can think of, and you’ll usually be greeted with the same old answers. Racing car driver? Astronaut? Bomb disposal expert? While there’s no doubting these can be perilous ways to earn a living, health and safety statistics from the HSE suggest that some of the most dangerous jobs in Britain are far more common than you might think.

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shutterstock_216252670 As we’ve discussed in previous posts about manual handling, heavy manual labour, awkward postures and previous or existing injury can all increase the risk of injuries. In this short piece, which originally appeared in RoSPA’s Occupational Safety & Health Journal, we explore some real life examples that show just how devastating manual handling injuries can be, and the steps you can take to avoid them altogether…

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3d_blocksAlthough industrial fires are relatively rare, when they do strike they can be utterly devastating. In order to combat this threat, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into effect in October 2006, sweeping away over 70 different pieces of fire safety law. Under the Order, a responsible person must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan. In this guide – which originally appeared in RoSPA’s Occupational Safety & Health Journal we look at what you need to do to fulfil your responsibilities and protect your organisation from the risk of fire…

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