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car_toy‘All of a sudden a car came from nowhere!’ Sound familiar? Car crashes happen every day in every country in the world, and we often insist on blaming external factors. However, the reality is that it’s often us at fault. In fact, it’s estimated that 95% of crashes are actually due to human error. The other 5% can be split between mechanical failure (which doesn’t include a worn tyre or faulty brakes, as that still counts as human error!) and something that could not have been prevented or predicted, such as a tree falling across the road. In this blog we are going to explore the reasons why human error is such a major cause of road crashes, and how adapting our behaviour can prevent them from happening… Continue Reading »

shutterstock_247326868Dr Karen McDonnell, CFIOSH, CBiol MIBiol, MIPD, AIEMA looks at the best ways we can blend together best practices in order to get the best mix of health and work challenges.

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shutterstock_123085243Be Prepared… the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.”

So said Robert Baden Powell, founder of the Scout movement, “Be prepared” has been the Scout’s motto for over 100 years and is used all over the world by scouts and scout leaders. Baden Powell actually offers a deeper explanation of the phrase in his “Scouting for Boys” handbook. He says “be prepared” relates to both your mind and your body.

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Processed by: Helicon Filter;As most of you will be aware, a Fleet Risk Audit refers to the process of gathering work related road safety information and then acting upon it. While this might sound fairly simple, the difficult part for many organisations is maintaining a record or paper trail of all of the steps taken that demonstrate how compliance with legal and internal obligations have actually been achieved. This is important, as apart from the clear ethical case for addressing the road safety issue, there’s also a legal requirement to act. With that in mind, this blog examines how conducting a Fleet Risk Audit can save you money and protect your senior managers, line managers, front line drivers and other road users, not to mention the brand image and reputation of your organisation…

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cautionDr Karen McDonnell, CFIOSH, CBiol MIBiol, MIPD, AIEMA looks at past workplace disasters, how things have changed and what we have done to improve overall health and safety in the workplace.

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blackboard shhh Dr Karen McDonnell, CFIOSH, CBiol MIBiol, MIPD, AIEMA looks at how mental illness in the workplace can affect everyday working and what employers can do to ensure enough support and help is offered.

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shutterstock_187575011When it comes to talking about disabled workers, some managers wring their hands and begin to fret when they start to consider the mysterious ‘special arrangements’ and ‘reasonable adjustments’ they’ll need to make to ensure they’re fulfilling their legal duty of care. In the very worst cases, some employers have actually used health and safety law to justify discrimination. In this post, we aim to set the record straight and explore some of the biggest fallacies surrounding disabled workers, as well as exploring the measures you need to take to ensure your workplace is inclusive and accessible for all…

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