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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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PoliceAccording to the HSE, driving a vehicle for work related activities is the single most dangerous task that most of us will do on a daily basis. Of course, these are comparative levels of risk. If your job involves deep sea fishing or climbing up trees with chainsaws buzzing away, well that’s obviously pretty risky! For most of us however, jumping in a car, van, bus or truck and making that work related trip is pretty much the most dangerous part of our day. But what can you do to mitigate the risk – both to your employees and your organisation? Read on to find out…

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family2Novelty socks, kitsch ceramic mugs, yet another new pair of slippers – most years, Father’s Day can end up feeling more like Groundhog Day. This year, however, we’d like you to put the cards aside for a moment and instead spare a thought for some of the dads who went off to work one morning and didn’t come home. It’s a sobering thought we know, but there is hope – especially when you consider how many things you can do to ensure that neither you, nor your colleagues, become another statistic…

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stopnlearnblackandwhite350 exhibitors, 15,000 safety professionals and only 3 days. That’s not to mention the stellar list of guest speakers, the IOSH 2015 conference or the annual RoSPA Awards

If you’ve visited the Safety and Health Expo before, you’ll know that there’s an awful lot to see and do and not a great amount of time in which to do it. If you’re new to the Expo, then you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by the sheer scale of it all.

This problem is one of the reasons why RoSPA are once again running Stop ‘n’ Learn taster sessions throughout all three days of the Expo. These sessions are just 15 minutes long, giving you the chance to take the weight off your feet, but still giving you plenty of time to look round the rest of the venue.

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MoralWe all know that charity volunteering is a ‘good’ thing to do. Most of us would love to give up a few hours each week to work at a local food bank, soup kitchen, or even to rattle a tin in order to help a worthy cause. However, in today’s fast-paced society, there are so many pressures on us – family, hobbies, work – that it’s not always practical to get involved as much as we’d like. That’s where volunteering at work comes into its own! By offering your employees the opportunity to give back to their local community in a practical manner, you not only help meet your CSR targets, but you can also give a tangible boost to your entire organisation. Read on to find out how…

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