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FuturePicture the scene. After being gently woken by natural sunlight (courtesy of a mobile phone app), a worker fumbles for his Google Glass, which helpfully points out any hazards he might find around his home – from a stray child’s toy lying at the top of the stairs to a puddle of water on the bathroom floor – as he gets ready for work. Washed and dressed, he makes his way to the kitchen, where all electrical appliances are connected to the ‘cloud’, ensuring they are functioning correctly and not in danger of malfunctioning, before he opens his front door and steps into his driverless car, delivering him safely to his place of work. Once there his phone and computer regularly suggest prompts for modifying his behaviour, such as adjusting his posture and taking regular screen breaks, before his self-driving car takes him back to his family at the end of the day, completely unharmed… Continue Reading »

iStock_000002728817XSmallWhen it comes to boosting health and safety performance, most managers recognise that worker involvement is the key to success. Positive relationships between employers and employees, as well as between employees themselves, pay dividends and help enhance productivity. As we all know, the best workforces are built on trust, respect and co-operation – which are also the three cornerstones for effective prevention of ill health and injury at work. With this in mind, RoSPA’s occupational safety and health policy adviser, Karen McDonnell, shares her top tips on the best way to engage workers, paving the way for employers and staff to reap the rewards by making sure the right culture is introduced without bureaucracy or huge cost. Continue Reading »

iStock_000016762835SmallIt’s happened to the best of us. You’re standing in front of a room of people, tasked with the job of delivering a safety briefing. You’ve put on your best suit, practiced your presentation and double-checked your data. Yet as you look out at your audience, you are confronted by a sea of bored faces, shuffling their chairs, itching to leave. You don’t get it. After all, the things you’re saying are vitally important – possibly life saving! Yet for whatever reason, the message just isn’t getting through… Continue Reading »

iStock_000016322937SmallAs our recent worst industrial fires post showed, when occupational disasters strike, they can be devastating. However, when those disasters involve nuclear power, the effects can be catastrophic. Below we have listed some of the worst peace-time nuclear incidents the world has known… Continue Reading »

iStock_000016647461SmallWe’ve all been there. That awkward moment down the pub or at a party when somebody asks what you do for a living. There’s an awkward pause while you stall for time, a bead of sweat forming on your brow while you debate how to respond. In the end you swallow hard and decide to bite the bullet. ‘I work in… Health and safety.’ The imaginary record playing in the corner skips as the room draws its collective breath. And then the jokes begin… Continue Reading »

iStock_000017013520SmallAs we’ve discussed in our previous posts on work-related stress, the world of health and safety is a high pressure environment – almost as stressful as Roy Hodgson’s job this summer! While being a dedicated health and safety manager is a tough enough role, often the responsibility for providing a safe working environment for employees falls to those with a wider remit, such as facilities managers, human resources, directors and general office managers. With that in mind we have put together a short post bringing you the brightest and best resources out there to help ensure you don’t ‘drop the ball’. And who knows… you could find yourself lifting a trophy at the Health and Safety Awards next year! Continue Reading »

3d_blocksSafety professionals are often accused of advocating “total safety”, or the elimination of all risk. Of course, those in the know understand that absolute safety is an impossibility and the law only requires safety measures to be taken to control risks “so far as is reasonably practicable”. This special report by RoSPA Partnership Consultant, Rodger Bibbings, looks at the reasons why things need to be made as safe as necessary, not always as safe as possible Continue Reading »

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