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LegislationThe Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 was a milestone in British legal history. Having recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, the act and the subsidiary regulations it spawned have protected millions of workers, and resulted in a sharp reduction in the numbers of occupational deaths, serious injury and ill health. Yet, despite its significance, the language used in Health & Safety at Work Act and other related legislation can be surprisingly impenetrable and legalistic. With that in mind we’ve put together a guide to the highlights of health and safety legislation at work, including the key requirements of health and safety law summarised below… Continue Reading »

First aid kit isolatedFor almost 100 years, RoSPA’s mission has been to prevent accidents before they happen. However, safety statistics show that things still do occasionally go wrong. As an employer you have a legal obligation to provide a duty of care to your staff, making sure that your employees receive immediate attention if they are taken ill or are injured at work. With that in mind, we have put together a short guide to first aid for employers, arming you with what you need to protect your staff and fulfil your legal obligations… Continue Reading »

TC1627 - Sizzling Fire Statistics - Hi resWhen it comes to motivating staff about fire safety in the workplace, it can help to have the fire safety facts at your fingertips. After all, the latest fire legislation lays the onus firmly at the door of the employer, making courses like the NEBOSH Fire Safety Certificate (6500 candidates and counting) increasingly popular. And, as our ‘worst industrial fires’ post showed, sometimes the most innocuous incident can lead to a disaster of unbelievable proportions. With this in mind we have compiled a new fire infographic, containing statistics and the fire safety information to help remind your  employees of the risks fire poses… 

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iStock_000041379072SmallWhen it comes to writing a health and safety policy, many people are keen to find a health and safety policy example they can copy. However, as we explained in our risk assessment template post, one sized doesn’t fit all, and it’s vital that your written policy is tailored to meet the unique requirements of your organisation. With this in mind, rather than showing you how to write a health and safety policy document, we have put together a simple checklist illustrating the sort of things that need to be included…

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CPC Infogrpahic Hi resWhen it comes to achieving your CPC driving licence, the clock is ticking ever louder, especially as the road haulage driver CPC deadline is now only a few months away. As we mentioned in our previous article ‘What is driver CPC?’, the date for achieving your CPC qualification card is 10th September 2014… Continue Reading »

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 »

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