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CV SuccessIn the UK today, over 40,000 people have careers in health and safety, while several hundred thousand people work in health and safety worldwide. In such a big field, there is inevitably a very active and competitive job market, with a number of health and safety recruitment agencies specifically recruiting people for health and safety jobs abroad and at home… Continue Reading »

What is COSHH?As we’ve discussed in a previous COSHH definition post, we’re frequently asked “What is COSHH?” and “What does COSHH stand for?” Read on for a COSHH definition, a guide to COSHH symbols and a chance to test your knowledge! Continue Reading »

PrintAfter 30 unforgettable years, Safety and Health Expo has moved from Birmingham’s NEC to ExCel, London. As well as an excuse to visit the thriving capital city, ExCeL is one of the few venues to offer enough space for the IOSH conference, Safety and Health Expo and the other 5 shows within the Protection and Management series. – There are also some other exciting changes this year, for the first time ever, the IOSH 2014 conference is sitting alongside the flagship Safety and Health Expo as well as hosting the RoSPA 2014 Occupational Health & Safety Awards, which are fast becoming the most sought after accolade by organisations from every sector. With so much going on, our Events Manager, Matt Cryer, has put together a short guide  to help you make the most of your visit! Continue Reading »

pillsSubstance abuse covers a range of mind altering substances from illegal drugs for example, cannabis and cocaine to legal drugs such as alcohol and prescription drugs.  It is defined as continued misuse that affects a person’s physical and mental health, social situations and responsibilities (Mental Health Foundation).  This article will focus on the responsibilities related to employment and the cost to employers through loss of productivity in the workplace.  Continue Reading »

Manual Handling -infographic-High-ResAs our Manual Handling Statistics poster shows, an estimated 11.6 million working days a year are lost to work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders, or MSDs. In fact MSDs are the single biggest cause of workplace injury in the UK! What’s more, many of these injuries could be prevented if people used correct manual handling techniques, or ‘principles of efficient movement’ as they are now known. Continue Reading »

At workAs we discussed in our previous office safety post, ‘desk jockeys’ are at risk from a range of health and safety issues, with back pain alone responsible for 7.6 million lost work days every year. One major factor is the use of display screen equipment (defined by the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as any alphanumeric or graphic display screen), which along with back pain is also associated with neck, shoulder and arm pain, as well as with fatigue and eyestrain. In this short guide we look at the ways you can ensure workstations comply with DSE regulations, reducing sick days and improving the overall health of your workforce. Continue Reading »

Magnifier over FiguresSo much of accident prevention is focused on… well, exactly that: Prevention. Of course, as a health and safety professional this is understandable – the financial burden, legal consequences, and the humanitarian costs of accidents in the workplace are well documented and it’s your job to ensure your colleagues remain healthy and able to work. However, what is sometimes overlooked in our mission to prevent accidents, is that there is much that can be learnt from failures in health and safety, after the worst has already happened… Continue Reading »

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