Lifting. It’s not complicated, is it? You pick something up and put in back down again. Most of us have been doing it since we were a few months old. Yet incredibly, more than a third of all workplace injuries which result in someone being off work for more than three days are caused by poor manual handling. So what’s going wrong?
To report or not to report? Not a line from a Shakespeare play but a regularly asked question by leisure operators and managers of sites with visitors in relation to work-related accidents.
And there is a good reason for that – it isn’t straightforward at all.
A while ago, we wrote a blog that covered off the important issue of ‘What is a Risk assessment?’, now we’re going to take that a step further and look at the process of carrying out risk assessments. The importance of risk assessment training cannot be overstated, it is a fundamental aspect of a strong health and safety system. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be complicated, so we’ve broken it down into a few simple steps.
The spring months traditionally bring new life, as fledglings prepare to leave the nest and make their way in the world. As a parent of a 21 and 23 year old I have encouraged them to spread their wings, develop themselves and find work that they enjoy and find fulfilling. However, as they have grown it has become more difficult to protect them, all you can really do is provide advice and support as they meet the challenges of working for a living.
You’ve completed units A-C of the NEBOSH Diploma, now it’s time to put that knowledge into practice and complete a practical report. This is your guide on how to get the most out of unit D of the NEBOSH Diploma course.
Take a deep breath. It’s something we all take for granted from the day we are born. When resting, adults breathe 12-20 times a minute. In fact, it is estimated that we take between 17,000-30,000 breaths per day and that the total length of airways in our lungs is 2,400 km…the equivalent of travelling between London and Turkey! Yet if you are working in an environment where you are exposed to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) dust, every breath you take has the potential to cause silicosis. In this short post, Dr Karen McDonnell, our occupational safety and health policy adviser, explores the issues surrounding silica dust, and what you can do to protect your workers from potentially deadly exposure.
The 2016 RoSPA Health and Safety Awards Gala Dinner was a fantastic evening full of great food, top entertainment and inspirational stories. Here are a selection of photos showing what a great time everyone had. If you didn’t attend the event then watch this space as the 2017 Awards are opening later this year…