“Be prepared” – Safer People Handling

“Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.” So said Robert Baden Powell, founder of the Scout movement, “Be prepared” has been the Scout’s motto for over... Continue Reading →

The crucial question that every H&S manager needs to ask their staff

The vast majority of British businesses are well aware of health and safety risks in the workplace, and how to mitigate or avoid them all together. Trip and slip hazards, working at height and fire safety procedures are things that are now deeply ingrained in the average employer’s psyche - anything that will prevent physical... Continue Reading →

Health and Safety Sentencing – Can you afford not to be prepared?

The Sentencing Council has just announced plans for a proposed major change to their sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food offences and launched draft guidelines for consultation. The main aim of the changes is to fairly punish the offender and deter future offences. What’s currently wrong? There is currently a lack... Continue Reading →

Protecting young workers: 5 tips to engage the next generation

Of the 629,000 workers who suffered an accident in 2013/14, a disproportionate number were younger workers. As recently as 2006, the TUC reported that a 16-24 year old was being seriously injured at work every 40 minutes in the UK, and killed at a rate of one every month. While this number has thankfully begun... Continue Reading →

Wet weather working – Staying safe at work

As yet another storm hits the UK , many of us will be looking forward to staying indoors until things brighten up.  For many workers however, this is simply not an option. What’s more, with wet weather comes a new set of risks – some which can be deadly. However, by following these simple steps,... Continue Reading →

COSHH Regulations: 25 years in 25 facts

This month sees the 25th anniversary of the COSHH regulations. As far as safety regulations go, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations are fairly visible and no doubt many of you have attended COSHH training of some sort. The majority of organisations today use substances that could cause harm to employees, contractors and... Continue Reading →

5 life hacks to make your workplace instantly safer

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a life hack is defined as: A strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way. As occupational safety professionals, one of the most common criticisms of health and safety we hear is that it takes too long and slows... Continue Reading →

How to build the perfect health and safety policy template

When 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... Continue Reading →

Wake up! How to give boring safety briefings a shot in the arm

It’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,... Continue Reading →

More than a feeling? Behavioural safety in the workplace

As we have discussed in the past, employee wellbeing is a vital component to ensure the safety of your organisation. Related to this, it is also crucial that you understand how your staff feel about their jobs. An employee’s attitude is very much a part of their own perception of self, which in turn feeds... Continue Reading →

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