Safety values audit and CSR

What is the relationship between ISO 26000 (Guidance on Social Responsibility see https://www.iso.org/iso-26000-social-responsibility.html ) and the involvement of organisations in helping to achieve RoSPA’s vision of ‘Life free from serious accidental injury’? At one level, particularly in relation to ‘labour practices’, it might seem limited to things like having adequate health safety management in place, which is... Continue Reading →

Brexit vigilance still needed on health and safety

New regulations, ‘The Health and Safety (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018’, were laid before Parliament on July 24. They will come into force on the day the UK exits the European Union (EU) and are designed to ensure continuity of legal protection for workers and others from work-related risks. In consequence several people are arguing... Continue Reading →

No-nonsense guide: A very brief look at workplace regulations

The 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,... Continue Reading →

Safety decision-making – Risk versus reward

Safety 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... Continue Reading →

Under Pressure: Managing work related stress – Part 2

As we discussed in the first part of our work related stress series, poor mental health – including stress and anxiety – is a major issue in the workplace, calculated to cost the UK economy £26 billion pounds each year. While stress itself is not an illness, excessive and prolonged stress can lead to serious... Continue Reading →

RIDDOR reporting: what is RIDDOR and how do the changes affect you?

Regardless of the industry sector you work in, most of you will be familiar with the RIDDOR 1995, which continued the requirements placed on employers over many decades to report and record injuries and occupational diseases to employees and others in the workplace and to report dangerous occurrences. However, as a result of the Government’s... Continue Reading →

Playground tactics: The scourge of the workplace bully

While some of you might be keen to reminisce about your own school days – first years’ heads being flushed down the toilet, writing lines in detention and perhaps (for those of you of a certain age) even a sound thrashing from the head teacher – the rest of us are glad to have left... Continue Reading →

What’s happened to HSG65 and POPIMAR?

If you're one of the generation of safety managers and osh professionals raised on 'Successful Health and Safety Management' (HSG65) and its POPIMAR model then the HSE's recent changes may feel daunting. If so, hopefully this post - in which I'll briefly talk you through the changes - will help set your mind at ease.... Continue Reading →

Too hot to handle? Managing workplace risks in a heat wave

With a summer heatwave possibly on the way, many of us are turning our minds to BBQs and beach visits. However, for those of us unlucky enough to be stuck in work, it’s important to be aware of the additional, and potentially deadly, risks the hot weather can bring. What are the risks? Most outdoor... Continue Reading →

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