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 →

Under Pressure: Managing work related stress – Part 1

Some people seem to thrive on it; others go to extraordinary lengths to avoid it. Love it or loathe it, one thing for certain is that in the modern workplace, stress is an unavoidable fact of life. However, stress itself is not an illness; we all need a certain level of stress to operate. Nevertheless,... Continue Reading →

Save lives, reduce injuries: My thoughts on keeping the ACoP!

Did the conclusion reached by Professor Ragnar  in his review of health and safety legislation, that there is room for improving the HSE’s Approved Codes of Practice (ACoP) as “some are out-of-date and some too lengthy, technical and complex”, ring true for you, as it did for me? Yes? Well then, like me you too... Continue Reading →

Should the self-employed be exempt from health and safety law?

If you’re self-employed and work alone is it reasonable to suggest that therefore you should be exempt from health and safety law? This is not just a hypothetical question; it’s a proposal from the Löfstedt Review and in this post I’ll examine this seemingly sensible suggestion – and add a note of caution. The Situation... Continue Reading →

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