Who cares for the carers?

A view from Elizabeth Warren, policy advisor in the HSE’s Health and Social Care Services Unit. Preventing and reducing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), sometimes known as MSKs, is one of HSE’s health priorities and part of its new Go Home Healthy campaign. MSDs are particularly important in health and social care. We all know that back... Continue Reading →

Nine of the things bad safety leaders do really well

RoSPA are great safety advocates, and their wide range of occupational safety training courses reflect their passion, expertise & leadership in the area. Whilst Safety training can help establish and maintain effective and successful safety procedures and strategies, a great safety leader is equally important. Andrew Sharman is a global thought leader in workplace safety... Continue Reading →

Tackling musculoskeletal issues in the workplace – Michael Paton, Lead Musculoskeletal Disorders Policy at HSE

One of the HSE’s health priorities is to make significant improvements in preventing and controlling exposure to musculoskeletal disorders, the most commonly reported cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain. This year's #OSHtober campaign focusses on this key topic. In this special guest blog, Michael Paton, Lead Musculoskeletal Disorders Policy at HSE discusess their... Continue Reading →

Asbestos – a legacy of horror

As we discussed in our previous post on asbestos facts, asbestos was historically revered as a ‘magic mineral’, used in a multitude of commercial and industrial applications, from roofing to toothpaste! Today however, we recognise the dangers associated with its use, with at least 4,000 people dying each year from asbestos-related diseases resulting from workplace... Continue Reading →

Shark-infested safety – Re-evaluating risk and finding freedom from fear

In this special guest feature, we invite Andrew Sharman, Vice Chairman of the Board of IOSH, to describe his approach to risk in both his professional and personal life – which, amongst other activities, occasionally includes swimming with sharks… At a dinner party last weekend, the conversation turned to work. When asked what I did... Continue Reading →

Coping with stress in turbulent times

This week marks the return of the annual European Week for Safety and Health at Work, which this year focuses on the issue of work-related stress. As we have discussed previously, stress and related illnesses are a major problem in workplaces, and are estimated to cost the UK economy a staggering £26 billion pounds each... Continue Reading →

Shaken and stirred: workplace disasters that stunned the world

As our recent worst industrial fires and worst nuclear disasters posts showed, when occupational disasters strike, they can be devastating. While fortunately accident statistics broadly show a decline in workplace deaths in the UK, many thousands of workers still die in accidents around the world every year, reminding us both how far we’ve come as... Continue Reading →

Display screen equipment – Is your workstation set up correctly?

As we discussed in our post on DSE regulations, display screen equipment (DSE) can give rise to a variety of ill health conditions when used habitually. The most prevalent damage to users is repetitive strain injury (RSI), which is a general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by... Continue Reading →

Three timeless tips to turbo-charge your health and safety CV

In 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... Continue Reading →

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