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armbandAs part of our ever popular Backstage Pass series, we speak to people who’ve ‘made it’ in their health and safety careers, asking them to share the secrets of their success and hopefully offer some words of wisdom. This month we’re delighted to talk to Anita Gough. After all, if anybody should be able to offer an insight into the challenges and rewards of a career in health and safety, it’s RoSPA’s very own Facilities and Health & Safety Manager! (more…)

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For many people, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is the definitive festive story. As you probably know, it tells the tale of a miserly man finding redemption thanks to a series of ghostly visits and journeys into the past and future. With the festive season upon us, we thought we’d offer our own take on this classic book. So, without further ado, let us take you on a journey into the past, future, and finally the present of health and safety…

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shutterstock_297899564He’s one of the most famous and celebrated actors of all time, he was an idol to millions and has an instantly recognisable voice. However, what you may not know about Hollywood legend Cary Grant is that he can teach us a lot about risk assessments!

That’s right, there’s a direct link between the man christened Archibald Leach and your legal duty to carry out ‘suitable and sufficient’ health and safety risk assessments. More precisely, one scene provides the link…

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Health and safety equipmentYou might think that there are no interesting words associated with safety audits, but this article aims to prove you wrong. It’s packed full of interesting words and facts about the English language, and more importantly it will highlight just how important it is to carry out thorough and effective safety audits. Read on to find out more…

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shutterstock_132429839‘Compensation culture’. In recent years these two words have become joined at the hip. They conjure up a society of serial claimants, egged on by shyster lawyers to adopt a “where there’s a blame there’s a claim” approach to life. However there’s some debate whether this compensation (or claims) culture actually exists, or whether, as Lord Young suggests, it is more a problem of “perception rather than reality.” In this short post, part of which originally appeared in RoSPA’s OS&H journal, we look at the issues surrounding compensation, as well as exploring whether claims for occupational injury and ill health could actually help to drive positive health and safety changes.

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jailI had never considered how the words of Gilbert and Sullivan operas had become embedded in our language, but had a faint recollection of school musical productions such as the Mikado, from which the words “let the punishment fit the crime” and “short sharp shock” echoed.
These phrases are now commonly linked to meting out punishment, stemming from government policy enacting the Criminal Justice Acts of 1982 and 1988.
However, these phrases also come to mind when considering the Sentencing Council’s proposed guidelines on fines for health and safety offences, including corporate manslaughter, which are expected to apply to all sentences handed down from January 2016…

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cautionAsk anyone to name the most dangerous jobs they can think of, and you’ll usually be greeted with the same old answers. Racing car driver? Astronaut? Bomb disposal expert? While there’s no doubting these can be perilous ways to earn a living, health and safety statistics from the HSE suggest that some of the most dangerous jobs in Britain are far more common than you might think.

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