On the first day of Christmas RoSPA gave to me…

... 12 myths of Christmas! With the festive season now upon us, health and safety is sometimes used as a reason to put a stop to people enjoying the festivities. Here, we break down the barriers and show you some of these myths - from not clearing snow from outside your home, to Santa needing... Continue Reading →

H & S failings: The devastating costs in numbers

When an organisation has a strong health and safety record, a serious accident seems like a distant possibility. However, nobody is immune – just one slip-up could realise your worst fears. The infographic below is a reminder that the financial and personal cost of failure is high. Whilst prevention is the best cure, it’s essential... 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 →

Correct lifting techniques: Manual handling tips you can’t afford to miss!

As our Manual Handling Statistics poster shows, an estimated 11.6 million working days a year are lost to work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders, or MSDs. In fact MSDs are the single biggest cause of workplace injury in the UK! What’s more, many of these injuries could be prevented if people used correct manual handling techniques, or ‘principles... Continue Reading →

Behind the Annual Statistics – HSE figures released

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have released their annual figures highlighting the number of those killed or injured at work. In our previous article we discussed why we’re not celebrating, despite the drop in the number of people killed. Below we have provided an infographic, so you can see the figures for yourself and... Continue Reading →

HSE annual figures – The people behind the statistics

It’s that time of year again. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have released their annual figures for 2012/13 and once again the numbers show a slight drop, this time down to 148 people killed at work. Which is good news, isn’t it? As health and safety professionals we can all slap each other on... Continue Reading →

Top 10 most shocking health & safety myths

Have you heard the one about the trapeze artist being ordered to wear a hard hat? Or how about the students ordered to wear goggles while they play conkers? Whichever way you look at it, heath and safety is an easy target whenever reporters are facing a slow news day. Amusing as some of the... Continue Reading →

The RoSPA Awards: Why a great safety record really IS something to crow about!

We all know the cost accidents can have on society – but have you thought about the toll it can take on your business? Last year, the HSE put the total cost of workplace accidents, illness and absences at a staggering £14 billion – and that’s excluding the cost of cancer from workers exposed to... Continue Reading →

Bad vibrations? A short guide to hand-arm vibrations

If you work with power tools of any variety, the chances are you have experienced some degree of hand-arm vibrations. While limited exposure to these vibrations is unlikely to cause any lasting damage, over exposure can lead to hand-arm syndrome (HAVS) or carpal tunnel syndrome. With the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimating that 2... Continue Reading →

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