A RoSPA Christmas Carol – The Past, Present and Future of Workplace Safety Blog!

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... Continue Reading →

Safety goes to Hollywood: What Cary Grant can teach us about risk assessments

He’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... Continue Reading →

Guardian Angel Spotlight: Dr Abdulrahman Jawahery

Back in 2014, RoSPA launched their Guardian Angel Awards, celebrating individuals who have gone ‘above and beyond’ to make the world a safer place for their fellow man, woman and child. In this special post, we shine the spotlight on one of this year’s Archangels in order to illustrate exactly what it takes to make... Continue Reading →

Reading danger: How poor literacy leads to accidents in the workplace

Literacy is the ability to read, write and understand a particular language. It is the foundation of our education system. Within the workplace there are subject or industry specific literacies such as health literacy, financial literacy, computer literacy and OSH literacy. In this article, which originally appeared in RoSPA’s OS&H Journal, David Magee discusses the... Continue Reading →

A few interesting words about safety audits…

You 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... Continue Reading →

Compensation culture – Could it be a good thing?

‘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... Continue Reading →

Brave new world of work: How to keep young workers safe

Do you remember your first job? Was it bar work as a student, stacking shelves in the summer holidays or temping in a call centre? Whatever it was, you probably found it a daunting task on your first day. For many young people, the world of work is often a strange and confusing place. Inexperience... Continue Reading →

Corporate manslaughter: Are bigger fines and custodial sentences really the answer?

I 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... Continue Reading →

Health and work: the perfect mix?

Dr Karen McDonnell, CFIOSH, CBiol MIBiol, MIPD, AIEMA looks at the best ways we can blend together best practices in order to get the best mix of health and work challenges. Whether you order a Manhattan, Cosmopolitan or a gin and tonic you expect the mixologist to get it right every time. Mixing together the... Continue Reading →

Somebody’s son: 5 ways to keep Dad safe this Father’s Day

Novelty socks, kitsch ceramic mugs, yet another new pair of slippers – most years, Father’s Day can end up feeling more like Groundhog Day. This year, however, we’d like you to put the cards aside for a moment and instead spare a thought for some of the dads who went off to work one morning... Continue Reading →

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