With the advent of homeworking becoming more prevalent, it's become increasingly important for employers to know what they need to do in order to ensure the health and safety of their employees working at home. The phrase 'working from home' actually covers a wide range of jobs. According to research conducted by the Health and... Continue Reading →
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 →
Wet weather working – Staying safe at work
As yet another storm hits the UK , many of us will be looking forward to staying indoors until things brighten up. For many workers however, this is simply not an option. What’s more, with wet weather comes a new set of risks – some which can be deadly. However, by following these simple steps,... 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 →
6 unforgettable nuclear disasters that terrified the world
As our recent worst industrial fires post showed, when occupational disasters strike, they can be devastating. However, when those disasters involve nuclear power, the effects can be catastrophic. Below we have listed some of the worst peace-time nuclear incidents the world has known... 1. Chernobyl Disaster, 1986 When people mention nuclear disasters, this is normally... Continue Reading →
After the worst has happened: Accident investigation
So much of accident prevention is focused on... well, exactly that: Prevention. Of course, as a health and safety professional this is understandable – the financial burden, legal consequences, and the humanitarian costs of accidents in the workplace are well documented and it’s your job to ensure your colleagues remain healthy and able to work.... Continue Reading →
Working at height: Myth versus reality!
More than a million British businesses and 10 million workers are estimated to carry out jobs involving some form of work at height every year. Falls are one of the biggest causes of death and serious injury at work. Fortunately, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have just published updated guidelines on working at height.... Continue Reading →
Safety on the site: when things go wrong
Warning: The following piece contains graphic descriptions of a workplace injury that some readers may find disturbing. Employing around 2.2 million people, the construction industry is one of the largest employment sectors in the UK. However, as our shocking construction statistics infographic shows, the industry is also responsible for a disproportionate number of accidents, injuries... 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 →
Machine safety: using machine guards to reduce risks
Crushed digits, lacerated body parts, fractured bones... this litany of horrors may bring images of grim Victorian workhouses to mind, but tragically such injuries are far from confined to the past. In fact, in modern day UK 40,000 such injuries, and a dozen or so deaths are sustained each and every year. And the cause? Mechanical equipment used without adequate... Continue Reading →
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