As every safety and health professional knows, there’s a near endless list of issues we need to consider if we are going to ensure every employee returns safely home to their families each night. While most of you will have studied for years to achieve the highest health and safety qualifications, there’s no harm in... Continue Reading →
HSE Health and Safety Statistics 2014
The report is out! The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released this year’s facts and figures from construction fatalities to manual handling for 2013 – 2014. We have put together the next instalment - ‘Behind the annual statistics’ infographic which breaks down the stats and information to give you a bite size view of... 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 →
Health and Safety Sentencing – Can you afford not to be prepared?
The Sentencing Council has just announced plans for a proposed major change to their sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food offences and launched draft guidelines for consultation. The main aim of the changes is to fairly punish the offender and deter future offences. What’s currently wrong? There is currently a lack... Continue Reading →
A brief history of signs
It’s funny, sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference. Safety signs and warning signs can make a big difference, simply by highlighting hazards and risks in the workplace, and allowing us to modify our behaviour accordingly. What you may not know however, is it’s a strategy that’s been effective for hundreds, if not... 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 →
Reformed racer – Undercover in a speed awareness course
Now, I’m no boy racer – never have been. My car doesn’t have racing stripes, tinted windows, or bucket seats; my number plate isn’t personalised, and if it was it certainly wouldn’t read: V FA5T. So, before I started working at RoSPA, doing a speed awareness course had never really crossed my mind. Like most... 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 →
Company Directors – The 4 new health and safety challenges you face
Changes in the law in recent years mean that a health and safety failure could now result in criminal convictions for both your organisation and you personally. What’s more a ‘hear no evil, see no evil’ defence simply won’t cut it. As a director, the onus is on you to manage health and safety proactively,... Continue Reading →
Backstage Pass: behind the scenes with a RoSPA Award winner
In this new series we ask those who’ve ‘made it’ in their health and safety careers to share their tips and reveal their secrets. This month it's Dawn Ward, Assistant Director of Health and Safety at South & City College Birmingham and all round health and safety superhero... You might get mad – just... Continue Reading →
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