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 →

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 →

Sleeping on the job? Managing fatigue in the workplace

We all know that tiredness can make us grouchy and slow to react... but did you know it could also put your life at risk? Back in 2012, a well-reported French survey found that sleepiness behind the wheel is almost as bad as drinking and driving, and that drivers who were either drunk or sleepy... 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 →

Human error: the biggest cause of crashes

"All of a sudden a car came from nowhere!" - Sound familiar? Car crashes happen every day in every country in the world, and we often insist on blaming external factors. However, the reality is that it’s often us at fault. In fact, it’s estimated that 95 per cent of crashes are actually due to... Continue Reading →

The hidden costs of collisions: how fleet audits could save you more than money

As most of you will be aware, a Fleet Risk Audit refers to the process of gathering work related road safety information and then acting upon it. While this might sound fairly simple, the difficult part for many organisations is maintaining a record or paper trail of all of the steps taken that demonstrate how... Continue Reading →

Can we confront mental illness with silence?

Dr Karen McDonnell, CFIOSH, CBiol MIBiol, MIPD, AIEMA looks at how mental illness in the workplace can affect everyday working and what employers can do to ensure enough support and help is offered. Irrespective of which particular piece of statistical evidence you consider the challenges of mental illness within the working population in Britain are... Continue Reading →

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