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 →

All eyes on safety! Protecting your eyesight at work

For most of us, our ability to see is something we take for granted. Whether a great film, a beautiful sunset, or our children’s smiles when we return home safely from work each day, many of our happiest moments are intrinsically linked to sight... Unless, that is, you happen to be one of the estimated... Continue Reading →

An inspector calls – What to expect when a H & S inspector visits

If you’ve never been visited by a health and safety inspector – and, depending on the nature and level of risk of your workplace, many of you won’t have been – there is perhaps a tendency to worry or be nervous about what might happen during a visit, but if you've been managing your health... Continue Reading →

Asbestos – a legacy of horror

As we discussed in our previous post on asbestos facts, asbestos was historically revered as a ‘magic mineral’, used in a multitude of commercial and industrial applications, from roofing to toothpaste! Today however, we recognise the dangers associated with its use, with at least 4,000 people dying each year from asbestos-related diseases resulting from workplace... 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 →

No-nonsense guide: A very brief look at workplace regulations

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 was a milestone in British legal history. Having recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, the act and the subsidiary regulations it spawned have protected millions of workers, and resulted in a sharp reduction in the numbers of occupational deaths, serious injury and ill health. Yet, despite its significance,... Continue Reading →

11 match winning resources every safety manager needs in their kit bag

As we’ve discussed in our previous posts on work-related stress, the world of health and safety is a high pressure environment – almost as stressful as Roy Hodgson’s job this summer! While being a dedicated health and safety manager is a tough enough role, often the responsibility for providing a safe working environment for employees... Continue Reading →

Ten occupational health and safety milestones that shook the world

Set to become an invaluable resource for students, academics, health and safety professionals and others with a general interest in industrial history, the History of Occupational Safety and Health website sets out developments from the 1802 Factory Act to various regulation changes made by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last year. Launched on April... Continue Reading →

What is COSHH? Safety symbol quiz!

As we’ve discussed in a previous COSHH definition post, we’re frequently asked “What is COSHH?” and “What does COSHH stand for?” Read on for a COSHH definition, a guide to COSHH symbols and a chance to test your knowledge! What does COSHH stand for? COSHH stands for ‘Control of Substances Hazardous to Health’ and under... Continue Reading →

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