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 →

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 →

Top ten workplace safety posts 2013

As well as a time for making (and breaking!) resolutions, New Year is a great time to look back at the previous year and take stock. 2013 was an exciting year for safety, with changes to RIDDOR reporting and the driver CPC deadline hitting the headlines. In fact nearly 250,000 of you stopped by RoSPA’s... Continue Reading →

Risk assessment template? Why one size doesn’t fit all

While most of you are aware that risk assessments form the bedrock of every organisation, many are confused when it comes to the nitty-gritty of recording risks. As Britain’s longest established occupational safety experts, we are often asked where to find a blank risk assessment form or a risk assessment example. In this short guide... Continue Reading →

RIDDOR reporting: what is RIDDOR and how do the changes affect you?

Regardless of the industry sector you work in, most of you will be familiar with the RIDDOR 1995, which continued the requirements placed on employers over many decades to report and record injuries and occupational diseases to employees and others in the workplace and to report dangerous occurrences. However, as a result of the Government’s... Continue Reading →

What’s happened to HSG65 and POPIMAR?

If you're one of the generation of safety managers and osh professionals raised on 'Successful Health and Safety Management' (HSG65) and its POPIMAR model then the HSE's recent changes may feel daunting. If so, hopefully this post - in which I'll briefly talk you through the changes - will help set your mind at ease.... 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 →

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 →

Who else wants the latest Health & Safety legislation low-down?

This quick summary will get you up to speed with changes to the workplace first aid regulations, fit note guidance and proposed changes to ACoPs. Workplace first aid No doubt you’re aware that under the current First-Aid Regs the HSE must approve the training and qualifications of appointed first aiders. However, did you know that... Continue Reading →

Grey fleet management guide: keeping your drivers on the right track

As we’ve discussed previously in Workplace Safety, effectively managing your fleet is vital for almost every organisation, but with so many organisations now offering employees the option of using their own car for business purposes, managing your fleet to ensure you meet your legal duties has become an increasingly complex business. Thankfully, we’ve put together... Continue Reading →

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