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 →
COSHH Regulations: 25 years in 25 facts
This month sees the 25th anniversary of the COSHH regulations. As far as safety regulations go, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations are fairly visible and no doubt many of you have attended COSHH training of some sort. The majority of organisations today use substances that could cause harm to employees, contractors and... Continue Reading →
Princess, parent or politician – what type of manager are you?
As we explored in our employee engagement article, when it comes to boosting health and safety performance, most managers recognise that worker involvement is the key to success. A vital component in improving engagement is to ensure positive relationships between employers and employees. With this in mind we’ve put together a short article describing three... Continue Reading →
DSE Risk Assessment: 7 simple steps to safeguard staff
‘Desk jockeys’ are at risk from a range of health and safety issues, with back pain alone responsible for 7.6 million lost work days every year. One major factor is the use of display screen equipment (defined by the Health and Safety Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as any alphanumeric or graphic display screen), which... 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 →
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 →
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 →
Playground tactics: The scourge of the workplace bully
While some of you might be keen to reminisce about your own school days – first years’ heads being flushed down the toilet, writing lines in detention and perhaps (for those of you of a certain age) even a sound thrashing from the head teacher – the rest of us are glad to have left... 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 →
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