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 →

Bad vibrations? A short guide to hand-arm vibrations

If you work with power tools of any variety, the chances are you have experienced some degree of hand-arm vibrations. While limited exposure to these vibrations is unlikely to cause any lasting damage, over exposure can lead to hand-arm syndrome (HAVS) or carpal tunnel syndrome. With the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimating that 2... 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 guarding... 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 →

Health Surveillance: facts you can’t afford to ignore

With the new health surveillance guidelines  now available on the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) website, there’s never been a better time to make sure you’re doing everything you can to control risks in the workplace and spot the early signs of work-related ill health. What is health surveillance? Health surveillance is a system of... Continue Reading →

Asbestos Regulations – What you need to know

Campaigners for asbestos regulation called for a ban on the deadliest forms, (blue and brown), over half a century ago. Despite this, we live in an asbestos filled world and asbestos is not only still killing people - it is the single greatest cause of UK work-related deaths. Following the new asbestos regulations introduced last year,... Continue Reading →

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