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 →

Influencing behaviour: Tackling drugs and alcohol in the workplace

Drugs and alcohol not only put the users themselves at risk, they also endanger those exposed to the user’s actions while they are under the influence. In this article, the original of which appeared in RoSPA’s Occupational Safety & Health Journal, we look at what can be done to tackle the issue of substance abuse... Continue Reading →

Back attack! The real cost of manual handling injuries

 As we’ve discussed in previous posts about manual handling, heavy manual labour, awkward postures and previous or existing injury can all increase the risk of injuries. In this short piece, which originally appeared in RoSPA’s Occupational Safety & Health Journal, we explore some real life examples that show just how devastating manual handling injuries can... 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 →

What is first aid at work? A simple guide to employers’ duties

For almost 100 years, RoSPA’s mission has been to prevent accidents before they happen. However, safety statistics show that things still do occasionally go wrong. As an employer you have a legal obligation to provide a duty of care to your staff, making sure that your employees receive immediate attention if they are taken ill... 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 →

Correct lifting techniques: Manual handling tips you can’t afford to miss!

As our Manual Handling Statistics poster shows, an estimated 11.6 million working days a year are lost to work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders, or MSDs. In fact MSDs are the single biggest cause of workplace injury in the UK! What’s more, many of these injuries could be prevented if people used correct manual handling techniques, or ‘principles... Continue Reading →

Language – A barrier to safety?

Every business knows that preparation and training is imperative when it comes to protecting your workers and complying with the law. However, what happens if your workforce has difficulty understanding your policies and procedures? In this special guest investigation, we explore the cultural barriers experienced by non-English speaking employees and the implications this could have... Continue Reading →

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