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 →

Speaking up for hearing loss

There are over 9 million hard of hearing in the UK. In 2005 then the RNID (now Action on Hearing Loss) undertook a comprehensive survey involving over 20,000 applicants. It determined that of the UK population at the time, almost one in six was thought to present clear symptoms of hearing loss. Of the two... Continue Reading →

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

On Sunday 28th of April we will be celebrating the International Labour Organisation (ILO) World Day for Safety and Health at Work – an occasion when the world comes together to focus on emerging trends in the field of occupational Health and Safety, and to draw attention to work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide. The... 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 →

Save lives, reduce injuries: My thoughts on keeping the ACoP!

Did the conclusion reached by Professor Ragnar  in his review of health and safety legislation, that there is room for improving the HSE’s Approved Codes of Practice (ACoP) as “some are out-of-date and some too lengthy, technical and complex”, ring true for you, as it did for me? Yes? Well then, like me you too... Continue Reading →

Who’s handling your safety audits? Internal vs. external

This post examines the pros and cons of internal vs. external  safety auditing within your organisation. It also discusses what a safety audit is and why your organisation should conduct one.  What is a safety audit? A number of different definitions exist about ‘health and safety auditing’. The HSE Guidelines for Best Practice define a... Continue Reading →

What is Manual Handling? Explanation of the regulations and TILE tool

If you’ve ever wondered what manual handling is or what the regulations for manual handling are, then this post is for you.  More importantly, it highlights the manual handling TILE acronym and how to implement this within your organisation. Definition of manual handling and the manual handling regulations The Manual Handling Operations Regulations (MHOR) 1992... Continue Reading →

Should the self-employed be exempt from health and safety law?

If you’re self-employed and work alone is it reasonable to suggest that therefore you should be exempt from health and safety law? This is not just a hypothetical question; it’s a proposal from the Löfstedt Review and in this post I’ll examine this seemingly sensible suggestion – and add a note of caution. The Situation... Continue Reading →

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