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armbandAs part of our ever popular Backstage Pass series, we speak to people who’ve ‘made it’ in their health and safety careers, asking them to share the secrets of their success and hopefully offer some words of wisdom. This month we’re delighted to talk to Anita Gough. After all, if anybody should be able to offer an insight into the challenges and rewards of a career in health and safety, it’s RoSPA’s very own Facilities and Health & Safety Manager! (more…)

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shutterstock_126663773For 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 39 million blind people around the world. Yet according to the charity Sightsavers, 80% of the world’s blindness could be prevented or cured. In this short post we look at the steps you can take in the workplace to avoid injury to your eyes…

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MoralWe all know that charity volunteering is a ‘good’ thing to do. Most of us would love to give up a few hours each week to work at a local food bank, soup kitchen, or even to rattle a tin in order to help a worthy cause. However, in today’s fast-paced society, there are so many pressures on us – family, hobbies, work – that it’s not always practical to get involved as much as we’d like. That’s where volunteering at work comes into its own! By offering your employees the opportunity to give back to their local community in a practical manner, you not only help meet your CSR targets, but you can also give a tangible boost to your entire organisation. Read on to find out how…

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3d_conversationThe vast majority of British businesses are well aware of health and safety risks in the workplace, and how to mitigate or avoid them all together. Trip and slip hazards, working at height and fire safety procedures are things that are now deeply ingrained in the average employer’s psyche – anything that will prevent physical injury to their staff. But what about psychological injury? As we’ve explored previously, work related stress is calculated to cost the UK economy £26 billion pounds each year. In this article, Rob Burgon, workplace safety manager at RoSPA, discusses why it is vital that managers start asking workers how they feel

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workplace sicknessDrugs 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 in the workplace…
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Asbestos 3As we discussed in our previous post on asbestos facts, asbestos was historically revered as a ‘magic mineral’, used in a multitude of commercial and industrial applications, from roofing to toothpaste! Today however, we recognise the dangers associated with its use, with at least 4,000 people dying each year from asbestos-related diseases resulting from workplace exposure. In this special report, a longer version of which appears in this month’s RoSPA OSH Journal, we look at the history of asbestos in more detail, and explore what can be done to tackle its deadly legacy.

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sharkIn this special guest feature, we invite Andrew Sharman, Vice Chairman of the Board of IOSH, to describe his approach to risk in both his professional and personal life – which, amongst other activities, occasionally includes swimming with sharks… (more…)

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