Backstage Pass: Behind the scenes with RoSPA’s H&S Manager

As 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... Continue Reading →

Asbestos – a legacy of horror

As 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... Continue Reading →

Shark-infested safety – Re-evaluating risk and finding freedom from fear

In 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… At a dinner party last weekend, the conversation turned to work. When asked what I did... Continue Reading →

Coping with stress in turbulent times

This week marks the return of the annual European Week for Safety and Health at Work, which this year focuses on the issue of work-related stress. As we have discussed previously, stress and related illnesses are a major problem in workplaces, and are estimated to cost the UK economy a staggering £26 billion pounds each... Continue Reading →

Time to vote: May the cheesiest grin win!

This is it... it’s your chance to decide who deserves to win a free Achievement Award Entry* to the RoSPA Awards 2015! To mark the end of this year’s awards, we’re asking you to vote for your favourite ‘RoSPA Smile’. To vote, simply click on the link below your chosen image and we’ll do the... Continue Reading →

Display screen equipment – Is your workstation set up correctly?

As we discussed in our post on DSE regulations, display screen equipment (DSE) can give rise to a variety of ill health conditions when used habitually. The most prevalent damage to users is repetitive strain injury (RSI), which is a general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by... Continue Reading →

5 life hacks to make your workplace instantly safer

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a life hack is defined as: A strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way. As occupational safety professionals, one of the most common criticisms of health and safety we hear is that it takes too long and slows... Continue Reading →

No-nonsense guide: A very brief look at workplace regulations

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 was a milestone in British legal history. Having recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, the act and the subsidiary regulations it spawned have protected millions of workers, and resulted in a sharp reduction in the numbers of occupational deaths, serious injury and ill health. Yet, despite its significance,... Continue Reading →

Sizzling fire safety statistics: the facts in numbers

When it comes to motivating staff about fire safety in the workplace, it can help to have the fire safety facts at your fingertips. After all, the latest fire legislation lays the onus firmly at the door of the employer, making courses like the NEBOSH Fire Safety Certificate (6500 candidates and counting) increasingly popular. And,... Continue Reading →

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