How to build the perfect health and safety policy template

When it comes to writing a health and safety policy, many people are keen to find a health and safety policy example they can copy. However, as we explained in our risk assessment template post, one sized doesn’t fit all, and it’s vital that your written policy is tailored to meet the unique requirements of... Continue Reading →

Fast forward: 3 astonishing technological developments that could make H&S history

Picture the scene. After being gently woken by natural sunlight (courtesy of a mobile phone app), a worker fumbles for his Google Glass, which helpfully points out any hazards he might find around his home – from a stray child’s toy lying at the top of the stairs to a puddle of water on the... Continue Reading →

Worker involvement: 10 super tips to increase employee engagement

When it comes to boosting health and safety performance, most managers recognise that worker involvement is the key to success. Positive relationships between employers and employees, as well as between employees themselves, pay dividends and help enhance productivity. As we all know, the best workforces are built on trust, respect and co-operation - which are... Continue Reading →

Wake up! How to give boring safety briefings a shot in the arm

It’s happened to the best of us. You’re standing in front of a room of people, tasked with the job of delivering a safety briefing. You’ve put on your best suit, practiced your presentation and double-checked your data. Yet as you look out at your audience, you are confronted by a sea of bored faces,... Continue Reading →

The REAL reasons some people HATE health and safety

We’ve all been there. That awkward moment down the pub or at a party when somebody asks what you do for a living. There’s a pause while you stall for time, a bead of sweat forming on your brow while you debate how to respond. In the end you swallow hard and decide to bite... Continue Reading →

11 match winning resources every safety manager needs in their kit bag

As we’ve discussed in our previous posts on work-related stress, the world of health and safety is a high pressure environment – almost as stressful as Roy Hodgson’s job this summer! While being a dedicated health and safety manager is a tough enough role, often the responsibility for providing a safe working environment for employees... Continue Reading →

7 deadly safety sins you should never commit

As our previous posts on workplace safety statistics illustrate, accidents and injuries are tragically common in our places of work, be it in the office, construction site or factory floor. However, there are a number of common traps to avoid – and steps you can take – to ensure the safety of you and your... Continue Reading →

7 super tips for safer patient handling

As our previous post on MSD statistics showed, an estimated 11.6 million working days a year are lost to work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders. One of the most common causes of these injuries is poor manual handling– in fact, more than a third of all reported workplace injuries which result in someone being off work for more... 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 →

Fire safety management: 5 flaming hot tips to protect your business

While the total number of fires continues to fall in the UK, fire nevertheless remains a major risk to both households and business. In 2011-12 fire and rescue authorities attended a total of 272,000 fires, resulting in a total of 380 fire-related fatalities and 11,300 non-fatal casualties. The good news is that, according to the... Continue Reading →

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