6 unforgettable nuclear disasters that terrified the world

As our recent worst industrial fires post showed, when occupational disasters strike, they can be devastating. However, when those disasters involve nuclear power, the effects can be catastrophic. Below we have listed some of the worst peace-time nuclear incidents the world has known... 1. Chernobyl Disaster, 1986 When people mention nuclear disasters, this is normally... 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 →

The 5 worst industrial fires you’ve never heard of

Fire – man’s oldest friend... and occasionally his deadliest adversary. While fire statistics show that the incidences of industrial fires are broadly in decline, when they do strike the results are often devastating. While many of the fires that happen in the UK are well documented, international disasters often don’t get the media coverage they... Continue Reading →

More than a feeling? Behavioural safety in the workplace

As we have discussed in the past, employee wellbeing is a vital component to ensure the safety of your organisation. Related to this, it is also crucial that you understand how your staff feel about their jobs. An employee’s attitude is very much a part of their own perception of self, which in turn feeds... 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 →

The real cost of substance misuse to employers

Substance abuse covers a range of mind altering substances from illegal drugs for example, cannabis and cocaine to legal drugs such as alcohol and prescription drugs.  It is defined as continued misuse that affects a person’s physical and mental health, social situations and responsibilities (Mental Health Foundation).  This article will focus on the responsibilities related... Continue Reading →

A brief history of signs

It’s funny, sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference. Safety signs and warning signs can make a big difference, simply by highlighting hazards and risks in the workplace, and allowing us to modify our behaviour accordingly. What you may not know however, is it’s a strategy that’s been effective for hundreds, if not... 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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