Safety goes to Hollywood: What Cary Grant can teach us about risk assessments

He’s one of the most famous and celebrated actors of all time, he was an idol to millions and has an instantly recognisable voice. However, what you may not know about Hollywood legend Cary Grant is that he can teach us a lot about risk assessments! That’s right, there’s a direct link between the man... Continue Reading →

Health and work: the perfect mix?

Dr Karen McDonnell, CFIOSH, CBiol MIBiol, MIPD, AIEMA looks at the best ways we can blend together best practices in order to get the best mix of health and work challenges. Whether you order a Manhattan, Cosmopolitan or a gin and tonic you expect the mixologist to get it right every time. Mixing together the... Continue Reading →

Surprisingly deadly: 5 of the UK’s most dangerous jobs

Ask anyone to name the most dangerous jobs they can think of, and you’ll usually be greeted with the same old answers. Racing car driver? Astronaut? Bomb disposal expert? While there’s no doubting these can be perilous ways to earn a living, health and safety statistics from the HSE suggest that some of the most... Continue Reading →

Back attack! The real cost of manual handling injuries

 As we’ve discussed in previous posts about manual handling, heavy manual labour, awkward postures and previous or existing injury can all increase the risk of injuries. In this short piece, which originally appeared in RoSPA’s Occupational Safety & Health Journal, we explore some real life examples that show just how devastating manual handling injuries can... Continue Reading →

The ABC of OSH (Part 1)

As every safety and health professional knows, there’s a near endless list of issues we need to consider if we are going to ensure every employee returns safely home to their families each night. While most of you will have studied for years to achieve the highest health and safety qualifications, there’s no harm in... 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 →

What is first aid at work? A simple guide to employers’ duties

For almost 100 years, RoSPA’s mission has been to prevent accidents before they happen. However, safety statistics show that things still do occasionally go wrong. As an employer you have a legal obligation to provide a duty of care to your staff, making sure that your employees receive immediate attention if they are taken ill... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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