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 →

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 →

Drivers’ hours lowdown – the importance of compliance

Professional bus, coach and LGV drivers are governed by a myriad of complex rules and regulations, including the requirement to hold a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence license (sometimes know as Driver CPC or DCPC) and regulations surrounding drivers’ hours. This short guide will look at the current regulations and hopefully help to clear up... 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 →

Is RoSPA the missing piece of your CPC drivers hours puzzle?

When it comes to achieving your CPC driving licence, the clock is ticking ever louder, especially as the road haulage driver CPC deadline is now only a few months away. As we mentioned in our previous article ‘What is driver CPC?’, the date for achieving your CPC qualification card is 10th September 2014... The good... 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 →

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 →

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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