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 →

Correct lifting techniques: Manual handling tips you can’t afford to miss!

As our Manual Handling Statistics poster shows, an estimated 11.6 million working days a year are lost to work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders, or MSDs. In fact MSDs are the single biggest cause of workplace injury in the UK! What’s more, many of these injuries could be prevented if people used correct manual handling techniques, or ‘principles... Continue Reading →

DSE Risk Assessment: 7 simple steps to safeguard staff

‘Desk jockeys’ are at risk from a range of health and safety issues, with back pain alone responsible for 7.6 million lost work days every year. One major factor is the use of display screen equipment (defined by the Health and Safety Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as any alphanumeric or graphic display screen), which... Continue Reading →

After the worst has happened: Accident investigation

So much of accident prevention is focused on... well, exactly that: Prevention. Of course, as a health and safety professional this is understandable – the financial burden, legal consequences, and the humanitarian costs of accidents in the workplace are well documented and it’s your job to ensure your colleagues remain healthy and able to work.... 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 →

Under Pressure: Managing work related stress – Part 2

As we discussed in the first part of our work related stress series, poor mental health – including stress and anxiety – is a major issue in the workplace, calculated to cost the UK economy £26 billion pounds each year. While stress itself is not an illness, excessive and prolonged stress can lead to serious... Continue Reading →

What is LOLER? A simple guide to lifting equipment regulations

Lifting operations can often put people at risk of injury, as well as incurring great costs when they go wrong. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, which are often abbreviated to LOLER, LOLER Regulations or LOLER 1998, place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. In... Continue Reading →

Top ten workplace safety posts 2013

As well as a time for making (and breaking!) resolutions, New Year is a great time to look back at the previous year and take stock. 2013 was an exciting year for safety, with changes to RIDDOR reporting and the driver CPC deadline hitting the headlines. In fact nearly 250,000 of you stopped by RoSPA’s... Continue Reading →

Reformed racer – Undercover in a speed awareness course

Now, I’m no boy racer – never have been. My car doesn’t have racing stripes, tinted windows, or bucket seats; my number plate isn’t personalised, and if it was it certainly wouldn’t read: V FA5T. So, before I started working at RoSPA, doing a speed awareness course had never really crossed my mind. Like most... Continue Reading →

Risk assessment template? Why one size doesn’t fit all

While most of you are aware that risk assessments form the bedrock of every organisation, many are confused when it comes to the nitty-gritty of recording risks. As Britain’s longest established occupational safety experts, we are often asked where to find a blank risk assessment form or a risk assessment example. In this short guide... Continue Reading →

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