The role of key workers has also been widely discussed, such as the value of NHS staff and care workers, the role of educators and the rapid transition to home schooling. And as I sit here at home thinking about the 27million households in the UK on lockdown, and the impact on people and their communities, I can hear a familiar sound; that of another vital front line service – the refuse lorry...
With more than 27-years of experience in OS&H management, and over half of those spent working overseas, Stephen Storey, who is based in India, was well placed to be RoSPA's first international awards ambassador. We catch up with him to see what this means for him.
‘Blue Monday’ may not be supported by hard evidence, but depression and other mental health issues are a real concern in the workplace.
As part of our ever popular Backstage Pass series, we speak to people who’ve ‘made it’ in their health and safety careers, asking them to share the secrets of their success and hopefully offer some words of wisdom. This month we’re delighted to talk to Anita Gough. After all, if anybody should be able to... Continue Reading →
‘Compensation culture’. In recent years these two words have become joined at the hip. They conjure up a society of serial claimants, egged on by shyster lawyers to adopt a “where there’s a blame there’s a claim” approach to life. However there’s some debate whether this compensation (or claims) culture actually exists, or whether, as... Continue Reading →
Dr Karen McDonnell, CFIOSH, CBiol MIBiol, MIPD, AIEMA looks at how mental illness in the workplace can affect everyday working and what employers can do to ensure enough support and help is offered. Irrespective of which particular piece of statistical evidence you consider the challenges of mental illness within the working population in Britain are... Continue Reading →
Novelty socks, kitsch ceramic mugs, yet another new pair of slippers – most years, Father’s Day can end up feeling more like Groundhog Day. This year, however, we’d like you to put the cards aside for a moment and instead spare a thought for some of the dads who went off to work one morning... Continue Reading →
The vast majority of British businesses are well aware of health and safety risks in the workplace, and how to mitigate or avoid them all together. Trip and slip hazards, working at height and fire safety procedures are things that are now deeply ingrained in the average employer’s psyche - anything that will prevent physical... Continue Reading →
Drugs and alcohol not only put the users themselves at risk, they also endanger those exposed to the user’s actions while they are under the influence. In this article, the original of which appeared in RoSPA’s Occupational Safety & Health Journal, we look at what can be done to tackle the issue of substance abuse... Continue Reading →
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 →