Influencing behaviour: Tackling drugs and alcohol in the workplace

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 →

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 →

Speaking with Angels: What it means to be a RoSPA Guardian Angel Award winner

For over fifty years, the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards have honoured organisations from around the world who have strived for the highest standards in safety. In 2014, however, they went a step further. The RoSPA Guardian Angel Award recognises those who have gone 'above and beyond' to improve the safety of others, often... Continue Reading →

Corporate storytelling – How effective communication skills could improve workplace safety

As we’ve discussed before, motivating some staff to get excited about safety is not a challenge for the faint-hearted. No matter the number of workplace accident statistics that clearly illustrate the detrimental effect preventable injuries have on our workforce – not to mention our struggling A&E departments – some people still seem to be fixated... Continue Reading →

Shark-infested safety – Re-evaluating risk and finding freedom from fear

In this special guest feature, we invite Andrew Sharman, Vice Chairman of the Board of IOSH, to describe his approach to risk in both his professional and personal life – which, amongst other activities, occasionally includes swimming with sharks… At a dinner party last weekend, the conversation turned to work. When asked what I did... Continue Reading →

H & S failings: The devastating costs in numbers

When an organisation has a strong health and safety record, a serious accident seems like a distant possibility. However, nobody is immune – just one slip-up could realise your worst fears. The infographic below is a reminder that the financial and personal cost of failure is high. Whilst prevention is the best cure, it’s essential... Continue Reading →

Wet weather working – Staying safe at work

As yet another storm hits the UK , many of us will be looking forward to staying indoors until things brighten up.  For many workers however, this is simply not an option. What’s more, with wet weather comes a new set of risks – some which can be deadly. However, by following these simple steps,... Continue Reading →

Shaken and stirred: workplace disasters that stunned the world

As our recent worst industrial fires and worst nuclear disasters posts showed, when occupational disasters strike, they can be devastating. While fortunately accident statistics broadly show a decline in workplace deaths in the UK, many thousands of workers still die in accidents around the world every year, reminding us both how far we’ve come as... Continue Reading →

5 life hacks to make your workplace instantly safer

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a life hack is defined as: A strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way. As occupational safety professionals, one of the most common criticisms of health and safety we hear is that it takes too long and slows... 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 →

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