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New Health and Safety Detriment Protection For Workers

From May 31st, workers will gain the same rights as employees who take steps to protect themselves or others in certain health and safety situations. As more people return to work as the government relaxes Covid-19 restrictions this may seem a big step forward, but the rights come with conditions and responsibilities. Current Health and […]

Health And Safety Signs And Their Vital Role In The Workplace

Health and safety signs must be quickly and clearly understood. They must instruct, inform, and advise staff and visitors regarding potential health and safety hazards in a workplace. They must be easier and quicker to interpret and understand than verbal or extensive written instructions. Sign History Health and safety signs have a long history. A […]

Why People Break Health and Safety Rules

The past year has shown that getting people to follow advice and rules designed for their own safety is not as simple as it may seem, even when non-compliance could mean death. This human resistance to complying with health and safety rules is a challenge in health and safety. How Rule Breaking Can spread Personal […]

IOSH Working Safely – Quality Controlled Health And Safety Training

Founded in 1945, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has become the largest health and safety membership body in the world. Currently, it has about 48,000 members in over 130 countries. Based in the UK and awarded a Royal Charter in 2002, it offers professional qualifications designed to raise standards of health and […]

Health And Safety Breaches And Fines

Between April 2019 and March 2020 the HSE and COPFS (Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service) in Scotland, prosecuted 325 cases that resulted in a conviction. Below are some examples of the health and safety fines issued and the failures, oversights or poor practices found by HSE investigations. £2m Fine Following Fatal Incident In June […]

The Annual HSE Statistics For Great Britain

The HSE has released the 2020 health and safety at work statistics for Great Britain. The report includes statistics for work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, the associated costs to Great Britain, and the number of cases prosecuted and fines issued. Potential Impact of COVID-19 The statistics for 2019/20 (April 2019 to March […]

Roles And Rights Of Health And Safety Representatives

The importance of health and safety representatives in the workplace has become obvious as businesses have attempted to rise to the challenges of coronavirus this year. Reps play an important role in building and maintaining trust and confidence that a business is a caring and safe place to work. Appointing Safety Representatives Although the first […]

HSE COVID-19 Workplace Inspections – What You Need To Know

The Health and Safety Executive has recently released details of how it is contacting and carrying out spot checks and inspections on many businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In recent months, some HSE inspection results have made headlines. In Cleveland inspectors raised several concerns at the police headquarters following a Covid inspection, another […]

Health And Safety Measures Under The New Covid-19 Rules

On 22nd September the Prime Minister announced a reversal of previous advice that workers should return to work if their place of business was COVID-19 secure. The advice now is for workers to work from home if they can do so. Public sector employees working in essential services and those in professions where home working […]

Deadly Port Blast Shows Dangers Of Chemical Storage

Just when you thought the impact of coronavirus would dominate worldwide health and safety headlines the disaster in Beirut suddenly focused attention on the safe storage of dangerous chemicals. In this article, we look at what happened, why it happened, and whether such an incident could happen in the UK. What Happened? The incident in […]

How To Choose A Health And Safety Consultant

The Health and Safety Executive recently prosecuted a self-employed health and safety consultant after he provided “inadequate and flawed” advice to businesses. Sometimes an employer will need help to address health and safety issues and will seek expert help. So what can go wrong, what can the consequences be for the employer and the expert, […]

Covid-19 Outbreaks At Meat Plants – What Lessons Can Be Learned?

Recent Covid-19 outbreaks at various meat processing plants worldwide are raising concerns about health and safety, working conditions, the possibility of a second wave of infections, and what it may mean for the UK hospitality industry as it is about to reopen its doors to the public. The Extent of The Covid-19 Outbreaks Nearly 30,000 […]