Thermal Comfort In The Workplace

The temperature and air conditions employees work under and how they react to those conditions significantly influence their productivity and health. In this article, we look at one way of managing these conditions through the concept of thermal comfort. Why Extreme Temperatures Are An Issue Working in extreme temperatures can cause some health issues. These […]

How the New Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Affect Health and Safety

From the 25th May, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces data protection legislation that dates back to the 1990’s and applies to all organisations that collect or use the personal data of individuals in the EU. You may think this would only affect the IT department in a business, but it is likely to […]

8 Housekeeping In the Workplace Areas To Address

In a home environment housekeeping may bring to mind cleaning, dusting, and tidying. In a work environment, it means taking steps that can help prevent avoidable injuries and even fatalities. This article outlines 8 areas where good housekeeping in the workplace practice will protect a workforce from harm and therefore also contribute to the future […]

Press Releases in 2018 (To Date)

During the months of Jan, Feb and March there have been 15 Health and Safety Executive regional press releases in the south east of England. Below are a few examples: Engineering company fined after worker injured An engineering company has been fined after a worker lost his leg from the knee down when he […]

Back Pain in the Workplace – An Employers Guide

Lower back pain in the workplace is very common and can affect everyone. It can also be extremely painful and debilitating if not tackled. It can result from a number of bad workplace working practices as well as from bad posture and from sitting too long in one place for extended periods of time. This […]

Go Home Healthy

If you’ve visited the H&SE website recently you’ll have noticed a new initiative called Go Home Healthy – Shine a Light on Your Business and Ask Yourself Do you #WorkRight? The H&SE Go Home Healthy campaign shines a spotlight on: Work-related Lung Disease Breathing in dust, gases, vapours and fumes at work can cause life-changing […]

Xmas Health and Safety Myths [Updated]

Christmas is a great time of year both at home and at work. It’s a time when people can relax and have a bit of fun. However each year health and safety is cited (wrongly) as the reason why something can’t be done putting a damper on the festive mood. This article looks at a […]

Latest Health and Safety Executive Press Releases

Since we last reported on the health and safety press releases detailing accidents in May of this year there have been a further 21 cases reported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). These cases range from falls from height to crushing accidents to explosions and burn injuries. Below we’ve highlighted some of the many […]

Every Day Health and Safety Myths

Health and safety is a serious subject yet there are many stories that come to light which blame health and safety for why certain tasks can’t be done. In a number of these cases it has nothing to do with health and safety and more to do with a lack of understanding or a misunderstanding […]

Big Ben Maintenance Raises Controversy

No doubt you’ll have heard on the news and in the newspapers that Elizabeth Tower which houses The Great bell, the official name for Big Ben, will be undergoing renovation/ maintenance and as a result Big Ben will not chime for 4 years from August 21, 2017. The renovation includes the installation of a lift […]

Slipping and Tripping Still A Common Injury In the Workplace

It’s clear that slipping and tripping is still a common cause of major injury in UK workplaces and often the cause of other accidents attributed to other causes leading to injuries – and even death. In 2015/16, 19% of an estimated 621,000 non-fatal injuries at work were caused by slipping and tripping […]

Common Health and Safety Issues

Common health and safety issues are the cause of fatalities and injuries in the workplace. In 2016/2017 137 workers were killed at work and 92 members of the public were killed due to work related activities. Industry fatal injuries to workers occurred in Construction (30), Agriculture (27), Manufacturing (19), Transport and storage (14), Waste (14) […]