How To Measure Your Health And Safety Performance

Successful businesses continually strive to be better. An essential part of that process is gathering data and using it to improve performance. This process is usually associated with production, profit and growth, but it can also drive up standards in health and safety performance. Key Performance Indicators One way to measure performance in business is […]

Replacing PPE To Ensure Worker Safety

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is any garment or device that is worn or used by a worker to protect them against health or safety hazards. An employer is responsible for providing and replacing PPE. But when should these items of safety equipment be renewed? Maximum Periods of Use The most common types of PPE have […]

Recent HSE Investigations That Have Led To Convictions And Fines

Annual statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show 1.4 million workers were suffering from work-related ill health and around 555,000 from non-fatal injuries in 2017/18. During this period there were 144 fatal injuries at work, and 493 cases were prosecuted and resulted in a conviction. Fines from these convictions came to a total […]

Near Miss Reporting – Prevention Is Better Than Mishap

The definition of a near miss in a workplace context is an unplanned event that has the potential to cause but does not result in, human injury or fatality, damage to equipment or the environment, or interruption to normal operations. The HSE estimates that there are about 90 workplace near misses for every accident that […]

High-Visibility Clothing In The Workplace

Visibility is critical for worker safety, especially for those working around moving vehicles and equipment, and especially in busy environments like warehouses, construction sites, roads and railway lines. In these circumstances, a worker needs clothing (high-visibility clothing) which enables them to be seen in low lighting conditions, even at night. What Is High-Visibility Clothing? High-visibility […]

The Symptoms of Fatigue

A news release from the RAND Corporation in November 2016 stated that a lack of sleep leads to the UK losing around 200,000 working days a year and was costing the economy up to £40 billion per annum. In addition to the effect on the economy, fatigue can also cause serious work-related accidents and even […]

Construction Is A High-Risk Industry For Health Issues

Although the number and rate of injuries to construction workers have fallen in recent years, it is still a high-risk industry and accounts for a high percentage of fatal and major injuries. However, construction is also a high-risk industry for health issues. Statistics show there are more working days lost due to work-related illness than […]

Event Safety Management

In this article we take a look at event safety management and a number of health and safety topics an event organiser will need to consider in their risk assessments. The Venue When it comes to event safety management it’s the organiser’s responsibility to, as far as is reasonably practicable, ensure the safety of visiting […]

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 […]