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) […]

Health and Safety for Disabled People

Health and safety is for everyone, regardless of whether you’re able bodied or have a disability. However health and safety shouldn’t be used as an excuse for excluding disabled people from employment. Find out more below. Employers Under health and safety law, the primary responsibility for ensuring health and safety good practice is in place […]

Press Releases January to May 2017

During the months of January to May 2017 there have been eighteen Health and Safety Executive regional press releases in the south east of England. Below are a few examples: Construction Company fined after contractor receives life changing injuries A Lincolnshire based construction company, specialising in fitting mezzanine floors was prosecuted after a contractor fell onto […]

The Benefits of Health and Safety Training in the Workplace

Health and safety training is very often seen a nuisance and a time consuming, distraction and disruption by many businesses. As a consequence it’s often pushed to one side and ignored or excuses are made as to why it should be left for another time. It’s easy to understand why some businesses feel this way […]

Why is Health and Safety Training Important?

Many businesses ask “Why is health and safety training important?” Each year a significant numbers of workers are injured or made ill by their work. This imposes a ‘human cost’ (in terms of the impact on the individual’s quality of life and for fatal injuries, loss of life), as well as ‘financial’ costs, such as […]