Category Archives: Health and Safety

Workplace Fatalities And Enforcement 2020/21

Every year, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) releases the annual statistics for workplace fatalities due to work-related accidents. This year’s statistics (PDF) are based on provisional annual data from the period April 2020 to March 2021 and give an insight into workplace deaths and how and where they occur. Workplace Fatalities In total, 142 […]

Working Minds Launched By HSE

The UK lost over 17 million working days as a result of stress, anxiety, or depression in 2020. Mental health issues are the most common reason given for sick days in the UK. Even before the pandemic, it was estimated that mental health issues cost UK employers up to £45 billion a year. Workplace Stress […]

Improving Hand Hygiene – A Basic Step In Stopping Viruses

The results of two recent surveys suggest that most employees are not washing and drying their hands properly at work, despite hand hygiene being vital in helping to reduce the spread of COVID and other viral and bacterial infections. Survey Results One survey, commissioned by hygiene and facility service provider Elis UK, found that 55% […]

Hybrid Working – Health And Safety Implications

The pre-COVID normal working life may never fully return, with a hybrid work model becoming the favoured post-pandemic approach. As well as being a significant change for people, the working culture of businesses and employment law, moving to hybrid working will have health and safety implications too. What is Hybrid Working? Hybrid working involves a […]

Paralympics – Health and Safety – The Covid Challenge

Health and safety concerns surround the start of the Tokyo Paralympics, despite there not being a major outbreak of Covid infections during the main Olympics which finished earlier this month. The concerns are that case numbers have increased in the areas surrounding the Paralympic venues in the past couple of weeks and that some Paralympians […]

Keeping Workplaces Safe From July 19th

On July 19th many businesses reopened for the first time in 16 months. It became possible to phase out a working from home approach and start reintroducing a more traditional workplace culture. Colleagues could meet face to face instead of over Zoom, socialise during break times, and physically pass folders and files instead of via […]

Saving Lives – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) being given to Danish footballer Christian Eriksen following his sudden collapse during a Euro 2020 match earlier this month was a stark reminder that a cardiac arrest can strike anyone. It can happen without warning, anytime and anywhere. Including in the workplace. According to The Journal of Paramedic Practice about 60,000 people […]

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 […]