Category Archives: Health and Safety

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 […]

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 […]