Category Archives: Health and Safety

Forklift Truck Accidents Increasing

The rate of forklift-related accidents has increased over the past year, rising from 1,000 per annum to 1,300 in the last 12 months. Search for ‘UK forklift truck accidents’ in Google News, and you’ll get a long page of results that show how frequently forklift truck accidents occur and how serious they can be. Twelve […]

Working Safely With Display Screen Equipment

Display screen equipment (DSE) is any device that has an alphanumeric or graphical display screen. Such devices include computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, televisions, cash register displays, CCTV screens, touchscreens and other equipment. This type of equipment is often in constant use in today’s modern workplaces and their incorrect or excessive use, poorly designed workstations or […]

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) – Breathing Easy

Some jobs can involve the release of harmful substances into the air. They may produce harmful dust, fibres, vapour, gas or fumes. If workers are not protected from these substances the consequences can be grave. The TUC says ‘far more people die from occupational diseases caused by exposure to substances like asbestos, silica and diesel […]

Safely Using Scaffold To Work At Height

Earlier this month three people were injured when scaffolding collapsed at a derelict shopping centre in Reading. A full investigation is being carried out by the HSE, which could result in prosecutions if serious failings come to light. Earlier this year a scaffolding company was fined over £24,000 after scaffolding collapsed near a primary school […]

Coping With Excessive Heat In The Workplace

The next couple of months could see some of the hottest summer temperatures experienced in the UK. While these are traditionally the months when most people take a holiday and enjoy the weather, there are still many who have to continue working and find ways of coping with excessive heat in the workplace. The Effects […]

Nuclear Safety in the UK

Given the number of TV series and documentaries recently broadcast about Chernobyl and the interest they have generated prompted us to think about the UK’s nuclear safety record. This article gives a high level overview of Health and Safety in the UK nuclear industry. The UK built its first nuclear reactor in 1947. In the […]

HSE Sets Out Their Priorities For 2019/2020

Each year the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publishes a business plan outlining their key areas of work. It identifies how the HSE will use regulatory, engagement, and assessment methods to continue to prevent work-related fatalities, injuries and ill health, and respond to current issues. This year these issues include preparing for the UK’s departure […]

Health And Safety Behind The Scenes

With the latest high budget Marvel blockbuster hitting cinemas lets take a look at health and safety in the film industry. In the movies, many stories would not be possible without disregard for serious health and safety issues in the workplace. Where would the superhero genre be without villains falling from height into a vat […]

Risk Factors And Best Practices For Working In An Office

Some of the most common injuries for people working in an office setting are related to the fact that most of their day is spent seated at a desk and working on a computer. This makes them prone to musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle strain and lower back injuries. However many of […]

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 […]