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  • December 13, 2012 0 comments
    RoSPA Launches Free Safety Hotline for Educational Establishments

    In an effort to promote risk awareness among the students of UK schools and colleges, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, or RoSPA, has launched a free hotline and a crucial guide, Managing Safety in Schools and Colleges, which will aid students in becoming more safe.

    The goal of RoSPA, in launching the hotline and guide, is to make schools aware of the risks that are inherent within today’s society, and within educational institutions in particular. It offers advice...

  • November 12, 2012 0 comments
    Wellness in the Workplace: Minimising the Spread of Seasonal Colds and Flu

    As the winter months approach, coughs and sniffles are starting to spread as seasonal illnesses thrive in centrally heated, crowded and enclosed workplaces. Avoiding catching the inevitable cold and flu viruses in part depends on the behaviour of other people: those who already have symptoms and are contagious.

    A recent study has shown that half of men, and 42% of women, would still go to work if they had the symptoms of cold or flu. This is, in part, due to...

  • October 12, 2012 0 comments
    Absences are Down, but is this Really a Good Thing?

    A reduction in the number of employee absences might at first glance appear to be a good thing. In both the public and private sectors, absences of individual employees have fallen, on average, by one day when compared to last year, down to 6.8 days per year, from 7.7 days. This is according to Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) / Simplyhealth Absence Management survey who have carried out the research.

    However, despite how positive it looks on the surface...

  • September 27, 2012 0 comments
    Health and Safety Executive Interventions Become Chargeable from October 1 2012

    Businesses under investigation for health and safety violations by the Health and Safety Executive will be charged £124 per hour under the Fee for Intervention (FFI) scheme from 1 October 2012.

    The FFI Scheme aims to recover the costs associated with dealing with Health and Safety breaches by charging the businesses which break the law. These companies will be charged £124 an hour for the investigation and enforcement action by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) according to the...

  • September 25, 2012 0 comments
    Health and Safety Legislation Change to Focus Attention on High Risk Industries

    From April 2013, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will cease automatic inspections of businesses considered to be “low risk,” such as shops and offices. The end of these routine inspections comes as part of an overall government plan to “cut red tape” for business. 

    The number of inspections by the HSE is expected to be reduced from 33,000 to 22,000 a year. Inspections will be concentrated on the areas of industry which carry the greatest risk to staff, contractors, customers...

  • September 20, 2012 0 comments
    Ladder Amnesty Offers Businesses Chance to Trade in Dodgy Ladders

    The annual Ladder Exchange programme commences its sixth year offering amnesty to dinged and dodgy ladders this September with trade organisation the Ladder Association taking over from previous administrators, the Health and Safety Executive. From 1 September to 30 November, the Ladder Association and its trade-in partners will be offering new ladders at a discounted price in exchange for broken, bent or damaged ones.

    The program is designed to provide a practical solution for improving health and safety at...

  • September 14, 2012 0 comments
    HSE Changes: Cutting Red Tape or Reducing Protections

    From April 2013 onwards, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are planning to bring in new rules regarding which businesses they will continue to do proactive inspections on. It is thought that hundreds of thousands of businesses, including shops, bars, pubs, clubs and offices will no longer receive automatic inspections by the HSE or their local authority.

    These businesses, which are considered by the HSE to be low-risk, will only be subject to inspections if an incident is reported or a...

  • August 31, 2012 0 comments
    New Guidance for Roof Work Safety: Health and Safety Working at Height Free Download

    The HSE have released a new publication, Health and Safety in Roof Work, which is about the risks involved in working at height. They have updated their guidance because working on a roof is one of the most dangerous areas for building contractors, with roofers making up almost one quarter of all deaths from falling from height when working.

    One particular area of concern that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) wanted to highlight was that there are aspects of roof...

  • August 15, 2012 0 comments
    “Elf 'n' Safety” Myths Debunked by the Health and Safety Executive

    If certain national newspapers are to be believed, health and safety laws exist solely to spoil the fun of school children, to put ridiculous restrictions on public events and to prevent bosses from making a profit due to the endless, and excessive, limitations that these laws impose on us. Whether it is football in schools, chairs in Cathedrals or firefighters wading into ponds, 'safety chiefs' are apparently responsible for banning anything and everything on spurious “elf 'n' safety” grounds.

    So is...

  • August 3, 2012 0 comments
    Lessons from Olympics Success to Inform Health and Safety Across Construction Sites

    The Health and Safety successes of the construction projects involved in Britain's preparation for the London 2012 Olympics are being studied in order to find out how best to replicate them in construction projects across the country.

    The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have worked with Loughborough University to look at 5 aspects of the Olympics construction work which could be expanded into wider guidelines for all building site operations.

    The...

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