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  • 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...

  • July 19, 2012 0 comments
    Health and Safety at the Olympics

    The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are virtually upon us and soon all eyes will be on the UK. With the vast numbers of people due to arrive in the capital, health and safety issues are inevitably at the top of many people's concerns. So as Olympic fever takes over, how does the Health and Safety record look so far?

    The construction of the Olympic village and all of the London 2012 venues and has been...

  • July 12, 2012 0 comments

    The National Audit Office (NAO) and the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) recently commissioned a large-scale survey of British businesses. The National Audit Office survey questioned 1000 businesses across the UK, while the Local Better Regulation Office spoke to 1294 businesses in England and Wales. The purpose of the survey was to assess how businesses experience government regulation. This is in the context of recent government programmes to “cut red tape” and make changes to regulatory laws. Therefore the survey...

  • June 29, 2012 0 comments

    A survey carried out by the Safety and Health Practitioner website has shown that British businesses have reported cuts to their Health and Safety budgets of between 15 – 65%. The authors, Bernie Catterall, Nigel Heaton and Claire Williams, explain that this is thought to be due to the current difficult economic circumstances in the UK. The fact that Health and Safety budgets do not provide direct profits is thought to be partially to blame, as is a general...

  • June 14, 2012 0 comments

    There are many considerations to take into account when looking at Health and Safety at work, from checking equipment to providing appropriate visitor passes to contractors. However, once such policies and procedures are in place it can be easy to forget that the people working within an organisation are the key to maintaining a healthy and safe workplace for everybody. Making sure that staff are properly trained, taking into account their concentration levels and skill specialities are all important issues...

  • September 20, 2011 0 comments

    At the backend of 2011, The Fork Lift Truck Association released figures showing that the Freight Transport Industry has the worst FLT safety record in the UK, accounting for a quarter of all accidents. This figure is actually rising, showing a worrying 237% increase since 2001/2. Conversely, the closely related Storage and Warehousing industry – previously the UK’s worst for fork lift safety – saw a 77% improvement, from 308 injuries to 71, over the same time scale. On a...

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