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  • January 24, 2013 0 comments
    IOSH Asks Government to Report Work-Related Road Traffic Accidents

    During Road Safety Week 2012, in order to help curtail the number of work-related traffic accidents, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) asked the government to include work-related road traffic accidents in the National Accident Reporting System, RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995).

    Statistics from the Department of Transport show that, until June 2012, approximately 24,870 people are said to have died or injured in work-related road traffic accidents (RTAs). According to the Government, in...

  • January 2, 2013 0 comments
    IOSH Launches New Guide To Help Bosses Protect Their Workers Better

    A research study funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has culminated in a vital document that will shed light upon procedures that will help establishments to implement the health and safety laws that are best suited for their institution and employees.  This research was executed by researchers from University of Ballarat, and researchers from Health and Safety Technology and Management in Birmingham.

    The purpose of the guide, Management of Safety Rules and Procedures, is to encourage the...

  • December 19, 2012 0 comments
    Tips for a Stress-Free Workplace this Holiday Season

    The holiday season is upon us, and along with twinkling lights, carols and Christmas trees, an unwelcome guest can unfortunately make an appearance, and that would be stress, specifically workplace stress.

    Along with resolutions and new hopes for the New Year, the end of the year can easily take a toll on employees, making them feel irritable and overwhelmed. There may be big deadlines, and on top of the festive stresses of high expectations for family gatherings, shopping for gifts, planning...

  • 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...

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