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  • May 16, 2013 0 comments
    Health and Safety Executive Summarise Electrical Safety Guidance

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have issued a summary document containing their Electrical Safety Guidance. This important information is to help people to stay safe while working directly with electricity, and also to benefit those who might not work with sockets or power cords directly, but who perhaps work within building sites or in locations with a lot of electrical equipment. It is a comprehensive guide to maximising the chances of a safe working environment.

    In order to stay...

  • April 2, 2013 0 comments
    Don't Let Health & Safety Myths Stop Your School Trips

    We’ve all heard the stories of the traditional school trip disappearing under a pile of Health and Safety paperwork and threatened by an increasing fear of litigation. In a move to debunk the ‘school trip myth’, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) recently brought out a common sense guide for schools, extolling the benefits of extra-curricular outings and reassuring teachers that, with a few sensible precautions, it needn’t be a health and safety minefield.

    This principle is enshrined...

  • March 8, 2013 0 comments
    Prohibition Notice in Fees for Intervention Programme Served to Individual, Not Company

    One of the first fines associated with the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012 Fees for Intervention (FFI) programme has gone to an individual rather than a company.

    As a Health and Safety inspector drove down the A419 on the 19th October last year, he witnessed what appeared to be dust rising from a building site, and because he had investigated a similar issue some months earlier, decided to stop to investigate what was causing it. It was found that workers...

  • February 20, 2013 0 comments
    Rise in Corporate Manslaughter Cases is “Tip of the Iceberg”

    Leading law firm Pinsent Masons have warned corporate manslaughter cases are on the rise after seeing an 40% increase in charges from 45 in 2011 to 63 in 2012. In total, 141 cases have been opened since 2009, with 56 prosecutions currently ongoing, but despite the rise in numbers, there have only been three convictions since 2008.

    Since the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, large and medium-sized companies can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter for...

  • February 18, 2013 0 comments
    FFI – The Story So Far and Likely Future Hotspots

    Figures detailing the receipts issued during the first two months of the Fee for Intervention (FFI) scheme have been released. It has been revealed that for the period 1 October 2012 to 30 November 2012, bills totalling over £700,000 were issued following investigations at over 903 premises. These amounts are considerably lower than the HSE suggested before the scheme started, which expected to bring in £37m in the first full year. On the basis of the first two months of...

  • 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...

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