The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released the statistics and figures from 2018 with regard to accidents, incidents, injuries and illnesses in the workplace. What do the figures show us?[Read more…]
Creating a health and safety policy is important and something a business must do once it starts to employee five employees or more. Once written, it easy to assume that the box is ticked.
But a health and safety policy and practice need to change to meet the changes in hazards and risks. From seasonal changes to those that develop and morph as your company grows, is now the right time to conduct your annual health and safety review?[Read more…]
Risk assessments, along with other health and safety tasks and procedures, should be responsive and agile. In other words, prevention is key and shouldn’t be a reactive response to when ‘something goes wrong’.
Yet, too many businesses remain on the back foot when it comes to health and safety. With the dawning of a new year comes an opportunity to get to grips with risk assessment. Is this the right time of year to update risk assessments?[Read more…]
Health and safety is not fixed. In other words, it changes. Hazards change and the level of risk changes. What does remain the same in terms of health and safety at work is the responsibility placed on employers to act responsibly and with reasonable diligence.
In other words, health and safety should be responsive, changing as business and situations change rather than reactive, the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff for when something goes wrong.
And yet, despite legalisation and improved understanding of health and safety, during 2017-2018, thousands of workers still suffered workplace accidents or ill-health as a result of work activities.
But why is now, the end of one year and the beginning of another, a perfect time to start planning a safer New Year?[Read more…]
Employers are responsible for the provision, replacement and cost of personal protective equipment (PPE). From protective gloves to eye wear, hard hats and high-visibility clothing, the range of PPE is large – and growing.
When it comes to replacement, the ‘easy’ solution would be to have a timetable of replacement, such as every 6 weeks or 6 months. But this has the potential to be wasteful. PPE should be replaced when it needs to be, that is when it stops affording the wearer adequate protection.
Employers have ‘reasonable diligence’ on which they base their decision on replacing and providing PPE as appropriate. But when does this kick into action and require PPE to be replaced?[Read more…]
With Christmas, comes all kinds of challenges and opportunities for your business. Like many businesses, you will no doubt be trying to balance Christmas staffing levels with affording your colleagues as much time away from work as possible. It brings with it challenges in terms of health and safety too. But what can you do to address these concerns?[Read more…]