SCHOOLS | 8 ways to keep your classrooms health and safety compliant

Children flourish in a safe and secure learning environment – and this starts in the classroom. Pupils and teachers spend most of their day in the classroom, and while not inherently a high-risk environment, ensuring risk is properly assessed and managed is essential to fulfilling your duty of care.  But where do you start with […]

COSHH and contractors | Court highlights importance of safe pool maintenance

Chemical treatment of pool water is essential in ensuring pool users and workers are not exposed to risks of infection from contamination of the water by microbiological organisms. However, injuries can occur when critical safety rules for handling and applying pool chemicals are ignored. A recent court judgment has shown just what is at stake, after […]

£5 MILLION? | 5 recent health and safety failings that cost employers millions

Health and safety is often seen as separate to other business activities, but with million-pound fines now commonplace, health and safety failings can make or break a business. Even if a business can weather such significant financial penalties, the reputational impact can be a cost from which some may never recover. Get your FREE consultation […]

EDUCATION | 9 ways to keep your nursery health and safety compliant

Health and safety in nurseries is extremely important due to the particularly vulnerable nature of early years pupils. All employers, managers or owners are legally required to make sure nursery children and staff are protected so far as ‘reasonably practicable’ from the hazards of being and working in a nursery. The law does not expect all risk […]

[7 min read] What is RIDDOR?

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The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) is law that was revised in 2013. This requires employers to report and keep records of work-related accidents and diseases. RIDDOR also covers dangerous occurrences or near misses.  This blog explains everything you need to know about RIDDOR, what to report and your responsibility as […]

SCHOOLS | 8 ways to keep your classrooms health and safety compliant

Children flourish in a safe and secure learning environment – and this starts in the classroom. Pupils and teachers spend most of their day in the classroom, and while not inherently a high-risk environment, ensuring risk is properly assessed and managed is essential to fulfilling your duty of care.  But where do you start with […]

SCHOOLS | The Health & Safety Challenge

Schools should be safe havens.  After all, when a child doesn’t feel safe, they won’t learn. Moreover, safeguarding people from risk of harm is a legal duty. Indeed under the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974, school employers must take reasonable steps to make sure staff, pupils and others are not exposed to […]

H&S NEWS | Boat manufacturer fined

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A boat manufacturer has been fined after an employee suffered chemical burns while using a solvent to clean a boat. The worker was using a cloth soaked in dichloromethane to wipe the deck when he began to feel light-headed. On taking a short break, the employee knelt down inside the boat to further clean it. […]

Manufacturer fined over Legionnaires’ outbreak

A car parts manufacturer has been fined £1.6m following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease and an explosion at its factory. Four staff and a nearby resident became seriously ill as a result of the outbreak. A worker also suffered serious burns in an unrelated explosion at the plant. Incompetent An investigation by the Health & […]

Foundry fined after electrical flashover

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Two foundry workers suffered serious burns after an electrical incident. The employees were attempting to bring the power back on after a furnace had been repaired by contractors. The workers had replaced some fuses. But on shutting the fuse panel door found an interlock prevented the main switch from working. They then decided to bypass […]