Overlooking ‘basic’ risks | 5 recent health and safety fines NOT related to COVID-19

Coronavirus might be the focus of employers’ health and safety efforts right now, but it’s not the only risk that needs to be managed. Workplaces present numerous hazards, from uneven floors to dangerous machinery, and the HSE has recently reminded employers not to become complacent to these ‘basic’ health and safety risks while their attention […]

Health and safety fines | 5 times employers fell short in March 2020

While businesses’ health and safety efforts have been dominated by COVID-19 in recent weeks, March 2020 also saw a number of unrelated fines handed to employers who fell short in their health and safety duties. Here are five recent examples that illustrate the importance of robust risk control measures. Get your FREE consultation 1. Metal […]

Working with hazardous substances | What employers need to know about COSHH

Depending on your industry, you may have come across the COSHH Regulations in discussion around health and safety. But what exactly do they cover, and what do they mean for your business? Get your FREE consultation COSHH, short for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, is an important piece of legislation that […]

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 […]

HOSPITALITY AND LEISURE | Common health and safety risks and how to reduce them

Employers are required to identify the hazards present in their workplace and to take reasonable steps to control the risks arising from those hazards. A hazard is anything that is potentially dangerous, and even though individual workplaces have their own specific hazards, and the hospitality industry is diverse, there are a number of main areas […]

Chemical safety | Company fined after teenage apprentice overcome by killer fumes

A wheel refurbishment company has been sentenced after a 16-year-old apprentice was overcome by vapours from chemicals used to strip and clean alloy wheels. The apprentice had entered an “acid room” to retrieve wheels from a barrel containing dichloromethane (DCM), methanol and hydrofluoric acid. A colleague found him unconsciously slumped over the barrel. Get your […]

Health and safety duties | Employers’ responsibilities to volunteers and the public

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA) sets out the general health and safety duties employers have toward their employees. It also requires that employers protect others who may be affected by their work activity, including volunteers and members of the public. This means making sure everyone is protected by controlling risks […]

Fee for Intervention FAQ

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The Health and Safety Executive launched its controversial Fee for Intervention (FFI) scheme in 2012. When first announced, there were concerns that it was merely an exercise to raise money from unsuspecting employers for the Treasury and HSE. Years on, has that proven to be the case? And, more importantly, do you as an employer […]

2018 | Health and Safety Review

The past year has again been something of a mixed bag for occupational Health & Safety risk management. We take a look back at some of the incidents and stats that have shaped 2018. Injury and Fatality Figures  The Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual statistics showed a continued general downward trend in the number of major […]

RETAIL | Avoiding Retail Slips, Trips and Broken Hips

Retail environments are busy places with a lot of activity and foot traffic.  This can easily lead to employees and customers alike being exposed to slip, trip and fall hazards. You must make sure everyone is kept safe from harm by assessing the risk from slips, trips and falls – and taking reasonable precautions. Daily […]