[7 min read] What is RIDDOR?

health safety at work RIDDOR

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 […]

HOSPITALITY | Reducing the risk of contact dermatitis

hospitality dermatitis

Work-related contact dermatitis is a prevalent issue in the hospitality industry. In fact, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has identified the condition as one of the key health risks employees working within the sector face. Hands are most often affected, followed by the forearms and face. The condition can be severe enough to keep […]

HOSPITALITY | Health & Safety in the Kitchen

A commercial kitchen can be a very dangerous working environment. Even more so with a Gordon Ramsay style head chef! When you’ve got kitchen and waiting on staff dashing back and forth all day long in compact areas there are lots of hazards to contend with. These can include: Hot surfaces Harmful substances Sharp implements […]

HEALTH & SAFETY | The Challenge for the Care sector

Owners and managers of care companies, juggling multiple functions and responsibilities, often overlook Health & Safety regulations.    But workplace Health & Safety should be a top priority. After all, safeguarding people from risk of harm is a legal duty – the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states employers must protect employees and […]

Manufacturer fined after worker developed occupational asthma

A manufacturer has been fined for exposing a worker to fumes that led to them developing occupational asthma. When the soldering worker was first employed, the firm did not have an extraction system to remove rosin-based solder flux fumes – a hazardous substance generated and released during soldering that can cause asthma and dermatitis. The […]

Health & Safety Inspectors’ priorities

Health & Safety Inspection

You can’t predict when someone will arrive at your doorstep to do a Health & Safety inspection. Inspectors have the right to enter your premises without permission or notice. But Ellis Whittam has seen this year’s checklist for inspectors so we can predict what they’ll check for. And if you know what they’re going to […]

Hairdressers unite against hidden salon dangers

Health & Safety in salons

Shopworkers’ union Usdaw is calling on the government and EU to take the Health & Safety risks to hairdressers seriously and give them “proper protection”. Working in a hair salon or barber’s shop is not an obviously dangerous occupation. Yet at some point up to 70 per cent of hairdressers suffer from work-related skin damage […]

Work-Related Skin Problems

Work-related skin problems can occur in most workplaces although there are certain high-risk jobs such as catering, hair dressing, motor vehicle repair and construction where they are more likely. Skin problems are not only costly to the individuals through the suffering they cause, but also the employer can experience a burden through absence, recruitment, training […]