Health and safety competent person FAQs

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If you’re an employer, or responsible for health and safety within an organisation, it’s very likely you’ve come across the term ‘competent person’. It’s something you’ll hear a lot in discussion about health and safety, but what exactly does it mean? Do you need one? What skills make a person competent? Who can take on […]

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 […]

5 STEPS | Developing safe systems of work

A large percentage of serious and fatal accidents at work involve a lack of, or failures in, systems of work. After all, without a set method for carrying out a task safely and a recognised procedure in place to deal with non-routine processes, the threat of mistakes being made is high. Get your FREE consultation […]

HSE enforcement notices | What they are and how to handle them

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All businesses have a duty of care to make sure relevant health and safety regulations are complied with. To ensure that employers are abiding by these duties, the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 gives Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authority inspectors extensive investigative powers.  HSE inspectors’ powers include the ability to: […]

How to keep health and safety interesting in the workplace

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Health and safety is just one of those topics that has acquired the unfortunate reputation of being, well, boring. The way health and safety training is delivered to employees has a lot to answer for – often, courses are characterised by an overabundance of legal facts and information that has little relevance to employees’ day-to-day […]

Hillsborough safety officer fined over dangerous turnstile arrangements

30 years following the Hillsborough disaster, Graham Mackrell, the then-secretary of Sheffield Wednesday football club, has been fined £6,500 for safety breaches. On 3 April 2019, Mackrell was found guilty of failing in his official duties as the stadium’s safety officer. The court found that he neglected to ensure there were adequate turnstiles for the […]

Top 5 Health and Safety Fines – March 2019

No company wants to face a health and safety fine. As we’ve shown, bigger companies are facing bigger fines since the introduction of tougher sentencing guidelines. This trend continues. March 2019 saw the following five high health and safety fines for breaking health and safety law: Freight firm fined £2.7m after boy electrocuted A rail freight operator was fined […]

Slips, Trips and Falls Costing Employers £73m in Annual Leave

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New research has further highlighted the hidden cost to employers of slips, trips and falls at work. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), slip, trip and fall hazards in the workplace are responsible for up to 40% of workplace injuries. Aside from the incalculable cost to the individual (lost income, pain suffered, reduced quality of […]

Survey Shows Over 100 Retail Workers Attacked Every Day

An annual survey of retail crime has shown on average 115 retail employees were attacked at work every day last year. The latest British Retail Consortium (BRC) Retail Crime Survey covers the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. The retailers surveyed collectively control 11,000 stores and £103 billion of turnover – equivalent to just under […]

[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 […]