What to include in a Health & Safety Policy

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If you employ five or more people, it is a legal requirement to have a written Health & Safety Policy detailing your organisation’s approach to managing health and safety. A clear and robust Health & Safety Policy is the backbone to strong safety performance and compliance. It establishes your approach to health and safety matters, […]

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 […]

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: […]

Worker Changing Flat Tyre Crushed to Death

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A family run business has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches after a worker changing a flat tyre was fatally crushed. The sub-contractor was under a static caravan when the four-tonne home collapsed on top of him. Inadequate Safety Procedures In what was described as an ‘accident waiting to happen’, the court heard the […]

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 […]

Working Shifts Increases Risk of Heart Disease

According to new research, working in shifts has a negative impact on cardiovascular health. The Chinese study, which was published in the journal Occupational Medicine, observed more than 320,000 shift workers. They found that: Shift workers have a heightened risk of heart disease; and The risk increases the longer shifts are worked. While the study […]

[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 […]

H&S NEWS | Scaffolding Company Fined

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A company has been fined after a 12-year-old slipped and fell off a scaffolding structure the business had erected. The scaffold could be accessed from the ground by ladder. A ladder guard was the only measure preventing unauthorised access. However, it was plainly lacking as it only partly covered the ladder’s rungs. The court heard […]

Parliamentary Group Reports on Working at Height

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An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has published an inquiry report calling for a review by government and industry of the risks associated with working at height. The report “Staying Alive: Preventing Serious Injury and Fatalities while Working at Height” shows more needs to be done to create a safer environment. In the period between 2013 […]