Tag Archives: safety

Hair today, gone tomorrow

In a bold move the construction firm Mears has banned construction workers on site from having beards, on the basis of this being a risk to their health and safety. The health and safety in question involves the wearing of dust masks and whether having a beard impacts their effectiveness on keeping dust and other […]

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The impact of new HSE Sentencing Guidelines

Health and Safety is a serious matter and the consequences of getting it wrong can be devastating. Despite this, we all know some companies who have ‘gotten away with it’. That said, things might just have changed. Not only has the HSE introduced “Fee for Intervention”, (a charge of £129 per hour for intervention), but […]

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Drivers Beware!

Every year there are many deaths and serious injuries on our roads as a result of dangerous and careless driving. Last year there were 1,730 deaths on the roads, equating to 5 deaths per day.  A  further 60 people are seriously injured every day.  Many incidents can be avoided. Whether you drive for pleasure or business, we […]

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Managing contractors and the risks they create.

Using contractors is so commonplace that many businesses will appoint and pay contractors with minimal thought going into the process. It’s also safe to say that the decision to hire a contractor is often based on the price of the quotation, location of the contractor and recommendations from contacts. All of these are acceptable factors […]

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How to demonstrate that you’re better than the rest.

Insurers work your premiums out based on the information supplied by you and your insurance broker, which creates certain assumptions about the way your business operates. The danger with this approach is that the insurance company may base your premium on their experience of other similar businesses in your industry; they may have been stung […]

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The importance of a positive health and safety culture.

An organisation’s culture can have as big an influence on safety outcomes as the safety management system. The safety culture of an organisation relates to the values, attitudes, perceptions, competencies, and patterns of behaviour that determine a company’s commitment to health and safety management. Key aspects of an effective culture:  Management commitment: If employees can […]

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Work Equipment Safety – Are you doing all you can?

If you own, operate or have control over work equipment you will have duties under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. To help ensure you are fulfilling your duties under the regulations, and keeping your employees safe, you should ask yourself the following questions: What dangers does the machinery/work equipment present? Is […]

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Work Place Equipment Guarding

Crushed digits, lacerated body parts, fractured bones and even death. These are the type of horrific injuries that occur every day in UK workplaces. In fact there are around a dozen deaths and 40,000 injuries each year. What is the cause of these injuries? Mechanical equipment without adequate guarding, maintenance, safe systems of work & people […]

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