Category Archives: Health & Safety Management

Education sector: September 1st Changes

We’re sure you’ll have all read the Department for Education guidance that was issued last week. Thankfully we think the guidance is more straightforward for most schools than it will have been in recent months. It’s not our intention to go through the guidance in detail for this post, however we thought it would be […]

An update from our Health & Safety Team: social distancing

Following the Government’s announcement yesterday we are working on updating the relevant Covid-19 documentation for each sector and will have these sent out to you as soon as they are ready and in plenty of time for the measures to be introduced for 4th July. In the meantime, we want to emphasise the importance of not reducing […]

Returning to the Roads

For many businesses driving is one of the highest risk activities that their employees undertake. Following the lockdown, it may be that some employees haven’t driven for a full 12 weeks, and others only in a limited capacity. They will all be returning to the roads at the same time and, since the Government has […]

New Electrical Safety Standards for Private Landlords

Want to hear about something other than Coronavirus? I can’t promise it’s more interesting than Coronavirus but it’s still nice to talk about something else! New regulations (The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020) have been introduced that mean that from June 1 2020, private landlords have new duties. They […]

Getting your workplace ready for Covid-19

  The World Health Organisation (WHO) has set out guidance on how businesses and employers can help to stop the spread of the new Coronavirus disease. How does Coronavirus spread? When someone who has COVID-19 coughs or exhales they release droplets of infected fluid. Most of these droplets fall on nearby surfaces and objects – […]

Coronavirus update for schools

Public Health England (PHE) are issuing good advice for schools on how to deal with Coronavirus / Covid-19. We would strongly recommend that you familiarise yourselves with the guidance provided (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19). PHE are updating this information on a regular basis and this remains the best source of guidance at the present time. In summary the […]

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations’ (DSEAR)

DSEAR is an acronym used regularly in the world of health and safety to describe a huge business risk – but what does it even mean? How are you meant to know if it applies to your business? DSEAR stands for ‘The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations’ and applies whenever there is work being […]

Changes to fire alarm responses from this month.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services (SYFRS) have attended 3,457 call outs to commercial buildings (offices, schools, workshops etc.) over the past three years. They estimate that 97% of these visits turned out to be false alarms. That’s amounted to a colossal waste of their time, over 1000 hours, which could have been more properly […]

HSE to carry out focussed welding inspections in 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) sent out letters confirming that the fabrication and engineering sectors will be subjected to unannounced inspections between January and March 2020. The inspections will focus on welding fume and required control measures and will examine two main areas: Internal Welding Operations External welding operations Inspectors will be examining the required […]