What an Ingrained Health and Safety Culture Looks Like (Culture Series Part 2 of 6)

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What an Ingrained Health and Safety Culture Looks Like (Culture Series Part 2 of 6)

Welcome to the second of six posts providing practical and actionable steps to improve the health and safety culture in your organization. This week we’re focusing on looking at what a positive health and safety culture actually looks like. These posts are sampled from our free eBook: Beyond Compliance: A Guide to Changing the Health and Safety Culture in Your … Read More

Why Has H&S Got a Bad Rap?

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Why Has Health and Safety Got a Bad Rap?

This post was motivated by a recent article in Safety & Health Practitioner by Andrew Sharman, titled Safety Isn’t Sexy. Andrew had recently returned from the IOSH annual conference where he found “an undercurrent of negativity around the phrase ‘health and safety’,” with several speakers acknowledging “the stigma surrounding our profession”. In the article, Andrew goes on to discuss the … Read More

How to Change the Health and Safety Culture in Your Organisation (Part 1 of 6)

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How to change the health and safety culture in your organisation (part 1 of 6)

This is the first of several posts on changing the health and safety culture in your organisation. We’ve previously discussed the impact of corporate governance on health and safety and the importance of board level leadership, now we want to help you to achieve this. It’s a daunting task for sure but, over the next several weeks and months, we … Read More

Stress, Stress and More Work-Related Stress

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Work-related stress

The HSE figures for 2016/17 are out and the headline is that “for the first time, stress became the UK’s biggest work-related illness, overtaking musculoskeletal disorder cases.” The HSE attribute an annual cost to the UK economy of £14.9B from all work-related injuries and ill-health with around 65% of the total arising from new cases of ill-health. These costs include … Read More

Asbestos in UK Schools

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Asbestos In UK Schools

Here are two figures that should alarm everyone: Asbestos kills over 5,500 people a year in the UK (according to the government) Up to 83 percent of schools contain asbestos (according to a government survey) There is an obvious question that comes to mind when you look at these two figures – what is being done about asbestos in schools? … Read More

How the Gig Economy Impacts UK Health and Safety

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Gig Economy

Health and safety legislation in the UK is constantly evolving. There are many reasons for this, including increasing demands that companies should not put profits ahead of worker health and safety. Another thing that impacts health and safety is changing workplace practices. One of the biggest workplace changes in recent memory is the rise of the gig economy. What are … Read More

Trump May Brexit – Cutting Red Tape or Health and Safety?

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Cutting Red Tape or Health and Safety - A Philosophical Clash?

There is a clash of competing philosophies going on between health and safety on one side and cutting business bureaucracy on the other. The first side of the argument includes health and safety experts, organisations concerned with the protection of workers (like unions), and others who say health and safety regulation is essential. On the other side are businesses who … Read More

RAMS Explained

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RAMS Explained

Most people have heard of risk assessments. In fact, if your business employs more than five people you have a legal responsibility to complete and document risk assessments. What are Risk Assessment Method Statements (RAMS), though, how do they differ from risk assessments, and when should you use them? RAMS are sometimes referred to as safety method statements or safe … Read More

How e-permits Helps Prevent Asbestos Exposure

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How e-permits helps prevent asbestos exposure

We’ve devoted a significant amount of space on this blog trying to maintain focus on preventing asbestos exposure for facilities workers, as well as everyone else who can come into contact with asbestos going about their day-to-day activities in our schools, hospitals and any other pre-2000 building. We’ve touched on how e-permits helps prevent asbestos exposure and how we’ve now … Read More

Asbestos in UK Public Buildings – It’s Killing Us!

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Asbestos in UK Public Buildings is Killing Us

The Government acknowledges that buildings in the UK, including public buildings, contain asbestos. It also acknowledges that thousands of people a year die from asbestos-related diseases. However, exactly how big is the problem and what is the Government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) doing about it? According to the HSE, any building built or refurbished before 2000 may … Read More

ISO 45001 – A Panacea for UK Health and Safety or Another Tick Box Exercise?

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ISO 45001

You probably have heard of ISO 45001 – it is the new standard for occupational health and safety. It is currently in development and is getting increasing amounts of attention. Is it, however, the answer to the UK’s persistent health and safety problem, or is it just a tick box exercise? Will it actually make workplaces safer or will it … Read More

“What’s The ROI Of Your Mother?”

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Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

I shamelessly stole that question from US serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary’s first business success came when taking over his family’s liquor store and turning it into the online success winelibrary.com, growing annual sales from $3M to $60M through his innovative use of digital marketing and, in particular, social media. If the name Gary Vaynerchuk is new to you then … Read More

UK Health and Safety Statistics vs Other Countries – What Can We Learn?

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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

When you look at official health and safety statistics in the UK, the situation appears positive. This particularly applies in relation to fatality rates which are low compared to historical levels. What is the real position, though, and how does the UK compare with other countries? The issue you face when considering this question comes down to the use of … Read More

British Sugar – Health & Safety Refined

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British Sugar Logo

In the last few posts we’ve explored the role of corporate governance in health and safety and explored the impact this has on work related stress as well as the abnormalities of higher employee fatality rates compared with contractors. In the last post we delved into the health and safety related corporate governance of Sainsbury’s. In our experience companies with … Read More