Using e-permits to Reduce Risk

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Using e-permits to Reduce Risk

As the UK’s first and leading web-based permit to work software and work authorisation system, e-permits delivers significant benefits to our clients while ensuring that people work safely and are safe at work. These benefits accrue from e-permits’ ability to bridge the disconnect between an organisation’s well-honed health and safety policies and procedures and what actually happens on the ground. … Read More

2018/19 Workplace Fatalities – Why Change is Imperative

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The provisional Workplace fatal injuries in Great Britain, 2019 statistics have been published by the HSE. The resulting headlines thus far have been focused on the increase in workplace fatalities (147 in 2018/19p vs. 141 in 2017/18) with ‘workers falling from height’ being the major cause of fatal injuries at 40 and ‘being struck by a moving vehicle’ the next … Read More

Banyard Solutions’ Alan Gunn Appointed Treasurer of Safety Groups UK

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Alan Gunn Treasurer SGUK

Photo caption (L to R): Norman Stevenson, Chair of Safety Groups UK (SGUK); Alan Gunn of Banyard Solutions, Chair of Safety Group West Scotland (SGWS) & the incoming Treasurer of SGUK; Mike Nixon the outgoing Treasurer of SGUK. This month saw Banyard Solutions’ Alan Gunn elected as Treasurer of Safety Groups UK. Congratulations to Alan! This is great recognition for … Read More

The Current Use of RAMS in Health and Safety… And Should We Be Using Them More?

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RAMS in Health and Safety

RAMS – Risk Assessment Method Statements – are a grey area in health and safety. Despite this, there are indications their use is increasing. While the rules on the use of risk assessments are clear, what are the exact requirements for preparing RAMS? What is the law, what is the current advice on best practice, and is that advice correct? … Read More

Why Keeping People Safe Improves Business Performance

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Reciprocity

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week. Of course, it’s an on-going issue within society as well as the workplace so we thought we’d touch on stress here within the context of changing the health and safety culture within an organisation. And, yes, we’ll get to the reciprocity of safety and business performance. We’ve covered stress in the workplace extensively … Read More

Need to Talk to the Board? Read these suggestions first…

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In our eBook “Beyond Compliance: A Guide to Changing the Health and Safety Culture in Your Organisation” we devoted a chapter to getting C-suite/Board buy-in with 9 specific, practical and actionable tips on how to handle that communication. With the increased onus on senior management participation in health and safety mandated by ISO 45001, access to the Board should be … Read More

Can e-permits be Used for CDM Refurbishment Projects?

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This is a question we’ve been increasingly asked over the past few months and the short answer is, “yes, e-permits can be used on CDM refurbishment projects.” The long answer is also a [resounding] yes. CDM refers to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations which apply to all construction work. These health and safety regulations do apply to all construction … Read More

e-permits Enhancements – 2019 Year to Date

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Not yet a third of the way through the year, 2019 has already seen a number of exciting feature enhancements to e-permits, our web-based permit-to-work system designed to prevent avoidable incidents. A big thanks to our Product Management function and Development team for their continued hard work in ensuring that workers work safely and are safe at work. This post … Read More

Skills, Gigs and Zero-Hours Contracts

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Skill Shortages in UK

We first covered skills shortages in the UK economy back in January. The challenges facing employers in finding the right skills was highlighted in the Employer Skills Survey 2017, itself based on interviews with over 87,000 employers. By far the largest survey responses (by number of companies responding and the employment levels in their represented sector) came from Wholesale & … Read More