New Safety and Health – From Hard Hats to Artificial Intelligence

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You have probably seen the announcement that SHP Online and Safety & Health Expo have collaborated to introduce ‘New Safety and Health’. This is a campaign essentially focused on changing the perceptions of the health and safety industry and, in doing so, redefining the role of the health and safety professional and inspiring the next generation. This is to be … Read More

Asbestos – Out with the Old, and in with the (er) Old

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asbestos in the UK state of play January 2018

And so it continues. 2018 has begun with three high profile stories on exposing employees and contractors to asbestos fibres and the associated seeming disregard for safety. Firstly, SSE Hornsea Ltd were fined £300K after 13 employees and contractors were exposed to asbestos fibres after 3 of them performed routine mechanical maintenance on a compressed air distribution system. HSE Inspector … 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

Study Claims Asbestos Substitute Kills Too!

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Asbestos News Update

That and other asbestos stories in this news round up of all things asbestos… The presence of asbestos in our schools and other public buildings continues to make the news. At least the local, if not the national news. Two schools were closed in Shefford, Bedfordshire this week due to an asbestos risk arising from the demolition of the old … Read More

UK Health & Safety – How Are We Really Doing?

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uk health & safety - what's really going on?

With the recent release of the provisional figures for fatal injuries arising from accidents at work in Great Britain 2017 and being a month on from the awful disaster at Grenfell Tower, it seemed appropriate to take a moment to review the state of UK Health & Safety. What do the statistics tell us? What does the behaviour of the … Read More

Health & Safety Sentencing Guidelines – Missing the Human Element?

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Health & Safety Sentencing Guidelines - What's Missing?

Revised health and safety sentencing guidelines were introduced in February 2016. We see the results, the numbers. £14M in health and safety fines for the UK construction industry in 2016. £12M for manufacturing. But, while substantial, they don’t really resonate. Do they with you? Do you get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach? No? Me neither. These … Read More

2017 Global Asbestos Awareness Week

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Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2017

We’re less than 2 weeks away from Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW, April 1-7, 2017). Promoted by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the GAAW is dedicated to increasing awareness of, and preventing exposure to asbestos. ADAO is a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that reached over 44 countries with GAAW last year. This year’s GAAW will focus on banning the mining … Read More