Epica make Health & Safety Simple with SafetyMate™ Web App

SafetyMate™ a unique web based system that helps businesses control and manage their compliance system, training, accreditation’s, projects and equipment. Earlier this year Epica Health & Safety launched SafetyMate™ an easy to use web based platform to streamline management of Health & Safety information. Designed initially as a free solution to compliment the health and safety advice and practical health and safety training of Epica Health & Safety. However now grown to allow any organisation to consolidate health & safety policies and manage training, equipment and accreditations for businesses. SafetyMate™ is a secure service which allows users to view and control their health & safety information. They can submit requests … Read More

Elizabeth Sinclair Recognised For Health & Safety Service

Amongst the nominees for the upcoming Livercool Business Awards, a true stand-out must be Elizabeth Sinclair, Managing Director of Epica Health & Safety. Epica Health & Safety has gone from strength to strength over the course of 8years in business and thanks to the innovative SafetyMate™ software, which was personally designed by Elizabeth Sinclair herself, Clients are benefiting even more. Elizabeth Sinclair used her extensive experience within the health and safety sector to launch Epica Health & Safety in November 2009. Epica Health & Safety is an independent organisation, which focuses on providing tailored, straight-forward and practical health and safety advice for companies of all sizes and sectors. Elizabeth Sinclair … Read More

JD Sports fined nearly £70,000 after escape routes reduced to 30cm

Sportswear giant JD Sports has been fined almost £70,000 in costs after breaching fire regulations after firefighters found that piles of stock ordered for the Christmas rush had blocked emergency exits at one of its Black Country stores. West Midlands Fire Service found that escape routes at the JD Sports shop in the Merry Hill shopping centre in Brierley Hill was lined with crates and stock, reducing the width of one corridor to just 30cm. Wolverhampton Magistrates Court heard that inspectors visited the store in December 2015 as part of routine pre-Christmas programme of visits.  JD Sports admitted six offences at a hearing before a district judge in Wolverhampton on … Read More

Trick or Treat Halloween Health and Safety Top Tips!

Trick or Treat Halloween Health and Safety Top Tips! Just for Spooky Fun! 1. When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER check to see if it’s really dead. 2. Never read a book of demon summoning aloud, even as a joke. 3. Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone out. 4. If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language, which they should not know, shoot them immediately. It will save you a lot of grief in the long run. 5. When you have the benefit of numbers, never pair off and go alone. 6. Never stand in, on, or … Read More

Court Dismisses Office Prank Injury Claim

An NHS trust will not have to pay compensation to a hospital worker who sustained a fractured lower spine when a colleague pulled her chair from beneath her in an office prank. Meeta Patel attempted to sue Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for £58,000, claiming that it was “vicariously liable” for the actions of her co-worker. But on 13 October, the Central London County Court dismissed Patel’s claim, saying that the prankster, Rashid Khan, was acting “outside the scope of his work” and that Homerton University Hospital was not liable for his “act of folly”. Patel, an employee of the hospital in east London, brought the claim after the … Read More

World Mental Health Day – Work-related stress and how to tackle it

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The day provides an opportunity “for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide”. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is mental health in the workplace. So we thought we would focus on work-related stress and how to tackle it? Employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work by doing a risk assessment and acting on it. What is stress? HSE defines stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to … Read More

Who would have thought it possible?

Who would have thought, a health and safety advisor nominated for Business Personality of the Year?!  We think she deserves it, do you? Please vote here!  Voting closes 20 October 2017. We are thrilled to announce Elizabeth Sinclair, Managing Director of Epica Health & Safety, has been nominated for Business Personality of the Year for the Liverpool Livercool Awards 2017!  The awards see the best individuals, ​business owners, entrepreneurs and decision makers in the city awarded for their contributions. Elizabeth Sinclair, Managing Director of Epica Health & Safety was asked by Downtown in Business Liverpool, how this award would benefit you and your business?   “The Liverpool Livercool Awards are … Read More

Falsely Completed Scaffold Reports

Two scaffolding inspectors who falsified examination certificates have been prosecuted after a roofer fell through a gap between a scaffolding and the building he was working on. Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard on 21 September that Stephen Harper and Garry Arnold did not inspect the scaffolding, but produced examination certifications to show that they had. HSE guidance says that scaffold users or hirers need to arrange for scaffolding to be inspected by a competent person before it is used for the first time, and subsequently at an interval of no more than every seven days.  Training for the role is usually carried out with the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS). On … Read More

Manufacturer Fined £450k after FLT Overturned and Killed 19yrs Man

A Derbyshire manufacturer has been fined £450,000 after a 19-year-old worker was killed when a forklift truck overturned. Manchester Crown Court heard that Ben Pallier-Singleton sustained fatal head and neck injuries during the night of 10 February 2015, when the forklift truck he was driving overturned on a sloping roadway in the yard of Vinyl Compounds’ site in Chinley. HSE inspectors and Derbyshire Constabulary found that Pallier-Singleton was not wearing a seat belt when the truck overturned, and that Vinyl Compounds failed to provide him with adequate training. Pallier-Singleton’s mother, Kathryn Pallier, said after the sentencing hearing: “Ben was and always will be my beloved son, and much-loved brother to … Read More

Elizabeth Sinclair nominated for Business Personality of the Year – Livercool Awards 2017

We think she deserves it, do you? Please vote here! We are thrilled to announce Elizabeth Sinclair, Managing Director of Epica Health & Safety, has been nominated for Business Personality of the Year for the Liverpool Livercool Awards 2017!  The awards see the best individuals, ​business owners, entrepreneurs and decision makers in the city awarded for their contributions. Thank you The Epica Health & Safety Team xx  

A Visitor Safety Centre – Stay Safe, Keep Well, Be Happy

AN astonishing visitors’ centre has been built at the new Lymm fire station to help residents of all ages learn about the justice system, emergency situations, police work and how to stay safe. The centre was designed with the help of a team of theme park designers and is stunningly realistic. It includes an electrical substation, urban street with zebra crossing, a mock building site, railway station and level crossing. There is also a crash scene with interactive virtual reality headsets to help teens understand the importance of road safety. A cinema room and interactive touchscreens will be used to help children learn about online safety and a burned out … Read More

Silica Dust : A Widespread Hazard

The inhalation of Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust (RCS) is a widespread hazard and significant cause of ill-health in the construction sector. The effective elimination or control of RCS dust is one of three top priorities for HSE now, and in the coming years. Silica is a natural substance found in most rocks, sand and clay and in products such as bricks and concrete. In the workplace these materials create dust when they are cut, sanded down etc. Some of this dust may be fine enough to reach deep inside the lung, this is known as respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and can cause harm to health. Significant exposure to RCS can … Read More

10yrs Since the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act Gained Royal Assent

Despite 25 convictions under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act since it received royal assent ten years ago, none have been given to a large organisation. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act, which came into force on 6 April 2008, clarifies the criminal liabilities of companies including large organisations where serious failures in the management of health and safety result in a fatality.  Prosecutions will be of the corporate body and not individuals, but the liability of directors, board members or other individuals under health and safety law or general criminal law, will be unaffected. The corporate body itself and individuals can still be prosecuted for separate health and safety offences. … Read More

Making Sense of Health and Safety

Making sense of health and safety is our vision and today we received feedback that we did just that! At Epica Health & Safety we always harp on about keeping health and safety simple and practical. Health and safety doesn’t need to be complicated. Our client, Fire Protection Compliance Ltd, received a great piece of feedback regarding our construction safety service we deliver for them. Ready for Fire Protection Compliance Ltd to begin fire protection works at Liberty Court, student accommodation in Birmingham.  Epica Health & Safety developed a Construction Phase Plan with accompanying project management system for them. The Client and Principal Designer provided feedback on the document, “On … Read More

Fall from Height Leaves Apprentice with Serious Injuries

Apprentice left with serious injuries after a fall from height. Coach builder Bespoke Bodies of Warrington, Cheshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3339. The 25 year old apprentice sustained three fractured ribs and a ruptured spleen as a result of the incident on 14 April 2016. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard that the apprentice was assisting other employees cleaning the valley gutters on the roof of the company’s workshop in Warrington, Cheshire.  The apprentice stepped backwards onto a fragile … Read More

SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety were the headline sponsor at the Downtown Liverpool in Business annual City of Liverpool Business Awards gala dinner

SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety were the headline sponsor at the Downtown Liverpool in Business annual City of Liverpool Business Awards. The team from Epica Health & Safety were there looking fabulous! Our Director Elizabeth Sinclair lived the limelight on stage.  She also announced the City of Liverpool Business award, which she presented to MSB Solicitors! The gala dinner was held on the evening of Thursday 13th July 2017 at the incredible venue Sefton Park Palm House. The City of Liverpool Business Awards (COLBA) was established by Downtown Liverpool in 2005.  The awards are to acknowledge and celebrate companies that have made a successful and significant contribution to economic … Read More

Safe System Devised but Not Implemented

Workman injured by goods falling from double-decked trailer.  It was also discovered that employees were not properly informed about pedestrian and vehicle segregation rules.  Little action taken in respect of the actions not being followed. A haulage company has been fined £100,000 after a load from the top of a double-decked trailer fell onto a workman below in February 2015. Warwick Crown Court heard that a Maxi Haulage Limited employee was injured at a site in Cape Road Warwick. Metal ducting, some 6m long and weighing 28kg, fell from the top deck of the trailer. The ducting struck his head and caused serious, life changing injuries, including a fractured skull. … Read More

HSE: fatal injury rate hits lowest on record but decline flatlines

The health and safety sector have welcomed a slight fall in the number of people who died in workplace accidents in 2016-17 compared to the year before, but unions have argued that the era of deregulation must end for the numbers to significantly fall in coming years. Provisional figures released by the HSE on 5 July show that 137 workers were fatally injured in the year to the end of March 2017, compared to 147 in the preceding year, and 142 in 2014–15. This is the second lowest annual number of fatal injuries on record: the lowest toll came in 2013–14, when 136 workers died. Looking at the overall downward … Read More

Anniversary of UK smoking ban ‘marks a decade of success’

In the space of 10 years there are 1.9 million fewer people smoking in Britain and “big changes in public attitudes towards smoking”. It has been ten years since venues in England prevented people from smoking indoors and ensured people could work, drink and dine without passive inhalation. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales already had bans in place, making 1 July 2007 the first time all indoor UK venues went smoke free, following recommendations put in place by the 2006 Health Act. According to Cancer Research UK, there are now 1.9 million fewer smokers in Britain – with the proportion of 16 to 24-year-olds lighting up falling from 26% to a record low … Read More

SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety Host #COLBA17 Nominee BBQ

SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety are proud headline sponsors of the City of Liverpool Business Awards #COLBA17. On Thursday 29 June 2017 they hosted the awards nominees BBQ evening.  All nominees received a gift bag from SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety.  SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety is easy to use software to streamline your health & safety management SafetyMate is designed specifically as a free solution to compliment the health and safety advice and practical health and safety training of Epica Health & Safety. Made to consolidate health & safety documentation and manage training, equipment and accreditations for businesses. SafetyMate™ is a secure service which allows users … Read More