BREAKING NEWS: BUILDING SAFETY BILL PUBLISHED

The Bill is published in response to the Grenfell Tower fire, which in 2017 claimed 72 lives.  The tragedy exposed serious failings in building and managing high-rise homes. The government accepted the recommendations of the Hackitt review and is also consulting on its Fire Safety Bill and fire safety.  Click here to see a full copy Key Points National regulator for building safety/ Building Safety Regulator: a new national regulator for building safety will … Read More

Principal Designer, Designer & Principal Contractor Fined Over Fire Risk

Designers and contractor prosecuted for risk management failings Three companies have been prosecuted for failing to take adequate precautions against fire risk during construction of a timber frame extension to a sheltered accommodation residential home. Worcester Crown Court heard that in the months leading up to October 2017 the appointed designers and contractors were working on the project which involved … Read More

New and revised Workplace Exposure Limits

EH40/2005 has been updated, to its fourth edition version 2020, to include new and revised Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for carcinogenic substances. Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people’s health at risk. To prevent ill health, the law requires employers to control exposure to such substances.   Employers must protect both employees and others who may be exposed.  They must comply with … Read More

Launching the Accident Button!

When the Worst Happens, We’ve Got Your Back! We are taking the hassle out of what you need do when an employee has had an accident in work! If you use SafetyMate™ it’s a simple visit to your dashboard to report an accident. SafetyMate™ will take care  and manage any Non-RIDDOR / RIDDOR incidents, Near Misses, Property Damage, Vehicle Damage … Read More

Worldly Wednesday – Work with us to help you

Worldly Definition: Having a wide and refined knowledge of the world especially from personal experience. Even the most experienced companies who set a high standard for Health and Safety can be improved. It is highly unlikely that any company is perfect, especially where Health and Safety is concerned. There are always new legislation and regulations being introduced or updated on … Read More

Thinking Thursday – Think before you act

How many times throughout the day are you on Autopilot? We do so many of the same tasks that they become second nature; we don’t always consider the consequences if it was to go wrong. Our brains have a structure called the default mode network. This network is responsible for evaluating past events and preparing for the future. Whilst some … Read More

Meticulous Monday – Making sure it is right

Measure twice, cut once – How meticulous are you in your job? Have you ever been in such a hurry to complete a job? You rush through it, complete it and then it turns out wrong?! How frustrating! Stop and take a minute to compose yourself and think strategically about what you are about to do, making sure what you … Read More

Thorough Thursday – Keeping it in check!

How thorough are you with your Health and Safety procedures, Checks and Inspections? Making sure you carry out the correct procedures and have the correct policies in place is imperative. Are you 100% confident that you have all aspects of Health and Safety covered within your workplace? There may be things you have missed, legislation you aren’t fully up to … Read More

Wealth Wednesday – What’s your take?

What comes to mind when you hear ‘Wealth’? Most people think of lots of money, luxurious lifestyles, fancy cars… The list is endless. However, have you ever stopped to think you are extremely wealthy just for having air in your lungs? We all take our bodies for granted; To be able to breathe with ease To have use of all … Read More

Togetherness Thursday – Teamwork makes the dreamwork!

There is a stigma around Health and Safety for being boring, tedious and creating work. People tend to run a mile when they see Health and Safety however, when our advisors attend site, we can assure you that there really is no need. Our Health and Safety advisors not only highlight what your company needs to implement and improve on … Read More

Zero Tolerance Tuesday – What standards do you set?

Every workplace should operate a zero-tolerance policy on the use of alcohol, drugs or any other substance which could cause intoxication whilst at work. This also goes for some prescribed medications; some medication can also cause side effects which could mean that you are not fit to carry out your job. Whether you operate machinery, work in construction or even … Read More

Factual Friday – Knowledge is power!

Did you know? That there were 1.4 million work related ill health cases (new or long standing) in 2017/2018. That there were 147 fatal injuries to workers in 2018/2019 – that’s 147 people not going home to their loved ones. Accident rates are lower where employees genuinely feel they have a say in health and safety matters. The main kinds … Read More

Staying Alive!

Elizabeth Sinclair, Director of Epica Health, Safety & Wellbeing ,one of the North West’s top experts in health and safety, is holding a social event with an introduction to those working as trades in the construction sector. The event is free to everyone but booking is essential.  The introduction is designed to help people working in trades keep up to date … Read More

HSE Construction Health Inspection Initiative

Starting on 17 June 2019, HSE will be carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative. This initiative will continue the focus on health, in particular the measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts when carrying out common construction tasks. HSE inspectors will be looking to ensure those involved with … Read More

Work in Stressful Job for 15yrs Increases Risk of Five Forms of Cancer

Working in a stressful job can put more than just an individual’s blood pressure at risk. An employee’s overall mental wellbeing will impact an organisation’s culture, environment and productivity in a drastic manner. A recent study by Preventative Medicine reports that significant links were found to stomach, lung, colon, rectal and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. However, researchers from Quebec University measured the link of this … Read More

43% of Sites Visited Fail HSE Construction Blitz

HSE Construction site ‘blitz’ finds breaches at 43% of site visits.  The HSE Board received a report on 12th December 2018 on the immediate findings from the four-week National Construction Inspection Initiative during October 2018. The initiative focused on health with an emphasis on lung disease and respiratory risks caused by asbestos and dust. The HSE Board was told that: “This was a collaborative … Read More

Fall From Loft Leads to £80k Fines

Major house builder lacked understanding of loft fragile surfaces risk. A construction company has been fined after an employee fell through a plasterboard ceiling onto a staircase below at a site in Basingstoke in October 2016. Basingstoke Magistrates heard how the employee was working in a loft space when he fell through a plasterboard ceiling onto the staircase below. He … Read More

Firms Back Mandatory Mental Health First Aid

Fifty employers have backed an open letter to the prime minister calling for the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations to be amended to make “mental health first aid” a legal requirement with the same statutory footing in workplaces as first aid. The letter has been signed by dozens of representatives of UK employers, including Universities UK, PwC, Royal Mail, … Read More

HSE Inspects Cladding Projects on Tall Buildings

Advice to Inspectors published on fire risk during work on tall buildings HSE has announced that the regulator is undertaking a series of inspections of removal and replacement of Aluminium Composite Material cladding projects on tall buildings. The focus of the visits will be on fire safety, though other matters of evident concern found will also be dealt with during the … Read More

Agreement on Workplace Exposure to Diesel Engine Emissions

The three parts of the EU legislature – the EU Commission, EU Council of Ministers and European parliament – have now reached agreement on including workplace exposure to diesel engine emissions (DEEE) in the updated Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD). The agreement, announced in a press release on 11 October, follows a vote by MEPs on the employment and social … Read More