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

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

Tidy Tuesday – Tidy work space, Tidy mind!

More often than not we are so busy, the area around us both in work and at home becomes untidy, its normal! However, sometimes it feels good to just take time out of your day to stop what you are doing and regroup. Why not stick on some of your favourite music and begin your cleaning spree – whether you … 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

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

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

HSE & Brexit Planning

As with all sectors and government departments HSE need to plan for deal or no deal when it comes to Brexit.  At the recent HSE board meeting a topic put forward for discussion in the board report was HSE’s Brexit communications strategy. A discussion was held of how the HSE intends to communicate legislative changes flowing form the Brexit process, … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety announced as Headline Sponsor of City of Liverpool Business Awards 2017

Epica Health & Safety is delighted to announce that SafetyMate™ is the official headline sponsor for the sold-out, Downtown in Business, City of Liverpool Business Awards on Thursday 13 July 2017 at Sefton Park Palm House. Speaking about this sponsorship, Elizabeth Sinclair, Managing Director at SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety said: “SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety is delighted … Read More

Epica Health & Safety continue to make health and safety simple with the launch of new SafetyMate™ Web App!

A unique web based system that helps businesses control and manage their compliance system, training, accreditations, projects and equipment testing and maintenance. Liverpool – 15th May 2017. Epica Health & Safety launch SafetyMate™ An easy to use web based platform to streamline management of health and safety information. It is designed specifically as a solution to compliment the current health … Read More

Let’s fly the flag for life-saving health & safety law!

The 40yr old Act’s rules are founded on common sense, but they’ve been hijacked by jobsworth! Summer is well under way, so we can expect the usual litany of patronising health and safety announcements on public transport and elsewhere. Among the blindingly obvious bits of advice that have apparently passed mankind by in the millennia since we started to walk … Read More