RIDDOR – reporting coronavirus (COVID-19)

HSE has issued details of when and how you should report coronavirus incidents under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013). You must only make a report under RIDDOR, relating to coronavirus, when: an unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence a … Read More

HSE Regulating occupational health and safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

As Britain’s statutory regulator of occupational health and safety The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has taken action to ensure that their important role continues effectively as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. These actions are being guided by the specific needs and characteristics of the various sectors we regulate.  This is in line with advice from the UK Government, Public Health … Read More

All drivers must have access to welfare facilities

All drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work. There have been reports that some drivers are not being allowed to use welfare facilities when they deliver. Preventing access to welfare facilities is against the law, equally it’s not the sensible thing to do. Drivers must have access to welfare facilities … Read More

Engineering Company Exposed workers to the risk of dermatitis – Fined

An engineering company has been fined for failing to control the risk of its employees developing dermatitis following exposure to metalworking fluid. West Hampshire Magistrates’ Court heard that, between October 2017 and January 2019, employees were exposed to metalworking fluid.  They were exposed while working on conventional machines such as lathes and milling machines. Metalworking fluid is used on the … Read More

Revised upper limb disorder leaflet is published

Leaflet on managing upper limb disorders has been updated. The leaflet is aimed at employers and offers practical advice on reducing the risks of upper limb disorders (ULDs) and includes information on: what upper limb disorders are their symptoms and causes how to manage the risks around them what employers can do to help their workers The leaflet ‘Managing upper … Read More

Revised form to record details of a heavy goods vehicle (HGV)

A revised form VTG 788 to record HGVs with DVSA has been published. You will need to use the latest version of the correct form depending on how you registered the vehicle with DVLA. It only needs to be done once for each relevant vehicle to allow you to book an annual test for it. VTG 788 for vehicles approved under … 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

Double Celebration of Success!

Double celebration of success at Epica Health, Safety & Wellbeing! Elizabeth Sinclair Managing Director of Epica Health, Safety & Wellbeing started her career in the health and safety sector 20 years ago. It’s also a decade since the Epica team started to provide simple and competent health and safety advice and practical health and safety training in the UK.  Founded … Read More

Hannah Hart joins the team at Epica Health, Safety & Wellbeing Ltd

Hannah Hart joins the team at Epica Health, Safety & Wellbeing as Office Manager! Hannah has a varied background in customer service, recruitment and procurement. Her main talent is building relationships with stakeholders both internal and external. Her role in Epica Health, Safety & Wellbeing is to ensure the smooth running of the office and organising work coming in and … 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

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

Worldly Wednesday – Sharing your knowledge

Worldly Definition: Having a wide and refined knowledge of the world especially from personal experience. Quite often it is the case that employees leave one business and go to another however, the Health and Safety varies massively. This may be due to a change in trade or sector, it may be down to the size of the business and what … Read More

Workout Wednesday – Let’s get physical!

Whether you are in an office job or work on a factory floor. It is important to keep mobile whilst on the job. If you are office based why not try some or all of the stretches below to help improve circulation and bring you out of that post lunch slump! Chest Stretch Upper Body Twist Hip Marching Ankle Stretch … Read More

Mindfulness Monday – Monday Morning Blues

Monday Morning blues?! We all have them – especially when the weather is miserable and cold! Why not try some Mindfulness techniques to set your week up in the right way? Step 1: Take a deep breath. Step 2: Evaluate your posture. Are you hunched over? Are you slouching? Correct your posture to ensure that you don’t come out of … 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