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

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

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

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

Teaching Tuesday – Talk it out together

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward. How competent are you? How competent are your colleagues? Do you lead by example? Do you pass on your knowledge of working safely or the most efficient way to carry out a job? We should all receive training when starting … Read More

Talking Tuesday – Communication

How often and how effectively do you communicate in your workplace? Are you the employee and are unsure about processes and procedures or do you have gaps in your training? Have you highlighted your lack of understanding or training requirements? Are you the employer and witness potential hazards that may cause harm but plan to deal with it later? Many … 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

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 & 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

The Wellbeing Impact of Lone Working

Millions of UK workers work alone, for all or part of the working week. We explain how some home workers can be more at risk of stress than office based employees. How do HSE describer lone working? “Those that work by themselves without close or direct supervision”.  However, the range on types of lone working is not so clear.  Employers … Read More

How GDPR Applies to Accident Reporting?

Under the new GDPR rules, I’ve heard that consent is required to process personal data. How does this affect the collection of information for the accident book? Under GDPR, the first principle is to process all personal data lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner. Processing (including collection, recording, organisation, structuring and storage) must have a “lawful basis”. At least … Read More

Is it Too Hot to Work? Temperatures in the Workplace

Is it too hot to work?  In offices or similar environments, the temperature in workplaces must be reasonable. There’s no law for maximum working temperature, or when it’s too hot to work.  Employers must stick to health and safety at work law, including: keeping the temperature at a comfortable level, sometimes known as thermal comfort providing clean and fresh air … Read More

New Personal Protective Equipment Regulation

On the 21st April 2018, Regulation (EU) 2016/425 on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will come into force and replace the old PPE Directive 89/686/EEC. PPE are products that the user can wear or hold, in order to be protected against hazards either at home, at work or whilst engaging in leisure activities. Main changes The new Regulation now applies to the whole supply … 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 … 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 … 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