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

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

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

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

Safe & Sound Week at Work 2017

Monday sees the Start of the Annual Safe & Sound Week at Work 2017 What Should we be Doing? Everyone should place great importance on worker involvement and consultation. Your employees influence health and safety through their own actions. They are often the best people to understand the risks in their workplace. Talking, listening and co-operating can help to achieve benefits. Health and safety representatives can help you with workforce consultation arrangements. Epica Health & Safety can advise and help steer a consultation committee allowing your Safety Director to effectively chair the meeting.  We can provide competent during the meeting to help save time and prevent confusion during the two-way … 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 to be sponsoring this year’s City of Liverpool Business Awards. This prestigious award ceremony will be the main catalyst to launch SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety into the city of Liverpool. It follows research into the makeup and needs of our current and potential clients. SafetyMate™ by Epica Health … 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 and safety advice, support and practical health and safety training that Epica Health & Safety provide. Made to consolidate health & safety documentation and manage training, equipment and accreditations for all businesses. SafetyMate™ is a secure service which allows users to view and control their health and safety information. Users … Read More

Manual Handling

Manual Handling operations account for approximately 25% of all reported work related injuries every year. Manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work and causes over a third of all workplace injuries which include work related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) such as upper and lower limb pain/disorders and joint and repetitive strain injuries. Manual handling injuries can occur almost anywhere in the workplace and heavy manual labour, awkward postures and previous or existing injury can increase the risk. Work related manual handling injuries can have serious implications for both the employer and the person who has been injured. Employers may have to bear substantial costs, through … 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 upright are the following: we should wear loose-fitting clothes in the heat, make sure we drink plenty of water and sit down if we feel faint. At Lord’s of all places, the players during the England v Sri Lanka Test stopped not for drinks, which have sustained cricketers since the … Read More