OSHA general industry standards on walking-working surfaces to prevent and reduce workplace slips, trips, and falls, as well as other injuries and fatalities associated with walking-working surface hazards, become effective next week. The final rule includes revised and new provisions addressing, for example, fixed ladders; rope descent systems; fall protection systems and criteria (including personal fall… Continue reading Final rule updating walking-working surfaces standards and establishing personal fall protection systems requirements – what does this mean in practice?
Legal compliance and good planning are the cornerstones of any good Occupational Health and Safety policy, so it’s a good time of year for those involved in the Health and Safety arena, to reflect on the past year and any significant changes therein. With society and the legal landscape changing on a frequent basis, (and… Continue reading OHS – A Year in Review, 2016
Further to a recent blog post we did for Halloween that explored some of the frightening headlines we see in health and safety on a weekly basis, this post looks at issues surrounding Due Diligence Defence and why managers and company directors should be concerned with their duty of care under health and safety in their… Continue reading Due Diligence Defence: 5 steps to ensuring your workplace has safety covered
At the root of health and safety exist rules and compliance and as safety officers, we are all well versed in local and potentially (depending on the remit of your role), international law. And it is the legal aspect of health and safety that is largely responsible for helping to create a culture of health and… Continue reading Health and Safety – more than rules and compliance
A hot working environment can pose serious health risks and each year thousands of people become sick from heat-related illnesses. In 2014, in the US alone, at least 30 workers died from heat exposure. Take a look at our blog post for tips on how to protect your workers and your business…
The new sentencing guidelines can be considered the biggest change in health and safety law for 40 years. The overall objective is to provide a comprehensive guide for judges and practitioners delivering consistency. In turn this will result in bigger fines for larger organisations and potentially increased imprisonment thresholds being imposed on all levels of culpable staff. In this… Continue reading Are you prepared for the new sentencing guidelines?
The past 40 years has seen a change in the way that businesses look at occupational health and safety. Changes in business practice particularly, but not exclusively, in the manufacturing industry mean that good OHS practice can (arguably will) lead to improved profitability. In the 40 years since the UK’s ground-breaking 1974 Health and Safety… Continue reading Is it time to see OHS as a profit-generator?