All designers and contractors involved in the planning and execution of construction work must take into account the general principles of prevention when carrying out their respective duties. Learn what’s involved in each of the 9 principles of prevention..
Protecting yourself and others from injury or illness in the workplace is, or should be, a key business priority for the SME. A workforce that feels safe and valued will, in turn, be more inclined to observe a business’ interests. Equipping employees with the knowledge and skills to improve safety at work fundamentally makes for… Continue reading Manage Your Risks and Improve Business Performance: 6 reasons to observe good health and safety practices
It is estimated that fatigue in the workplace costs the UK economy between £155 and £240 million each year – in direct workplace accident costs alone. A general term often used to describe a wide variety of conditions, fatigue is generally accepted as ‘feeling very tired/weary/sleepy due to insufficient rest or sleep, prolonged work periods… Continue reading Managing Workplace Fatigue
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
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 workplace. An obligation Under occupational health and safety law, the world over, employers have a legal responsibility to protect their employees from a range of dangers;… 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