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
Worker involvement in safety and health (WISH) is a two-way process of collaboration whereby both employers and employees work together to spot, solve and own health and safety problems for the improvement of organisational safety and employee health as a whole. Supplementary to competent health and safety leadership, access to the right advice and hard… Continue reading 11 Tips on Worker Involvement in Safety & Health (WISH)
An ill-thought through prank, while on the face of it, may seem entirely funny to the trickster, can result in serious and long term consequences… April 1st marks April Fool’s Day, also know as All Fool’s Day, and is traditionally celebrated by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are referred to as April fools. The… Continue reading Don’t Get Caught Out on Health and Safety Grounds This April Fool’s Day
‘High Reliability Organisations’ (HRO’s) are organisations that have succeeded in avoiding catastrophes in an environment where normal accidents can be expected due to risk factors and complexity. HRO’s and learning organisations push decision-making down as far as possible and rely on expertise in the field rather than on rules and punishment. HRO’s are committed to learning from failures and refuse to… Continue reading High Reliability Organisations – how can we learn from them in terms of health and safety?
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
As we’ve been putting the ‘health’ back into health and safety in the Astutis offices in recent months, we thought we’d take a look at wellbeing in the run up to Christmas 2016 and offer a few tips to make ‘light-work’ of this festive season… With families to entertain, gifts to buy, the ‘big food… Continue reading Wellbeing: the Astutis guide to health and wellbeing this Christmas
Accountability needs to permeate all levels within an organisation… If tasks are clearly defined and a valid ‘performance, measure and reward’ system is established, accountability systems set the backdrop for good health and safety performance to ensue. Click the title to read on…