Brexit and Health and Safety Law

Your duties to protect the health and safety of people affected by your work will not change with Brexit. You should continue to manage risk in your business in a proportionate way. The HSE have made minor amendments to regulations to remove EU references but legal requirements will remain the same as they are now. Health and […]

Have you heard of Disability Confident?

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to your workplace. 13,000 organisations have already signed up. Disability Confident organisations play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. They’re changing behaviour and cultures in their own businesses, networks and communities, and reaping the benefits […]

HSE launches vibration calculator

The calculator compares workers’ exposures to the levels specified in the Control of Vibration at Work Regs, as part of a HAVS risk assessment. Aimed at employers of workers who frequently and regularly use tools or machinery, such as hand-held power tools, hand-guided powered equipment or powered machines which process hand-held materials, the calculator will estimate:  · partial […]

Suicide Prevention

There is a common belief that talking about suicide with someone that is suicidal can be dangerous,  however RedArc has created a campaign to raise awareness about how having open conversations with suicidal people including employees, can save their lives. It believes that anyone can immeasurably help a suicidal individual not just professionals, by asking […]

GBS Safety gain ISO 9001 Accreditation

We are excited to announce that we have achieved certification to the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2015 standard.This independent assessment was conducted by the British Assessment Bureau, and demonstrates our commitment at GBS Health and Safety Services Ltd to customer service and quality in delivery.

Agile Working

“Agile working is a way of working in which an organisation empowers its people to work where, when and how they choose – with maximum flexibility and minimum constraints – to optimise their performance and to do their best work” Legal Implications of Agile Working · Record it – either in a new contract or a […]

HSE Targeting businesses in new dust inspections

Firms across Great Britain are to be targeted in a new series of inspections focusing on dust control by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Over the next few weeks, HSE is concentrating on industries such as construction, woodworking and food manufacturing where occupational lung diseases, including in some cases occupational cancers, are more common. […]

Lanyard Safety and Driving for Work

Drivers are being warned not to wear their lanyards when driving or travelling in cars because of the risk of injury if an airbag goes off. It comes after an NHS worker, who crashed while driving home, suffered a perforated bowel from keys attached to her lanyard. Another driver suffered a collapsed lung after the […]

Mental Health Resources

Ooohh… we do love free resources – here are some amazing resources for mental health and stress on the MHFA website including posters, case studies, gifs and toolkits – go and have a gander and see if there are any that would support your workplace. https://mhfaengland.org/mhfa-centre/resources/

HSE Issue reminder of obligations to check Scaffolding in high winds

Following several collapses this month, it is vital that regular checks are carried out on scaffolding.  A Scaffold Checklist, produced by HSE, provides information on what scaffold users and contractors are required to do from the start of the planning process, through design, installation to inspection and supervision. It states that ‘it is the scaffold […]