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 […]

Eye Eye!

4 risks to look out for when working in cold conditions Fogging lenses – Fogging is the number one challenge workers face when wearing safety eyewear and is especially a problem in cold environments. One dangerous consequence of fogged up lenses is that a worker may not be able to see properly and so miss […]

Fire! Fire! Fire! – Training! Training! Training!

Training is key when it comes to fire safety in the workplace. And it’s not just about using a fire extinguisher – the role and responsibilities of your fire marshals should be specific to your organisation and outlined in your safety policy and fire and emergency evacuation plan. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 […]

It’s good to talk!

Good communication is key when it comes to embedding a good safety culture in your organisation. It’s important that everyone understands the importance of good safety practices, from shop-floor to directors – so making it part of everyday life is key. Display and Distribute Information – be aware of language difficulties and make appropriate adaptations […]

Statistics released for 2017/18

144 Workers killed in 2017/18 (RIDDOR) 71,062 Employee non-fatal injuries reported by employers in 2017/18 (RIDDOR) 555,000 Estimated non-fatal injuries to workers according to self-reports in 2017/18 (LFS) 12,000 Lung disease deaths each year estimated to be linked to past exposures at work 1.4 million workers suffering from work-related ill health (new or long-standing) in […]

Stress in the Workplace

Across Great Britain, work-related stress accounts for over half (57%) of all working days lost to ill health – this is a staggering figure! The HSE have issued a ‘Talking Toolkit’ to start a conversation with your workers and help prevent work-related stress in your organisation – it consists of a 21 page document with […]

Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental health and the workplace is an increasingly important issue. The HSE recommend, that you should include Mental Health within your First Aid Needs Assessment – consider ways to manage mental ill health in your workplace which are appropriate for your business, such as providing information or training for managers and employees, employing occupational health […]

SMAS Worksafe accreditation

We are pleased to have gained a SMAS Worksafe certificate (www.smasltd.com). This means that we have met the SSIP core criteria recognised by the HSE and other SSIP accreditation schemes. Meeting the SSIP Core Criteria demonstrates that we are serious about H&S and have (and use) an effective H&S Management System to ensure that any […]