UK businesses breaking ‘basic’ health and safety laws
Jun14

UK businesses breaking ‘basic’ health and safety laws

Almost two thirds of UK businesses are failing to meet basic health and safety laws and are putting their employees in danger, according to new research. 65% of workers have no information about health and safety policies A survey of 2,000 employees, working for businesses that have over five employees, found that 65% have not received any information on their company’s health and safety policies. This is despite it being a basic...

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Teacher & pupil risks ‘under-reported’ as 86% of school workplaces found to have asbestos
May22

Teacher & pupil risks ‘under-reported’ as 86% of school workplaces found to have asbestos

NAHT is a member of the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC), which is campaigning to make schools safe from the dangers of asbestos. Asbestos is present in 86 per cent of schools. Since 1980, there have been 319 teacher deaths from mesothelioma (a cancer caused by asbestos fibres); on average 17 teachers now die every year from mesothelioma, compared to 3 per year in 1980.  It is estimated that up to 300 people a year die as adults,...

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Women’s safety is being disregarded when it comes to PPE, warns TUC
May02

Women’s safety is being disregarded when it comes to PPE, warns TUC

Less than one in three women are given protective clothing and equipment specifically designed for women, according to a report published by the TUC last Friday. So why do employers need to consider men and women differently when it comes to PPE? “PPE cannot protect a worker from hazards if it does not fit. Equipment designed for men may not fit women properly due to differences in body size, height and composition”, says...

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Aircraft company fined after workers fall from the tail of a plane
Mar23

Aircraft company fined after workers fall from the tail of a plane

An aircraft engineering company has been fined after two men fell about 15 feet while they were carrying out checks at the tail of an aeroplane. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that an employee of Inflite Engineering Services and an agency worker suffered broken bones after the fall at Stansted Airport on 10 June 2015. They were working either side of the tail using mobile elevated work platforms when another employee closed the...

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MOD receives third HSE Crown Censure in 12 months after agency driver killed by reversing vehicle
Mar17

MOD receives third HSE Crown Censure in 12 months after agency driver killed by reversing vehicle

As HR and Health and Safety experts know only too well, breaches in health and safety law could result in the company being charged with Corporate Manslaughter where an employee is fatally injured as a result of that breach. However, as a Crown body, the MoD cannot face prosecution for breaches in health and safety law as the Crown is exempt under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act. When their standards fail, a...

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NEBOSH Pilots New Qualification Developed in Partnership with HSE

NEBOSH, the leading health, safety and environmental management examination board, has worked in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to develop a new qualification: the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management. Barry Wilkes, Director of Strategy said: “This new qualification is the result of a unique collaboration between the HSE and NEBOSH combining our ability to deliver strong, credible vocational OSH...

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NEBOSH Launches Alumni Network
Feb07

NEBOSH Launches Alumni Network

NEBOSH has launched a special Alumni association for its Diploma holders. Alumni will enjoy a range of exclusive benefits designed to help them continue their professional development, network with their peers, advance their careers and stay ahead of the latest health and safety thinking. Kicking off a programme of events specifically for Alumni members, an inaugural CPD event was held in November 2016 featuring a presentation from...

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NEBOSH’s Continued International Growth Reflected in Most Recent Trustee Appointments

NEBOSH has announced new appointments to its Board of Trustees including, for the first time, an international course provider: Tonia Sulkhova. Two Independent Trustees, David Morgan and Bill Nixon, have also been appointed. NEBOSH Chief Executive, Teresa Budworth, commented: “With our international presence growing year on year, it is vital that our Board understand our overseas markets. 70% of our students take our qualifications in...

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Bakery giant Warburtons fined £2m as worker suffers life changing injuries in fall
Feb03

Bakery giant Warburtons fined £2m as worker suffers life changing injuries in fall

Bolton bakery giant Warburtons has been fined £2 million after worker Andrew Sears suffered life-changing injuries in a fall at the company’s Wednesbury site. Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that Mr.Sears, who had worked at the site since 2007, was cleaning mixing equipment in November 2013, and lost his footing, causing him to fall nearly two metres.  He was hospitalised with a compression fracture of the spine, and, despite...

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Health & safety in Europe: which country has the safest workplaces?
Nov03

Health & safety in Europe: which country has the safest workplaces?

In our modern society, safeguarding employees is a priority. Despite the health and safety horror stories we hear, it’s fair to say that a large proportion of European workers can work in safety with little fear for their health. This is largely a result of 1989’s European Framework Directive on Safety and Health at Work (Directive 89/391 EEC), which outlined the minimum safety standards at work in countries across Europe. However,...

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As nights get darker, are your driver risk assessments ready?
Oct27

As nights get darker, are your driver risk assessments ready?

Employers have a responsibility for the health and safety of all employees carrying out work activities, this includes when they are driving for work.  They are also required to consider any risks and take reasonable steps to minimise them. Driving is recognised as one of the most dangerous work tasks that most people perform, not only could any miscalculation injure the driver or someone in your workforce, but also members of the...

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Sports Direct hit headlines again as work related injuries ‘almost twice’ sector average
Aug17

Sports Direct hit headlines again as work related injuries ‘almost twice’ sector average

Sports Direct sees nearly twice times the number of injuries compared to the rest of the sector, according to a letter published today (Tuesday) advocating a shareholders vote in favour of an independent review on how workers are treated. Staff in the retail, office and distribution section of the company face 2.7 injuries per 100,000 hours worked – nearly twice as many as the average for the sector (1.4 per 100,000 hours). Sports...

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Staff risking eyesight because safety eye wear ‘not comfortable or stylish’
Aug11

Staff risking eyesight because safety eye wear ‘not comfortable or stylish’

  Nearly half of employers (49%) worry that staff remove safety eyewear when it is not safe to do so, according to new research from Specsavers Corporate Eyecare. Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, said: “Of course, safety eyewear is only effective if it is actually worn but these figures show that a huge amount of employees are putting their eyesight at risk in the workplace. We...

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The New PPE Regulation – what employers need to know
Jul07

The New PPE Regulation – what employers need to know

With the EU referendum result coming just a few weeks after the new EU Personal Protective Equipment Regulation (PPE) came into force, employers may now be wondering where they stand. It is expected to be two years until the UK leaves the EU, so until then, the message is ‘business as usual’. With this in mind, the fact that UK organisations will want to continue to trade with Europe, that the PPE market in the UK has been based on EU...

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