Tags: Wellbeing News

Dr Mark Winwood: Some employees will lie when they’re sick – but it’s not all dishonest

The first Monday of February has come to be known as ‘National Sickie Day’ – the day that employees are supposed to be most likely to call in sick. Employment law firm ELAS, which has promoted the notion, maintains that a combination of miserable weather, commuting in the dark, post-Christmas credit card bills and long gap between holidays makes the first Monday of February the day that people are most likely to take some unofficial time off.

Most work accident victims worried that a claim will affect their job

Research has found that the majority of employees who continue to work for the same organisation after claiming for a work injury found that their relationship with their boss remained unaffected. The survey, commissioned by National Accident Helpline, found that over four fifths (85%) of people who suffered a work injury were worried about claiming against…

Would you complete a risk assessment for using a tape measure?

A new survey has revealed the lengths some small firms mistakenly go to trying to comply with health and safety. One business completed a risk assessment for using a tape measure and another introduced written guidelines for walking up stairs. These bizarre and unnecessary actions were uncovered by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which…

Short film: Construction risks, an apprentice’s view

The British Safety Council has released a short film featuring a construction apprentice; Construction risks: an apprentice’s view. As more and more apprentices are taken on by British industry, it is vital that young people are provided with information to keep them healthy and safe at work. As a charity, the British Safety Council is committed…

Niall Burns: Stalking in the workplace

In an age where people’s personal details are readily accessible by others, it has become increasingly easy for would-be stalkers to access personal information and use it to target individuals. In the majority of cases, a previous connection exists between stalker and victim, be it a longstanding or one-off acquaintance, lending itself to the working…

New Year’s Honours recognise health and safety champions

The Chief Executive and Trustees of the British Safety Council congratulate all of the recipients of awards appearing in the New Year Honours list announced last week. In particular the British Safety Council welcomed the recognition of those individuals who have made a significant contribution to keeping people healthy and safe at work. Alex Botha,…

British Safety Council appoints new commercial director

The British Safety Council has announced the appointment of Richard Evens as its new commercial director, responsible for building the organisation’s membership base and increasing sales and delivery of its health, safety and environmental training, audits, awards and consultancy services. Richard will be responsible for increasing the take-up of the British Safety Council’s training courses,…

Louise Ryan: Limiting workplace risks amid changes to first aid

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has made some significant amendments to the way businesses maintain compliance with first aid legislation. Intended to ‘reduce the burden on businesses and put common sense back in to health and safety,’ the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 now state that HSE no longer needs to approve…

More than 1,100 construction sites fail safety checks

During the month of September, inspectors made unannounced visits to construction sites to ensure they were managing high-risk activity, such as working at height and the control of exposure to harmful dusts. Inspectors were also looking for good site order, sound structures and basic welfare facilities. Poor standards and dangerous practices were found at nearly half…