Richard Evens: First Aid Awards

Last month was the inaugural St John Ambulance First Aid Awards, our first event to recognise businesses leading the way in protecting their staff and customers. The event, which was hosted by BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth, paid tribute to some of the extraordinary companies going the extra mile with first aid. The awards received the…

Richard Evens: Even retail giants get it wrong

Back in September, iconic British brand, Marks & Spencer, was fined one million pounds for failing to protect its customers, staff and workers from potential exposure to asbestos during the refurbishment of one of its stores. How could they make such an apparently foolish and dangerous mistake, the industry asked? Clearly it’s not necessarily the…

According to the latest figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) the number of workplace fatalities in the UK has significantly increased over the past year. In 2010-11, the number of workplace deaths in the UK rose to 171 people, compared to 147 in 2009-2010. While the number of deaths in the agricultural…

Richard Evens: Too many managers breaking health and safety rules

Research released last week revealed that a shocking two thirds of managers in small firms are knowingly breaking health and safety regulations on a weekly basis. The survey, by business support services provider ELAS, researched the views of 1,000 managers in small firms throughout the UK. In particular it revealed an astounding 88 per cent…

Richard Evens: Maintaining a safe working environment with rising summer temperatures

With much of the cold weather giving way to warmer temperatures, most of us are looking forward to the summer season that’s just around the corner. But how do you ensure your staff remain cool and comfortable in hotter working conditions? Heat stress is the term often associated with working in hot conditions such as…

Richard Evens: A certain amount of regulation is essential to ensure safety and wellbeing at work

At the end of last month, the government announced plans to reduce unnecessary health and safety regulation for businesses. Whilst I’d welcome this move, it’s worth remembering that a certain amount is essential to ensure the safety and wellbeing of businesses, their customers and their employees. According to the HSE’s most recent statistics, over 170…

Richard Evens: Employee want access to life saving equipment

Every year thousands of people die of cardiac arrest when first aid could give them the chance to live. Recent research by St John Ambulance has revealed that currently 72% of businesses don’t have access to an AED (Automated external defibrillator), which can shock the heart back into rhythm, and increase chances of survival up…

Richard Evens: A simplified guidance for administering first aid

Last October, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation published the most comprehensive review of CPR practice literature to date. Following a period of review by medical experts, the recommendations are now due for implementation and will result in the revision of first aid information, such as the official manual and training protocols. A combination of…

Richard Evens: Make sure this Easter is a relaxed and safe time for your business

It won’t have escaped your notice that the Easter and Royal Wedding bank holidays are fast approaching, creating two four-day weekends and giving many workers the chance to enjoy a marathon 11 days off in a row. But during this busy time there’s an important aspect of your business that may be overlooked – whether…