Teresa Budworth: Permit to work, not to fall ill

Whenever we think of health and safety we tend to think about employees. But what about others who visit our workplaces, such as maintenance and repair contractors. How do we make sure they’re safe too? One tool often used is the permit-to-work system. A permit-to-work is a documented procedure which simply authorises people to carry…

Teresa Budworth: Feeling a bit awkward? Help is on its way!

Let’s face it, it can feel a little bit awkward talking to people about their health problems. Bodily functions and failings aren’t exactly the greatest topic of conversation. Many illnesses or injuries can also be difficult to understand. And let’s not forget mental ill-health. According to the Mental Health Foundation one in 4 people experience…

Teresa Budworth: Check your waste, it may contain a life

A few months ago a homeless man from Merseyside was tragically killed after climbing into a commercial waste container. He’d entered the large wheelie bin for some shelter and to get a few hours sleep. Unfortunately he never woke up as the waste container was removed and emptied into a compressor. A truly horrific incident…

Teresa Budworth: Warned twice, and then look what happened!

Ignoring sound advice once can be a big mistake. Ignoring it twice can have dire consequences! Take the aptly named Doncaster solvents company Solvents with Safety Ltd, which was recently fined after an “unsafe” procedure led to a huge fire that engulfed its Harworth base. Earlier this month Doncaster Magistrates’ Court heard how employees of…

Teresa Budworth: How a fractured skull saved a life!

Like many I was shocked to hear of the collapse on the football field of Bolton player Fabrice Muamba. And I’m relieved to hear that, at the time of writing this article, he appears to be showing signs of recovery. Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest 41 minutes into Bolton’s FA Cup quarter-final with Tottenham at…

Teresa Budworth: What’s more valuable, people or data?

I sometimes wonder where people’s priorities lie. Recently I read two news stories on the same day. The first concerned EU proposals for tighter data protection laws. These included powers to impose fines of 1m or 2% of annual turnover on organisations that failed to protect the information they hold about people. In Britain, the…