Teresa Budworth: I’d like to say something nice about British Gas!

In July of this year British Gas announced it was increasing its prices. Bills would rise for gas customers by an average of 18% and 16% for electricity customers. Of course British Gas aren’t the only energy company to have put their prices up, but inevitably, the announcement didn’t go down very well. After all,…

Teresa Budworth:Consultants – Make a wise choice, not a poor one

Whenever an organisation seeks to use a consultant or an adviser they really must choose carefully. And if ever there was a case to highlight this, it’s one I came across just a few weeks ago… In July, a hotelier from Mansfield was sent to jail for eight months after pleading guilty to 15 fire…

Teresa Budworth:Help make the pain go away

If you’ve ever suffered from back pain, and 4 out of 5 of us will at some time in our lives, you’ll know how debilitating it can be. Personally, I swear by physiotherapists. This comes from my own personal experience of back pain. Physio has certainly given me relief and helped resolve pain for several…

Teresa Budworth: Why safety inductions are so important

I came across a worrying new statistic the other day from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). According to the HSE, people are just as likely to have an accident within 6 months of starting at a new place of work as they are during the whole of the rest of their working lives. This…

Teresa Budworth: I’m a bit obsessed with toilets!

Look, I know it’s something people generally don’t like to talk about, but I’m a bit obsessed with toilets, especially with people washing their hands! And there’s good reason for it. According to studies by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, around a quarter of people in the UK neglect personal hygiene by…

A recent NEBOSH study revealed that just one in 5 people (21%) had received information or training at work about ways of avoiding stress. Given that stress is the second most commonly reported work-related illness, I’m surprised more employers aren’t doing more about it. To be honest, I sometimes think part of the problem with…

Recently, I’ve read a lot about how health and safety can be a “burden.” I’ve read think tank reports examining ways of reducing the burden of health and safety regulations. I’ve read similar reports from Government departments looking at ways to tackle the health and safety regulatory burden. And I’ve read a fair few articles…