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IOSH warning over Government rush to implement Löfstedt

In its official response to the LÖfstedt Review of health and safety in the UK the leading health and safety body, IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) is warning that the Government is trying to do “too much, too soon”. The Institution broadly welcomed the findings of Professor Ragnar Lofstedt, who looked at 200…

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has given its backing to the Anderson Review which suggested there be a ‘one stop shop’ for advice on health and safety and employment law. Under the recommendations made in the review, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) would receive improved health and safety advice plus be given…

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has called the introduction of the Health and Safety Offences Act "a momentous day for health and safety in the workplace". Under the act, brought into force today (January 16th), health and safety offences could be punishable by imprisonment. In addition, the maximum fine from the Magistrates…

Employers are being encouraged to start 2009 with a resolution to keep their staff healthy. That is the advice issued by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), which has suggested that employers should look to promote a “good safety culture” and encourage a healthy work life balance. According to the IOSH, keeping employees…

The majority of UK workers would be reluctant to blow the whistle on their employer if they were in breach of health and safety regulations, new research shows. According to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), only 28 per cent of employees would report their company to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)…

The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has launched a new guide designed to help employers learn from workplace accidents and prevent reoccurrences. Examining both serious accidents and deaths at work, the Learning the Lessons guide covers issues such as preparation and planning, initial response and internal investigations and competence. Ian Waldram, chair of…

Three MEPs have given their backing to a new campaign designed to reduce the number of accidents and injuries involving young people at work. The Putting Young Workers First campaign, run by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), calls for, among other things, better vetting and supervision of work experience placements and tighter…

A government announcement in support of the accreditation of health and safety professionals with proper experience and qualifications has been welcomed by one industry body. Completed recently, a work and pensions Commons select committee report on the work of the Health and Safety Executive advocated the need for employers and workers to know how to…

Companies have been advised not to cut back on their health and safety expenditure in the face of worsening economic conditions. According to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), skimping on safety could have "disastrous consequences" for organisations and workers alike. President of the institution Ray Hurst said: "We recognise it may be…

An MP has made a plea to reduce the number of young people killed in workplace accidents through the integration of health and safety courses into the National Curriculum. During a recent event at the House of Commons, which is being supported by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Michael Clapham, MP for…

In a bid to improve the health and safety of UK workers, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has warned against the so-called ‘Royle effect’. The results of a poll by the Men’s Health Forum and co-sponsored by the institution revealed that Jim Royle from BBC television series the Royle Family is seen…

Not only can adopting a proactive approach to health and safety lower accident rates, it can also help firms to become more profitable. That is the conclusion of research recently conducted by academics at Loughborough University and cited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), which suggested that organisations with a positive health…

In support of Men’s Health Week, which is running from June 9th-15th, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is calling on employers to improve the health of male employees. This year, Men’s Health Week is focusing on the theme of men and work. Commenting on the issue, IOSH president Ray Hurst said: "[The…

Bosses are putting other business concerns ahead of worker safety, according to a survey of employees carried out by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Just seven per cent of those surveyed said that they believed their boss placed worker health and safety as their main concern, with 14 per cent claiming that…

While a recent report concerning worker health contains many positive aspects, it should have gone further in terms of focusing on the prevention of ill-health, an industry body has said. According to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), while Dame Carol Black’s ‘Working for a healthier tomorrow’ report "shines a much-needed light" on…