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Report exposes a dangerous lack of official oversight

The deadly consequences of workplace sectors without inspectors are the subject of a new study by Stirling’s Professor of Occupational Health Policy Research, Rory O’Neill. Using a series of Freedom of Information requests and an analysis of over 20 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports, Professor O’Neill has compiled the first ever consolidated list of…

Hierarchical approach to talent and innovation risks stifling creativity, slowing growth and contributing to a regional “talent drain” in Asia, CIPD

Firms across Asia are prioritising creativity and innovation as a critical focus for future business success. However, an overly hierarchical approach to who should be involved in innovation (less than a third of all firms are involving all their employees in strategies for innovation), together with a patchy approach to future talent and skills needs,…

Could new HSE scheme be dangerous?

Following an initial pilot, today sees the roll-out of the new Fee for Intervention (FFI) guidelines (1 October 2012), which are set to have significant financial implications for businesses. The highly debated FFI regime will allow the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to recover its investigation costs from businesses. This fee will apply when a…

Nanofibres could pose health risk similar to asbestos

New research has proved that inhaling nanofibres – used in products ranging from tennis rackets to airplane wings – could cause similar health issues to asbestos fibres, as they have a similar shape. Researchers from Edinburgh tested varying lengths of nanofibres, to see the effects inhalation had on mice, and found that the longer fibres…

£160,000 fine for construction company following fall

A Surrey construction company has been ordered to pay £160,000 in fines and costs after a worker narrowly escaped death when he was caught in a collapse of nine tonnes of steel and concrete. The company was fined £110,000 and ordered to pay £50,000 in costs after being found guilty of breaching Section 3 of…

Welsh chemical firm fined over dangerous substances

A Deeside based chemical company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failing to comply with three Improvement Notices. Euticals Ltd (formerly Archimica Ltd), which manufactures and distributes speciality chemical products in Sandycroft, Deeside, was visited repeatedly between March 2008 and October 2010. They continually failed to demonstrate they had an…

HSE launches health and safety Myth Busters panel

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has set up an independent panel – the Myth Busters Challenge Panel – to scrutinise decisions where health and safety has been used as a convenient excuse to stop essentially sensible activities going ahead. Health and safety and particularly the so-called ‘elf n safety’ culture have come under close…

Social networking seen as a major risk to personal and corporate security

One in six (17%) UK employees consider social networking such as Facebook and LinkedIn a major risk to corporate security, according to new research from global risk consultancy Protiviti. The research also found that three in ten (28%) believe that social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn pose a real risk to their own personal…

Ceiling tiles contained asbestos

Two subcontractor employees and a school caretaker employed by Birmingham City Council were exposed to asbestos during work to remove ceiling tiles at the reception area of William Cowper Community Primary School, Newtown. Solihull Supplies Ltd was contracted by the City Council to undertake the work and they in turn contracted another company (unnamed pending…