Tags: safety

Matthew Raybould: Why focusing on ‘health’ is just as important as ‘safety’

As research is released suggesting that almost half (44 per cent) of UK workers know somebody who has given
up work because of stress, Matthew Raybould, operations director in the South Midlands at construction company Willmott Dixon, explores what companies can do to ensure staff wellbeing remains at a high.

Mandy Rutter: Paris and coping with trauma

Terrorist attacks in Paris have again highlighted how suddenly our sense of normality and security can be shattered by the unexpected. Major incidents send shockwaves through whole networks of people. In this case, there’s the heightened threat of further attacks and violence, of the increased risks from travelling, of day-to-day business.

Three-quarters of British workers too scared to complain about workplace safety

Three-quarters of British workers are too scared to complain about workplace safety because they fear that rocking the boat could cost them their jobs or promotion prospects. The fear of singling yourself out as a “trouble maker” means that dangerous situations in factories, shops and offices often go unreported, a major health and safety law…

The British Safety Council launch Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour Awards

The British Safety Council has formally launched its prestigious 2014 Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards, designed to recognise and celebrate exemplary management of health, safety and environmental risks by businesses around the world. The 2014 awards mark the 35th consecutive year of the Sword of Honour, awarded for health and safety management excellence,…

More workers ‘risk injury and death’ due to Health and Safety changes

The TUC is warning today (Monday) on Workers’ Memorial Day that the government’s persistent ideological attacks on key health and safety legislation threaten even more accidents, injuries and deaths at work. In a new report published today Toxic, Corrosive and Hazardous: The government’s record on health and safety, the TUC reveals that in the last four…

Bosses increasingly using CCTV to spy on workers

Increasing numbers of workers are being watched by their bosses via CCTV in their place of work, and it’s making them feel under-valued and not trusted. Those are the findings of a survey carried out by leading camera installation and servicing company CCTV.co.uk, which concludes that overuse of the technology has damaging implications for workplace…

Would you complete a risk assessment for using a tape measure?

A new survey has revealed the lengths some small firms mistakenly go to trying to comply with health and safety. One business completed a risk assessment for using a tape measure and another introduced written guidelines for walking up stairs. These bizarre and unnecessary actions were uncovered by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which…

Are absence levels declining in your business?

A survey by XpertHR has suggested that a slow and steady decline in absence levels among organisations over the past five years appears to have come to a sudden halt. It stated that since 2007, the HR benchmarking tool has reported a year-on-year decline in overall absence levels for employer groups, but the figures for 2012 have…