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OFSTED inspector kicks off a health and safety row

OFSTED inspector kicks off a health and safety row In this day and age, it is rare to hear a civil servant calling for children to be exposed to risky situations. But when Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman accused schools of mollycoddling students, that’s exactly what seemed to happen – or so the tabloid headlines would… Read the Full Post

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About David Cant

David Cant is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner with a brain you can pick. Fluent in practical advice. He has a wealth of Industry experience and is the Director of life at Veritas Consulting.

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What can you learn from Romanian site health and safety?

What can you learn from Romanian site health and safety? Lax health and safety standards may be amusing – until someone gets hurt. When visiting a foreign country, It is always interesting to observe the workplace habits of one’s peers. So on a recent trip to Romania, a colleague snapped this photograph of a gang… Read the Full Post

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What is the most dangerous industry in the UK?

What is the most dangerous industry in the UK? The HSE has released their latest figures about UK health and safety – and the results may be surprising for some. The annual HSE report always makes for sobering reading. The good news is that health and safety standards continue to improve – but as always… Read the Full Post

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Addressing mental illness in the workplace

Addressing mental illness in the workplace Despite continued awareness campaigns, mental illness still remains a taboo subject in the workplace. Mental illness remains one of the hardest subjects for employers and employees to tackle effectively. Unlike most afflictions, people tend to think they can ignore mental health, carrying on as normal in a “don’t ask,… Read the Full Post

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Behaviour and why people take risks in the workplace

Behaviour and why people take risks in the workplace Most health and safety provisions boil down to common sense, so why do so many workers take risks? Despite all your risk assessments, PPE and disciplinary procedures, workplace safety still hinges on the behaviour of your employees. If workers act contrary to these guidelines designed to… Read the Full Post

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New health and safety sentencing guidelines begin to bite

The health and safety sentencing guidelines begin to bite Changes to health and safety laws are having an effect – and offenders are paying a heavy price. When the Government introduced tougher sentencing rules in 2016, the aim was to hit offenders where it hurt – on the company balance sheet. By increasing the severity… Read the Full Post

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When fashion and safety collide – the beard debate

When fashion and safety collide – the beard debate Facial hair is hugely popular at the moment – but it may also be placing your employee in danger A quick look out the window proves that the beard remains a must-have male fashion accessory. As we approach peak beard, it is clear that the trend… Read the Full Post

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Digger rampage underscores importance of Construction site security

Digger rampage underscores importance of Construction site Security Two teenagers have pleaded guilty to a destructive rampage that caused £40,000 worth of damage. The unnamed duo ignored a series of warning signs, scaled a fence, and broke into a digger on a local construction site in Elgin. The pair then gouged a series of trenches… Read the Full Post

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How do accidents happen on construction sites?

How do accidents happen on construction sites? The term “accident” implies an unavoidable situation, an unforeseen disaster that brings harm to people and property. And although genuine accidents do happen on constructions sites, you have a duty to prevent them wherever possible. An important part of prevention is understanding how accidents happen in the first… Read the Full Post

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Substance misuse and drug testing in the construction industry

Drug testing in the construction industry Your business has a responsibility to improve site safety by any method available. If your employees are using drink or drugs, they are at increased risk of causing an accident that injures themselves or their colleagues. To better manage these risks, you should seriously consider implementing drug and alcohol… Read the Full Post

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What can you learn from Romanian site health and safety? What can you learn from Romanian site health and safety? Lax health and safety standards may be amusing – until someone gets hurt. When... Read More
What is the most dangerous industry in the UK? What is the most dangerous industry in the UK? The HSE has released their latest figures about UK health and safety – and the... Read More
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