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The workplace is no place for risks

The workplace is no place for risks Risk-taking is unacceptable when it comes to issues of health and safety, but why do some people still do it, and how can you move away from a risk-taking culture? There are many ways to define ‘risk’, but in terms of health and safety, the following is a… Read the Full Post

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Health and safety advice from a UN weapons inspector

Health and safety advice from a UN weapons inspector A UN weapons inspector may be used to working with bioweapons – but their health and safety advice is still useful. The Guardian newspaper recently ran a report on accidents at laboratories tasked with handling biohazardous materials like Ebola, the Plague and Dengue virus. It was… Read the Full Post

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Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Construction Industry

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Construction Industry Technology is already changing the way we work – but does it threaten jobs in the construction industry? Technology has dramatically changed the workplace in recent years, and several industries have been transformed completely. Traditional newspapers are being forced to merge or close as people read more online… Read the Full Post

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Has health and safety gone too far?

Has health and safety gone too far? People often say “health and safety has gone too far”. But are they right? Complaints about health and safety are increasingly common; criticism from tabloid newspapers is increasingly loud and hysterical. And we’ve all heard the condemnation; “health and safety gone mad”, “wouldn’t have been a problem in… Read the Full Post

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How are the new HSE sentencing guidelines working out?

How are the new HSE sentencing guidelines working out? When HSE sentencing guidelines were strengthened, we predicted a large rise in fines – now we review the evidence. As part of a continued commitment to raising standards, sentences for health and safety offences were considerably strengthened in 2016. At the time, we warned that offending… Read the Full Post

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When HR and health and safety need to join forces

When HR and health and safety need to join forces In many organisations, health and safety measures are deployed to protect employees against physical dangers. Touchy-feely subjects based on emotions are left to the human resources department. Unfortunately, this means your health and safety policies can become unbalanced. The mental well-being of your employees is… Read the Full Post

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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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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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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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