Councils should stop ‘box type’ recycling/rubbish collections on health and safety grounds, according to new research. The study identified lower back, shoulder, neck and upper spine as areas of the body where self-reported pain by waste collection workers was highest. Read full article from:
Following the tragic deaths of five teenagers in an ‘escape room’ fire in Poland at the weekend, SHP investigates what the UK escape room industry is doing to keep players safe. Read full article from here:
The court was told that, in July 2014, a 16-year-old member of staff at the restaurant was asked to remove a container of hot gravy from a microwave. He was not wearing protective gloves and sustained serious burns to his hands and arms. Read full article from here:
Recent court decisions applying the Sentencing Council Definitive Guideline for Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences, in force on 1 February 2016, have highlighted that health and safety offences are concerned with failures to manage risks to health and safety and do not require proof that the offence caused any actual harm. Read full article from here:
Why should businesses invest in health and safety? I firmly believe that it is to ensure that employees and anyone affected by the business’ activities finish the working day in the same (if not better) state of health as when they arrived.
As well as health and wellbeing, other positive reasons to invest in health and safety include minimising disruption and cost to the business of having staff off sick, a culture where people feel valued, lower insurance premiums, protecting the hard earned reputation of the business and of course compliance with the law. Read full article from here:
A 22 year old employee was helping to clear up a fallen stack of frozen fish boxes in one of the cold store areas when there was another fall of stock which struck him. He received multiple and severe injuries which proved fatal.
Safe stacking of stock is a cross-industry necessity and can often be overlooked when considering safe systems of work. Duty holders need to ensure that they are stacking safely and that they have a plan for dealing with any unforeseen circumstances such as a fall of stock. Read full account from here:
Despite the fact that information and training on preventing chronic injuries is readily accessible nowadays, year after year we are still seeing a disconcerting rise in cases of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
Although not life threatening, both episodic and chronic cases significantly reduce a person’s quality of life, and currently affect a sizeable portion of the population.
There are six particular ergonomic risk factors relating to cleaning: Read full article from here:
The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 comes into force on April 4, 2016. The new legislation does provide exemptions for volunteer organisations, associations and charities.
If you are running a charity or a volunteer organisation it is important to know where you fit under the new workplace health and safety law. Read full article from here:
In order to reduce the risk of prosecution and maintain a preventative approach to health and safety, businesses should:
· Develop and regularly review their health and safety policies;
· Properly assess the risks posed by their activities;
· Consult their employees about anything that could significantly affect their health and safety at work; and
· Seek the advice of competent health and safety professionals to ensure that they are discharging their legal duties. Read full article from here:
So, from 1 October 2015, if you are self-employed and your work activity poses no potential risk to the health and safety of other workers or members of the public, then health and safety law will not apply to you. Read full article from here: