Food Safety and the Law

The safety of food is essential to any consumer and so should be a priority for any food business. Consumers want to be assured that the food they buy and eat is: What it is labelled to be (i.e. Doesn’t contain pork if it is labelled as beef) Will not harm them once eaten In […]

Creating a First Aid Kit for a Workplace

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 is the act that covers first aid equipment in the workplace. Under these regulations, employers are required to supply appropriate and adequate first-aid equipment for the workplace. The purpose of this equipment is to give employees the initial resources they need following a Workplace Injury or sudden […]

Control of Vibration at Work Regulations

If you use any kind of vibrating machinery at work, you should be aware of The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005. The purpose of the regulations is (obviously) to ensure workers don’t suffer ill health from vibration. Much of the regulation covers workplace hand-arm vibration but whole-body vibration effects are also covered. Background […]

Work of the British Safety Council

The British Safety Council (BSC) deals with occupational health, safety and environmental issues. It’s an independent body founded in 1957. Among its most notable achievements is its help in creating the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Vision The original vision of the British Safety Council was bold. It intended to eliminate most Workplace […]

WHO: Global Plan of Action for Workers’ Health

In 2007, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published a global plan of action for workers’ health. This plan is important because it acknowledges the risks workers face, and the importance of Occupational Health services. WHO WHO is an agency of the United Nations. It began life in 1948 with a simple purpose: to be the […]

What is Occupational Health?

In addition to statutory health and safety procedures all employers must put in place, ‘occupational health’ focuses on the relationship between health and work. It can vary from workplace to workplace. For example, a chemical manufacturer’s employees will be exposed to some different health related issues than, say, the employees of a call centre so […]

Stress Free Transition to Self Employment: A Case Study

Craig Sorabji worked in the UK wine business for many years. He then decided to go out on his own and set up a specialised wine importing business. The business proved successful but Craig is all too aware of the pitfalls of self-employment, particularly stress. Eyes Open “I wanted to be self-employed from the moment […]

Safety and Fume Management

A number of industries use processes that generate fumes. At best, these fumes may be irritating; at worst, they can cause serious and even fatal diseases. Employers must therefore manage fumes safely. They should be aware of the Hazardous Nature of Fumes, and have systems in place to ensure any risks to health are minimal. […]

Safe Grain Handling

Most farmers handle grain. They grow it, store it, mill it and use it as animal feed. Manually handling sacks of grain can lead to muscle strains and injuries. But even automatic grain handling poses severe Health Risks. One of the most dangerous causes of such problems is grain dust. Dust Grain dust comes from […]

Storing and Transporting Pesticides for Agricultural Use

Many pesticides are hazardous. Whether they’re fungicides, herbicides, insecticides or rodenticides, their purpose is to kill and discourage insects and animals from destroying crops. Anyone involved in agriculture must therefore store and transport pesticides with care. COSHH One of the laws that govern pesticides is COSHH – the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations […]