Employer’s Duty of Care

Every UK employer has a duty of care. This is critical to the health, safety and general welfare of all employees. Not all employers are aware of the implications of the duty of care. But it doesn’t matter how small a business happens to be. Where there’s a member of staff, there’s a duty of […]

Workplace Security For Staff

Health and safety regulations also extend to your employer being responsible for implementing measures and procedures to ensure your own personal security. Personal safety breaches such as intruders committing a violent act upon staff are, fortunately, very rare indeed and, due to the nature of business in general, companies have to tread a fine line […]

Should He Be Allowed to Work Alone at Night?

Q.My husband works for big water company on shift work where he works night shift 10pm-7am. He works alone in charge of a water treatment site. Is this allowed or should they be working in pairs? Ms Sarah Crowle, 24 September 2008 A.Establishing safe working conditions for people who work alone is no different to […]

Safety in the Live Event Industry

The live event industry covers concerts, fairgrounds, off-road racing and a host of other activities. Each of these has its own particular health and safety issues for workers and the public. HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has produced guidance that includes the health and safety problems that organisers of live events may face. The guidance […]

Safe Working in the Lab

A laboratory can be a source of significant health and safety hazards. Some of these hazards are minor but others can threaten lives. Lab Design A lab should give priority to health and safety issues. Lab design, for instance, must always take these into account. Safety begins with the lab layout. Workspaces must be separate […]

My Return to Work After An Operation: Case Study

Unexpectedly, George Duns began to suffer from severe lower back pain. He was reluctant to take time off from his desk job, but in the end the pain was such, he had no choice.” Diagnosis “I’ve always been a grafter so I hated the thought of being off work – especially with something like Back […]

How to Avoid MSD’s at Work

Musculoskeletal disorders or MSDs are the biggest health and safety risk for workers in the UK with more than a million cases reported each year. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that MSDs and related injuries cost society more than £5.7 billion. The term MSD covers a range of injuries including Back […]

Eye Safety at Work

It’s a distressing fact that thousands of eye accidents occur at work in the UK each year. Some of the accidents are minor but others, around 10–20%, result in partial or full blindness. It’s therefore essential for employers and staff to pay attention to eye safety. Common Causes of Eye Problems Some of the common […]

Carrying Out a Risk Assessment

It is compulsory for all businesses to carry out a risk assessment on their premises to ensure that their premises, and the activities they carry out on those premises, are safe. A risk assessment considers what might cause harm and assesses how to protect both customers and employees from the identified risk occurring. Different industries […]