Choosing Safe Workplace Equipment

Whilst maintaining work equipment, keeping it in good working order and ensuring it is always safe to operate is an ongoing legal requirement, choosing the equipment in the first place will also greatly reduce any safety risks. Buying Work Equipment Before buying any work equipment, consider: What the equipment will be used for. Who will […]

Working Safely From Home

With the concept of a ‘job for life’ consigned to the history books, more people have embraced the opportunities offered by working from home. To those who have never considered it, the attractions seem endless – no setting the alarm clock, not having to wear a suit and tie, no daily commute. The reality, however, […]

Safety Issues in the Commercial Fishing Industry

The commercial fishing industry has significant dangers. For every 1,000 fishing boats, there are 55 accidents. This is why the UK’s Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) regards safety on fishing vessels as a vital part of its work. Courses The MCA has introduced a series of health and safety courses for working fishermen. From 1st January […]

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 […]

Essentials of a Safe Working Environment: A Case Study

Jenny Whiting is a local authority health and safety officer. The council she works for has a number of offices and public access sites. Part of her job is to inspect these and ensure safe working environments. Here Jenny discusses the type of things she looks for when she goes out on one of her […]

Safety of Staff Working Externally: A Case Study

Three years ago, Ursula Lewis began a job as head of a government anti-fraud team. The purpose of the team was to investigate certain types of fraud in the community. Ursula therefore realised her first priority was to ensure the safety of the staff. A New Venture “”The staff were already in place when I […]

Hazards Faced by Fairground Workers

A fairground, whether travelling or static, has health and safety hazards. HSE (Health and Safety Executive) works with the Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) on fairgrounds and amusement parks to help ensure these hazards do not put the lives of fairground workers at risk. Legal Position The Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 contains […]