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Lifting and Carrying At Work

Lifting and carrying objects are among the main causes of accidents in the British workplace, but with some care and diligence most of these injuries are avoidable. A few simple measures such as clear planning and the use of proper lifting techniques can help reduce the risk of injury and keep you safe and healthy […]

Laptop Protection and Security

More of us are increasingly using laptops and handheld computers these days for their ease of use and portability and, with the proliferation of wi-fi ‘hotspots’ and other ways of connecting to the internet, a laptop is a highly useful device for enabling workers to keep connected while travelling around the UK and abroad. However, […]

Horizon Scanning: Identifying Future Safety Issues

Horizon scanning is not a term that’s in common use. It refers to the systematic study of possible threats, opportunities and developments. In the context of safety, horizon scanning is a useful tool. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), for example, uses it to examine future changes and trends. The purpose is to prepare for […]

Health & Safety at Work: Your Rights Explained

All workers are entitled to work in an environment that is reasonably safe. Primary responsibility for ensuring health and safety in the work place is down to employers. However employees also have some responsibilities. Your Employer’s responsibilities Employers have a number of responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of their employees. These include: Assess […]

General Workplace Safety

You must provide a safe and healthy environment for your employees, including people with disabilities. As well as being safe, you must also take into account their welfare needs. Certain industries such as mining or working with Hazardous Materials, for example, are covered by separate health and safety legislation but most of the advice below […]

Health Inspectors’ Rights and Powers

A health and safety inspector has the right to enter your work premises at any time. Usually, they will be coming to carry out a health and safety inspection but can also be called upon to investigate an accident or other health and safety related incident that may have occurred on the premises. In the […]

Being Pregnant at Work

When you find out you are pregnant, you will no doubt be very busy organising everything for the arrival of your baby, from painting a nursery to buying baby clothes. However it is often easy to forget that you need to make preparations for your new baby at work too. If you are working when […]

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 […]

Smoking Ban and the Workplace

From July 1 2007, it is now illegal to smoke in the workplace in England, as part of new government legislation which was passed in the Health Act 2006. The ban applies to all workplaces and public places, public transport, work vehicles, restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, shopping centres and offices. It is therefore imperative to […]

Questionnaire: Can You Prevent a Workplace Accident?

Are you the sort of person who can prevent a workplace accident? The question is not as straightforward as it may seem. Most will answer ‘Yes, of course I can’. The reality, however, is that some people aren’t aware of how an accident can occur. Use this questionnaire to test your ability to prevent a […]