Category Archives: Occupational Safety

ENGLAND & WALES: NEW PROPOSED SENTENCING FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFENCES

New guidelines proposed for courts could mean fines of up to £10 million for the most serious health and safety offences and of more than £20 million for organisations convicted of corporate manslaughter.

UK: HEALTH & SAFETY FAILINGS: THE DEVASTATING COSTS IN NUMBERS

When an organisation has a strong health and safety record, a serious accident seems like a distant possibility. However, nobody is immune – just one slip-up could realise your worst fears. The following infographic is a reminder that the financial and personal cost of failure is high. Whilst prevention is the best cure, it’s essential that even the best health and safety management systems include contingency plans to be followed in the event of a major accident or incident.

 

UK: THE ABC OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (OSH)

As every safety and health professional knows, there’s a near endless list of issues which need to be considered if we are going to ensure every employee returns safely home to their families each night. In the short posts below, RoSPA look at the first 12 letters of the alphabet and what they mean for the OSH professional…

PART 1: http://rospaworkplacesafety.com/2015/01/15/the-abc-of-osh-part-1-2/

PART 2: http://rospaworkplacesafety.com/2015/02/03/the-abc-of-osh-part-2/

 

UK: AN INSPECTOR CALLS – WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN A H & S INSPECTOR VISITS

If you’ve never been visited by a health and safety inspector – and, depending on the nature and level of risk of your workplace, many of you won’t have been – there is perhaps a tendency to worry or be nervous about what might happen during a visit, but if you’ve been managing your health and safety in the right way, there’s no need to be concerned.

 

 

 

WORKBOOST WALES – FREE CONFIDENTIAL ADVICE ON HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS PLACE A SAFER PLACE TO WORK

Wookboost Wales offers free confidential and professional help on how to make your business a healthier and safer place to work..  For further information please click on the following link http://www.workboostwales.com/

 

PARACHUTE – A CANADIAN CHARITABLE ORGANISATION DEDICATED TO PREVENTING INJURIES AND SAVING LIVES

Parachute is a Canadian charitable organisation dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives.

http://www.parachutecanada.org/

Information, tools and guides are available for the following injury topic areas:

UK & IRELAND: RoSPA’S DIRECTORS’ SAFETY E-BOOK

RoSPA’S free ‘Directors’ Safety E-Book’ is designed to inform senior managers and company directors what they need to do to meet their legal  health and safety duties.

UK: NO TO CO! – PETITION TO ENSURE CO ALARMS ARE FITTED WITH CARBON BURNING APPLIANCES

The family of a newlywed, who died of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, has set up an e-petition calling on the government for new legislation to ensure CO alarms are fitted with carbon burning appliances. RoSPA supports this suggestion, but warns that while an alarm will alert people to CO in the home, it is no substitute for using a registered engineer to ensure appliances are regularly serviced and maintained.

ROSPA PRODUCE INFOGRAPHIC OF HSE ANNUAL STATISTICS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

RoSPA have produced an infographic displaying the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual figures, which highlight the number of those killed or injured at work.

http://rospaworkplacesafety.com/2013/11/07/safety-statistics/

EU-CONSULTATION H&S POLICY

The Commission launched a public consultation on the new EU occupational safety and health policy framework. The main purpose of this consultation is to gather insights and contributions from the public further to results of the evaluation of the European Strategy on Safety and Health at Work 2007-2012.

CONSULTATION ON WORKPLACE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE REGULATIONS

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date: 2013

A consultation on the revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L24 – ‘Workplace health, safety and welfare’ has been issued by the Health and Safety Executive.

WHERE TO FIND INJURY DATA AND STATISTICS IN THE UK AND IRELAND?

Countries Covered: UK and Ireland
Date: 
2013

To help injury practitioners find relevant and up to date injury related statistics; IOBI have produced guides on where to find injury data in the constituent countries of the UK and Ireland. As well providing guidance on where to find general statistics, links to themed statistics (e.g. road accidents, self-harm, falls) are also provided. England and Wales guides also include: injury related strategies, policies and reviews, and further information on selected injury databases.

Please also refer to Data and Statistics in the Cross-Cutting Themes section

INTERVENTIONS TO PREVENT INJURIES IN CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2013

Additional strategies are needed to increase the compliance of em-ployers and workers to the safety measures that are prescribed by regulation. Continuing company-oriented inter-ventions among management and construction workers, such as a targeted safety campaign or a drug-free work-place programme, seem to have an effect in reducing injuries in the longer term.

Citation: Van der Molen HF, Lehtola MM, Lappalainen J, Hoonakker PL, Hsiao H, Haslam R, Hale AR, Frings-Dresen MH, Verbeek JH. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2013 12(ePub): CD006251

CAPIC SYSTEMATIC REVIEW DATABASE & SAFETYLIT

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

CAPIC SYSTEMATIC REVIEW DATABASE & SAFETYLIT

A huge amount of research on preventing injuries is carried out across the world. It is difficult for injury prevention practitioners to keep up to date with the latest scientific evidence. Increasingly, scientists are pulling together all the high quality studies on particular topics and collating the results in systematic reviews.

HEATHLY WORKPLACES CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: Europe
Date:
 2012

Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2012–13 ‘Working together for risk prevention’ has been launched by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). It aims to encourage managers, workers and other stakeholders to join forces to improve safety and health in work places. The Campaign is co-coordinate by EU-OSHA and partners in the EU’s 27 Member States.

ECONOMIC INCENTIVES TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT WORK

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

Newly published research by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) suggests that economic incentive schemes encouraging companies to invest in risk prevention are a cost-effective option for governments looking to cut the numbers of work-related accidents and illnesses. The EU-OSHA report on economic incentives was launched at a conference of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) ‘Health, Work and Social Responsibility’ in Rome on 29 September 2010.

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