Just in case: does PPE make a difference?

By David Towlson In Terry Pratchett’s 26th Discworld novel, Thief of Time, two History Monks (Lu-Tze and Lobsang) are rushing to deal with an emergency involving their procrastinator machines (used to move and store time). Standard health and safety issue is a thick cork helmet. Lu-Tze hands Lobsang the helmet, and the following conversation ensues: […]

Throwback Thursday: Looking back at CDM

Last week, CDM 2015 draft guidelines were published, bringing in some significant changes. Here we look back at March 1996, which gives a thorough overview of CDM and everyone’s responsibilities. The underlying philosophy of CDM was to “require all parties to a construction project to give time and thought to planning how to work safely.” […]

Changes in event construction: a response to CDM 2015 draft guidance

By Simon Garrett A significant change from CDM 2007 is that the new regulations will also apply to event construction where it never applied before. A letter from the chair of the HSE’s Joint Advisory Committee on Entertainment seeks to placate the events industry, which rightly robustly questioned the need to impose CDM in the […]

Does management system integration make sense?

By James Clayton All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to establish if a revision is required to keep them current and relevant for the marketplace. The future environmental management system standard, ISO 14001:2015, will respond to latest trends and ensure it is compatible with other management system standards such as ISO 9001 by […]
Mental Health

Blue Monday: Mental health in the workplace

Today is said to be the most depressing day of the year, known as Blue Monday, due to the weather and the come down from Christmas. Lara Wood looks at mental health issues in the workplace, and outlines employees’ rights and what employers can do to support them. Why should employers be concerned about mental […]

Simple steps to engage learners

Nicole Vazquez continues her series on getting the most out of training. The first part can be found here. Imagine the moment… it’s Monday morning, opening up your emails, amongst the deluge of sales pitches and round robins there is a calendar invite from your Learning and Development department for mandatory training. How do you […]

Work-related cancer: the next 47 seconds

By Mark Paterson The No Time to Lose campaign, launched in November by IOSH, aims to tackle the inordinately high number of occupation-related cancer deaths in the UK. It is sobering to read that there is one work-related cancer death every 47 seconds, probably the same amount of time it will take to read this […]

Throwback Thursday: who needs the internet?

This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to June 1996, a time when the internet was relatively new and articles like the one below helped people get to grips with what they could expect. The opening paragraph sums up the attitude towards the burgeoning technology: “There are health and safety professionals who still think that […]
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