CDM Regulations 2015 approved

The revised Construction (Design and Management) Regulations were laid before Parliament on 29 January and are due to come into force on 6 April 2015. Only an early day motion would now prevent them becoming enacted. Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few are […]

The UK safety profession and patient safety in the NHS

The problem Hardly a day goes by without the newspaper headlines highlighting NHS failures, with reports of patient deaths being the inevitable result of being denied access to A&E departments, or waiting for hours on hospital trolleys without receiving the necessary care. The underlying problems are related to staffing and bed shortages, and the sheer […]

Rethinking construction: smarter, safer, shared building

By Jody Kennedy Following the recent surge in the Markit/CIPS construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) to the highest level of growth since 2007, there are signs that the supply chain might be struggling to keep up with the heightened demand. Alongside this growth, the latest Markit/CIPS Construction PMI survey suggests that the quality of subcontracted work has […]
In Court

Timber company fined £75,000 for corporate manslaughter

A. Diamond and Son (Timber) Ltd was sentenced at Antrim Crown Court on 28 January for criminal safety failings that led to the death of 54 year old employee Peter Lennon. The company pleaded guilty to a breach of corporate manslaughter and was fined £75,000 plus £15,832 costs at Antrim Crown Court. The judgement follows […]

Throwback Thursday: cold & flu season

It’s the time of year when the weather is still a bit cold and grim and illness is rife. This week’s Throwback Thursday looks at colds and flu in the workplace and how they can affect workers. In March 1990 SHP looked at a research study which revealed a link between infection with influenza virus […]

IOSH forklift safety management qualification launched

Mentor Training have launched the first-ever IOSH accredited safety management course tailored to the needs of those responsible for overseeing forklift operations. ‘IOSH Managing Safely: Forklift Operations’ recognises the important role in safety played by managers and supervisors. The four-day course was developed in close partnership with IOSH and is exclusive to Mentor. Mentor director […]

CPD article – Standing on the shoulders of giants: lessons from IOSH

To mark IOSH’s 70th anniversary, serving president Ian Harper met one of his presidential predecessors, and longest serving IOSH members, Stan Barnes to learn lessons for the future from IOSH’s past. Bryan Henesey reports on the meeting. When 58 people attended the first meeting of the Industrial Safety Officers’ Section (ISOS) of RoSPA, in London […]

Climate change: framework for a safety culture

A positive safety culture brings measurable benefits to organisations, including a more engaged workforce and reduced accident rates. Jennifer Webster outlines the framework for an effective assessment of safety culture by testing the climate in organisations. Developing a safety culture that supports good health and safety in an organisation is vital to ensure adequate control […]
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