Fit for Work: GPs start patient referrals

General practitioners in Sheffield have become the first GPs to refer patients to the government’s long-awaited Fit for Work. Twenty GPs in the Sheffield area started to use the referral service on 13 January. The Department for Work and Pensions envisages that the service will be rolled out across the country in the spring, building […]

Going nuclear: requirements for site safety

With nuclear power playing an increasing role in the UK’s energy supply, Craig Reiersen looks at three essential requirements for nuclear site safety. The UK government has stated that nuclear power has a role in the country’s future energy supply, alongside other low-carbon sources, and a number of companies have indicated that they wish to […]

Fire prevention: managing the human factor

Human failings and poor management often contribute to the risk of fire. Paul Stock gives an overview of the new management system PAS 7, and how it can help to reduce that risk. When people die in a fire there is always a time for conjecture and questions. With fire prevention it is often seen […]

Exposure control – the need for an integrated approach

Occupational exposure to hazardous substances continues to cause avoidable illness. HSE figures estimate that deaths from occupational cancer and other diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, outnumber those from safety failings almost 100 fold. Recent blogs from HSL colleagues have covered the use of local exhaust ventilation (LEV) and respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to […]

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Changes in event construction: a response to CDM 2015 draft guidance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