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Work Under Pressure: a short film about stress

This week is European Health and Safety Week. The theme for this year is Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress – EU-OSHA and its partners aim to get Europe talking about stress and psychosocial risks in the workplace and how we can tackle it together. In support of this, safety-focused video production company Out-Takes has produced Work […]
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Safety and health reporting for duty

Earlier this year I wrote a blog series on strategic OSH – particularly in the supply chain and as part of an organisation’s broader sustainability objectives. This time I am going to be focusing less on procurement and more on safety and health reporting. I am guessing that as an occupational safety and health professional, […]
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Reducing occupational asthma: knowledge is key

Asthma is a common breathing problem, of global concern. Everyday, my clinical practice confirms this. While patients tell us that their inhaled treatments have improved vastly over the last 20 years, asthma continues to cause ill health in a large proportion of the population. One global initiative, GINA, estimates that seven per cent of the […]
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What has happened to the new CDM Regulations?

The HSE anticipated publishing The new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations by 5 October. Here we are in mid-October, however, and the new regulations are nowhere to be seen. I was involved in the original 2007 Regulations, so I have been watching CDM 2015’s progress with interest. The answer to this question is not straightforward, […]
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Facilities managers and safety: How many hats can you wear?

In your current role have you been involved with facilities or human resources? Do logistics or operations come into your remit? What about sales and marketing, finance and contractor management? It’s a fact that many property and facilities managers have chosen this as a career, and there are a range of professional, vocational and academic […]
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Going for Gold: Olympic legacy at food and drink safety event

The Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) annual OHS exchange event was held in Birmingham last month, with the aim of sharing best practices and formalising commitments. In an industry that contributes over 16 per cent of the manufacturing workforce in the UK, the day long event encouraged speakers and attendees to adhere to the federation’s […]
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Preventing the spread of Ebola in health workers

Since the Ebola outbreak, more than 4,000 people in West Africa have died from the disease and it has started to reach countries such as Spain, Germany and the US. Transmitting the disease The Ebola virus spreads in humans through person-to-person transmission via direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) – the blood, secretions […]
Behavioural Safety

Redressing the balance between safety and productivity

Lord Cullen’s Piper Alpha report said that, “it is essential to create a corporate atmosphere or culture in which safety is understood to be and is accepted as, the number one priority”[i]. For a number of economic and competitive reasons, however, productivity is often the number one priority, not safety. It is often assumed that […]
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CDM revision: heavy burden for the Principal Designer

The HSE has announced the outcome of the CDM revision consultation which closed on 6 June 2014. Key changes to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 include the proposed replacement of the CDM co-ordinator role with that of the Principal Designer, the removal of the ‘domestic client’ exemption and a shorter “signposting” Approved Code […]
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