Brand Director, Barbour

Author Bio ▼

Teresa Higgins is Brand Director of Barbour EHS, a health & safety information service with content from more than 800 providers, covering Health and Safety, Environment, Estate and Facilities Management and International legislation. Teresa has worked at Barbour for over 25 years in total and has been in her current position since 2014. She has always worked in the specialist information sector having also held positions at CCH UK working with tax and accounting specialists and IHS working with Architects, engineers and H&S professionals. As Brand Director, Teresa works with professionals in the industry to make sure Barbour continues to be the market-leading information service.
September 12, 2019

Get the SHP newsletter

Daily health and safety news, job alerts and resources

Barbour EHS

What is Barbour EHS?

Teresa Higgins, Brand Director at Barbour, tells SHP a little about the service and it’s heritage.

“It’s incredible to think how quickly the health & safety role has evolved. Only a few years ago, health and safety professionals would be able to spend most of their working day out of their office on site but now with the amount of research and administration there is to do  there is a real danger of not being able to leave the desk at all. Most of the day can be spent updating legal registers, getting ready for audits, keeping an eye on new legislation and amendments, writing newsletters, sending out topic of the month material, putting together training packages, thinking of different ways to try to develop the behaviour and culture of staff.

“As there aren’t any more hours in the day and not always the budget to hire more people to cover the extra responsibilities, time-saving and reliable tools are critical to help manage both compliance and time effectively. To enable us to support this rapid change in responsibilities we have had to evolve quickly too. We started 60 years ago on microfiche with a handful of acts, regulations and HSE guidance documents, this has now evolved into an online resource with over 100,000 documents, online. As professionals have moved into new areas such as environment, fire and security, mental health and wellbeing and International legislation we have too.

“When the need for quick easy to read information arose to support non specialists, we added a whole new section of easy to read, editable resources to help support the new level of information required.

“We produced model policy templates, one-page director and employee factsheets, detailed ‘how to guides’ covering topics quickly and effectively and when training tools were required, we added toolbox talks, eLearning modules and webinars, with CPD certificates. All to try to help support an ever-expanding role.

“The introduction of 18001, 14001 and now 45001 bought new challenges and by talking and working with clients we have added prepopulated legal registers, gap analysis tools and a bookmarking capability; giving clients the option of being alerted on important changes in guidance and standards, not just legislation.

“Keeping pace with these changes has been both exciting and rewarding for us. Giving EHS professionals a tool to keep up to date and compliant and help to save hours each week on research and development has been our mission. One thing is for certain the H&S role will keep on evolving and you can be safe in the knowledge that we will too.”



Click here to find out more about Barbour.

PPE at work regulations to be updated

From 6 April 2022 the regulations on wearing PPE at work are changing. Here, we explain what’s changing for who, and why. 

BCGA issues new guidance on duties of a Dangerous Goods Advisor

The BCGA has issued new guidance, which sets out the purpose, role and duties of a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor.

Building Safety Bill round-up

The Building Safety Bill was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019, following the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017. The final version was introduced in the House of Commons on 5 July 2021.

A guide to home working

Many businesses have begun to embrace the idea of flexible working and working from home and, in the current climate, more and more of us may find ourselves plunged into doing so for longer than the one to two days a week, which employers and employees adapt to fairly easily.

Contractor and security company fined after security guard dies of hypothermia at windfarm

Two companies have been fined following an incident where a security guard died after being found lying face down and hypothermic, in deep snow, at a remote hillside in Ayrshire.

Fleet management – Director’s briefing

According to the HSE over a quarter of all road traffic accidents involve somebody who is driving as part of their work.

Tackling drug-driving 

This Global Fleet Champions factsheet sets out information about measures for addressing drug-driving within fleets. 

Dealing with ‘long COVID’ – Advice for employers and employees 

‘Long COVID’, can significantly disrupt someone’s ability to work, employers should be aware of the potential long-term effects.

Barbour EHS legislation update eBook – October 2021

England’s government guidance for workplaces has been updated to reflect the lifting of COViD-19 restrictions, but continues to stress the need for risk assessment and action on any risks identified to keep employees safe

ORR annual rail safety statistics released

Annual statistics, including accidents to passengers, workforce, and members of the public have been released.

LFB warns home workers of increased fire risk related to use of portable heaters

As people continue to work from home, the LFB urges individuals to be aware of the increased fire risk related to the use of portable heaters.

SHP Awards

The SHP Awards are now live and open for registration for 2021, celebrating the achievements of the brightest and most passionate health, safety and workplace wellbeing professionals; from young, upcoming rising stars to our most influential ambassadors.

Modern slavery offences sentencing guidelines published

The Sentencing Council has published new sentencing guidelines for sentencing offenders convicted of modern slavery offences in England and Wales, following a consultation.

Display Screen Equipment: Employee factsheet

The term Display Screen Equipment (DSE) covers not just PCs but also laptops, tablets and smartphones.

ISO 45003: Your questions answered

Your questions from a recent ISO 45003 webinar have been put to BSI Group’s Global Head Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Kate Field.

Webinar: Harnessing a hybrid working model

During this free, on-demand, seminar explore how you can make hybrid working work for your business in a compliant manner consider whether it’s the right model for you.

Hybrid working – Director’s briefing

This director’s briefing contains legal requirements, a look at different hybrid working models, advice on consulting with employees and the benefits and challenges of hybrid working for the employer.

When are we allowed to return to the office?

Dr Simon Joyston-Bechal, Director at Turnstone Law, explores the legal boundaries for England, in order to help organisations to stay on the right side of the criminal law.

SHP legislation update eBook – April 2021

SHP’s latest health & safety legislation eBook covers the latest progress on Fire Safety Bill, Building Safety Bill, Environment Bill, coronavirus legislation, Mental Health Act reform, energy and environment and much more…

The legalities of returning to work in times of COVID-19

The latest health & safety legislation update about returning to work, a chat with SHP’s Most Influential Person, Hilda Palmer, and the role of smart PPE in protecting lone workers.

Webinar: An introduction to the new international standard, ISO 45003

This on-demand Barbour EHS webinar focuses on managing psychological health in the workplace and provide an in-depth look at the forthcoming ISO 45003 Standard.

Webinar: April 2021 environmental legislation update

Listen back, on-demand, to the latest environmental legislation changes and how they impact your business.

Webinar: April 2021 health & safety legislation update

Listen back, on-demand, as Simon Joyston-Bechal provides the latest advice on staying within the laws regarding COVID-19, staff returning to the workplace, vaccination requirements and how you should go on social distancing arrangements.

What do the Fire and Building Safety Bills mean for you?

Barbour EHS will be focus on the The Fire Safety Bill and The Building Safety Bill and how they impact your business.

Contact tracing and COVID-19 director’s briefing

There are regulations in place for certain industry sectors to ensure that they have track and trace controls in place. This specifically relates to venues in hospitality, the tourism and leisure industry, close contact services and local authority facilities.

False alarms account for 42% of FRS incidents in 2020

Fire and rescue incident statistics for England, have been released by the Home Office for the year ending June 2020, containing statistics about incidents attended by the services (FRS).

‘The speed of change in health & safety legislation at the moment is completely unique’

In Episode 4 of the Safety & Health Podcast, hear about some of the latest health, safety and environmental legislation updates from Barbour EHS and IEMA, plus the second part of our interview with outgoing IOSH President Andrew Sharman.

‘The end of health and safety gone mad?’ – eBook launched to highlight the profession’s positive work

“The end of health and safety gone mad?” is a new eBook investigating the way the health and safety community has evolved and adapted to the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. It explores growing positive media attention and the work performed by major health and safety associations, and asks how the profession may look going into 2021.

SHP legislation update eBook – October 2020

SHP’s latest Health & Safety legislation eBook, published in October 2020, covers coronavirus legislation, Brexit, Grenfell, Fire Safety Bill, Building Safety Bill, environment and much more…

Webinar Wednesdays: Supporting employee mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

As part of the SHP Webinar Wednesdays series, Barbour EHS presents this session, which will cover some of the basics of your training needs analysis and provide some quick wins.

A guide to vulnerable workers

Where workers are more vulnerable to accidents or work-related ill health, employers have an enhanced level of responsibility to ensure their health and safety.

Navigating the coronavirus pandemic: What does psychological research into wellbeing tell us?

As part of Workplace Wellbeing Digital Week last month, Workplace Wellbeing Show hosted a live and interactive webinar, with a panel consisting of Faye McGuinness, Head of Workplace Wellbeing Programmes (Strategy and Development), Mind, Jan Golding, CEO, Roots, Teresa Higgins, Brand Director, Barbour EHS and Ivan Robertson, Founding Director, Robertson Cooper Ltd. Here, SHP puts your questions to Ivan Robertson.

WATCH: Workplace Wellbeing Show webinar – ‘Workplace mental health: putting it into practice’

In this on-demand webinar, learn about navigating the coronavirus pandemic and what psychological research into wellbeing tells us.

SHP health & safety legislation update eBook – April 2020

SHP’s latest Health & Safety legislation eBook covers coronavirus legislation, Brexit, Grenfell, changes to workplace exposure limits, environment, energy and much more…

Home working for young workers

While the world battles COVID-19, everyone who can is now having to work from home. For young workers and their managers this may present additional considerations and challenges to be overcome.

April 2020 legislation update Q&A

Following April’s Legislation Update webinar, we put some of your unanswered questions to panellists Simon Joyston-Bechal, from Turnstone Law and James Meredith, from Russell-Cooke. Read their answers here, or listen back to the session in full.

Fire safety warning as millions work from home

Firefighters issue urgent #StayHomeStaySafe advice as millions of people work from home amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Home working: Employee factsheet

If you work from home, your employer must make sure there is a risk assessment of your work activities. With the current government guidelines in place, HSE says it is not necessary for someone to visit you, but you should complete a questionnaire and provide appropriate evidence e.g. photographs. This will help decide if sufficient steps have been taken to prevent harm to you or anyone else who may be affected by your work.

Home working: Directors briefing

Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of all employees, including home workers.

Access health and safety technical education

Stay aware of the latest developments, key legislation and most important regulations in health and safety with free, exclusive Barbour guides. Barbour works alongside SHP and Safety & Health Expo to provide specialist guides and education to health and safety professionals; the most up-to-date guidance in the industry is available here.

Visit the Barbour website to learn more about the technical guides and eBooks available from Barbour.

Related Topics

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments