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April 2022 | 2 min read

Setting Your Health And Safety Policy

If the stated target for an organisation is simply to meet legislative requirements, then failure to meet the organisational aims means, by definition, that the law is also being breached. However, if the organisation sets a target for performance above the legal minimum, then shortfall in performance (which is fairly likely in the early days […]

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April 2022 | 3 min read

Thames Water Prosecution

On 24 and 25 July 2016, an estimated 500,000 litres of raw sewage was discharged into the Seacourt and Hinksey streams in Oxford. The discharge lasted 30 hours. It flowed for 3.5 kilometres along the streams, through a pub garden and past community allotments. The discharge was thought to be responsible for killing 3000 fish […]

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April 2022 | 3 min read

HSG65 The H&S Management System

There are many different systems based on different standards, some covering health and safety, quality and or the environment. They are in the main based around Plan, Do, Check and Act. In 2013 the HSE moved away from using the POPMAR (Policy, Organising, Planning, Measuring performance, Auditing and Review) model of managing health and safety […]

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April 2022 | 3 min read

Learning the Lessons

Employee crushed by reversing manure spreader A female farm worker was crushed under the wheel of a manure spreader which was being reversed between a building and a retaining wall for a distance of about 10m. The driver was asked by the farm worker to move the tractor and spreader to allow access for cattle […]

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April 2022 | 5 min read

Accident Causation

There are almost as many theories about the causes of accidents as there are definitions of what constitutes an accident. It is difficult to determine if any of these theories has had a profound impact on accident prevention. Personal blame This is probably the earliest of the derived theories and is still commonly found in […]

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April 2022 | 2 min read

Fire Safety Bill Making Progress

Members of the Lords begin further examination of the Building Safety Bill in report stage, on Tuesday 29 March 2022, so the Bill is making steady but slow progress since it was proposed in 2021. The Building Safety Bill aims to reform the safety system for residential properties by appointing a Building Safety Regulator, giving […]

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