Category: Health and Safety


April 2024 | 17 min read

Human Factors in Health and Safety

The HSE model within HSG48 Human factors in safety gives three factors which may impact on human behaviour. These could contribute to mistakes, violations and accidents or equally reduce the likelihood of human failure resulting in an injury or accident. Organisational factors such as the quality of the H&S leadership, having a proactive H&S approach […]

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February 2024 | 6 min read

HSE Takes Action on Falsified ND Testing

To ensure welds and other materials are free from internal and external damage, a range of non destructive tests can be carried out. Some highlighting external imperfections others using Xray’s and Gamma Rays to look deep into the material structure. The HSE has flagged a few cases recently where the testing which has been undertaken […]

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February 2024 | 3 min read

Health Surveillance in Health and Safety

Health surveillance Essentially, a health surveillance programme is a series of ongoing checks on employees to establish a baseline and ensure that their work is not adversely affecting them. Health surveillance aims to provide early identification of potential ill health. The data collated enables employers to implement better controls to prevent the development or exacerbation […]

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February 2024 | 6 min read

What to Expect When A H&S Auditor Calls

What is a H&S audit? According to ISO 45001:2018, “an audit is a systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining audit evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which the audit criteria are fulfilled”. Simply put, the auditor will want to gain objective evidence that highlights whatever your organisation says it is […]

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February 2024 | 6 min read

HSE Launches Asbestos Campaign (Again)

The dangerous material was banned from construction 25 years ago BUT Asbestos may still be present in buildings built before 2000. Buildings that people use in their daily lives, such as workplaces, schools and hospitals are the focus of a new campaign to keep people safe from asbestos. Asbestos: Your Duty was launched in January, […]

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October 2022 | 3 min read

COSHH Assessments

The route of entry into the body Chemical classification, categories of harm and risk phrases Ill health effects: acute/chronic/target organs/ local agents Chemical and physical properties Solubility Synergistic effects (see below) Amount used Does the substance have a workplace exposure limit (WEL)? The health effects caused by hazardous substances can be broadly divided into three […]

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June 2022 | 2 min read

Are Your Assessments Suitable and Sufficient?

Substance use It is not just about the substance but the assessment needs to consider factors associated with its use. What is the substance being used for? How is the substance used or applied? How could exposure occur? How often is the substance used? How long is the substance used for? How many times is […]

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June 2022 | 3 min read

Assessing The Risks Of Chemicals

Despite have specific legislation requiring the assessment of hazardous substances since 1988 employers small and large still often lack assessments of the risks their employees face when working with or being exposed to a chemical or biological agent. The relevant law develops the basic requirement within the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to […]

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June 2022 | 4 min read

Nebosh H&S Diploma for H&S Professionals – Join our success

The Nebosh Diploma is the flagship of NEBOSH when launched in 1988, was the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals. The National Diploma is recognised and reliable and over 13200 learners have achieved the qualification since its introduction. We launched the new Diploma in September 2021. This is […]

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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

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 | 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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