The Safety Business http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk Latest blog entries CGFeedMaker 1.0.14 on CMS Made Simple info@feelingpeaky.com ( ) Street Cleaner Awarded £3,000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/63/15/Street-Cleaner-Awarded-3-000 A street cleaner that cut a finger clearing garden rubbish has been awarded a minimum of £3,000 with costs to the council of at least £100,000.  After three court cases on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis the street cleaner... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 14:58:01 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/63/15/Street-Cleaner-Awarded-3-000 Why do you think I wouldn’t be able to concentrate? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/62/15/Why-do-you-think-I-wouldn-t-be-able-to-concentrate Couples wanting to join the Mile High Club from a Gloucestershire airport have found their flights grounded due to Health & Safety reasons.  Several online papers, including the mirror.co.uk, have reported that Mile High Flights from Gloucester have not had... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:42:12 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/62/15/Why-do-you-think-I-wouldn-t-be-able-to-concentrate I’m really getting sick of it now http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/61/15/I-m-really-getting-sick-of-it-now Poor health and well being among employees can cost a business a lot of money.  Collectively, in the UK, sickness absence costs are estimated to be £12 billion a year but this cost could be reduced significantly if workers had... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:41:17 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/61/15/I-m-really-getting-sick-of-it-now Anyone can do it can’t they? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/60/15/Anyone-can-do-it-can-t-they Wed, 05 Jan 2011 16:37:38 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/60/15/Anyone-can-do-it-can-t-they From 4 January 2011 the law changes! http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/59/15/From-4-January-2011-the-law-changes Don’t get caught out, check with your building manager that you are operating within the law. Any business with an air conditioning system producing a rated cooling output over 12 kilowatts (kW) must have had an Air Conditioning Inspection... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 12:25:59 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/59/15/From-4-January-2011-the-law-changes That shouldn’t take long to dry should it? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/58/15/That-shouldn-t-take-long-to-dry-should-it Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:49:55 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/58/15/That-shouldn-t-take-long-to-dry-should-it You’ve still got over 3 years http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/57/15/You-ve-still-got-over-3-years Since April 2009, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published new versions of its approved Health and Safety Law poster that UK businesses must display in their workplace.  However, so as not to burden companies with an immediate unplanned... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:48:37 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/57/15/You-ve-still-got-over-3-years Are you looking at both sides? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/56/15/Are-you-looking-at-both-sides Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:47:16 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/56/15/Are-you-looking-at-both-sides You may be good but are you legal? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/55/15/You-may-be-good-but-are-you-legal Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:45:13 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/55/15/You-may-be-good-but-are-you-legal Where are you when I need you? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/54/15/Where-are-you-when-I-need-you Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:06:11 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/54/15/Where-are-you-when-I-need-you Liable for your product – OR NOT!! http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/53/15/Liable-for-your-product-OR-NOT Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:05:25 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/53/15/Liable-for-your-product-OR-NOT Working Time Consultation – Should Employees be allowed to choose how many hours they work? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/52/15/Working-Time-Consultation-Should-Employees-be-allowed-to-choose-how-many-hours-they-work Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:04:34 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/52/15/Working-Time-Consultation-Should-Employees-be-allowed-to-choose-how-many-hours-they-work Return to Work Guidance – It takes two to tango! http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/51/15/Return-to-Work-Guidance-It-takes-two-to-tango Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:03:20 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/51/15/Return-to-Work-Guidance-It-takes-two-to-tango Man Blinded at Work When Stock fell on him – An expensive lesson learnt http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/50/15/Man-Blinded-at-Work-When-Stock-fell-on-him-An-expensive-lesson-learnt The co-owner of a Londis Store in London has received a fine of £17,000 and court costs of £5,790 following an accident on a defective ramp.   His employee lost his sight in one eye and his sense of smell after... Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:02:24 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/50/15/Man-Blinded-at-Work-When-Stock-fell-on-him-An-expensive-lesson-learnt Long Hours ‘Contributes to Heart Disease’ – more exercise, less work http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/49/15/Long-Hours-Contributes-to-Heart-Disease-more-exercise-less-work It’s official! The Journal Heart suggests that men who work more than 41 hours a week and are unfit have a 59% increased risk of dying from coronary heart disease than those who are fitter and working 40 or less... Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:01:29 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/49/15/Long-Hours-Contributes-to-Heart-Disease-more-exercise-less-work Are you thinking what I’m thinking? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/48/15/Are-you-thinking-what-I-m-thinking Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:00:21 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/48/15/Are-you-thinking-what-I-m-thinking Are you thinking what I’m thinking? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/47/15/Are-you-thinking-what-I-m-thinking Thu, 11 Nov 2010 16:04:26 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/47/15/Are-you-thinking-what-I-m-thinking It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/46/15/It-s-a-dirty-job-but-someone-s-got-to-do-it There are a lot of elderly people around and many of them need care.  In fact, 3 million people in the UK are aged over 80, with the over 85’s estimated to cost 3 times the cost of care for... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 16:00:37 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/46/15/It-s-a-dirty-job-but-someone-s-got-to-do-it A burning Issue http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/45/15/A-burning-Issue Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:55:40 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/45/15/A-burning-Issue NHS Trust pays £ 12,500 in fines and £9,000 incosts after Sharps Injury http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/44/15/NHS-Trust-pays-12-500-in-fines-and-9-000-incosts-after-Sharps-Injury A health care worker contracted hepatitis C after injuring herself on a needle. The healthcare worker had taken blood from a patient, known to be infected, with the virus.  She then had difficulty disposing of the needle in the... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:41:42 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/44/15/NHS-Trust-pays-12-500-in-fines-and-9-000-incosts-after-Sharps-Injury A thing of the past! http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/43/15/A-thing-of-the-past The Press ( www.yorkpress.co.uk ) has recently asked their readers to participate in a vote.  Following the decision of council bosses in Suffolk to ban conkers since they present a serious threat of injury, a school near York is not... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:40:19 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/43/15/A-thing-of-the-past Recycling hazard spotting http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/42/15/Recycling-hazard-spotting The HSE has prosecuted a recycling company following an injury, broken ribs, that occurred when he was forced onto a metal conveyor belt.  The employee was pushing waste cardboard onto the conveyor belt when he was forced onto it by... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:39:00 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/42/15/Recycling-hazard-spotting Common Sense Approach Wins! http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/41/15/Common-Sense-Approach-Wins Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:37:03 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/41/15/Common-Sense-Approach-Wins Outsourcing the Key to Improved Health & Safety? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/40/15/Outsourcing-the-Key-to-Improved-Health-Safety Fatalities at an all time low!  So trumpets the HSE.  But……. Why is no-one telling us why?  And do they even know?   Is it because the HSE has done such a good job of educating business that our health and... Fri, 08 Oct 2010 14:00:16 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/40/15/Outsourcing-the-Key-to-Improved-Health-Safety Staying Relevant Achieves Buy In http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/39/15/Staying-Relevant-Achieves-Buy-In Fri, 08 Oct 2010 13:59:00 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/39/15/Staying-Relevant-Achieves-Buy-In Is this sensible? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/38/15/Is-this-sensible Fri, 08 Oct 2010 13:57:42 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/38/15/Is-this-sensible Keep Calm and Carry On http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/37/15/Keep-Calm-and-Carry-On Thu, 07 Oct 2010 11:03:33 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/37/15/Keep-Calm-and-Carry-On Most times Health & Safety is common sense! http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/36/15/Most-times-Health-Safety-is-common-sense At Staffordshire Crystal, trading as Brierley Crystal, employees lacked the facilities to wash their hands or be provided with a rest area to have meals; as a result they exposed employees to dangerous levels of lead.  This was “picked up”... Fri, 01 Oct 2010 12:41:28 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/36/15/Most-times-Health-Safety-is-common-sense Workplace Health Promotion provides a return on investment – it’s a fact! http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/35/15/Workplace-Health-Promotion-provides-a-return-on-investment-it-s-a-fact Fri, 01 Oct 2010 12:41:08 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/35/15/Workplace-Health-Promotion-provides-a-return-on-investment-it-s-a-fact Have we exported our falls abroad? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/34/15/Have-we-exported-our-falls-abroad New figures released by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) earlier this month reveal that the number of people killed at work in Britain fell last year to a record low.  151 workers were killed between 1 April 2009 and... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 12:39:52 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/34/15/Have-we-exported-our-falls-abroad Time, Needles and Nurses http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/32/15/Time-Needles-and-Nurses Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:38:52 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/32/15/Time-Needles-and-Nurses Reducing cost in your business http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/26/15/Reducing-cost-in-your-business Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:35:54 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/26/15/Reducing-cost-in-your-business Do we have to change the law? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/25/15/Do-we-have-to-change-the-law Mon, 27 Sep 2010 13:41:42 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/25/15/Do-we-have-to-change-the-law Do Health & Safety Awards matter? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/33/15/Do-Health-Safety-Awards-matter They do to the people and businesses that received the awards!  Often a lot of work is required to qualify and even more work is required to submit a winning presentation.  It is unlikely that clients will engage with your... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 12:39:27 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/33/15/Do-Health-Safety-Awards-matter Safety in recession - a luxury? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/27/15/Safety-in-recession---a-luxury Many people are desperate for a job! The continued lack of funding and business focus on cost cutting is having an impact on unemployment figures. In these situations it can be tempting to overlook dangerous workplaces and think that now is not... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 11:46:09 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/27/15/Safety-in-recession---a-luxury So what is the commercial reason for investing in Health and Safety? Let safety work for you! http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/28/15/So-what-is-the-commercial-reason-for-investing-in-Health-and-Safety-Let-safety-work-for-you Sat, 25 Sep 2010 12:06:13 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/28/15/So-what-is-the-commercial-reason-for-investing-in-Health-and-Safety-Let-safety-work-for-you “Petty Rules and Nanny State” http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/29/15/Petty-Rules-and-Nanny-State Fri, 24 Sep 2010 09:24:43 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/29/15/Petty-Rules-and-Nanny-State Did you know? http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/30/15/Did-you-know A new study showed that more than 20,000 people were killed prematurely by their work every year. TUC research smashed the “myth” that Britain was one of the safest countries in which to work. Many workplace accidents... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 10:43:05 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/30/15/Did-you-know It's in employers' interests to care about stressed staff http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/31/15/It-s-in-employers-interests-to-care-about-stressed-staff Reference Ben Wakeling at guardian.co.uk, Saturday 4 September On 10 September, the European Work Hazards Network conference will be held in Leeds, where health and safety representatives and managers from across Europe will gather to review and discuss the... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 06:53:51 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/31/15/It-s-in-employers-interests-to-care-about-stressed-staff Courts take RRO seriously http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/21/15/Courts-take-RRO-seriously The retailer, New Look, attempted to appeal against a fine under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO). The Court of Appeal upheld the £400,000 fine as it placed a breach of RRO at a higher level than the... Fri, 03 Sep 2010 07:20:31 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/21/15/Courts-take-RRO-seriously The Young Review http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/22/15/The-Young-Review Thu, 02 Sep 2010 07:48:27 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/22/15/The-Young-Review Day of justice for sentencing guidelines http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/23/15/Day-of-justice-for-sentencing-guidelines Wed, 01 Sep 2010 08:01:27 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/23/15/Day-of-justice-for-sentencing-guidelines Some good news for successful defendants http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/24/15/Some-good-news-for-successful-defendants Tue, 31 Aug 2010 08:13:54 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/24/15/Some-good-news-for-successful-defendants Blowing the Whistle http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/20/15/Blowing-the-Whistle Workers are protected from reprisal when making a disclosure about health and safety malpractice under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) A disclosure is protected if it is made to a regulator such as the HSE and the... Sun, 01 Aug 2010 06:39:10 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/20/15/Blowing-the-Whistle Hearing Health and MP3's http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/19/15/Hearing-Health-and-MP3-s Thu, 01 Jul 2010 06:37:16 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/19/15/Hearing-Health-and-MP3-s Accreditation for Health and Safety http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/18/15/Accreditation-for-Health-and-Safety Sun, 20 Jun 2010 06:35:13 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/18/15/Accreditation-for-Health-and-Safety Suitable Equipment http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/17/15/Suitable-Equipment Fri, 04 Jun 2010 06:29:48 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/17/15/Suitable-Equipment Fire Drill Apathy - Time for Tea http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/16/15/Fire-Drill-Apathy---Time-for-Tea Sun, 30 May 2010 06:27:42 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/16/15/Fire-Drill-Apathy---Time-for-Tea Political Parties on Health and Safety Issues http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/15/15/Political-Parties-on-Health-and-Safety-Issues The main UK political parties were asked to spell out their policies on a range of topics surrounding health and safety in a recent article Connect: Election Special as published on the IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) website... Wed, 05 May 2010 13:53:18 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/15/15/Political-Parties-on-Health-and-Safety-Issues Unions: Tory Proposal is 'Lunacy' http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/14/15/Unions-Tory-Proposal-is-Lunacy Tue, 04 May 2010 10:00:00 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/14/15/Unions-Tory-Proposal-is-Lunacy If Proof be Needed http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/13/15/If-Proof-be-Needed Here at Risk Towers our blog articles are often written at very short notice and at great speed so grammatical errors are likely to creep in. This is why our articles are thoroughly scrutinised within the team for accuracy before... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:22:21 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/13/15/If-Proof-be-Needed HSE Board - Director Duty Decision after Election http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/12/15/HSE-Board---Director-Duty-Decision-after-Election The Health and Safety Executive Board meeting held on 24 th Feb did not look at or make a decision regarding improvements to or legal obligations for Directors issues as discussed in previous blogs. This is probably due to the... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 22:33:49 +0100 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/12/15/HSE-Board---Director-Duty-Decision-after-Election Director Health and Safety Duty Bill Opposed http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/11/15/Director-Health-and-Safety-Duty-Bill-Opposed Barely a week after MP Frank Doran’s proposal for a positive duty to be placed on directors, the EEF Manufacturers Association has launched a campaign against the proposal. The proposed ‘Health and Safety (Company Liability) Bill would oblige directors to... Mon, 08 Mar 2010 22:18:25 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/11/15/Director-Health-and-Safety-Duty-Bill-Opposed Goggle Eyed at Swimming Goggle Ban http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/10/15/Goggle-Eyed-at-Swimming-Goggle-Ban We would just like to point out that contrary to the current news reports, swimming goggles have not been banned in the UK. There are problems associated with wearing goggles particularly when worn by children and these are the main... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 12:54:34 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/10/15/Goggle-Eyed-at-Swimming-Goggle-Ban Corporate Manslaughter Sentencing Guidelines Published http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/9/15/Corporate-Manslaughter-Sentencing-Guidelines-Published Fri, 19 Feb 2010 10:08:53 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/9/15/Corporate-Manslaughter-Sentencing-Guidelines-Published Ceiling Track Hoist: Risk to service user http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/8/15/Ceiling-Track-Hoist-Risk-to-service-user Fri, 19 Feb 2010 09:42:40 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/8/15/Ceiling-Track-Hoist-Risk-to-service-user Health and Safety Directors Duties Bill http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/7/15/Health-and-Safety-Directors-Duties-Bill The voluntary health and safety guidance for directors was issued jointly by the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). However it’s failed because only a small number of directors are aware of its existence. ... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 20:26:36 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/7/15/Health-and-Safety-Directors-Duties-Bill The Safety Business January 2010 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/4/15/The-Safety-Business-January-2010 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 14:59:48 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/4/15/The-Safety-Business-January-2010 Enforcement Notice Overturned http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/3/15/Enforcement-Notice-Overturned A decision by the High Court in England has widened the scope of employers to challenge HSE enforcement notices. Over 8,000 Prohibition Notices and Improvement Notices on average are issued by HSE inspectors each year. Under the Health and... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 14:57:34 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/3/15/Enforcement-Notice-Overturned Mental Health and Employment Launch http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/6/15/Mental-Health-and-Employment-Launch Four documents launched on 7 December 2009 mark a new, cross-government approach to mental health and employment. It is hoped that ' Working our way to better mental health: a framework for action' , implemented in conjunction with the three other papers... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 15:15:49 +0000 http://www.safetybusiness.co.uk/news/6/15/Mental-Health-and-Employment-Launch