Improving Productivity by Investing in Wellbeing

Productivity in the UK ONS statistics in 2018 showed that ‘UK workers are taking the lowest number of sick-days on record’. At the same time the ONS estimated that labour productivity, the amount of output produced per hour worked or per worker, had ‘fallen by 0.4 per cent in the first three months of 2018’. […]

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Sun Safety for the Summer

Most of us are probably pretty delighted with the current heatwave. It makes a lovely change from the usual rainy UK summer! But if there’s one thing British people are famous for, it’s getting over-excited at the sight of the sun. You know the drill – at the first sight of a bright blue sky, […]

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Women and Safety – how gender impacts health and safety

Women make up 42% of the workforce in the EU, however, historically there has been little focus on how gender and sex differences affect health and safety. Research studies have focused primarily on men, while excluding or ignoring women. But understanding the impact of gender and sex differences on people’s occupational health and safety can help to […]

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How a Fire Risk Assessment helps to protect your business

Why do you need a fire risk assessment? A fire in the workplace is the kind of risk that many businesses put off thinking about. It is a fairly rare occurrence, but if one happens, the effects can be extremely grave. Consequences could include death or severe injury, as well as loss of property, data, plant […]

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Work Related Stress – what can employers do to help?

Work-related stress is the second most commonly reported cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain, accounting for 44% of all work-related ill-health cases. It is also the most common reason that people are absent due to ill health, being responsible for 57% of all days taken off. This is why the HSE has made it one of […]

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Inactivity – We can’t keep sitting still

We have become an immobile nation. On average, workers in the UK spend 60% of their waking hours sitting down – and if they’re office-based, this can rise to as much as 75%. Official government data shows that 29% of people in England are classed as physically inactive, meaning that they do less than 30 minutes […]

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Dealing with Lead Paint – The Risks of Lead Exposure

In the last 20 years, a lot has been done in the UK to remove the risks from lead exposure, but there is still a significant amount of lead paint in older buildings. Up until the mid-1960s, lead was used to make some kinds of paint – for windows, doors and other woodwork, as well as for some metal items, like radiators. A few minor uses continued until the 1980s.

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The Dangers of Diesel

IOSH has been trying to raise awareness of the dangers of diesel fumes. The fumes are carcinogenic, and it is estimated that every year 650 people die in the UK (and 4,500 in Europe) from lung or bladder cancers that they cause. Some facts Diesel fumes contain 10 times more soot particles than petrol fumes, […]

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How Spending on H&S Saves you Money

A new report by the British Safety Council has provided important evidence regarding how much money businesses can save by investing in Health and Safety. The literature review looked at research from the UK and Europe conducted over the past 20 years, and considered elements including costs, benefits, and return on investment in occupational safety […]

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Resources for Safer Travel

Many of us now frequently travel for work – sometimes to a city a couple of hours away, sometimes to more far-flung destinations such as Asia and the Middle East. So, how do we ensure that we’re keeping risks low while we’re away? There’s a range of factors to consider, including how far afield you’re […]

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