Grenfell Tower Update – Dame Judith Hackitt’s Report

It has been just over a year since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the worst residential fire in the UK since World War 2. It has also been just over a year since, in response, Dame Judith Hackitt – former chair of the HSE – was asked to undertake an independent review of the effectiveness of […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Occupational Health Services

The Benefits of Occupational Health Services to Employers Each year in the UK approximately 137 million working days are lost due to sickness absence, costing UK businesses in the region of £16 billion per year. This averages out to about 6 days off per person per year due to sickness, but the reality is that […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Preventing Fire in the Workplace

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 and hard to recover from. Consequences could include death or severe injury, as well as loss of property, data, plant or machinery, […]

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Horrible Health and Safety Histories: Erethism or Mad Hatter Syndrome

When the Huguenots (Calvinist French Protestants forced to leave France after the Edict of Fontainbleu, which made Protestantism illegal in France) arrived in Britain in the late seventeenth century they brought with them a new method for making felt, and a new occupational disease – erethism, or mad hatter syndrome. The new method involved the […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Occupational Health Assessment

What is the Purpose of an Occupational Health Assessment? If you are experiencing a long-term or serious health issue, your employer may request an Occupational Health Assessment for you. The purpose of the assessment is not to add to or replace your appointments with your GP, but to help your employer to understand the problems […]

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Horrible Health and Safety Histories: Dust Explosions

Dust – a seemingly innocuous substance that makes many people sigh as they think about having to get out the feather duster. Yet as several high profile campaigns over the last couple of years – such as IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign – have highlighted, breathing in many kinds of dust, especially those created […]

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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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The Beginner’s Guide to COSHH

An important health and safety element for many companies is dealing with COSHH requirements – the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. In 2017, 13,000 deaths were estimated to be due to past exposure to hazardous substances at work. Occupational lung diseases accounted for 12,000 of these. Additionally, there have been 18,000 new cases of […]

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Horrible Health and Safety Histories: Child Labour

Child labour was common long before the industrial revolution. Working class children were required to work in order to help support their families, even if this was only by helping their parents to tend their land. With the industrial revolution, however, the amount of jobs that children could be hired to do grew exponentially. In […]

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Horrible Health and Safety Histories: Disorders of Railway Travel

Due to the increasing use of the railway as a means of transport in the nineteenth century, as well as the common occurrence of railway accidents and compensation claims made by passengers, a growing amount of work was done in the 1860s into the disorders caused by railway travel. This work was led by the […]

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