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December 2020

A new report on the Environment, Health and Safety Market, Revenue, Global Prospects by Future Growth, Cost, Key Participants and Emerging Trends predicts robust growth between 2020 and 2027:

The oil and gas industry has committed to the new Oil and Gas Methane Partnership 2.0 (OGMP) framework to monitor, report and reduce anthropogenic methane emissions: (PDF)

Richard Vann, CEO of specialist engineering consultancy RVA Group, looks at waste and asks whether some demolition professionals could raise their environmental game:

Waste recycling company Enva Scotland Limited has pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act after a fatal accident at its Paisley site in March 2018. The company was fined £264,000:


Food factories could be Covid-19 “super spreaders” this Christmas. TUC demand that Ministers update health and safety guidance and place a legal duty on employers to publish their risk assessments:

The European Commission has reported on the implementation of Directive 2013/30/EU on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations: (requires signing up for a free trial of Practical Law).

Rhian Greaves of Pannone Corporate outlines how to help the clinically vulnerable remain safe at work from COVID-19 after research by disability charity Scope found that 22% of disabled employees have had their requests to alter working patterns declined:

A look at how wearable and smart technologies can improve safety, including exposure to hazardous environments:

A whitepaper from Third Pillar of Health entitled ‹Sleep and fatigue in UK working populations› looks at the extent, impact and causes of tiredness and fatigue in different worker groups:

The UK’s Health and Safety Event has once again been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will now take place on 7-9 September 2021 at the NEC, Birmingham. Registrations are open:

November 2020

Ambitious new measures to strengthen the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to ensure that large businesses and public bodies tackle modern slavery risks in supply chains have been announced by the UK government:

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas to ensure they are COVID-secure. As well as participating in the phone calls and visits, take a look at the HSE guidance on ensuring a COVID-secure workplace:


The draft Chemicals (Health and Safety) and Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 were laid before Parliament on 15 October 2020:

On 29 October 2020, the European Commission adopted a Roadmap announcing the adoption in Q2 of 2021 of a Communication on a new EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work for the period 2021-2027: (requires signing up for a free trial of Practical Law).

Work-related cancer claims 742,000 lives a year worldwide. The No Time to Lose campaign from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), aims to explain the causes of occupational cancer and help businesses take action:

The HSE has provided guidance on RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19:


38% of UK employees have been struggling with their physical health according to a survey by employee engagement firm Inpulse, highlighting the need for employers to communicate with staff about building physical and emotional resilience:

In the Access Group’s latest webinar, governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) specialist Chris Chappell discusses the unique and unprecedented health and safety challenges faced by organisations across the nation in the current climate – and how to overcome them:

The HSE says its investigation into the deaths of five workers at a metal recycling site in Nechells, Birmingham, in July 2016 has been delayed by the pandemic and it is doing “all it can” to conclude the case:

Safety and Health Practitioner (SHP) Webinar Wednesdays brings you weekly free health and safety interactive webinars from October until early December. Sign up for one, several or all of them:

Some 440,000 UK manufacturing workers with health conditions that can be exacerbated by poor air quality are being exposed to potentially dangerous levels of airborne pollution, according to research by the environmental charity Global Action Plan and Zehnder Clean Air Solutions:

October 2020

A UK government COVID-19 prevention strategy based on an assumption the disease was transmitted by close contact with viral-loaded droplets was wrong, latest Public Health England (PHE) guidance suggests:

Leadec Limited of Warwick has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £2,000,000 plus £30,000 in costs after a specialist industrial services company worker suffered a fatal injury in June 2017:

COVID-19 testing company The Doctors’ Laboratory (TDL) has been found guilty of multiple health and safety breaches. The firm, part of Sonic Healthcare and the largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic services in the UK, is a key provider of COVID-19 testing and couriers to the NHS and the Department for Health and Social Care:

As working lives have changed significantly as a result of COVID-19, IOSH is encouraging businesses to invest in mental health programmes on World Mental Health Day (10 October 2020):

The government has launched a new call for evidence on which public bodies should assist local authorities to cut air pollution. Under this new approach, public bodies who carry out duties of a public nature, are responsible for a local source of pollution or who are able to take actions to cut local air pollution, could become designated Air Quality Partners:

Dunbartonshire-based Emtelle UK Limited, a manufacturer of plastic tubing and blown fibre tubing, has found guilty of breaching Regulations 11(1) and (2) of the Provision and Use of work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 after an employee suffered serious injuries to his left hand in November 2016:

As the world seeks a safer, better life, the Vision Zero global movement that believes all accidents, diseases and harm at work are preventable is announcing an exciting training package in collaboration with IOSH to make workplaces safer and healthier:

A multifaceted array of COVID-19-related return-to-work challenges will face Occupational health practitioners this autumn, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ‹Health and safety in a post-COVID world: what have we learned?› webinar:

Andrew Willis, Head of Legal at Croner, offers legal guidance on what to do if employees refuse to socially distance at work:

The Health and Safety Executive is reminding employers and others in control of premises, such as landlords, to identify and control the risks associated with legionella when a building has been closed or had reduced occupancy:


Digital safeguarding of physical workspaces can help employees return to ‹normal› - and health and safety is the prime accelerator towards its adoption:

September 2020

Professor David Coggon of MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, and others have developed a risk model to provide estimates of personal vulnerability to Covid-19 according to sex, age, ethnicity, and various comorbidities. Employers can explore using the model to determine the ‹covid-age› of their workers and assess their fitness for a return to the workplace. A paper on the model can be downloaded here: (PDF)

Adhesive tape manufacturer Scapa UK Limited of Ashton Under Lyne, Manchester, has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and fined £120,000 plus costs after a worker was fatally injured while operating a rewind slitting machine in April 2018:


The Environment Agency has published an update on its consultation on draft technical guidance for permitted facilities that transfer or treat chemical waste:

A public consultation on the international standard ISO/DIS 45003, ‘Occupational health and safety management - Psychological health and safety at work: managing psychosocial risks - Guidelines’ is open until 3 October 2020:

Biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plastic products like shopping bags, packaging or drinking cups are being increasingly promoted as greener solution than traditional plastic products for consumers. But how environmentally-friendly are they:

Leeds and Bradford Boiler Co Ltd of Stunningly, Leeds, has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and been fined £120,000 plus costs after a worker suffered crush injuries while using a vertical borer machine in November 2018:


The UK government has released its proposals for new Environmental Targets which will be set through the Environment Bill in four priority areas: Air Quality, Resource Efficiency and Waste Reduction, Biodiversity and Water. It is unclear how these new ‘targets’ will relate to the existing statutory limit values contained in the Air Quality Standards Regulations 2010:

The latest ‹Risks› newsletter for safety reps from the TUC:

The Environment Agency has urged businesses and organisations to sign up to a virtual panel to help shape the UK’s first comprehensive digital waste tracking system:

Research company WorkBuzz has released a free report on how Coronavirus is driving organisational change programmes, digital transformation and flexible working initiatives:

August 2020

COVID-19 is driving worldwide change. Will industrial Environment, Health, and Safety Change as well?

DeltaNet International, which specialises in health and safety and compliance, reports on the eight health and safety laws businesses could be breaking now, many carrying the potential of an unlimited fine or jail sentence:

Emma Hammett, founder of training company First Aid for Life, talks through reducing the risks of COVID-19 infection while administering first aid - including CPR:

Despite one in six workers suffering from a mental health condition, a poll conducted by HSE Network has found that 55.7% of people working in UK businesses lack access to mental health support, or even know if their business has policies to support workers with mental illness:

Perrys Motor Sales Ltd of Northamptonshire has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 8 of The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013 after a worker developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS):

Brett Hill, distribution director at insurance firm Towergate Health & Protection, urges employers to exercise caution with Covid-19 testing as part of their plans to support employees returning to work:

The British Safety Council is providing a downloadable Return to Work Guide framework to enable organisations to develop robust protocols and arrangements, plus a new COVID-19 Assurance Assessment Service, and access to the “COVID-19 Workplace Protocols: Managing return to work” webinar (recorded 11 June):

Bruce Craig, partner, litigation & health and safety expert at Pinsent Masons, asks whether Brexit will hamper the UK’s health and safety. The answer, it seems, is that it depends on the sector:

Social distancing is making public transport worse for the environment than cars but researchers at the University of Cardiff have created a new app to help fix the problem:

July 2020

Latest, provisional, figures for the 12 months to the end of March from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) show the UK recording the lowest number of workplace fatalities to date at 111. This number potentially shows the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy:


A package of changes to Britain's health and safety system designed to support the Government's growth agenda and to ease regulatory burdens on business have been announced by employment minister Chris Grayling. The TUC has expressed grave concerns over the proposals:

New research into injury incidents in the UK conducted by law firm Fletchers Serious Injury has revealed that 27.6% of people have suffered a serious injury from an accident in the workplace in the last five years: (PDF)

Exposure to air pollution is likely linked with the occurrence or severity of COVID-19 infection, according to a report published by Defra, the Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG), and the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution (COMEAP): (PDF)

The HSE has issued a warning over the use of KN95 masks as PPE as some are known to be counterfeit and non-compliant with standards. The safety alert does not relate to N95 masks which are manufactured to a US standard and have been given permission for use specifically in UK healthcare settings:

A special 75th Birthday edition of IOSH Magazine May/June is available to view online:

The HSE has issued new guidance to set out how the manufacturing industry can return to work safely during the pandemic:


The Health and Safety Event and its co-located shows have once again been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will now take place on 27-28 April 2021 at NEC in Birmingham:

Safety & Health Expo and its co-located shows have been rescheduled for 18–20 May 2021 at ExCeL London:

June 2020

The UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published eight guides to help employers, employees and the self-employed in England understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic:

“Lessons from the crucible of crisis”, a timely article from Marcia McNutt, president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, USA:

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England's director of people, Sarah McIntosh, offers OSH professionals advice on how to manage workers' mental health during the lockdown:

American startup Strongarm Tech has developed wearable technology to track social distancing and contact-tracing to assist employers with return to work planning:

IOSH are seeking the views of its members on its recommended changes to IOSH membership grades. The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete:

Post-Grenfell regulation aims to transform fire safety in buildings, initially to all multi-occupied residential buildings of at least 18 metres, or more than six storeys:

Oil giant BP has been handed an improvement notice by the HSE following an incident on February 18 which led to the evacuation of 66 workers from ETAP, its Central North Sea asset:

UK industry bodies AXIS Network and Step Change in Safety are partnering to develop guidance for operators and the supply chain on inclusive offshore working practices:

Resource management company Veolia has introduced new COVID-19 PPE treatment services to safely collect, contain and treat potentially contaminated items such as gloves, safety goggles, and masks:

Details released by the Scottish Greens following a Freedom of Information request revealed the HSE had serious concerns over the running of the ExxonMobil Ethylene plant complex at Mossmorran, Fife in August 2018. The Party is calling for the closure of the site:

Scientists have warned of the risks associated with the widespread use of antibody tests by employees and the wider public, saying that the tests must not be seen as a green light to reduce PPE and other protections:

May 2020

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has issued comprehensive guidance to employers about working with COVID-19:

See: HSE

The HSE and the Police are considering prosecution of employers who have failed to provide proper protection for key workers, including corporate manslaughter prosecutions:

The British Safety Council is providing free online resources to assist businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, including checklists, courses and webinars

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance on the circumstances requiring RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19:

A report on research undertaken by the Institute for Employment Studies and Shell on the physical and psychological health among workers in safety-critical sectors such as maritime, aviation, nuclear and construction:

In a message marking her first International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28th April, HSE Chief Executive Sarah Albon reiterated the HSE’s mission that no-one should get ill, be injured or die because of work in Great Britain:

It may not be necessary to have worked for decades in mines to develop coal workers' pneumoconiosis:

Figures compiled by the House of Commons Library for Labour show that the number of health and safety inspectors has dropped by a third under successive Conservative governments. Funding was slashed from £239m to £136m between 2009/10 and 2017/18:

Due to Covid-19 RoSPA have extended the 2020 RoSPA Awards registration deadline to June 1, 2020:

A useful feature on the Legionella risks posed by low occupancy premises:

EGL Homecare Ltd of Shoeburyness, Essex, has been fined £80,000 plus £5,314 in costs for breaching regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations after an agency worker had his arm caught in unguarded press rollers:

The latest IOSH Covid-19 webinar, The role of the OSH professional – supporting your business throughout the Covid-19 crisis, which took place on 23rd April, is available to view in full on YouTube:

April 2020

Find UK Government guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) for health professionals and other organisations here:

SHP Online are also providing useful articles on the current pandemic: Coronavirus advice for employers, A guide to home working and self-isolating, COVID-19: Can employers be prosecuted if employees are exposed?, Responding to COVID-19 – What does your organisation need to do to stay on the right side of the criminal law? and Download: A guide to home working:

Personnel Today’s 90 minute Coronavirus webinar for employers, first broadcast on Thursday 19 March, is now available on-demand. Register here:

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has prosecuted contractor Renown Consultants Ltd of Milton Keynes after two men suffering with fatigue died in a road traffic accident in June 2013. This is the first time that ORR has prosecuted in relation to failures of fatigue management:

The shortlist has been announced for the Safety and Health Excellence Awards and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 22 September 2020:

Blackburn-based haulage specialist Speed Drop Logistics has admitted breaching regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations in May 2019 after failing to provide fall protection for workers replacing the roof of its premises. It was fined £80,000 plus costs of £1570.60:


Safety & Health Expo 2020 and its co-located events, which were originally scheduled to be staged in May 2020, will now be held at ExCeL London on 8–10 September 2020:

T M Telford Dairy Ltd of Telford has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and fined £600,000 plus costs of £14,379.45. In January 2016, two employees sustained serious injuries after a faulty valve blew off under pressure, releasing 1% nitric acid solution at 650°C:

The UK Government has announced that the Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 will amend the Working Time Regulations 1998. Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement this year due to the coronavirus will be able to carry it over into the next two leave years:

Health and Safety Laboratory tests on three tool systems designed to reduce workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) have revealed large variations in their effectiveness. Download the summary report Assessment of dust extraction system solutions on hand-held electric diamond cutters to BS EN 50632:

The UK will leave the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on December 31, when the transition period ends for the country’s departure from the EU. This dashes the hopes of the UK’s aviation industry, which has collectively expressed a strong preference for staying within the EASA's jurisdiction:

March 2020

The UK government has declared coronavirus a “serious and imminent threat” to public health. Safety & Health Practitioner has published useful Coronavirus advice for employers:

Multinational logistics company Kuehne + Nagel Drinks Logistics Limited (KNDL) of Dagenham has been fined £800,000 plus £25,000 costs for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act after one of its workers was run over by a forklift truck in July 2017:

The Health & Safety Executive is running a course on “Human Factors in Accident and Incident Investigations” on 17th-18th March (and other 2020 dates) in Buxton. With an estimated 90% of incidents involving Human Factors causes, effective investigation of the Human Factors within accidents and incidents is an essential part of improving human performance, personal safety, management systems and loss control:


Informa Markets is making available a free e-book “Courage, resilience and breaking the mould – Key trends and insights from the health and safety sector” which shares material from the seminars at Safety & Health Expo 2019. The aim is to “introduce you to new strategies for coping with an increasingly complex and global health and safety landscape”:

More than 600 Amazon workers have been seriously injured or narrowly escaped an accident in the past three years, prompting calls for a parliamentary inquiry into safety at their UK warehouses:

Following the conviction of a small business director for corporate manslaughter, Waltham Forest Trades Council spoke out about the lack of convictions for directors of larger organisations:

Free tickets are available for the Safety & Health Expo 2020 to be held at ExCel, London on 19-21 May:

London-based Peter Norris (Haulage) Ltd has pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 after an agency worker suffered lower leg amputation:


Personnel Today is running a FREE 60-minute webinar on organisations’ mental health provision and strategies to support the health and wellbeing of their workforce. “Mental health: why employees don’t ask for help” is on Wednesday 1st April at 2:00 PM BST:

February 2020

Employer health and safety standards will not change because of Brexit. To support the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018, three HSE-led Statutory Instruments convert current EU regulation into domestic law:


The government has responded to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s Phase 1 report, setting out the steps being taken to implement the report’s recommendations as well as the wider work to make buildings safer:

The Top 10 health and safety prosecutions of 2019 include Chevron, DHL, Celsa, 2 Sisters Food, Clancy Docwra and Veolia:

The prosecution of chemical company LMA Services Ltd after heptane vapour caused a fire at its site in Pocklington in June 2016 is a reminder of the need to assess risks associated with flammable atmospheres:

There is an urgent need for greater knowledge of the damaging effects of harmful particulates found in construction material manufacturing and at construction worksites to reduce incidences of asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, and silicosis:

DB Cargo, the UK's biggest freight operator, has been fined £1.2 million and £27,873 costs after a trespassing boy, 13, suffered a shock from 25,000-volt overhead power lines at the Bescot Yard freight terminal in Walsall in June 2017:

Prosecutions for breaching health and safety laws are at record low levels, but health and safety cases are routinely taking 3 to 4 years, often longer, to get to court:

Chesterfield Special Cylinders Ltd of Sheffield has been found guilty of breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and fined £700,000 plus full costs of £169,498.82 after a worker fatality in June 2015:

The HSE training course on Worker Fatigue Risk Management will be held in Buxton on 20 February. Fatigue is estimated to cost the UK up to £240 million per year in terms of workplace accidents alone. To book:


Wembley-based McGee Group has been found guilty of a breach of Regulation 22(1)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and fined £500,000 plus £66,236.22 costs after a worker fatality in April 2014:

Deloitte’s report “Mental health and employers - Refreshing the case for investment”, released this month, shows that poor mental health costs UK employers up to £45bn a year, with work-related stress, anxiety, or depression now accounting for over half of all working days lost due to ill health. Download the report:

January 2020

CSR Performance Ltd wish all our customers a safe and healthy 2020.

HSE 2018-19 statistics on Health and Safety in the United Kingdom: information on fatalities, accidents and illnesses by occupation, industry, region and country, plus international comparisons:

The HSE report “Enforcement statistics in Great Britain, 2019” documents enforcement action taken by the HSE, local authorities and, in Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service:

HSE. A full description of the sentencing guidelines is available via the Sentencing Council at

Responding to the Queen’s Speech (19 December), the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) says that employment law protections under the new Conservative government need to be “far more ambitious” than has been proposed:

A quarter of UK workers would put their own health at risk to ensure a work task is completed, according to a survey by the animal charity SPANA:

An HSE course is being run in Buxton on 18th-19th February to discuss the technical section of a COMAH safety report which should describe the Design, Construction, Operation, Maintenance and Modification of the COMAH site:

Fedex UK Ltd of Atherstone, Warwickshire has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been fined £533,000 after an employee was seriously injured by a reversing forklift truck in November 2017:


Business complexity, transformative technologies and fast-evolving workplace pressures require improved global standards and professional competencies for occupational safety and health. To mark the start of its 75th anniversary year, here is what you can expect from IOSH in 2020:

The important role that occupational health can play in helping to manage and risk manage asthma:

Urgent action is needed to reduce fatal and serious crashes involving at-work drivers, says road safety charity IAM RoadSmart:

An HSE course The Future of Gas III - informing a safe decision by 2025 is being run in Birmingham on 25th-26th March to update delegates on established major projects such as H21, H100 and HyDeploy, plus the safe production and use of hydrogen:

December 2019

Richard Jones, head of policy and regulatory engagement at IOSH, argues the next government must prioritise workplace health.


The Environment Agency has prosecuted Weetabix for polluting the River Ise in Northamptonshire with 23,000 litres of diesel fuel in November 2016. The company has been fined £140,000.


The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has had “an extraordinary level of engagement” with its 2018-19 campaign ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances’.


The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has launched ‘Suzy’s Charter for Workplace Safety’ to help employers of all sizes, and their employees, identify and mitigate personal safety risks.


Property management company Places for People Homes has been fined £600,000 plus £13,995 in costs having pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act for lack of HAVS surveillance.


Research by the Energy, Resources and Marine (ERM) division of CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, reveals that only half of global leaders in the Oil and Gas Sector say their companies have traveller health and safety programs in place.


The MD of the now-dissolved Laser Shapes (NW) Limited, manufacturer of agricultural trailers, has been sentenced to 10 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months after pleading guilty to deliberately putting his workers at risk of developing severe lung disease from exposure to aerosolised paints containing isocyanates and solvents.


Marcus Shepheard, a senior researcher at the Institute for Government, says a royal commission is not the answer to complex policy questions such as updating health and safety legislation.


On 15 January in Buxton, Derbyshire, the HSE is running a course, aimed principally at managers and supervisors of process plant and operations, on controlling dust explosion risks under The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR).


IOSH has revealed further details about the 69 competencies in its updated framework for the OSH profession: Professional standards for safety and health at work.


Plastic packaging manufacturer, Sirap UK Limited, has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 10(4) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 after an employee sustained serious injuries from falling Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs).


The HSE has warned that a major incident at the Stanlow oil refinery could kill students at a nearby department at the University of Cheshire.


October 2019

The HSE has issued work-related stress investigations criteria. Cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety rose by 13% to 1,800 per 100,000 workers in the 12 months to April 2018 compared with 2016-17.


Port operators Mersey Docks and Harbour Company have been fined £300,000 plus costs of £7,593.55 after an employee was seriously injured when hit by a load falling from two forklift trucks in Seaforth in May 2015 in breach of Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.


Research conducted by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare has revealed that only 42% of employers in the UK provide overhead earmuffs to its employees.


Virtual reality can provide valuable insights into workers’ behaviour during emergency evacuations and may improve safety awareness and outcomes according to research by the University of Nottingham.


BP Exploration Operating Company has pleaded guilty to breaching reg 4 of the Control of Major Accidents Hazards Regulations 1999 and s 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work Act after failing to prevent the release of almost 4 tonnes of highly flammable and unstabilised crude oil in Shetland in 2012.


Hartlepool-based Saica Pack UK has admitted “failing to ensure the safety of employees in that the passage of pedestrians where there was a risk involving transfer cars”, contrary to s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It has been fined £60,000 plus costs of £1,512.


As part of a package which supports the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, the HSE has produced a calculator to assist in calculating exposures for hand-arm vibration, plus revised its guidance book L140 Hand-arm vibration.

See: HSE

From ‘moon-germs’ to motion sickness: health and safety on NASA’s 1969 lunar landing mission. Broadcaster and writer Dr. Laura Dawes looks back.


Mike Harris, COSHH Management System Operations Manager, and Sam Roberts, Senior Marketing Manager, at Alcumus Sypol discuss the implications Brexit may have on chemical management and UK’s safety regulations in the event of ‘Soft Brexit’ or ‘No Deal’ scenario.


P.D.R. Construction Limited and Metcalfe Roofing & Building Services Limited have been fined after a worker fell through a fragile mesh roof whilst carrying out work at height in July 2016. P.D.R pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and was fined £225,000 with £8,000 costs. Metcalfe pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £2,000.


UK charity Hazards Campaign has released its manifesto to improve health and safety at work, claiming that health and safety must no longer be demonised as ‘pointless red tape’ and a ‘burden on business’. It is calling for the HSE to collect statistics on all work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses across all sectors and publicise this alongside the cost to individuals, employers, society and the economy.


September 2019

Sarah Albon, the new chief executive of the Health and Safety Executive, took up her new post on 2nd September. Her Twitter handle is @CEO_HSE.

See: HSE

People who have sustained serious workplace injuries are at increased risk of suicide or fatal overdose, according to a study by Boston University’s School of Public Health published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.


Brighouse-based manufacturing company Siddall and Hilton Products Ltd has been fined £16,000 plus £4831.45 in costs after breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 when a worker suffered severe crush injuries from a mesh welding machine.

See: HSE

Taking place in Dubai on Monday, October 21st, RoSPA’s first International Health and Safety Excellence Forum is free to attend. It aims to facilitate learning about health and safety best practice and networking with likeminded professionals in the Middle East.


The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has received almost 1,400 complaints over flaring from chemical plants owned by ExxonMobil Chemical Ltd and Shell Fife NGL at Mossmorran, Fife.

See: BBC

UK Power Networks tells its workers that simple jobs at home require the same due care and attention as those undertaken in the workplace.


Potential occupational exposure risks at recycling and reuse centres are discussed in a new online video released by the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates. See: YouTube

Waste disposal also has the highest fatality at work rate of any industrial sector in the UK.


RoSPA’s Karen McDonnell, Occupational Health and Safety Policy Advisor, tells how aligning thoughts can help drive policy excellence.


Lee Sadd, Operations and Training Director at H&S Consultancy SAMS Ltd, explains how to mitigate the toxic fallout of fire

Thirty-seven years after it was first published, the advice in William Edwards Deming’s “Out of the Crisis” seems as relevant as ever.


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