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11 ways to boost your health and safety culture

08-03-2017

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Promoting a strong health and safety (H&S) culture is not rocket science, but it takes time, effort and resources!

The overall culture in a company has a tremendous effect on the health and safety performance of employees. Culture is a notoriously tricky concept to pin down and fully understand. In slightly vague terms, the H&S culture of an organisation is the summation of groups values, attitudes, perceptions, competencies and behavioural patterns (Health and Safety Executive). These together determine the commitment to, and the style of, H&S management.

Here are some warning signs you need to be careful off, some signs that you’re on the right track, and some solid advice for boosting your health and safety culture.

Warning signs of a poor health and safety culture

  • There is little demonstrated commitment to H&S from senior management.
  • There’s a natural tendency to rationalise shortcuts when under pressure, especially when nothing bad happens.
  • The risk assessment was just another ‘job to be done’ and therefore lacks proper risk conceptualisation.
  • Employees are not aware of, or don’t understand, the organisation's safety policy.
  • Accidents are…

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The implications of leaving the EU on health and safety in Britain

19-02-2017

Since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, workplace health and safety regulations have steadily developed into the set of laws, regulations and standards we have today.

Furthermore, many of the regulations and standards British companies have to adhere to have come from European Union (EU) directives and laws, and from decisions made by the European Court.

Therefore, in this article, Ian Patterson, co-founder of Paint Inspection, a coating inspection and surveying company that ensure that industrial structures and transport adheres to the UK’s environmental and safety regulations, outlines the benefits of the UK’s current workplace health and safety regulations to both employers and employees before considering the effect Britain leaving The EU could have on occupational health and safety regulations.

While often maligned by some employers and some areas of the press, workplace health and safety regulations set clear standards and expectations for both employers and employees.

While the responsibility for a safe workplace is ultimately on the employer and it is their responsibility to ensure employees know their obligations under relevant wor…

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Why hi-vis clothing is a vital workplace investment

16-02-2017

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In very simple terms, the reason for investing in hi-vis (high visibility) clothing for your workers is quite straightforward - it can stop them from being injured. It will also possibly save you from all kinds of reputational damage or compensation claims if one of your workers gets hurt in an incident which could have been avoided had you provided your workers with appropriate safety clothing. Here are the answers to some key questions about the use of hi-vis clothing.

How does hi-vis clothing actually work?

Hi-vis clothing is made of a bright, fluorescent fabric, with bands of reflective material in strategic locations. Some hi-vis clothing actually has LED lights as well, for extra visibility.  Where there is plenty of ambient light, usually in the daytime, it is the sheer brightness of the fluorescent material which makes the wearer visible. As the ambient light decreases, the reflective bands pick up on any available light source, such as car headlights so that the wearer can still be seen in the darkness. In environments where there is potentially no light at all, hi-vis clothing needs to have incorporated LEDs (with an appropriate power source) to remain effective…

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