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The curious culture of handwashing around the world

05-06-2017

Photo shows handwashing or bathing

In the western world, we take for granted access to soap and the hygiene education responsible for our daily handwashing regime. A combination of globalisation and healthcare are driving the interest in handwashing culture around the world, with encouragement to adopt the western approach, espec…

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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 Eu…

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Hygiene standards in UK restaurants

11-03-2016

Owners of restaurants, bar food businesses and fast food outlets have a responsibility to their customers to adhere to the highest of food hygiene standards. This should be a given for all providers of food, but time and again we see that numerous outlets across the UK are abysmally short of accepta…

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How does H&S legislation compare across Europe?

03-03-2016

Despite the European Union having a solid framework covering health and safety regulations at work, actual legislation and how it is enforced varies significantly between European countries.

Various bodies and people are held accountable differently in different countries, and some might appear t…

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How would the EU Referendum affect the safety of British business?

02-11-2015

Photo shows the flag of the European UnionBy the end of 2017, the UK will decide either to remain a member of the European Union (EU) or to leave it and either of these results will have a huge impact on the safety of British businesses. Depending on your political opinion, the EU are either a gateway to a greater international voice or an …

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Free asbestos awareness workshops in Lancashire

28-05-2015

Image from the HSE Asbestos, the Hidden Killer campaignFree workshops are being run across Lancashire to help small businesses better prevent the risk of exposure to asbestos.

Construction companies and small businesses are invited to attend one of six free half day events so they are aware of how they can avoid work that may disturb asbestos. This w…

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Male workers 20 times more likely than females to die at work

20-04-2015

Photo shows a woman wearing personal protective equipmentAccording to a recent data analysis from health and safety consultants Arinite, between the years of 2009 and 2014 male workers were more than 20 times as likely as females to suffer a fatality whilst at work.

In 2013/14 alone, 85 male workers died on the job compared to just four women. Of those…

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Improving fire prevention in the home

20-05-2013

Photo shows firefighters tackling a house fireFire prevention is very important to all homeowners both inside and outside of the home. More than 3,500 people are killed in house fires every year in America and over 18,000 are injured due to lack of preparation or improper maintenance of fire-preventing materials and tools (Source: USFA).

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Five ways to beat the workplace summer blues

09-05-2013

picture of  jet leaving with holiday makersThe summer season is fast approaching. The nation's sun-seeking employees are already eager to wrap up their tasks and handover over to colleagues for anything up to three weeks. 

For those left behind, these departures signal additional workloads. Staff who remain in the office or on site will be…

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What are the benefits of NEBOSH & IOSH accreditation?

08-03-2013

cleaningThe commercial cleaning sector offers your business a wide variety of options for all of your maintenance and cleaning needs, so rooting out the best choice from the crowd can be a difficult process. Many will provide great deals on regularly scheduled contract cleans, or graffiti removal or janitor…

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If you’re going to smoke, do it safely

27-02-2013

smokingWith No Smoking Day coming up (March 13th 2013), the internet is bound to be flooded with articles that stress the health risks of both smoking and being exposed to second hand smoke.

But last year’s government statistics shed light on another worrying issue.

According 2011 – 2012 statistics, sm…

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The story of Honda and health and safety

11-02-2013

first aid kitGuest post by: Ingunn Bjøru

An employee, Cesar Santos, literally gave his bosses two fingers recently at Honda in Swindon, but he probably didn’t enjoy the experience as much as he may have hoped.  Whilst using an emery cloth to clean some equipment, his bosses were pressing him to complete the ta…

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Workplace injuries cause 27 million working day loss in 2011/2012

04-02-2013

Workplace injuries cause 27 million working day loss in 2011/2012Workplace injury and work-related illness led to the loss of 27 million working days in 2011/2012, new figures have revealed. According to statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) towards the end of 2012, 173 people were killed while at work, and 111,000 other injuries suffered …

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Why your business will benefit from a competent person service and health and safety support

29-10-2012

According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), in the working year 2010/11, 1.2 million people were suffering from a work related illness. 26.4 million working days were lost due to work related illness and workplace injury.

It is the legal responsibility of every employer to make sure that t…

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Lack of first aid knowledge ‘as dangerous as cancer’

03-10-2012

A campaign launched recently showed that 140,000 people every year die in situations that could have been prevented had there been a trained first aider there. Indeed, that’s the same amount of deaths as caused by cancer.

The hard-hitting TV adverts were first run during prime time TV, showin…

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Infographic - ladder injury statistics

11-09-2012
Ladder injury Statistics



Courtesy of: ladders-direct.com


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U.S. healthcare vs. U.K. healthcare: How is it different?

22-07-2012

Summary:  A look at the differing healthcare systems in the U.S. and U.K.

With healthcare constantly in the news these days, you may be wondering how the American system compares to that of other developed nations. The United Kingdom is a good starting point for comparison on account of the cultur…

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EU-OSHA announces winners of 2011 photo competition

07-12-2011

The three best photographs have been selected by the international jury. Krzysztof Maksymowicz of Poland was awarded the first prize for his photograph 'dress maker'. The competition called for entries on the theme of 'safety and health in the workplace', with a special focus on risk prevention. To …

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Improving safety standards through the right type of education

14-11-2011

By John Hill, CEO of Bubble (NI) Ltd.

“The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.” -  Malcolm Gladwell

I always think that the true measure of an organisation or, indeed a nation, is how i…

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Photos: how not to work at height

11-07-2011
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