Improving worker involvement

People support what they help create. By increasing worker involvement in the managerial decision making process, the worker’s knowledge can be harnessed. In relation to health and safety this can be used to shape safe systems of work by considering the reality of working operations. If the development of procedures, method statements, risk assessments and other operational measures involve workers who have to implement such measures, they are more likely to be used than if workers are simply told to follow them. ZERO HARM Worker Involvement – the missing piece! identifies how worker involvement fits into the development of health[…]

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M&S fined £1 million

Retail giant Marks & Spencer was fined £1 million yesterday for failing to protect customers, staff and workers from potential exposure to asbestos during refurbishment at one of its stores. The management was found to have been more concerned about the works being “unsightly” and “interfering with the shopping experience” of customers than the cancer-causing material. It was told by Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC that the company, which he described as a “household name” was more interested in making profits out of its Reading store than properly planning for the removal of asbestos. He said the “tension” between health and[…]

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Health & Safety Scotland

Health and Safety Scotland, 7 & 8 September at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston is dedicated to helping you control risks to health and safety in your workplace. If you are responsible for the health and safety of your workforce in Scotland and NE of England, this is the event for you. Health and Safety Scotland provides industrial, commercial and public sector organisations with a truly cost and time effective educational experience.  With support from The British Safety Council in providing a comprehensive educational conference program the entire event is FREE to attend. More information is available by downloading the  and you[…]

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HSL & NPPTL meeting for RPE manufacturers

The UK Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) and the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) are co-hosting a meeting for all respiratory protective equipment manufacturers, July 26 – 28, 2011. You can download  or get more details from the HSL/CDC websites. http://www.hsl.gov.uk/health-and-safety-conferences/slips-trips-falls/home.aspx http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/resources/pressrel/letters/Manufacturers/lttr-07262011.html

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HSE introduces new arrangements for online reporting of injuries and incidents

Businesses will still be able to notify fatal and major incidents and injuries by phone following changes to reporting arrangements, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirmed today. From 12 September 2011, all other reportable work-related injuries and incidents under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) will move to a predominantly online system, with a suite of seven forms available on HSE’s website to make the statutory reporting process quick and easy. Said Trevor Carlile, HSE’s Director of Strategy: “More than half of reportable injuries are already notified to HSE through the website and this[…]

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