Category: Health & Safety

Changes to the NEBOSH General Certificate

Major changes to the NEBOSH General Certificate, one of NEBOSH’s flagship qualifications have recently been announced. In this article, we’ll outline exactly what these changes are, why NEBOSH has decided to introduce them and what the changes mean for learners thinking about studying for this well-recognised health and safety qualification. What are the changes to

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Health & Safety Responsibilities of Employees

While most health and safety responsibilities lie with the employer, employees have health and safety responsibilities too. The two main pieces of legislation that feature health and safety responsibilities for employees are: The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 The Health and Safety

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What does ‘suitable and sufficient’ mean?

Suitable and sufficient The law states that a risk assessment must be ‘suitable and sufficient’, i.e. it should show that: a proper check was made; all those who might be affected are considered, whether they are workers or others such as members of the public; all the obvious significant risks have been dealt with, taking

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Risk Profiling

What is Risk Profiling?

Risk Profiling Effective leaders and line managers know the risks their organisations face, rank them in order of importance and take action to control them. A risk profile examines the nature and levels of threats faced by an organisation. It examines the likelihood of adverse effects occurring, the level of disruption and costs associated with

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How do ‘individual factors’ impact health and safety

In the previous two articles in this series on human factors, we looked at organisational and job factors. This time, we’ll turn our attention to individual factors. Individual Factors Every human being is unique and is the sum of a complex range of physical and psychological characteristics and attributes; and socio-cultural influences. People bring their

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What are ‘job factors’ and how do they affect health and safety?

In the last article, we looked at organisational factors and how they can impact health and safety. In this article, we’ll turn the focus onto job factors. Successful management of human factors and the control of risk involves the development of systems designed to take proper account of human capabilities and fallibilities. Using techniques like

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Human Factors

How do human factors affect health and safety?

The HSE definition of human factors is: “Human factors refer to environmental, organisational and job factors, and human and individual characteristics which influence behaviour at work in a way which can affect health and safety.” A simple way to view human factors is to think about three aspects: the organisation the job the individual …and

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Health & Safety Committee

How do health and safety committee’s work, and do I need one?

Safety Committees It’s a legal requirement to consult with the workforce on health and safety, but how an organisation or business executes on that is up to them. In smaller businesses, the arrangements required can be kept fairly simple and a formal health and safety committee might not be necessary. In larger businesses, it might

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Are You Leading or Managing?

Are you clear on the difference between the two? Managing is about doing things right. The emphasis: efficiency. Whatever it is that needs to be done, the utilisation of management techniques will get it done faster. It’s tactical. It asks “how can we achieve xyz?” Leadership is about doing the right things. The emphasis: effectiveness.

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Consulting with Employees about Health and Safety

Worker involvement on health and safety is simply a two-way process where employers and employees: talk to one another listen to one another’s concerns raise concerns and solve problems together seek and share views and information discuss issues in good time consider what everyone has to say make decisions together Talking to, listening to and

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