Category: Health & Safety

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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When is it too hot to work? And what to do about it.

Whenever I’ve delivered a health and safety course such as the NEBOSH General Certificate, the one issue that raises the most lively debate is temperature, specifically warm temperatures. Here are some of the facts and figures around warm temperature limits and practical steps that can be taken to deal with the working situation when the

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Communicating health and safety information

The art of effective communication is getting the right message (in the right format), to the right audience at the right time. The communication process can be thought of as a cycle, involving the message sender and the message receiver. At each stage there are potential barriers to effective communication The message sender may not

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What IS Health and Safety Culture?

Every group of people develops a ‘culture’. In an organisation with a good safety culture everyone puts health and safety high on the list and adopts the same positive attitudes to health and safety. This influences the ways in which individuals in the group handle new events and decisions. Safety culture has been defined as

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What Are the Benefits of the IOSH Managing Safely Course?

Managing Safely is designed for managers in any sector, and will help them to get up-to-speed on the practical actions they need to take, and gain the knowledge and tools to tackle the safety and health issues they’re responsible for. Importantly, Managing Safely makes a powerful case for safety and health being an integral part

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What Does the IOSH Managing Safely Course Involve?

We deliver the IOSH Managing Safely course over three full days. Target audience Those who manage others and manage risk and resources Course pre-requisites None Learning aims To give managers and supervisors an understanding of everyone’s safety and health responsibilities in the workplace To enable managers and supervisors to recognise how they can influence, control

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Roles and Responsibilities of Employers, Directors and Managers

The Robens Report (1972) recommended a broad goal setting, non-prescriptive model of health and safety legislation based on the view that “those that create risk are best placed to manage it”. The Report also considered that the promotion of safety and health was an essential function of day-to-day good management and that it should not

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How Health and Safety Management Systems Work

The main components of a Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) include both policy – a ‘mission statement’ for health and safety that provides a mechanism for management control and accountability – and arrangements for implementation, monitoring (including audit) and continual improvement. Formalising these arrangements removes the potential arbitrariness of processes developed by a few

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The Benefits of a Health and Safety Management System

The main components of a Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) include both policy – a ‘mission statement’ for health and safety that provides a mechanism for management control and accountability – and arrangements for implementation, monitoring (including audit) and continual improvement. Formalising these arrangements removes the potential arbitrariness of processes developed by a few

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Health and Safety and Criminal Law – An Overview

When an employee is injured at work and seeks to make a personal injury claim the employee may sue under the tort/delict of negligence, or the tort/delict of breach of statutory duty. Negligence Negligence may be explained as careless conduct injuring another. For the injured party (claimant) to succeed in a negligence claim, he must

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