Ethics

Ethics important for any business

11th August 2015

Health & Safety: can’t see the wood for the trees

Those of us who confess to being health & safety professionals can sometimes be perplexed by new legislation, case law or codes of practice. It is therefore no surprise that many Small to Medium Enterprises, who do not have dedicated health & safety resources, find the forest of health & safety legislation difficult navigate. Not being able to see the […]
8th July 2015

Should you go beyond health & safety compliance?

Should you go beyond health & safety compliance? Latest figures from the HSE website indicate they successfully – Prosecuted 582 cases, with a conviction secured in 547 cases, a conviction rate of 94%; Prosecuted 988 offences, resulting in 881 convictions, a conviction rate of 89%; Prosecutions led to fines totalling £16.7 million, an average penalty of £18 944 per offence. […]
1st July 2015

Trust, Ethics and Clients

A fire risk assessor works on behalf of the client. Looking at their fire safety arrangements, management and the property in order to identify anything that does not meet current legislation, approved codes of practice and guidance in order to make appropriate recommendations for improvement. Many fire risk assessors work for companies that also have other value added services which […]
8th June 2015

Does common sense equal safety?

I often hear people describe health & safety as just common sense. Indeed our present government also believe this is the case and commissioned lord young to look in to the matter. The result was Lord Young’s review of health and safety entitled Common Sense – Common Safety. http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/commonsense/ The dictionary defines it has a noun meaning – plain ordinary […]
1st June 2015

Do low risk environments exist?

A senior executive from a property management company recently stated the company they worked for operates within a low risk environment. Which started me thinking, is there such thing as a low risk environment? Superficially the industry in question does appear to be low risk. It does not manufacture chemicals or fuels, operate in extreme areas of the world nor […]