Health & Safety

Health & Safety

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 […]
23rd June 2015

Risk perception and safety

Risk is something we all have to deal with But how we perceive risk leaves some at more risk than others. People I meet are often left confused by the fact that I am a health & safety professional and a motorbike rider. They view my motorbike as something dangerous and therefore a high risk activity; which it is. But […]
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. […]
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 […]