Health & Safety: Building on Safety Has its Rewards

In 2008/9 over 4,000 employees suffered a major injury as a result of a fall from height. Falls happen in seconds but the results can last a lifetime. The Shattered Lives Campaign is here to help raise awareness, provide guidance and encourage everyone to take action to help reduce the risk of a slip, trip or fall at work. First Line Digital, the UK’s largest independent installer of digital terrestrial and satellite equipment, recognised it could be doing more to tackle falls from height. Between June 2003 and July 2004 the company recorded 37 falls from height, four of which were serious enough to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Making Ladders Safer After receiving recommendations from HSE, First Line Digital implemented a number of systems to keep its engineers saf... »

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Businesses face Health and Safety penalties

Businesses that breach health and safety legislation will face increased penalties of up to £20,000 from January next year, the Government has warned. Under the Health and Safety Offences Act (2008), businesses that come before the lower courts for a breach of health and safety legislation risk a penalty of up to £20,000. Previously, the maximum was £5,000. The range of health and safety offences which carry a prison sentence will also be broadened from January 2008. For example, under the new rules, failing to comply with a prohibition notice or breaching a licensing requirement now carries a jail sentence of up to six months if tried in a lower court, or up to two years if tried in a Crown Court. Commenting on the new legislation, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) sp... »

Health and Safety: A Guide for Small Business Owners

Health and Safety: A Guide for Small Business Owners

It’s fair to say ‘health and safety’ isn’t the most fashionable of terms, conjuring up images of pedantic men carrying clipboards and an endless cavalcade of paperwork. However, it is not something to be dismissive of as a business – get it wrong, and the consequences can be extremely expensive. In this article, you will find a thorough guide to what you need to know about health and safety as a business owner, covering your duties, what to do when there is an accident, and the steps you need to take to comply with the law. Do I need to register as part of my health and safety responsibilities? In general, recent changes in the law mean that you generally no longer need to register with the appropriate authority to comply with health and safety. This includes businesses like offices and sh... »

Health & Safety, An Introduction to

Introduction It’s your business – but we can help you look after it! Getting hurt at work or becoming ill through work is not a pleasant subject to think about. The reality is that 250 people a year lose their lives at work in Britain. In addition, around 156,000 non-fatal injuries are reported each year, and an estimated 2.3 million suffer from ill health caused or made worse by work. The mistake is to believe that these things happen in highly unusual or exceptional circumstances that never occur in your workplace. This is not the case. Some basic thinking and acting beforehand could usually have prevented these things from happening. Implementing health and safety measures doesn’t have to be expensive, time consuming or complicated, in fact, safer and more efficient wo... »