RoSPA's National Occupational Safety & Health Committee (NOSHC)
The National Occupational Safety & Health Committee is a voluntary association of people drawn from organisations representing a broad cross section of occupational safety and health interests. It is an advisory committee to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
The purpose of the Committee is to advise RoSPA in identifying ways and means of improving occupational safety and health and shapes RoSPA policy and key issues.
With an honours degree in geology, Martin gained a masters by research into concrete technology, before joining the quarrying & asphalt arm of George Wimpey Plc for whom he worked 22 years in a variety of senior production, commercial, technical, health, safety & environmental roles across the UK, continental Europe and in the Middle East.
In 1996, he joined the forerunners of the Mineral Products Association (MPA) for whom he rose to become 'Director, Health and Safety' (2006–2013), representing over 90% of the UK quarrying and mineral products industry, with nearly 500 member companies. Having relinquished this full-time position in mid-2013, Martin now acts as part-time ‘Special Advisor - Health & Safety’ to the MPA whilst continuing to represent the UK on the Brussels-based European Aggregates Association (UEPG) H&S Committee which he chaired for 8 years until 2015. UEPG draws members from over 30 countries.
Having launched www.safequarry.com back in 2005, Martin is the foremost exponent of the UK's 'Safer by Design' initiative launched in the UK in 2009, expanding its international uptake across Europe and beyond. With over 40 years industry experience, Martin has amassed invaluable experience communicating high-level practical health & safety issues to audiences in many parts of the world.
A Board member of the HSE-chaired Small Business Trade Association Forum, Martin relishes his role as Chair of RoSPA's National Occupational Safety & Health Committee. Winner of the RoSPA 'Distinguished Service Award' in 2011, Martin collected RoSPA's 'SME Assistance Trophy' the following year.
Past-President of The Institute of Quarrying, UK (2010-2012), Martin lately chaired the bipartite EC Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee Extractive Industries, in Brussels, as well as acting for many years as the lead industry representative on Britain's tripartite Quarries National Joint Advisory Committee.
In 2014, Martin took on the role of Judge for the new H&S Awards Scheme for the Industrial Minerals Association (Europe), in addition to acting as a Judge for the prestigious MPA Health & Safety Awards Scheme, which he developed and organised for 18 years.
Martin has experience as an Expert Witness, as well as offering contract services in the fields of H&S Strategy, Communications, and Representation.
Bud Hudspith, Health and Safety Adviser for the trade union Unite at a national level.
Unite is the largest union in the UK, with about 1.4 million members in the private and public sectors. It is the product of a merger between Amicus and TGWU.
Bud Hudspith has been dealing with trade union health and safety issues for over 30 years. His job is to represent Unite at various levels and provide information, advice and guidance to Unite Officials and Safety Representatives. This involves visiting workplaces and representing members in discussions with employers, as well as sitting on various committees.
His current Committee membership includes, for example:
Paper and Board Industry Advisory Committee (PABIAC)
Printing Industry Action Group (PIAG)
Castings Health and Safety Advisory Committee (CHASAC)
Advisory Committee on Toxic Substances (ACTS)
Chemical and Downstream Oil Industry Forum (CDOIF)
Petrochemical Process Safety Leadership Group (PSLG) (and post Buncefield Groups)
Microelectronics Joint Working Group (MEJWG)
UK Chemical Stakeholders Forum
Motor Vehicle Repair Forum
NEBOSH Qualifications and Technical Council
NSAPI/CIA Process Safety Management Project Board
Within Unite, industrial sectors covered include Graphical, Paper and Media; Metals; Chemicals (including Rubber); Aerospace and Shipbuilding; Electrical, Engineering and Electronics (including semiconductors), IT and Communications; Energy and Utilities: Vehicle Building and Automotive; Motor Components.
He represents Unite on various European health and safety matters concerning silica dust, the steel industry, and printing and paper machine safety; leads for Unite on REACH, Corporate Manslaughter and Directors H&S Duties; and has a particular interest in behavioural safety. In 1999 he received the ROSPA Distinguished Service Award for Health and Safety.
Working with and through RoSPA's National Occupational Safety and Health Committee, Karen seeks to identify routes through which health and safety performance within the world of work may be improved. Her role extends to encouraging business to business learning through the RoSPA Higher Performer's Forum.
In her role as Head of RoSPA Scotland Karen is responsible for the management of activities' linked to the RoSPA's mission 'to save lives and reduce injuries', this is achieved through influencing policy via the promotion of RoSPA key issues such as the Management of Occupational Road Risk, Learning from Safety Failure and Worker Involvement.
A Chartered Fellow of IOSH, Karen is a member of IOSH Edinburgh Branch Executive, she chairs Professional Organisations in Occupational Safety and Health (POOSH) Scotland and represents the POOSH Scotland membership on the Partnership on Health and Safety in Scotland Committee and POOSH UK. Karen is a member of IOSH Council and a past Vice President.
Roger Bibbings was RoSPA's occupational safety adviser for nearly 20 years, retiring from the role in 2014. Prior to this, he was, for 17 years, health and safety adviser at the Trades Union Congress where he worked closely with the Health and Safety Commission and Executive and also with the European Commission (DGV).
Roger's role at RoSPA was to advise the Society on all matters associated with work related risk helping it expand its contribution to the British 'health and safety system'.
He developed a number of RoSPA's Key Campaigns including:
Managing Occupational Road Risk (MORR)
Strengthening the role of accident investigation in health and safety management
Promoting director action on safety and health
Improving health and safety help and assistance to small firms.
He continues his work in Health and Safety, supporting 'Safety Groups UK’ and re-energising the work of RoSPA's affiliated Health and Safety Groups. He is President of his local Group in Herefordshire.
In 1990 he received the MBE for his services to occupational safety and health. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and has received the RoSPA Distinguished Service Award for services to health and safety. In 2006 he received the IOSH President's Distinguished Service Certificate. In 2011 he received the IOSH Lifetime Achievement Award.
David Eves graduated with Honours in English Literature and Language from Durham University and qualified as a teacher before joining HM Factory Inspectorate in 1964. He became its Chief Inspector in 1985. As Deputy Director General of the Health and Safety Executive, he was one of its three statutory Members from 1989 until 2002, when he retired from the Civil Service.
Since then he has acted both as an independent consultant and as an associate director of Sancroft International Ltd, a consultancy specialising in corporate social responsibility. He has advised government departments in the Republic of Ireland and New South Wales, Australia on regulatory matters and at home he has assisted Defra and the Health Protection Agency with reviews and investigations. He has served as a co-opted member of the national occupational safety and health committee of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the policy development forum of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and the research committee of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). He has also served as Secretary General of the International Association of Labour Inspection (IALI) and Vice President of Safety Groups UK (SGUK), and is currently an ambassador for the National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH).
David is the author of 'Disasters – learning the lessons for a safer world' and co-author of 'Questioning Performance – the director's essential guide to health, safety and the environment', both published by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). He recently completed 'Two steps forward, one step back: a brief history of the origins, development and implementation of health and safety regulation in the UK, 1802-2013' (www.historyofosh.org.uk).
He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath by the Queen in 1993 and was honoured to receive an Award for Distinguished Service from RoSPA in 2000. He is an Honorary Vice President and retired Fellow of IOSH from whom he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. He is an Honorary Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) and a member of the Hazards Forum.
Declan Gibney Declan is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and Managing Consultant. He is former Health and Safety Advisor for ntl communications Ireland, where he had an all Ireland safety advisory role with the company. Prior to working with ntl, Declan worked for many years in Semperit (Ireland) Ltd., as a member of the Health and Safety Department. Declan has a B Sc. in Occupational Safety and Health Management and a Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work from UCD as well as being a certified lead auditor in Health and Safety Management Systems (IRCA).
Declan is currently, Vice President and Member of Council of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
Chris Jones has worked in the waste industry for the last 25 years advising on and managing health, safety, welfare, quality, environmental and transport issues.
Chris Jones is a Chartered Member if the Institute of Waste Management, has been involved with WISH from the concept stage in 2001, and was honoured to become its first elected chairman in 2008.
Mike Leppard joined the Energy Networks Association (ENA) in 2008 as a SHE Adviser, and is responsible for supporting the network companies' work on safety, health and environmental issues developing a sector wide approach where appropriate. Prior to joining ENA Mike worked for the HSE as part of the Utility Policy team, focussing on electricity and gas safety issues. His background is in the chemical industry and he was employed for a number of years at a resin manufacturing company in a variety of production related roles.
William David McKenzie, Baron McKenzie of Luton (Bill McKenzie) is an English Labour politician and, up to the General Election of 2010, was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Communities and Local Government. He is also a former Partner at accounting firm Price Waterhouse which became PricewaterhouseCoopers following a 1998 merger.
Teresa Budworth is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and a Chartered Director. During a 36 year career in health and safety, she has specialised in safety consultancy; working with a number of Boards of Directors on implementing safety governance within large and diverse organisations. Her work on competence, education and training culminated in her appointment as Chief Executive of NEBOSH; the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health, in 2006.
She worked for nine years as a Visiting Senior Teaching Fellow and member of the Examination Board for post graduate courses in Occupational Health at the University of Warwick's Medical School.
Teresa is a past chair of RoSPA’s National Occupational Safety and Health Committee. She is Vice Chairman of the Board of OSHCR Ltd, the body running the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register, which was established in 2011 by the Health and Safety Executive. She is co-author of "Reflective Learning: An essential tool for the self-development of health and safety practitioners."
Following 25 years technical experience and 11 years in a Health and Safety role within the Surface Coatings and Chemical Industry my considerable experience is now used to help SMEs meet their legal requirements. I am also a CHAS Assessor having conducted numerous practical and desktop audits of safety systems for many years with particular reference to contractor safety. Currently aiming to retire shortly but find it hard to stop.
As well as being involved with the IOSH East Lancashire District Branch Committee for over 6 years I took on the role as Treasurer six years ago albeit on a temporary basis.
I have been involved with Manchester Occupational Health and Safety Group for over 20 years, most of them as Treasurer, as well as taking on the same role for Safety Groups UK for over 8 years.
Sheila Pantry OBE, BA, FCLIP is a pivotal figure in occupational safety and health due to her pioneering use of computer technology in information management.
She is perhaps best known for her development and management of the world-renowned Health and Safety Executive information service, which included establishing a HSE public enquiry service that handled 250,000 enquiries a year.
Sheila writes, edits and produces websites for the health, safety, fire and environment sectors, and has produced a series of books for the information industry.
She has worked on the European Commission programmes in telematics and living/working conditions in a number of European countries, and was instrumental in the development of a Masters syllabus in information engineering.
This year's IOSH Lifetime Achievement Award winner is a prolific speaker. She regularly gives talks and presents seminars, both in the UK and internationally, on all aspects of information management, staff training and development, as well as the use of health, safety, fire, chemical and environment information. She was a visiting lecturer at the Department of Information Studies at the University of Sheffield, and served on British Library advisory committees in London and at Boston Spa.
Sheila runs seminars and conferences on all aspects of health, safety and fire and is an active member of the UK Fire Information Group, the UK Fire and Rescue Statistics User Group and the National Occupational Health and Safety Committee at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Few could match the global reach of this influential figure, who has set up information services and trained staff in Australia; Bulgaria; Canada; Finland; Greece; Hong Kong; Hungary; Ireland; Jordan; Lithuania; the Netherlands; New Zealand; Poland; Switzerland; Turkey; the USA and Zimbabwe.
Sheila was awarded an OBE by HM The Queen in 1993 for services to the health and safety information industry. In 2000 RoSPA awarded her its Distinguished Service Award.
She has worked closely with the Geneva-based International Labour Office Health and Safety Centre. In 2004 she received a certificate of appreciation for giving 25 years of untiring support to the International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre.
Sheila can now add one of the most prestigious awards in occupational safety and health to her long list of achievements.
Katy joined the CBI in April 2014 and is responsible for our policy work on diversity and inclusion - including flexible working, childcare, shared parental leave and women on boards – as well as wellbeing, health and safety.
Prior to working at the CBI, Katy spent two years working as an account manager in marketing and advertising before spending three years contracted out to major financial institutions where she provided regulatory and compliance expertise.
Katy has a degree in History from the University of Sheffield and completed her masters in Non-proliferation and International Security at King's College, London.
Paul Reeve is a leading member of the Specialist Engineering Contractors' health and safety group. Paul is a Chartered Fellow of IOSH and has been an active H,S&E professional since the early 90s. He is also a former editor of two leading health and safety magazines ('Health and Safety at Work' and 'The Safety and Health Practitioner'). In 2002 he received the RoSPA award for distinguished service to safety. Prior to joining the ECA, Paul was head of safety and environment at the Engineering Employers' Federation
Steven Sadhra is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Education for Occupational Health at the School of Health and Population Sciences. He is the programme lead for the MSc in Occupational Health and CPD programmes. Steven is also the joint lead for another MSc programme (Science of Occupational Health, Safety and the Environment) which he developed with Environmental Health and Risk Management (EHRM) in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES).
Steven has published over 60 research papers and government reports and is the co-editor of two text books and has written 8 book chapters. He is the co-editor of the first Oxford Hand Book of Occupational Health.
He heads the departmental research on the evaluation of occupational health services and the development of workplace interventions for risk reduction. Steven has a particular interest in methods for assessing exposures to pollutants in the workplace and is a qualified Occupational Hygienist.
Steven has over 20 years experience in research, teaching and training in Occupational Health and his contribution has been recognised through Honorary fellowships of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) and the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM). More recently he was awarded the RoSPA international award for services to Occupational Health.
Errol is responsible for the charity's public health agenda. His evidence-based approach aims to reduce the toll of injury by empowering individuals and organisations to be 'as safe as necessary, not as safe as possible'. He created a new epidemiological measure, the Preventable Year of Life Lost (PrYLL) and was the lead author of RoSPA's suite of Big Book(s) of Accident Prevention.
A keen proponent of partnership working, Errol is a non-executive director of EuroSafe, an advisory board member to the Chief Fire Officer's Association and chairs the judging panel for the British Safety Industries Federation Awards. He played a leading role in £ multi-million projects 'Safe At Home' and the 'Child Safety Education Coalition'.
Qualified as a Chartered Director with an MBA, an engineering degree and a gold grade in RoSPA advanced driving test. Married with three children, Errol enjoys scuba diving, cycling, racket sports and sailing.
Alex Wilson is the honorary Secretary of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), the Chartered society for worker health protection. He has served on the board of directors of the BOHS since 2012. Alex is the current Global Occupational Hygiene Manager of Rolls-Royce Plc. In his role he supports one of the world’s leading power systems manufacturers in its health risk management strategy and roll-out. His previous experience of 10 years is working in the UK steel industry for Tata Steel and its predecessor Corus.
Terry is responsible for our policy work on occupational safety and health, sickness absence, well-being and the compensation culture. He represents manufacturers' views and concerns to UK and European governments.Terry chairs the health and safety committee of CEEMET (the Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-based industries). In addition to this, he sits on a number of representative groups, including the European Commission's advisory committee on safety and health working parties for work-related musculoskeletal disorders and electro-magnetic fields.
He is also:
A Council member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors
A member of the UK Confederation of British Industry's health and safety panel representing UK Steel
A member of a number of Health and Safety Executive stakeholder groups
Before joining EEF, Terry was:
The executive director responsible for health and safety risk management with Goldman Sachs
Environment, health and safety manager with GlaxoSmithKline Research and Development
An inspector for the Health and Safety Executive
Occupational Health Risks Campaigns
ATL is running a campaign to increase awareness of the danger of asbestos in education buildings.
It is estimated that more than 1.5 million workplace properties still contain some form of asbestos. Certainly, asbestos is present in many educational establishments, though staff are often unaware of its presence until repairs or renovations occur.
Exposure to and inhalation of asbestos can lead to serious and terminal related diseases. The British Lung Foundation reports that 2,000 people are diagnosed with the asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma, every year in the UK. The number of deaths from mesothelioma is expected to peak at 2,450 between 2011 and 2015.
As part of its health and safety training for reps ATL is showing parts of a DVD, Mesothelioma: the human face of an asbestos epidemic, to further raise awareness of the issue.
There are four types of mesothelioma: Pleural (lungs), peritoneal (abdomen), pericardial (heart) and testicular. Pleural and peritoneal are the most common types, comprising nearly 90 percent of all diagnoses. Learn more about your specific type and what it means for your treatment options.
Medical experts acknowledge four main types of mesothelioma — each named for the area of the body where the cancer forms. The most common type, pleural mesothelioma, develops in the lining of the lungs.
Peritoneal mesothelioma forms in the peritoneum, the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity. This is the second-most prevalent type. The overwhelming majority of mesothelioma specialists treat patients with one of these two types.
Your family: Your entire family can be affected by invisible asbestos dust you may bring home on your work clothes. It's nasty stuff and doesn't discriminate!
Your health: Asbestos is the biggest on the job killer of tradespeople in the UK. Each week on average it kills 20 tradesmen, including 4 plumbers, 6 electricians and 8 joiners. Don't dismiss it as a thing of the past... it's still a very real and dangerous threat.
Your colleagues: If you don't deal with asbestos responsibly you'll be putting everyone on site at risk. Do the right thing by your colleagues. Always speak up if you come across asbestos and follow the right procedures.
Your business: If you're not clued up about asbestos you're not doing a good job and it will soon become common knowledge. Be prepared for bad ratings and negative customer feedback. No one wants a cowboy in their home endangering their family.
Asbestos kills around 20 tradesman each week. If asbestos fibres are released and inhaled they can cause serious and fatal diseases.
This is why some work will require a licensed contractor, and some work may need to be notified.
Asbestos is the UK's biggest workplace killer.
The three main types of asbestos - blue, brown and white asbestos - can still be found in the workplace. There is no safe level of exposure and all types are dangerous.
Around 4,000 people die each year from mesothelioma and asbestos related lung cancer - 11 people for every day of the year. This is greater than the number of road accident deaths. Before the death rate declines, up to a quarter of a million people in Britain may have died from asbestos exposures.
There are up to six million tonnes of asbestos in schools, hospitals, ships, offices and factories - and the homes we live in. The importation, supply, and use of all asbestos throughout Britain is prohibited.
UNISON is ready to ratchet up its campaign against asbestos in schools and has prepared a series of documents to help activists, reps and parents who are concerned about the issue, and includes advice on asbestos in warm-air heating systems from a joint union body.
Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways which leads to them becoming inflamed, muscles in the airways tightening, and too much mucus being produced. As the airways narrow, the air has more difficulty getting in and out and this is what causes the person with asthma to have problems in breathing.
Asthma symptoms can include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and a tightening around the chest. For some sufferers the symptoms are so severe that they cannot work again.
Occupational asthma is caused when workers breathe in substances at work that leads to them developing a sensitivity to it. The body sets off an immune reaction to the substance, and any further exposure can bring about an attack. In some cases the symptoms develop immediately after exposure, but for some people they will not appear until several hours later, often at night.
Benzene is found in almost every industrial solvents. It is found in glue in shoes, in coating on toys, and in cleaning agent in for electronic parts.
Yet benzene is also a deadly carcinogen. It is generally considered that the only absolutely safe concentration for benzene is zero. At its current scale of use it is possible that up to a million Chinese workers will die from benzene.
Benzene is replaceable, human lives are not. Support and stop this massacre of workers!
This online resource forms part of a Hazards 'Zero cancer' campaign. The initiative promotes participatory approaches to reducing occupational and environmental cancer risks. It is a project of Stirling University's Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Research Group (OEHSRG) and is coordinated by OEHSRG's Professor Rory O'Neill and researcher Jawad Qasrawi.
Cancer caused by what people do at work is nothing new. One of the first official cases of an occupational cancer was identified in the eighteenth century.
Asbestos is the best known carcinogen – and the biggest killer. Today, asbestos claims well over 100,000 lives a year worldwide. It's estimated that 10 million people across the world will have died as a result of asbestos exposure before it's been fully controlled. But there are many other carcinogenic exposures that cause cancer and claim lives – well over 50 substances are listed as known or probable causes of workplace cancer. Across the EU, 1 in 5 workers faces an occupational cancer risk. Across the world, the number of people dying from a work-caused cancer far outstrips those dying because of work accidents. It's estimated that at least 666,000 people die worldwide every year.
Each year almost 120,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer. Whether you are an employee, carer, business or health professional we can provide support and information about work and cancer.
British Occupational Hygiene Society. 'Breathe Freely'
Construction workers are at high risk of contracting lung disease from the work that they do. In 2015, approximately 3,500 will die from cancer caused by past exposures to asbestos, 500 more from silica dust, another 5,500 will be diagnosed with occupational cancer, and – today alone – an unknown but significant number will breathe in the hazardous substances that will one day seriously affect their health or kill them.
The CDP aim is to:
"To raise awareness within the construction industry about lung diseases related to hazardous workplace dust and to promote good practice to prevent these diseases, particularly for those undertaking high risk tasks"
The membership has collectively agreed to:
Target hazardous construction dusts, particularly those that give rise to the greatest risk of lung disease.
Improve the construction industry's awareness of the risks of developing lung disease due to the inhalation of these dusts.
Identify those construction tasks that give rise to the greatest risk to workers developing such conditions.
Work together to agree and promote proportionate controls to minimise the risks from these high risk tasks.
QPT strapline: “Working together to tackle workplace dust”
The QPT is a tripartite body whose raison d’être is:
To reduce the incidence of respiratory disease in workers within the quarrying industry by further raising awareness of the risks of exposure, via inhalation, to hazardous dusts in the workplace.
To improve workers' knowledge concerning exposure to dust in the workplace
To share, promote and encourage good control practices in the workplace
To bring about a change in attitudes and behaviours to workplace 'dust'.
QPT includes the chair of the Construction Dust Partnership.
MPA NEPSI Multi-sectoral social dialogue agreement on ‘silica’
NEPSI is the acronym for the European Silica Network formed by the Employee and Employer European sectoral associations having signed in 2006 the EU’s Social Dialogue "Agreement on Workers' Health Protection Through the Good Handling and Use of Crystalline Silica and Products Containing it". The “NEPSI” Agreement represents 15 industry sectors and their social partner, IndustriAll – the European Trade Union. Representing more than 2 million employees and a business exceeding €250 billion, the European industries involved are: Aggregates*; Cement*; Ceramics; Container Glass; Expanded Clay; Flat Glass; Foundries; Glass Fibre; Industrial Minerals*; Mineral Wool; Metals; Mining; Mortar*; Natural (Dimension) Stone*; and Precast Concrete*. Of these European industries, those marked with an asterisk are represented in GB by the MPA. It is hoped that the European Construction Industry and its social partners will re-consider the benefits of joining of a suitably modified NEPSI.
The SafeTea Break, brought to you by 3M, provides health and safety managers the toolkit and platform they need to engage the workforce in a discussion about health and long latency occupational diseases.
The SafeTea Break arrives as a kit, providing open questions to present to the workforce in a break out session that will generate debate across health topics, ultimately driving a useful action plan for the health and safety manager, and a better understanding of the health risks and consequences of non-compliance for the workforce.
The SafeTea Break will therefore provide a health and safety manager with a mechanism to improve personal safety and compliance on site, whilst developing an inclusive safety culture following the group discussions.
CBH is a non-profit membership scheme dedicated to help the Construction Industry achieve a fit and healthy workforce.
We show you an easier and better way to control your work-related health management, with our resources and expertise, reduce absenteeism, skills drain, wasted time and money.
A healthy workforce is a happier and more productive one.
The Health Risks at Work initiative provides simple, concise information to help small businesses manage five key health at work risk areas:
Muscles, bones and joints
Hearing and touch
Are you sure that the RPE you provide to your employees fits them properly? Are you sure the face fit test was carried out competently? You ought to be, because the health of your employees could be at serious risk.
Recent research indicates that up to 50% of all RPE used does not offer the wearer the level of protection assumed and one of the major reasons is that it simply does not fit! Yet, under the regulations RPE must be correctly selected and this includes, for many types of RPE, a face piece Fit Test conducted by a competent person. So how can you be sure the person conducting the fit test is competent?
In view of these major concerns the British Safety Industry Federation, along with the HSE and other industry stakeholders have developed a competency scheme for Fit Test Providers. The Fit2Fit RPE Fit Test Providers Accreditation Scheme is designed to confirm the competency of any person performing face piece fit testing. Follow the useful links and downloads on this website to find out more.
Clean Air? - Take Care! is a new joint initiative between the BSIF and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) aimed at reducing occupational respiratory disease. The initiative is centred on a range of national activities and educational seminars designed to raise awareness among RPE users, employers, fit testers and advisors on the correct selection, deployment, use, maintenance and storage of RPE.
Work related skin diseases are preventable yet 40,000 new cases are recorded every year by the HSE and it’s only the tip of the iceberg based on anecdotal evidence. The objective of the 'It's in in your hands' originally launched seven years ago is to significantly reduce the incidence of work related skin disease. By providing information on what to look out for and advice on how to protect workers against hazardous substances, work related skin disease can be avoided.
Hearing protection is a last resort but must be used until noise risks are under control.
Choose the correct level of protection. This will not usually be the highest available.
Make sure it is suitable for the user and their work activities, and that they can use it comfortably with any other PPE or equipment they have to wear or use.
Ensure they wear it at all times in the noisy area. If they remove it, even briefly, they will have wasted most of the time they have spent wearing it. For example, removing protection for just 5 minutes out of one hour will reduce the protection achieved by more than half.
Stress is not a direct risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but it's possible that it may contribute to your risk level. It all depends on your coping mechanisms.
Some people cope with stress with risky behaviour – such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol and overeating.
All of these increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Over 400,00 people suffer from stress related illnesses caused by their work every year. The Stressed Out survey by the Samaritans, the UK emotional support charity, found: "People's jobs are the single biggest cause of stress... with over a third (36 per cent) of Briton's citing it as one of their biggest stressors."
Our hearts and minds can face intolerable pressures from work. Overwork, bullying, low job control and satisfaction, job insecurity, new ways of working, poor work organisation and pace of work can all cause work stress.
The mental symptoms of stress range from sleeplessness and listlessness through to clinical depression and suicide. The physical effects range from appetite loss and nausea through to heart damage and stroke.
British Association of Dermatologists. Sun hazards
The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) currently runs a national campaign around skin cancer called Sun Awareness, which includes national Sun Awareness Week in May. This campaign is overseen by the BAD's Skin Cancer Prevention Committee, comprised of leading medical professionals with expertise in skin cancer, vitamin D and public health messaging.
Sun Awareness is the British Association of Dermatologists' annual campaign to raise awareness of skin cancer. The campaign runs from April to September annually and includes Sun Awareness Week in May. The campaign is two-pronged and combines prevention and detection advice. The first aim is to encourage people to regularly self-examine for skin cancer. The second is to teach people about the dangers of sunburn and excessive tanning, and to discourage people from using sunbeds, in light of the associated risks of skin cancer. In addition to public education about the dangers of sunbed use, the BAD has also been involved in campaigning for legislation to regulate the sunbed industry and is continuing to push towards further and improved regulation.
Almost all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun and/or sunbeds. All skin types can be damaged by exposure to UVR. Damage is permanent, irreversible and increases with each exposure.
Skin cancer is the UK's most common and fastest rising cancer
Malignant melanoma is one of the most common cancers in young adults (aged 15-34) in the UK
More people die from skin cancer in the UK than Australia
Over 80% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to the sun and/or sunbeds, making the majority of all skin cancers preventable with sun safety measures.
Health and work: seven key points
Your employees are your number one key asset. Good health is not just good for people, it is good for business too. Here are seven key rules to help you focus on the health and work challenge.
Do not damage your employees' health by exposing them to harmful levels of dust, chemicals, noise, vibration, micro-organisms, heavy loads and bad posture, harmful stress etc. – and prevent accidents.
Where necessary, make sure your employees are fit enough to do those jobs that are especially demanding.
Besides providing first aid to deal with health crises, provide sensitive and practical help and support employees whose health is impaired, including those returning to work following sickness or injury.
Engage with your people at work and work to raise their understanding or how they can maintain and improve their own health and safety - and that of their family members - and provide help and opportunities for them to achieve this.
Through training, education and dialogue, create a partnership culture in which the managers and staff work proactively to maintain and improve employee health.
Plan, deliver and monitor your employee health improvement plan to check it is working, acting on lessons learned from experience and celebrating successes.
Get the right outside help and support to achieve these objectives, while aiming to become as self-reliant as possible.
Learning how to learn from accidents
However well any organisation thinks that it manages its operations to ensure good health and safety outcomes, it can expect to have some unanticipated, damaging (or potentially damaging) events. Accidents and incidents damage people and they damage organisations - but they also present important opportunities for everyone to learn lessons, which, if acted on, will not only help prevent recurrence of similar events but will also help to improve the way risks are managed generally. Accidents, particularly incidents in which no one has been hurt, can actually be our one of our best teachers; although to be able to squeeze safety learning out of them, we need to learn how to listen to what they try are trying to tell us. In fact, learning how to learn from accidents and incidents - particularly by overcoming some of the common barriers that arise in their aftermath such as fear, blame and anxieties about reputational loss and legal proceedings - and developing a culture of reporting and systematic investigation of accidents, incidents and unsafe acts and conditions - is all part of a much bigger culture change that is badly needed in so many of today's businesses.
RoSPA has produced this downloadable resource to help you reflect on the way your organisation investigates and learns from the unplanned and the unexpected. Although it contains advice, it is not a universally applicable 'how to' guide but rather a thought-provoking introduction to some of the challenges which people are likely to face when investigating accidents and developing the organisational readiness of their organisation to respond to them effectively.
Download: Learning how to learn from accidents
RoSPA is keen to receive feedback so we can develop this resource further. Comments should be sent to Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA's Occupational Safety Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Committee has concentrated on a number of strategic themes:
History of Occupational Safety and Health website
In 2011, the NOSHC decided to take forward the History of Occupational Safety and Health project in order to create a suitable "map" of occupational safety and health information sources and materials from an historical point of view, with as many links to original texts as possible. The website, www.historyofosh.org.uk launched to mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April 2014, is the result of that project.
Improving Health and Safety in Small Firms – Initiative
Many small firms need help to meet their duties under health and safety law. NOSHC undertook a long term inquiry (SME Inquiry) into Health and Safety assistance available to SMEs. Find out more about this inquiry.
Big Workplace Discussion
How to improve team leadership of health and safety. Find out more about this initiative.
A sub-committee of the Committee also oversees RoSPA's occupational health and safety awards. Find out more about RoSPA Awards.
Three meetings of the committee are convened each year.
Our shared purpose - NOSHC mission statements
Working for a healthier workplace.
NEBOSH - The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health
NEBOSH's vision is to preserve and improve health, safety and environmental management in workplaces worldwide.
IOSH - Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
World of work which is safe, healthy and sustainable.
Unit is dedicated to serving the best interests of its members, protecting workers rights and improving the quality of life by negotiating with employers and government.
Our vision is that our members are recognised and valued for supplying essential materials for a sustainable future in a manner that is economically viable and socially and environmentally responsible. Health and Safety is the top priority for the MPA."
The voice of British Farming.
WISH – Waste Industry Safety and Health
WISH will continue to promote, publicise, facilitate and bring about the sharing and publication of best practice to identify of the actions that can be taken to reduce workplace accident and occupational ill health incidence rates.
The voice of the networks, representing the 'wires and pipes' transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.
RoSPA - The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
To save lives and reduce injuries.
UK's premier business lobbying organisation, providing a voice for employers at a national and international level.
To promote health and safety by supporting a thriving national network of health and safety Groups.
Our Vision is: To lead the industry and our Member businesses to growth and prosperity.
Our Strategic Objectives are:
To enhance the credibility and capability of our industry, our Members and the Association
To positively influence the technical, commercial, training and industrial relations environment in which our Members operate
To provide high quality services that help our Members to succeed
To ensure that the ECA is well governed, well managed and financially sustainable
Our Values are:
To provide excellent customer service
To support and empower our people
To achieve success through innovation
To act with integrity
To work collaboratively.
Working together to improve the health of the UK's workforce.
We're a powerful voice in leading, championing and celebrating UK manufacturing.
HSE's mission is to prevent death, injury and ill-health in Great Britain's workplaces - by becoming part of the solution.