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News and Views

Explore the latest news, updates, and thought-provoking views in the realm of health and safety.



 
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Could a four-day week improve wellbeing in the workplace?

Becky Spencer reports on businesses who have adopted a four-day working week and looks at the impacts, particularly on health and wellbeing...

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29/02/2024
How to make a risk assessment legally watertight

In the first of a series of health and safety law videos, health and safety defence lawyer Simon Joyston-Bechal, Director at Turnstone Law, offers his words of wisdom...


Features


29/02/2024
How a small organisation won the highest accolade at the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards

Social housing provider Trent & Dove were awarded the prestigious Sir George Earle Trophy in 2022. The organisation explain how they achieved the Award...


Case study



28/02/2024

Preventing slips, trips and falls: Empowering employees with knowledge and toolkits

Discover the importance of preventing slips, trips and falls and how you can empower employees with knowledge and toolikits in this informative webinar session...

Webinar


27/02/2024
Access our free road safety factsheet on inappropriate speed

Drivers and riders who are travelling at inappropriate speeds are more likely to have a collision and their higher speed means that the collision will cause more severe injuries...

Toolkit


26/02/2024

Legal spotlight: Avoiding penalties for health and safety breaches

This article from Croner-i sets out essential background information and advice on implementing good practice along with highlighting some cases of prosecutions against those failing to do so...

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22/02/2024
Download our free home safety factsheet for the over-65s

Our Safe at home: Tips for the over-65s booklet offers advice on the biggest risks facing older people in their homes, such as falls, burns and carbon monoxide poisoning...

Toolkit


19/02/2024

Behind the wheel: Protecting the mental health of professional drivers

Long hours, a heavy workload with tight deadlines, fatigue, isolation and loneliness can all contribute to the mental health toll for those who drive for work...


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14/02/2024
What is the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive?

The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive is set to completely shake up the sustainability compliance landscape – but what will it mean for you and your business?...

Feature 

13/02/2024
Apprentices building the future of health and safety

To mark National Apprenticeship Week (February 5-11), Jane Warren looks at the huge benefits that health and safety apprentices can bring to organisations...

 
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12/02/2024
Managing the health and safety of young workers

Croner-i summarise the main factors that employers need to consider to reduce risk among a young workforce, including training, experience and exposure to specific hazards...


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08/02/2024
Elevating dementia care

EDGE Services recently worked with RoSPA Qualifications to create an innovative new qualification for individuals working with people with dementia...

 

 
Case study


07/02/2024
Fire Risk Management: How to avoid risks that could cost you, the business, and your reputation

Discover the importance of fire risk management under UK law and how to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in our informative webinar session...

Webinar



07/02/2024
The wrong fit: Women's PPE in construction

With an increasingly diverse workforce, more attention is being drawn to a lack of inclusive PPE for women in construction and what impact this can have on health and safety...



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07/02/2024
Ensuring safety and wellbeing during Ramadan: Essential preparation for health and safety managers

Join us for our webinar on navigating workplace challenges during Ramadan presented by Fiona Liddell, Head of HSE and Risk Management for Serco Middle East...

Webinar



06/02/2024
Road safety Q&A: Sharing the road

Rebecca Guy, our Road Safety Manager, England, answers road safety questions submitted to RoSPA. This week - what can I do when walking or cycling to help keep myself and others safe? Find out here...




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30/01/2024
Road safety Q&A: Child car seats and thick jackets

Rebecca Guy, our Road Safety Manager, England, answers road safety questions submitted to RoSPA. This week - can a child wear a thick jacket in a car seat? Find out here...

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30/01/2024
How should you deal with an accident at work?

In this article from Croner-i, Martin Hodgson explains what systems and procedures you should have in place in case an accident occurs in the workplace...

 
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29/01/2024

The state of climate resilience in construction: Highlighting the health and safety implications

Dr Karen McDonnell, in collaboration with weather risk management organisation, EHAB, discusses the urgent need to build resilience to climate change into construction projects...

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26/01/2024
Why keeping the three-year MOT test interval is crucial

Road Safety Manager for England, Rebecca Guy, considers why it’s so necessary that MOT tests retain their three-year MOT interval period, and looks to the future of vehicle checks in a modern landscape…

Feature


26/01/2024
Minibus: Pre-drive safety checklist

Minibuses provide a vital service for many people and organisations. This checklist is to assist anyone, including charities and voluntary organisations, who operate a minibus service to carry passengers... 


Factsheet


25/01/2024
Preventing falls at care homes across the UK

Barchester Healthcare have created thousands of Fall Fighters at their care homes across the UK...



Case study


24/01/2024

Legal Spotlight: Mental Health at Work

Why managers need to take mental health at work seriously, advice on implementing the necessary arrangements to effectively manage mental health and more...


Feature


23/01/2024
Managing to support good mental health

Becky Spencer looks at the benefits that supporting mental health at work can bring to businesses and their staff...

 


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17/01/2024
Introduction to policies and procedures

This insightful webinar is designed to help providers and managers get to grips with the policies and procedures required to register and run a successful social care service...

Webinar


16/01/2024

Tyre safety is a shared responsibility that demands immediate attention

Stuart Lovatt, Chairman of TyreSafe, calls for greater awareness of the risks of poor tyre safety after the release of several datasets in 2023...


Feature



16/01/2024
Driving tired?

Our Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser, Dr Karen McDonnell, calls for us all to think about the dangers of fatigue – especially when behind the wheel...



Thought Leadership


15/01/2024

Unleashing your potential: How health and safety managers can land their ideal job in 2024

Health and safety recruitment expert Laura Aucott offers her top three tips on how to get the health and safety role you want this year...

Feature


15/01/2024

Value added: Costing the true benefits of safety

A new tool designed to calculate the value of safety to any organisation could help strengthen the business case for OSH initiatives but also sell the benefits of a more holistic view of employee care and protection


Feature


11/01/2024

Meeting safety challenges in construction

Construction company Willmott Dixon won a RoSPA Patron's Award for 25 consecutive Gold Awards in 2022. This case study offers a valuable insight into how they meet the safety challenges in their industry…


Case study



10/01/2024
Human factors: Do we really know our safety limits?

Despite our great achievements as humans, we are all ultimately the prisoners of both error and gravity. Coping better with either depends on first understanding where our limits really lie, says Roger Bibbings...

Thought leadership

04/01/2024
APOSHO welcomes RoSPA membership to enhance occupational safety initiatives

International safety organisation APOSHO expands its reach by welcoming RoSPA, reinforcing a commitment to preventing occupational accidents and diseases through global knowledge exchange and collaboration...

News


02/01/2024
Navigate the 'January Blues' by building resilience that lasts

As the new year unfolds, you may grapple with a dip in mood and motivation. Here are some practical strategies you can introduce to help face the challenges January may bring…



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22/12/2023

Top 5 most read articles of 2023

Revisit our top five most popular articles this year, including informative webinars that you can watch anytime and in-depth features...

 




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20/12/2023

Shining a light on the January Blues: An employer's guide to navigating the seasonal slump

As we kick off the new year, many of us experience a dip in mood and motivation commonly known as the January Blues. Find out more about the causes, and learn strategies to build long-term resilience...

Webinar


19/12/2023
RoSPA challenges Government on lack of road safety strategy for England

The Government’s failure to publish a revised road safety strategy contributed to almost 30,000 people killed or seriously injured on our roads last year...


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18/12/2023

The key to 15 consecutive years of award-winning success

Moore Concrete Products explain how getting the whole company involved in safety has led to them winning an amazing 15 consecutive Gold RoSPA Health and Safety Awards...

 

Case study

 


11/12/2023

CSRD and OSH reporting

If you do business in Europe, the EU’s new ESG reporting law will affect you. Here we take a first look at some of the aspects of health and safety reporting and materiality assessment...



Feature


13/12/2023
UK road safety progress has come to a grinding halt

Today, the World Health Organisation released its Global Status Report on Road Safety, with stats showing that the UK has made much less progress in the last decade when compared to the decade before...

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12/12/2023
Deciding when to stop driving

If you're concerned about someone’s ability to drive safely, our leaflet ‘Driving Safely for Longer’ provides guidance on continuing to be a safe driver in later life and maintaining the independence having your own vehicle brings...

 

Toolkit


11/12/2023

Tackling the top five biggest driver behaviour issues

Dr Karen McDonnell discusses the main risks relating to driver behaviour and how employers can help to tackle them...



Feature


11/12/2023
How one cosmetics giant’s equipment innovation enhanced safety 

An innovative approach to equipment risks at L’Oréal’s North Little Rock plant in Arkansas has transformed safety across the whole organisation... 

Case study

06/12/2023
Protecting gig workers

Many workers in the gig economy are vulnerable road users and employers should understand the value that people add, says our Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser, Dr Karen McDonnell..


Thought Leadership


04/12/2023

The safety and health of workers in the gig economy

The gig economy is growing rapidly worldwide. This article from Croner-i provides guidance on responsibilities for protecting the safety and health of gig workers...


Feature


04/12/2023
How our awards entry process contributes to CPD

Our reflective awards entry process is the first of its kind in the health and safety industry to be recognised with independent certification by the Continuing Professional Development Service...

News


01/12/2023
HIV and the workplace:
Best practice for employers

The majority of people living with HIV are of working age but many face discrimination at work. In this article, Becky Spencer explains what employers can do to support workers who are affected by HIV...

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28/11/2023
Participate in the Health and Safety Leadership Survey 2023

Good health and safety leadership plays a pivotal role in improving safety performance. By participating in this survey, you'll provide valuable insights into the current state of health and safety leadership in the UK...

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28/11/2023
Unwrap our top tips for a safe and merry Christmas

Christmas can be a busy and fun time – but it’s vital to keep some basic safety advice in mind, especially when shopping for gifts online...



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28/11/2023
Electrical safety toolkit available

RoSPA members can access an electrical safety toolkit, produced by Croner-i.  This toolkit provides guidance for all organisations on electrical safety when using, maintaining or installing electrical appliances...

Toolkit


28/11/2023
Top 5 new entrant mistakes

Matt Cryer, RoSPA's Awards Standards Manager, reveals the most common mistakes made by new awards entrants and the best ways to avoid them...



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27/11/2023
RoSPA leads UK response to WHO drowning prevention initiative

RoSPA’s Leisure Safety Manager, Carlene McAvoy, explains the key role that RoSPA and the National Water Safety Forum are playing in global efforts to prevent drowning...

Feature


23/11/2023
Case study: Using driver training to assess risk

Sytner Group is the UK’s largest car dealership and employs 10,000 people nationwide. Find out how the company is using RoSPA’s suite of driver training courses to assess risk...

Case study


23/11/2023
Winter Safety in the Workplace

Winter brings with it a wide range of health and safety hazards which can impact on the running of your business. Join us for an insightful webinar to help organisations prepare for cold weather and mitigate the main risks...





Webinar


22/11/2023
We must invest in the HSE to tackle growing threats to worker safety

Statistics on work-related ill health and workplace injuries released today by the Health and Safety Executive show that two million workers in Great Britain reported suffering from work-related ill health in 2022/23.




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20/11/2023
'Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999' - requirements, recent cases and step-by-step help

This article sets out the key requirements of the legislation, describes some recent case law examples where businesses have fallen foul of the law and advises on a step-by-step process that managers can follow to help keep employees safe in their workplace...

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14/11/2023
Child car seats: Download the checklist

A car seat is probably one of the most important purchases you will make for your child, but with so many types and models of car seat on the market, it can be difficult to know where to start and which one to choose...

Toolkit


14/11/2023
Asbestos and women: The hidden killer

Each year, around 400 women die from mesothelioma caused by asbestos in the UK, yet the majority were not directly exposed to the deadly fibres through their work. So, what is responsible for this toll? Becky Spencer investigates...

Feature


14/11/2023
Driven to distraction?

Dr Karen McDonnell, our Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser and Head of RoSPA Scotland, discusses the main risks relating to driver distraction and how to tackle them...



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13/11/2023

Learning from a first-time entrant

In 2023, Xylem acheived 14 RoSPA Health and Safety Awards after entering for the first time. Learn about their journey so far and why they decided to enter...

 




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7/11/2023
Up to standard - Should your business adopt ISO 45001?

Half a decade since the launch of the first global OSH management systems standard, ISO 45001, Louis Wustemann considers the questions to ask if you are considering certification...



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7/11/2023
Dangers of ice: Protecting lives with winter water safety

Winter's icy charm can be captivating, but beneath its surface lies a perilous hazard that should never be underestimated. Carlene McAvoy, our Leisure Safety Manager, highlights  the risks associated with ice and how to take the necessary precautions...

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07/11/2023
How OSH awards can bolster your ESG credentials

Find out how safety and health awards, even just the process of applying for them, can help your organisation frame its safety and health work as part of its social responsibilities.


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02/11/2023
Investigate the positive?

Let's try and investigate - really rigorously and with an open mind - cases where things go right, not just when they do not. Are there not powerful lessons to be learnt right under our noses?



Thought Leadership


31/10/2023
ISO 45001 toolkit available

RoSPA members can now download a ISO 45001 toolkit, produced by Croner-i. The toolkit provides step-by-step guidance for implemeting the requirements of ISO 45001 , the main clauses of the standard and links to key information and templates... 

Toolkit


30/10/2023
ESG in the frame - the rise of OSH reporting standards

As the emphasis in ESG has shifted away from mainly environmental reporting, frameworks have grown to demonstrate OSH performance to investors and corporate customers, says Louis Wustemann...

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26/10/2023
Pioneering project reduces falls by nearly 70 per cent among over-60s 

Inspired by RoSPA’s Fall Fighter campaign, this project aimed to increase awareness of the risks and consequences of falls among older people living in Trent & Dove properties...

 

Case study



25/10/2023
Errol Taylor steps down as RoSPA CEO

After almost two decades at one of the leading accident prevention charities, Errol Taylor has stepped down as its chief executive.



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25/10/2023
Mental health in the workplace

This insightful webinar will delve into the essential aspects of managing mental health in the workplace. Gain valuable knowledge on addressing mental health and stress, and discover the legal obligations that guide you in safeguarding the well-being of your team...

Webinar


24/10/2023
Safe driver, safe vehicle, safe load: getting it right every time

Dr Karen McDonnell, our Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser and Head of RoSPA Scotland, highlights the importance of transporting goods safely...

 


Feature


23/10/2023
Fall prevention in the construction industry

What are the most effective strategies you can apply to prevent falls in the construction industry? Croner-i offer some practical tips to ensure worker safety and reduce accidents on site....


Feature


17/10/2023
The positive impacts of having a menopause policy at work

Positively managing the menopause at work by supporting affected employees has huge benefits for their wellbeing, as well as helping employers retain valued members of staff. Jane Warren reports...


Feature


17/10/2023
Beyond the Baseline: Elevate your health and safety performance through effective benchmarking strategies

Join us for a RoSPA member-exclusive webinar that delves into the strategic use of RoSPA Awards as an annual benchmarking tool.

Webinar


17/10/2023
Risk assessment toolkit available

RoSPA members can now download a new risk assessment toolkit, produced by Croner-i. The toolkit provides step-by-step guidance for planning, carrying out and implementing a risk assessment. 

 


Toolkit


17/10/2023
NEW Menopause toolkit available

This toolkit provides guidance on supporting staff through the menopause at work. It explains the key issues and provides links to information and resources on the website...


Toolkit


17/10/2023
Too sick to work - what's behind the record rise?

More than 2.5 million people in the UK are not currently working because of long-term illness, including 1.3 million due to mental health conditions. Becky Spencer investigates the potential reasons behind this record rise...

Feature


12/10/2023
Create great in-house training: Advice from NEBOSH

Creating effective in-house training can be a daunting task, especially because it is so important to accurately develop the knowledge and skills of our workers...



Feature


10/10/2023
Health and safety in the hospitality industry - what are your duties?

Croner-i highlight some of the key issues of health and safety in the hospitality industry and explain what employers' responsibilities are....

Case study


09/10/2023
Award for training provider using RoSPA course assurance service

Learning Nexus won First Class E-Learning Small Provider of the Year at the inaugural RoSPA Qualifications Awards in 2023...


Case study


09/10/2023
Joining the conversation on health and safety

Having a seat at the right table at the right time is a thread that has run through RoSPA’s policy work for decades, says Dr Karen McDonnell....

Thought leadership

03/10/2023
Buckle Up! Get your FREE Seatbelt Safety Factsheet

Discover the importance of seatbelt safety with our comprehensive Factsheet. Learn how to safeguard lives, essential guidelines, and crucial tips for secure journeys. Share this vital resource with your employees...

Toolkit

 
02/10/2023
Removing powers from local communities will put lives at risk 

With Friday’s news that Government plans to block councils imposing 20mph speed limits, RoSPA’s Steve Cole investigates whether it’s the right thing to do


 

News

 
27/09/2023
Health and safety procedures surrounding menopause

On Menopause Awareness Day, join us for thoughtful insights on menopause in the workplace. Learn about its impact, organisational support, legal considerations, and ensuring a safe environment…

Webinar



26/09/2023
Falls in descent: a look into our latest fall prevention report

RoSPA's recent collaborative study with Trent & Dove on Fall Prevention has revealed some interesting findings. Most notably that 69% of falls could be avoided with the right support in place. The news comes at the same...

News



26/09/2023
RoSPA Falls Prevention Lead set to pave the way in fall prevention

In a RoSPA first, the charity has appointed a Fall Prevention Lead to boost the fight to combat falls in the home. Julia Robinson, a former employee of Trent & Dove Housing, will first tackle...

 

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26/09/2023
How to get ahead: Laying the foundations for your 2024 RoSPA Awards Submission

Matt Cryer, RoSPA Awards Standards Manager, gives some top tips on entering our internationally renowned Health and Safety Awards scheme, which launches for 2024 this week.

Feature


26/09/2023
Navigating the legal landscape: Responsibilities of directors and senior managers

Discover the key legal responsibilities for directors and managers, explore recent cases and gain expert advice for effective safety management...

Feature


25/09/2023
Carbon monoxide – the silent killer

Dr Karen McDonnell on the vital need to be aware of carbon monoxide risks in all spheres of lifeCO is a poisonous gas. You can’t see it, hear it, smell it or taste it, and if you breathe it in it can make you seriously ill.

Feature

25/09/2023
The future of fleet: Managing electric vehicle safety

Croner-i explain how employers can manage the key hazards and risks for the safe operation of electric vehicles, future-proofing their fleet while keeping staff and the public safe...

Feature



21/09/2023
Thinking of entering the RoSPA Awards for the first time? How we approached the journey

Discover the path to awards success in our upcoming FREE webinar, where we'll be joined by first time award entrants and winners, Viking Raja Group UK...



Webinar


21/09/2023
Progressing from a Silver to a Gold RoSPA Health and Safety Award

After winning a Silver Award in 2022 (its first year of entry), Stiller Warehousing & Distribution aimed to achieve a Gold Award in 2023 and were successful in doing so. This case study looks at their journey so far... 

Case study


14/09/2023
Top 10 tips to address sleep fatigue at work during #Sleeptember

Fatigue is a major but under-recognised hazard in the workplace. In support of Sleeptember, Dr Karen McDonnell, offers advice on how employers can tackle the vital issue of fatigue...

 


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13/09/2023
Have your say! Product safety consultations

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has launched two new product safety consultations in line with the UK Government's emphasis on smarter regulations. RoSPA members... 

 
Feature


13/09/2023
Personal branding: How to make yourself stand out in a competitive market 

Health and safety recruitment expert Laura Aucott talks about how to get ahead with your career by creating a great impression with others in the health and safety sector...

 Feature



13/09/2023
Shooting from the lip: The real bottom line on selling safety

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a true industry leader and innovator in safety communication. Join RoSPA's "Influencer of the Year 2023", Simon Jones,  to find out how to sell safety to your stakeholders ...

 Webinar


13/09/2023
Everything you need to know about the 2024 RoSPA Awards

If you missed this popular webinar, here's your chance to catch up and watch it on-demand. Whether you're a small start-up, or an established organisation this webinar will help you successfully prepare for the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards... 

 
Webinar


12/09/2023
Drive safely: Tyre safety factsheet

We’d like to share an important resource designed to bolster your commitment to road safety and the welfare of your employees and their vehicles – our Tyre Safety Factsheet. This gives you insights ranging from selecting the optimal tyres  to maintaining appropriate tyre pressure levels.

Toolkit


07/09/2023
Game changer? How AI could transform workplace safety

Advances in AI could revolutionise workplace safety by processing data to identify patterns and hazards, enhancing surveillance, and improving risk management. However, ethical considerations and regulation are crucial as AI takes on decision-making roles...

Feature

07/09/2023
Award winning training assured by RoSPA 

High Speed Training, an online training provider, won the First Class E-Learning Large Provider of the Year at the 2023 RoSPA Qualifications Awards. Their success is attributed to close collaboration with RoSPA, dedicated product teams, industry partnerships, and robust quality assurance... 

Case study


06/09/2023
What winning an RoSPA award brought to our organisation

Are you eager to propel your organisation's success to new heights? Discover the transformative power of award recognition at our upcoming webinar hosted by Awards Standards Manager, Matt Cryer...



Webinar


06/09/2023
Risk taking and 'Progress'?

In the wake of the tragic loss of the Titan submersible, the world is abuzz with speculation on its causes. As experts delve into the mystery, one crucial insight emerges: the perilous collision of unbridled risk and lax regulation. Here, we explore the consequences of this dangerous cocktail, challenging the age-old debate on safety deregulation.

Thought Leadership


04/09/2023
Defensive driving: Reducing the risk of collisions

Collision risk can be reduced using defensive driving. Join our webinar, hosted by SHP, to discover techniques to navigate roads safely and expert insights on risk management...




Webinar

29/08/2023
Tackling health risks in construction

Three-quarters of working days lost in the construction industry are due to work-related illness and people in construction also have a significantly higher risk of some specific conditions than those in other industries...

Thought leadership

27/08/2023
Wising up to falls

Falls, and their prevention, ought to lie right at the heart of safety in any setting. Wise up to falls and their prevention and you will have a far bigger impact on people's lives than you might imagine...


Thought leadership


25/08/2023
Top tips on waste management and the disposal of lithium batteries

In this article from Croner-i, Caroline Raine looks at the challenges of how to manage hazardous waste safely, with a particular focus on dealing with the disposal of lithium batteries...

Feature

22/08/2023
Fire safety management

Learn the importance of effective fire risk management for legal compliance, safety and reputation in our upcoming member webinar with HR and HS expert Amanda Chadwick from Croner-i on September 20...

Webinar

20/08/2023
Helping mature motorists carry on driving safely for longer

Our Road Safety Manager, Becky Guy highlights safety considerations for older: declaring medical conditions, the effects of medication and when to retire from driving...

Feature


18/08/2023
Safer Stairs: Building towards change

Our campaign to improve safety standards for stair design to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by falls resulted in the Government committing to consult on a change to the Building Regulations...

Feature

18/08/2023
Take time to prepare properly for your holiday drive

Becky Guy, our Road Safety Manager, England offers her advice on preparing yourself, your route and your vehicle for a long drive to ensure you arrive at your destination safely...

Feature

16/08/2023
Testing the waters

Croner-i look at how to stay safe near water at all times and in all conditions, including drowning prevention, seasonal dangers and risks from contamination, pollution and poor drinking water supplies...

Feature


10/08/2023
New research shows 7 in 10 lack blind cord safety awareness

Eighty per cent of the UK’s population have blinds in their homes, but over 70 per cent have never received blind cord safety advice, that’s according to our latest research... 

News

31/07/2023
A look back at RoSPA’s #SafeFashion campaign

The #SafeFashion campaign raises awareness of the risks surrounding magnets, following concerns of them being used as “fake” tongue piercings and jewellery among youngsters... 

News


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