Health & Safety – HSE autumn spot checks of schools

During the autumn 2020 term HSE carried out spot checks to determine the measures schools were taking to minimise the spread of Covid-19. 500 Scottish schools in 16 local authorities were contacted, these included schools in both the state and…

Health & Safety – Returning to the workplace post lockdown

The next chapter in the new normality – returning to the workplace post lockdown Introduction For many the new normality over these past weeks has been adapting, very quickly, to working from home over an extended period. For many others…

Health & Safety – Temporary home working

For many employers having employees working from home has never been a consideration and equally many employees will have never worked from home before. With the appropriate consideration and resources, a homeworker should be no less effective than they would…

Health & Safety – The hazards of ‘hot working’

Insurance company Zurich estimate that around 15% of all workplace fires are as a result of ‘hot work’. Hot work refers to work activities that involve open flames, applying heat or friction, or may generate sparks or heat. Common examples…

Health & Safety – How competent are your contractors?

Contractors are used to carry out activities where the client does not have the necessary skills, experience or resources to do so themselves. Failing to effectively manage contractors can and does lead to accidents affecting not only the contractors’ employees…

Health & Safety – The ‘top 10’ prosecutions of 2019

During 2018 and 2019, total fines for health and safety offences prosecuted by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (Scotland) and the HSE (England and Wales) equated to £54.5m, although this was down 25% on the £72.6m for the…

Health & Safety – Reviewing risk assessments

Businesses go to (or should be going to…) great lengths evaluating the risks to their employees’ safety, risk assessment being the tool used to perform this evaluation. Risk assessment is looking at a potential situation in the workplace which could…

Health & Safety – Near miss reporting – what if…

Near miss? – an event not causing harm but has the potential to cause injury or ill health. Or think of it another way, a near miss could be considered as a ‘near hit’. Near misses occur all too frequently…