News List

  • Construction safety and the rising cost of non-compliance

    Published on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 by Nick Underwood

    Since the new sentencing guidelines were introduced in February 2016, health and safety failings have become increasingly expensive for construction companies, who must also keep on top of changing regulations. Ian McKinnon offers a solution. While prioritising health and safety is a moral obligation for any organisation, it also makes

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  • New safety and health competency framework to “drive highest standards”

    Published on Monday, December 2nd, 2019 by Nick Underwood

    The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has today revealed further details about the 69 competencies in its updated framework for the OSH profession. Expectations of professionals working in health and safety have changed significantly in the past decade. As businesses strive to become more sustainable, OSH professionals must

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  • Oil and gas needs to stop dragging its feet on digitising safety functions

    Published on Thursday, November 28th, 2019 by Nick Underwood

    Despite having some of industry’s most hazardous working environments, a sector that pioneered the adoption of digital technology has been slow to exploit artificial intelligence and machine learning in the area of health and safety. It’s no secret – oil and gas industry leaders acknowledge they have been slow to

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  • Suspended sentences for bosses who ignored consultants’ advice over Legionella risk

    Published on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 by Nick Underwood

    Two men who ran a plastics manufacturing firm in Birmingham have been sentenced to serve 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, after a court heard they ignored concerns raised over Legionella bacteria in a cooling tower at their business premises. Birmingham Magistrates’ Court was told that, between June

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  • How Virgin Atlantic is managing safely

    Published on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 by Nick Underwood

    IOSH visited Virgin Atlantic’s headquarters in Crawley, England in October to learn more about how the organisation is improving its workers’ awareness of safety and health through in-house delivery of IOSH’s Managing Safely course. Managing Safely is the market-leading health and safety course for line managers, designed to integrate safety and health within

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  • HSE prosecution rate down by a quarter

    Published on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 by Nick Underwood

    The HSE’s ability to bring prosecutions to a successful conclusion saw a noticeable downturn in 2018/19, as the total number of cases that resulted in a verdict – whether conviction or acquittal – dropped 23% from 509 in 2017/18 to just 393. That is one of a range of insights in the

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  • How one company increased near miss reporting by 370%

    Published on Friday, October 25th, 2019 by Nick Underwood

    After transforming its safety culture, LBC Tank Terminals won a 2019 Verdantix EHS Innovation award for its surge in near miss reporting, amongst other EHS successes. LBC Tank Terminals (LBC) is a global provider of responsible logistics solutions headquartered in Belgium. In 2017, the company fired up an innovative HSE

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  • How outsourcing can affect workplace safety and health

    Published on Monday, October 21st, 2019 by Nick Underwood

    The occupational safety and health implications of outsourcing across a range of sectors and ways in which this organisational change can impact safety management practices and procedures will be discussed as part of an upcoming round-table event on Tuesday 5 November at Cranfield University. The event is organised by Drs

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  • Paddington rail crash 20 years on: Are safety standards slipping?

    Published on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 by Nick Underwood

    On the morning of 5 October 1999, two trains travelling at a combined speed of 130mph collided and crashed into each other, causing the death of 31 passengers at Ladbroke Grove, London. 32 candles were lit for each of the passengers that tragically died, and one more for those that

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  • “Asking questions can challenge labour abuse”, leading industry conference hears

    Published on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 by Nick Underwood

    Health and safety professionals and other business leaders within the food and drink industry have been challenged to consider if they are doing enough to tackle the exploitation of workers. Mark Heath, deputy director of business change at the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, told delegates at the annual Food

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