Preparing for the Bonfire Season

November 2, 2018

And so the firework season begins….  Fireworks are now used widely across many public, corporate and charity events throughout the season and well into the New Year. If you or your organisation are holding a public or private event wh...

Name calling in the workplace – Unfair Dismissal

October 26, 2018

An employee of a motorcycle manufacturer who was fired after she called one of her colleagues a ‘knob head’ over workplace email was unfairly dismissed, the Employment Appeal tribunal (EAT) has upheld. Talon Engineering’s decision ...

Gross misconduct or an error of judgement?

October 26, 2018

Mr Piotr Borowicki (B) was employed as a bus driver in Aberdeenshire between April 2007 and January 2016. In January of 2015 in bad weather B drove his bus through floodwater. There were no passengers on board and B, who has several year...

Designing Safe Buildings

September 19, 2018

RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) has announced that over the next twelve months they will be developing a new mandatory test for all UK Chartered Members on health and safety and building users life safety. This is, in pa...

New Chemical Exposure Limits

September 19, 2018

Due to their hazardous properties limits are set for the amount of certain substances that people may be exposed to at work. A workplace exposure limit (WEL) is the maximum concentration of an airborne substance averaged over a reference...

Updating Road Safety Laws for Cyclists

September 19, 2018

Between 2011 and 2016 there were 2,491 recorded collisions between cyclists and pedestrians that resulted in a pedestrian casualty, of which 20 were fatal and 546 resulted in serious injury. The Government recently announced a consultati...

Asbestos Identified in Bunsen Burner Gauze Mats

September 19, 2018

Gauze mats for use with Bunsen burners supplied by two UK laboratory supply companies have been identified as containing asbestos in the centre area. The HSE has issued enforcement notices to stop the supply of the asbestos containing ma...

Glyphosate, Cancer and the Safe Use of Weedkiller

September 18, 2018

Recently a US court ordered Monsanto to pay $289million to a groundsman after it was claimed he had developed cancer from using glyphosate containing weed killers as part of his job at a school in California. It is expected that Monsanto...

Avoiding Falls From Height

September 18, 2018

The consequences of a fall from height can be severe. Figures recently released by the HSE show that while falls from height were the most common type of fatal accident at work typically accounting for around 28% of accidental deaths, th...

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