HSE issues farm safety reminder ahead of summer visits

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a reminder to farmers to ensure they are following strict farm safety measures to keep all visitors healthy and safe this summer. Britain’s health and safety watchdog said that many farmers host “open farm” events during the summer months, often as part of Open Farm Sunday...

HSE campaign focuses on protecting trades’ mental health

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has brought new partners on board to its Working Minds campaign to help protect trades’ mental health. Britain’s health and safety watchdog offers free online learning, support and resources through its Working Minds campaign, which aims to help employers prevent stress and support good mental health among their...

Campaign aims to improve farm safety

A national campaign has been launched to improve farm safety in Britain, with a focus on the dangers of livestock. The Your Farm, Your Future campaign was relaunched on 19th February 2024 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after incidents involving livestock were identified as the number one cause of work-related deaths on...

HSE: ‘too many’ metalworking firms lack key safety measures

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned that “far too many” metalworking firms lack key safety control measures to protect their workers. Britain’s health and safety watchdog began carrying out targeted inspections of metalworking firms last year. They have found that more needs to be done across the industry to protect workers from...

HSE launches new asbestos safety campaign

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a new campaign to keep people safe from asbestos.  With the ‘Asbestos: Your Duty’ campaign, Britain’s health and safety watchdog is focussing on buildings that people use in their daily lives, including workplaces, schools and hospitals. The campaign aims to improve understanding and awareness of what...

HSE undertakes assurance inspections in the NHS

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is undertaking a series of assurance inspections in the NHS to assess how risks of workplace violence and aggression and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are managed. Inspectors from Britain’s health and safety watchdog are focusing on the findings and recommendations from the HSE’s 4-year inspection programme on the risk...

Building safety regulator leads ‘culture of higher standards’

The new Building Safety Regulator (BSR) has published its first three-year strategic plan in which it sets out how it plans to oversee a “culture of higher standards” in building health and safety. The new independent regulator was created by the Building Safety Act 2022 and is part of the Health and Safety Executive...

HSE statistics reveal 2 million cases of work-related ill-health

Annual work-related ill-health and workplace injury statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) this week show that almost 2 million British workers are suffering from work-related illnesses. The HSE’s annual statistics for 2022-23 also reveal that around half of reported cases of work-related ill-health are still due to mental health problems. The...

HSE inspections target moving and handling

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched an inspection campaign focused on the health risks of moving and handling materials on construction sites. Britain’s health and safety watchdog wants to highlight the long-term health impacts of poor or unsafe moving and handling practices, with figures showing that around 42,000 construction workers suffer from...

HSE publishes asbestos report for schools

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a report about the management of asbestos in schools, including key safety recommendations. Britain’s health and safety watchdog visited over 400 primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales between September 2022 and March 2023. They wanted to check that schools were effectively managing the...

Care firms fined following violent attacks on staff

Two firms operating in the adult social care sector have been fined more than £400,000 after “systemic failures” led to staff being injured in repeated violent attacks by patients. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the leading care firms should have implemented “preventative measures to prevent violence,” such as training for staff. Britain’s...

Hospitality firms urged to ensure electrical safety this summer

Hospitality venues are being urged to check the electrical safety of their outdoor equipment, after a young boy lost his life when he was electrocuted in a pub garden. Danielle Jones, aged 34 from Romford, is calling on all pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues to ensure that their outdoor electrical installations and equipment...

Firm fined after worker paralysed in ‘preventable’ incident

A manufacturing firm has been fined for health and safety failings after a worker was left paralysed following an “easily preventable” incident. Last month, Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court heard how the worker, a 65-year-old man from Worcester, suffered “life-changing” injuries when working for Mountfield CNC Ltd on 4th January 2022. He had been setting up...

IOSH warns scrapping EU health and safety laws could lead to deaths

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has warned that plans to consider scrapping EU health and safety laws could cost lives and livelihoods. IOSH said that the majority of occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals believe that the amended Retained EU Law Bill (REUL) will still harm businesses, workers and economic growth....

Firms urged to refocus on asbestos dangers

As we mark Global Asbestos Awareness Week, businesses and tradespeople are being urged to refocus on the dangers posed by the deadly fibres. Major health and safety bodies are urging tradespeople and employers to reflect on how they manage the risks posed by asbestos during their work. Global Asbestos Awareness Week Global Asbestos Awareness...