IOSH calls for ‘proactive and holistic’ approach to health and safety

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is calling for a “more proactive and holistic approach” to health and safety at work to prevent UK standards from falling. The world’s largest professional health and safety body is urging the government to ratify the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) conventions relating to occupational safety and...

IOSH recommends suicide prevention strategies for the workplace

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has shared suicide prevention strategies which are relevant for the workplace. The world’s leading professional health and safety body spoke out as World Suicide Prevention Day was observed on 10th September. Organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the annual initiative helps raise awareness of...

IOSH says flexible working can boost health and safety

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has welcomed new regulations that support flexible working, saying it leads to “positive mental health and physical health.” The world’s largest professional health and safety body says the benefits of flexible work patterns also include “healthier and more sustainable lives” for workers and “lower absenteeism or...

Health and safety organisations form ‘historic alliance’

Leading professional health and safety organisations have formed an alliance to provide a unified voice for the sector. The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), the British Safety Council (BSC), Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) and the Royal...

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....

Health and safety measures to support long Covid workers

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) believes that workplace health and safety professionals have a key role to play in supporting those with long Covid to work. Dr Karen Michell, IOSH’s Research Programme Lead for Occupational Health, has highlighted the fact that thousands of long Covid sufferers are struggling at work or...

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...

IOSH calls for coordinated focus on mental health in the workplace

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has called for a coordinated response to boost mental health in the workplace. The world’s largest occupational safety and health (OSH) body has responded to a European Commission consultation, saying that more effective leadership and governance frameworks are required to help improve mental health in the...

What is the future for health and safety law in the UK?

Many existing regulations could disappear from UK health and safety law at the end of this year if the Retained EU Law (REUL) Bill is approved in its current guise. The Bill, being dubbed the ‘EU Bonfire’ or ‘Sunset’ Bill, could lead to over 4,000 laws being amended, repealed or replaced by the end...

IOSH calls for better support for disabled workers

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has called for improved practices and better support to enable disabled workers to work. IOSH have spoken out after an MP called on the government to do more to ensure that people with disabilities can work from home as part of its bid to tackle labour...

Firms warned not to ‘sleepwalk’ into health and safety nightmare

Following reports that job vacancies in the UK have hit a record high of 1 million, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has warned employers dealing with staff shortages not to “sleepwalk” into a health and safety nightmare. The leading professional body for occupational safety and health said that “worker shortages do...

IOSH shares workplace strategies to prevent suicide

As World Suicide Prevention Day was observed earlier this month, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) shared workplace strategies to support people’s mental health and prevent suicide. The world’s largest occupational health and safety body said that the Covid-19 pandemic had negatively impacted the mental health and wellbeing of people across the...

IOSH urges caution as people return to workplaces

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has urged caution over the gradual return of staff to workplaces. Speaking after the government confirmed that England would move to the final stage of its gradual easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures, IOSH’s Head of Advice and Practice, Duncan Spencer, warned: “Covid-19 still poses a significant...

Charity calls for greater awareness of ‘awful toll’ of asbestos exposure

Charities, campaign groups and other organisations are calling for greater awareness of the dangers of exposure to deadly asbestos fibres. Tomorrow (Friday 2nd July) is Action Mesothelioma Day, with the annual event being held virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions. Ahead of the awareness day, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has joined...

Fully inclusive workplaces ‘crucial’ to business success, says IOSH

As Pride Month comes to an end, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has spoken about how fully inclusive workplaces are “crucial to the success of organisations.” The world’s largest occupational health and safety body have said they believe that making sure that all employees feel safe at work is key to...