Construction health and safety inspections

Be proactive with your construction health and safety inspections

Neil Munro Health & Safety

Figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that construction is still one of the most dangerous industries in the UK. Although there’s been a general downward trend in accidents and fatalities over the last 20 years, an average of 30 fatal and 4,872 non-fatal injuries were reported by employers under RIDDOR in 2018/19.¹ Undertaking construction health and …

What Is Contractor Accreditation and Why Do You Need It?

Neil Munro Health & Safety

Statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show there were 30 fatal injuries to workers in 2018/19, so it’s unsurprising the construction industry is widely regarded as one of the most dangerous. Contractor accreditation can help you reduce accidents, however, and showcase your business as a responsible member of the industry. So what exactly does third party accreditation …

Retained health and safety services

What are retained health and safety services, and why do you need them?

Neil Munro Health & Safety

Under UK health and safety law every business needs access to competent health and safety advice that’s relevant to the dangers faced by their workers. It’s not always cost-effective to hire a member of staff to fulfil this role full-time, but there is a good alternative. Retained health and safety services provide access to professional advice when it’s needed, helping …

Health and safety training

Which NEBOSH health and safety training course should you take?

Neil Munro Health & Safety

Health and safety training body – The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health, or NEBOSH, is an independent organisation offering health and safety training that’s recognised and respected around the world. Covering general health and safety management, environmental awareness, construction health and safety, and fire safety and risk management, a wide range of training is available. So which …

Help with health and safety

How nudge theory can help with health and safety

Neil Munro Health & Safety

A behavioural nudge is a psychological technique used by organisations to encourage good decisions in various scenarios. Essentially, behavioural nudges can guide employees towards a favourable behaviour as opposed to a dangerous one.   Originally conceived by American economist, Richard Thaler, nudge theory has also been used by governments to change the status quo with regard to national issues like …

Develop Safe Systems of Work

How to develop Safe Systems of Work and why you need them

Neil Munro Health & Safety

Safe Systems of Work (SSoWs) are designed to protect employees where workplace risks cannot be fully eliminated – a legal obligation for employers under the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974. SSoWs are a fundamental element of health and safety for many businesses. They recognise that risks do exist in certain tasks, and define the procedures to be undertaken …

managing health and safety

5 easy steps for smaller businesses in managing health and safety

Neil Munro Health & Safety

Managing health and safety can be daunting for smaller businesses with limited resources, but by implementing a few health and safety basics you can get to grips with your obligations as an employer and comply with the regulations. But where do you start with health and safety as a smaller organisation? Here are a few essential steps to take. 1.    …

Fire Risk Assessments

Fire risk assessments – not just another tick box exercise

Neil Munro Health & Safety

Fire risk assessments play a fundamental role in our national health and safety regime and are mandatory for commercial, industrial, and all other non-domestic premises. When used correctly they safeguard our workforces and help employers, landlords, and owners of non-residential buildings to meet their legal obligations. If you’re responsible for dealing with the fire risks in your business it’s important …

Are you a duty holder under CDM 2015? Here’s what you need to do

Neil Munro CDM

The UK Construction (Design & Management) regime was introduced to improve health and safety during construction projects. The latest version of the legislation, which took effect in 2015, brought in some changes, and if you’re a duty holder under CDM it’s important to understand your role within a project. Failing to comply with CDM regulations has serious ramifications including hefty …