Acorn experts release health and safety guide

We are thrilled to announce that we have launched a new no-nonsense guide to health and safety.

The book, called ‘Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety – Stay out of Prison, Avoid Massive Fines and Cut Through the Red Tape’ has been written by two of Acorn Safety Services’ directors – Neil Munro and Ian Stone.

On its release last month it became a Number 1 bestseller on Amazon and it has gone on to attract a host of five-star reviews.

Why did Acorn want to release the guide?

Here, at Acorn Safety Services we know that lots of people view health and safety as a dry and arduous subject. They think of it as ‘over the top’ and associate it with the nanny state but in reality it’s there to keep us all safe and healthy.

We all have to comply with the Government’s stringent health and safety laws. This book helps cut through the technical and hard to understand regulations that are a massive headache for most people.

It offers readers a clear and concise understanding of the requirements placed upon them by Government and includes practical tasks to complete to help them become legally compliant.

What does the book include?

‘Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety – Stay out of Prison, Avoid Massive Fines and Cut Through the Red Tape’ includes information about:

  • How the regulations affect you
  • Reasonably Practicable? Hazard? Risk? All explained
  • An overview of Health and Safety
  • What you must have in place
  • Health and Safety policies
  • Risk assessments
  • COSHH Assessments
  • Operating procedures
  • Fire marshalls
  • Asbestos
  • First Aid
  • Health and Safety law posters
  • Consulting employees
  • Training needs
  • Risk assessments
  • Welfare facilities
  • Competent person information
  • Reporting under RIDDOR
  • Keeping Records

What are reviewers saying about the book?

“This guide was clear and informative, with up to date and relevant information, but written in an easy to understand way, with text broken down in a visually pleasing way. It includes the history of health and safety, a breakdown of the hierarchy of current regulations with where to find the most up to date information, some facts and figures which just bring home the importance of following the health and safety regulations. The book also goes on to discuss the importance of having an appointed Health and Safety person within your business, and how to figure out which way is the best to suit your business – plus some invaluable tips on finding the right consultant for you! This is just the tip of the iceberg as the book contains so much more than this. A great way to understand health and safety!”

“This book shares the very highest professional standards without all that legal gobbledygook. Health and Safety plus plain English is not something you imagine being combined in the same sentence – but this book does exactly that. Thoroughly recommend.”

“Truly the most useful guide I have found for our small consultancy practise. Really useful reference guide and more. I found that as we have expanded our business to 5-plus employees this was an invaluable tool. The guys at Acorn really know their stuff!”

“It really takes the fear away when you can read such a clear and easy guide. This book has signposted us and ensured we avoid the pitfalls of Health and Safety. Great read!”

“So refreshing to find a practical book with real experiences and straightforward guidance.”

“Informative and easy to understand advice. Essential reading!”

“Excellent read. Very informative!”

Where can I find a copy?

Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety is available as a paperback, e-book and as an audio book from

If you need health and safety support contact Acorn on 01604 930380, email or visit

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