The benefits of health and safety management software
Health and safety management is an integral part of good management generally. A robust health and safety management system enables you to meet your legal duties and review preventive and protective measures. This system, however, shouldn't be dominated by excessive paperwork - we look at the benefits of health and safety software.
Take heed of the dangers of moving machinery
The sad fatalities at Baldwin’s Skip Hire in Norfolk and at Bywater’s MRF in east London have highlighted why anyone employing or using machinery should remind themselves of the relevant health and safety guidance for machinery guarding and isolation procedures. Read More
You can still be prosecuted despite no injury or ill-health!
Timber companies are being warned to make sure their health and safety standards are up to speed after a firm was fined despite no injury or ill-health being reported.
This prosecution saw hardwood flooring manufacturer Cambridge Timbertec Ltd fined £40,000. It had received six improvement notices and written advice from the Health and Safety Executive. Read More
Sentencing Council Proposes longer Jail Sentences for Directors
Further to the ‘new’ health and safety sentencing guidelines that came into force in February 2016, the sentencing council are now consulting on a proposal for the sentencing of offenders convicted of manslaughter in England and Wales, proposing longer sentences. Read More
Back to Basics... Hygiene and Welfare
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 2002 require all employers to provide appropriate welfare facilities including hand washing, toilet, rest and changing facilities and somewhere clean to eat and drink during breaks. Do you know how this should be handled in your workplace? We take a look...
The Importance of Day Zero Staff Training
Day 0 training, sometimes referred to as Day 1 training sets a standard of what you expect from new employees right from the very start. We look at the importance of Day 0 safety training, including what the law requires, and how your business can benefit from an effective safety induction at the start. Read More
Choosing a Health and Safety Provider - What To Consider
Choosing a health and safety advisor can seem like a potential minefield - how do you know that you are comparing like for like? And are you going to receive the necessary support when you need it most? We outline the most important considerations to make when choosing a health and safety provider. Read More
Tata Steel is the first to successfully appeal a prosecution fine following the introduction of the new safety sentencing guidelines
Angela Southall discusses the implications of the Court of Appeal’s decision in June 2017 to reduce Tata Steel UK’s £1.98m fine by a quarter. The steelmaker appealed its conviction for two separate sentences after two workers’ hands were trapped in unguarded machinery.
Grenfell Tower Fire
As West London is immersed in dark smoke we reel in shock from the devastating news of a tower fire, Grenfell, a 24-storey building engulfed in flames. This was a block filled with young families. Our hearts go out to these people and we start to question how and why this happened and whether this fire could have been better contained to save these people.
Non-Work Related Customer Injuries on Your Business Premises
What would happen if a customer fell ill on your business premises and needed to go to hospital? Would you know where your responsibilities lie in terms of the law and health and safety? We discuss the possible consequences of a scenario such as this, and whether reporting under RIDDOR would be necessary. Read More
Do you know when to report an accident to the HSE?
Would you know your responsibilities if an accident occurred? Do you know what types of accidents are reportable under RIDDOR? We discuss a recent sentencing of a business director who failed to report an accident, looking at what your responsibilities as an employer are, and what types of accidents are reportable. Read More
Early Guilty Plea Guidelines for safety prosecutions
The Sentencing Council’s early guilty plea guideline came into effect on the 1st June, 2017. If an incident occurs in your company it is now important to start strategising early on. If there’s going to be a prosecution would you know what your business' modus operandi is? Read More
FEELING THE HEAT? A GUIDE TO WORKPLACE TEMPERATURES
Whether it’s scorching summer days or freezing temperatures in the depths of winter, changes in the weather inevitably prompt questions regarding working temperatures and employers’ responsibilities.
As an employer, you do need to provide staff with a safe and pleasant working environment and this includes providing ‘reasonable’ temperatures inside buildings.
Preventing Heatstroke and Dehydration when working in hot weather
With temperatures finally on the up, it is important to be aware of the impact that the summer weather may have on your workplace and make changes to working practices accordingly. Without taking necessary precautions and changing the way your staff work, particularly in labour intense, sun exposed roles, they could be vulnerable to sun burn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. We look at what steps can be taken to prevent these risks both in the long and short term.
Back to Basics... Lifting and Handling
Up to 12.3 million working days are lost every year due to back pain related injuries. Many of these injuries are caused by a simple failure to follow correct manual handling techniques. In the latest Back to Basics blog, we look at what the legislation says, and how employers can reduce risk. Read More
Should you train your staff in working at height?
In line with the release of our new working at height e-learning module, we focus on what working at height actually is, why it needs to be carefully considered in the work environment, and what you need to do to prepare your staff for any work that involves heights.
Back to Basics... Noise in the Workplace
Most hearing loss in the workplace is gradual from prolonged exposure to noise. Noise levels and duration of exposure contribute to hearing damage but there are many practical, cost effective measures to prevent this - we explore the issue in more detail. Read More
Health and Safety and Brexit
The UK health and safety system is proven to be effective, has been found fit for purpose by independent reviews, and its risk-based system is respected and measured against all over the world. But what is expected to happen to health and safety regulations, and indeed, health and safety industry as a result of Brexit? Read More
Back to Basics... Working at Height
Falls from height remain one of the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injury and this is therefore an area that inspectors are always likely to check when inspecting a business. We run through the fundamentals of working at height and what you should consider in your business. Read More
Back to basics... Asbestos
Those responsible for the maintenance and repair of a building, often this responsibility falls to the owners of a business, have a legal duty to manage any asbestos in it. Failure to comply leaves businesses at risk to crippling fines, and even possible imprisonment of individuals, as a result of the new health and safety sentencing guidelines. We go back to basics with asbestos, outlining what your responsibilities are and how to manage these. Read More
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome - Are Your Staff Exposed to the risks?
With the focus of civil claims shifting from workplace accidents to noise, it could be fair to assume that hand-arm vibration may be the next potential area of civil litigation. We explore the risks of hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), and how they can be managed. Read More
Back to Basics… Health Surveillance
Health surveillance is a fundamental part of proactive health and safety management that is necessary by law for many businesses where employees are exposed to certain risks, such as noise, vibration, or chemicals. We take a look at why health surveillance is necessary, and outline the steps employers should take to ensure they have sufficient systems in place to protect their employees and stay compliant. Read More
Showing Paper-Based Health and Safety The Shredder
2016 marked a dramatic shift in the that way businesses are sentenced for health and safety offences, thanks to the HSE’s new sentencing guidelines. A year on, high risk industries, such as builders’ merchants, are under more pressure than ever to achieve constant compliance. John Southall, explores how online management systems are the helping hand that business owners have been looking for.
Three safety risks in garden centres you simply can’t ignore
Striking the balance between excellent service and employee and customer safety can boost both the productivity and the profit of a business. A secure environment raises morale, adds polish to your corporate reputation and helps keeps workers with you for the long haul. But it requires company-wide commitment and a keen awareness of everyday workplace hazards. We look at the top safety issues in garden centres, and how to tackle them. Read More
Volvo’s £900k Fine – Even the Most Safety Conscious can be caught out
Volvo have recently been fined £900,000 for a health and safety failing after a worker had to be placed into an induced coma after suffering serious head injuries. We discuss how even the most safety conscious companies companies can be caught out. Read More
Back to Basics… Work Equipment and Machinery
In the first of a series of back to basics articles, we look at a some the basics in work equipment. What constitutes work equipment, does this apply to your business, and what do you need to do to maintain compliant with the law? Read on to find out... Read More
The Festive Season - Employees Under the Influence
Along with clearing ice and snow, and ensuring the correct PPE is worn, the festive season presents a whole new range of risks for employers, in particular through the possible increase in drug and alcohol use. We take a look at how duty holders can safely ensure their employees aren’t working whilst under the influence.
£2.2m Fine for Retail Business - How this could have been prevented
Decco, a wholesale retailer, has been fined £2.2m for health and safety failings after an agency worker died falling from a loading platform at the company’s Buckinghamshire warehouse. Nick Bruton, Safety Consultant at Southalls, discusses how the incident might have been prevented, and discusses what businesses should consider when hiring agency workers.
Merlin Attractions £5m Fine - Our Thoughts
Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd has been fined £5 million after a crash on its Smiler rollercoaster in June 2015 injured sixteen people, and led to two teenagers needing leg amputations. Southalls Consultant, Ian Dunsford, comments on the ‘human error’ element of the case, and discusses what can be learnt from this high profile incident. Read More
Ian is Running the Birmingham Half Marathon!
Southalls Consultant and Operations Manager, Ian Hatherly, has signed up to run the Great Birmingham Run half marathon on 16th October to raise money for NICE, the charity for movement disorders. We catch up with him to find out why he’s decided to take o this challenge, how he’s feeling about it, and how you can help.
Are you using respiratory protective equipment properly? If not, you're not compliant
Do you know the risks your staff are exposed to by dust, silica, fumes and pesticide sprays? We look at which industries are most at risk, where the responsibility lies, and what steps can be taken, using masks and face fit testing, to reduce risk and keep your business compliant. Read More
Safety Cloud's Latest Features and Updates
Now in its 8th year, the Safety Cloud health and safety management has been modernised and updated, with a cleaner, fresher look and new features including a safety observations module, an integrated assistance feature and employee notes functionality. Read More
Consultant interview with Kate Careford
In our latest consultant interview, we talk to Kate about her experiences as an EHP prior to joining the Southalls team. She discusses how building relationships with her clients in at the heart of her work and is the key to improving health and safety practices within businesses. Read More
Top Tips for reducing driver risk
Nearly two years on from the Glasgow bin lorry accident of 2014, renewed emphasis has been placed on driver safety and health surveillance, but for many organisations, questions remain as the level of detail needed when assessing the risks and where the responsibility lies between employer and employee. Adam takes a look and gives his top tips for reducing the risk associated with driving at work.
Pokemon Go - a Safety Risk on Your Business Premises?
There's no denying that the phenomenon that is Pokémon Go has taken the country by storm, but as its popularity rises, we are seeing an increasing number of reports questioning the safety of players of the game. We look at how businesses could be affected by this and how they can reduce the risks involved. Read More
Consultant interview - Ian Hatherly
Having been part of the Southalls team since the early days, Ian has a breadth of knowledge in both the health and safety industry and in helping to operate a growing business. We catch up with him to find out his experiences within the industry and he offers his advice to businesses about effective management of sub contractors. Read More
What Safety Inspectors Look for when inspecting garden centres
EHO visits are often dreaded by businesses in any industry. The idea of being caught off guard or called up on something you didn’t know you should have been doing is a huge worry for many businesses. To help put make sure you're prepared for an inspector's visit, we've put together some handy tips about what they look for when inspecting garden centres.
Getting the most out of health and safety software
Traditional health and safety management, where information is often recorded on paper, can be inconsistent, mislaid or filed late; multiple systems mean it’s impossible to access a single and instant overview of compliance; and it can be challenging to complete and record audits and assessments across multiple branch sites. We look at the benefits of adopting a cloud-based approach to help you assess whether you are making the most out of your safety software.
Video: Your liability when customers load onto the back of vehicles
In our latest video, John and Ian discuss how workplace transport and falling from height incidents have been brought into sharp focus in recent months following the Travis Perkins incident.
They discuss how these incidents affect industries such as builders merchants, and outline the steps that can be taken by businesses to avoid a similar incident in your own business. Read More
Talking Safety with Richard Denton
In the latest consultant interview, Richard gives an insight into his experiences as a health and safety consultant, discussing how serious incidents challenge both safety professionals and businesses. He offers his advice to businesses about how they can reduce risk with the recording and monitoring of near misses. Read More
BT PLC Fined £600k - Reducing the risk of falls from height
The HSE recently reported that BT PLC was fined £600,000 after two of its employees were seriously injured following falls from height in April 2010. In light of this, do you know how to reduce the risk posed to your staff by falls from height? We discuss what should be considered when working at height and how best to avoid a similar incident in your workplace.
Is Legionnaires' disease a risk to your business?
Legionnaires disease is an often underestimated danger, potentially affecting staff and members of the public, in areas where water can collect or is not free flowing, such as water features and complex piping systems. Have you assessed the risks posed to your staff and customers on your business premises? We look at how you can assess and manage the dangers posed. Read More
Post London Marathon: How did Adam do?
It’s been almost two weeks since Southalls consultant, Adam, completed the London Marathon 2016 for movement disorder charity, NICE. With the help of your very generous donations, he raised almost £2000! Now he’s had some time to recover, we find out how it went and what he plans to do next.
Travis Perkins Fined £2m – What can we learn from this scenario?
It is commonly acknowledged that workplace transport, and specifically loading and unloading, is a dangerous activity. As a trade supplier, where do you stand with regards to managing your customers as they load their vehicles on your premises? How can you ensure the safety of staff and customers and avoid a health and safety failing?
Consultant interview - Emily Brimson
We chat to Emily about her experiences as a consultant at Southalls, where she specialises in fire safety. She discusses how the Hillsborough disaster influenced her career choices, and highlights how negativity surrounding health and safety in the media makes changing attitudes towards safety a challenge for business. Read More
Consultant Interview - Sarah Leake
Consultant, Sarah, has been working as part of the Southalls team for 3 years, specialising in asbestos management. In this interview, she discusses how many of the health and safety tasks, that can often be seen as burdensome, can be streamlined and simplified with the support of the Southalls consultants and the Safety Cloud system. Read More
Modern Slavery Act 2015: What you need to know
With an increasing amount of news stories exposing the hidden slave labour and migrant trafficking within supply chains, the newly introduced Modern Slavery Act aims to ensure greater clarity and consideration within supply chains. We look at what this means for businesses across the UK. Read More
Vlog: The New Sentencing Guidelines
Southalls Director, John, outlines what the new health and safety guidelines mean for UK businesses. Introduced in February 2016, the guidelines will now be used when assessing all health and safety offences brought to trial and are designed to impose much harsher penalties than was previously the case. Read More
Consultant Interview - Aaron Montgomery
In the latest interview for our consultant series, we talk to Aaron Montgomery, who has been part of the Southalls team since completing his BSc in Environmental Health. He discusses how innovative practices can shape businesses into health and safety leaders of their industry.
ALL ABOUT ASBESTOS PART ONE: IDENTIFYING AND CONTROLLING
The recent sentencing of a Midlands based food company and its contractor for disturbing asbestos during renovation work highlights how vital it is for employers to be asbestos aware. In the first of a two part series, we ask – do you know your responsibilities regarding asbestos surveys and corresponding asbestos management plans?
Raising money for NICE at this year’s London Marathon
Team Southalls are on a fundraising mission this year and we’re going to be working hard to raise funds and awareness for the fantastic work delivered by NICE. Based in Birmingham, the charity provides support and Conductive Education (CE) to help children and adults with neurological movement disorders caused by conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Parkinsons and strokes, to lead a full and active life. Our very own Adam Francis will be running this year’s London Marathon to raise money for NICE and we’ll be following his progress here on the blog! Read More
Starting the year safely: our pick of the health and safety issues to look out for in 2016
As we ease our way into the New Year, there’s much talk of the trends and hot topics to look out for in 2016. To help you start the Year of the Monkey on the right health and safety foot, here are some of the key issues your business needs to be aware of. Read More
Southalls finalists in distinguished Builders’ Merchant Awards
The Southalls team were suited and booted at the Builders’ Merchant Awards for Excellence last week in London.
Co- founders John and Angela Southall attended the awards as finalists in the ‘Supplier of the Year’ category, along with over 600 key industry figures at the Lancaster Hotel in London.
Manage the risks posed by power lines, whilst delivering
The risk of injury and incident, posed by power lines, is often overlooked, when merchants make deliveries.
In this article we guide you through the best practice, what the law says, and how to train, both in hazard avoidance and emergency procedures.
Talking safety with… Andy Hall
Our team of consultants are on hand to help clients with all manner of health and safety issues, so here’s your chance to discover more about them! First to kick us off is Andy Hall, who tells us more about his career and why he believes complacency is the biggest threat to compliance Read More
HOW WOOD DUST MANAGEMENT CAN FUEL OTHER WORKPLACE RISKS
The explosion at the Bosley wood treatment mill in Cheshire this summer raised questions about how employers can effectively manage wood dust in the workplace. Although the causes of the Bosley disaster are unclear, such questions also demonstrate how the management of one potential hazard can lead to health and safety risks in other areas of a business. Read More
GOING BEYOND SAFETY DATASHEETS FOR COSHH COMPLIANCE
In our experience, many employers are aware of the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations, which is good news, but all too often the risk assessment element of compliance is overlooked.
Business owners have a legal responsibility to assess the use and management of potentially harmful substances within the workplace.
CHEWING THE FAT - HOW SAFE ARE RARE BURGERS?
Hot on the heels of National Burger Day came a discussion on this morning’s BBC Breakfast on the safety of rare burgers; an increasingly popular choice for restaurateurs and foodies.
Questions are being asked about the potential threat to consumers’ health and the risks posed by bacteria that could still be present within undercooked meat. Read More
Accident Recording – An Employer's Responsibilities
Certain accidents are legally reportable to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013. As well as reporting these accidents under RIDDOR, employers should keep internal records of all accidents, incidents and diseases. Read More
QUESTIONS FROM TIANJIN – HOW CHEMICALS SITES ARE MANAGED IN THE UK
The recent explosions at a chemicals warehouse in the Chinese port of Tianjin killed over 100 people, injured more than 700 and severely affected the surrounding environment, causing fires lasting three days.
The incident has inevitably raised questions regarding the safe storage of major hazardous substances, so here we take a look at how similar sites are managed in the UK.
GLASGOW BIN LORRY CRASH HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF HEALTH SURVEILLANCE
The inquest into the fatal Glasgow bin lorry crash in December 2014 has once again highlighted the importance of health surveillance.
Driver Harry Clarke had not declared a history of blackouts and had repeatedly lied to employers about the condition of his health in driver declarations. At the inquest, the driver’s GP said that the information given by Mr Clarke was ‘not consistent with his medical history’. Read More
Accident Reporting - What you need to know
Under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (known as RIDDOR), it’s a legal requirement for employers to report serious workplace accidents to the relevant enforcing authorities. Here’s our guide to what needs to be reported when and how. Read More
SOUTHALLS CO-FOUNDER GRADUATES FROM PRESTIGIOUS GOLDMAN SACHS BUSINESS GROWTH PROGRAMME
Southalls co-founder, John Southall, has graduated from the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme; an exclusive business growth programme developed to empower some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs.
Southalls Debuts at Safety & Health Expo with Safety Cloud
One of the UK's fastest growing providers of cloud-based health and safety management, Southalls will be exhibiting for the first time at this year's Safety & Health Expo.
Visitors to Stand P2554 will be able to discover more about Safety Cloud; Southalls' online compliance platform, uniquely developed by experienced health and safety professionals, and supported by former enforcement officers... Read More