How to protect your hearing at work and play

Emma Shanks, Noise and Vibration Specialist at HSE’s Laboratory, explains the importance of looking after our hearing both in and outside the workplace – particularly when lives may depend on it. Picture the scene: you’re at a large family gathering for a special occasion in a busy pub. You’re attempting to tell Aunt Sue (who, … Continue reading “How to protect your hearing at work and play”

Do parking payment machines have to be so confusing?

When faced with a car park machine, Kevin Hallas of HSE’s Centre for Human and Organisational Performance, is convinced he’s not alone in the struggle to work out where to put the ticket, where the credit card goes, which screen to look at and how to get a receipt. I travel a fair bit for … Continue reading “Do parking payment machines have to be so confusing?”

Keeping an eye on the small changes can avoid BIG safety problems

Paul Grant, Energy Sector Manager at HSE’s Health and Safety Laboratory, looks at what can go wrong when cumulative tiny changes go unnoticed or become accepted as ‘normal’… I’ve started cycling to work and as a result I have been using my car less and less. For the past few weeks, the car has struggled … Continue reading “Keeping an eye on the small changes can avoid BIG safety problems”

What if these traffic lights never change…?

Kevin Hallas, Commercial Manager in HSE’s Centre for Human and Organisational Performance, illustrates how instinctual, rather than thoughtful, behaviour can  undermine health and safety. How long do you wait for temporary traffic lights to change? The longer you wait, the more you think they’re not working. You can see the other end of the road … Continue reading “What if these traffic lights never change…?”

Why it’s time to speak up about stress at work

Carolyn Yeoman, ‎Principal Organisational Psychologist at HSE’s Health and Safety Laboratory, explains the benefits of tackling work-related stress. It often strikes me as odd that the single largest contributor to employee absence seems to be the one we talk about the least. Illnesses relating to workplace stress, anxiety or depression account for around 40% of … Continue reading “Why it’s time to speak up about stress at work”