Face fit testing and the trouble with stubble

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Specialist Rhiannon Mogridge explains how the fit of your face mask can affect your respiratory health and why she’s picky about noses and bothered by beards. Please don’t take this personally, but I have a problem with your face. It’s not just you – I have a problem with most people’s … Continue reading “Face fit testing and the trouble with stubble”

A sobering look at slips, trips and stair falls

Regular contributor Kevin Hallas explains how environmental factors can play a major part in incidents that might otherwise be solely attributed to human factors such as, for example, alcohol intake… A lot of folk subscribe to the view that people are ‘more themselves’ when they’ve had a drink; their inhibitions are reduced and they’re more … Continue reading “A sobering look at slips, trips and stair falls”

How the farm of the future might look

Alison Richards, Scientist in HSE’s Foresight Centre, considers how emerging challenges such as population growth, diminishing natural resources, climate change and environmental pollution might be addressed by technological solutions, possibly making the farm of the future very different from what we see today. Labour saving devices such as robotic harvesters, mechanical fruit pickers, weeding machines … Continue reading “How the farm of the future might look”

Are you gambling with your safety culture?

Jennifer Webster, Occupational Psychologist, explains why – despite what we might think – health and safety at work really isn’t ‘someone else’s problem’ and how a robust organisational safety culture can reduce risk for everyone. Think about the last time you went for a job interview.  What was it that first attracted you to apply … Continue reading “Are you gambling with your safety culture?”

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”