Refreshed RM3 keeps your risk management on track

John Gillespie, the Office of Rail and Road’s Deputy Director of Policy, Strategy and Planning (Railway Safety) recently blogged about the success of RM3; a model that enables excellence in risk management. Originally devised by ORR for assessing risk management in the rail industry, it’s now recognised that RM3’s positive impact on workplace health and … Continue reading “Refreshed RM3 keeps your risk management on track”

A tale of tea, TV and misused PPE

Diving Safety Scientist Nick Bailey explains why the often haphazard use of PPE in popular TV shows makes it difficult for him to relax and enjoy a night’s viewing. Huddled in front of the goggle box after a long day in the office, I browse the TV listings to see what might entertain me during … Continue reading “A tale of tea, TV and misused PPE”

Are you an effective health and safety leader?

When organisational health and safety performance begins to stall, Occupational Psychologist Jennifer Webster suggests it might be time to reassess your leadership style. I don’t know about you, but I’m not aware of too many people in authority who would ask themselves, ‘what sort of leader am I?’ Let’s face it; the majority of people … Continue reading “Are you an effective health and safety leader?”

Why it’s smarter and safer to look ahead now

Sam Bradbrook, Senior Scientist in HSE’s Foresight Centre (and self-confessed ‘petrol-head’) explains the importance to health and safety of looking ahead and preparing for what the future might hold. It was only my second time on a racetrack. I’d had some expert tuition, I knew the track, I was confident and in control.  The corner … Continue reading “Why it’s smarter and safer to look ahead now”

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?”