The MSDs Mastermind Quiz

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs (a.k.a. MSKs)) are a big issue in the workplace, but how much do you know about them? Test your knowledge with our latest tricky but fun quiz!  The term ‘musculoskeletal disorder’ covers any injury, damage or disorder of the joints or other tissues in the upper/lower limbs or the back. Risk factors … Continue reading “The MSDs Mastermind Quiz”

How are cushions, curtains and conserving your hearing connected?

HSE’s Noise and Vibration Specialists make some serious points about hearing conservation while weaving in talk of soft furnishings… don’t worry, it’ll all make sense. Can you remember walking into your new home for the first time? All of those empty rooms and bare floors like blank canvasses just waiting for you to decorate and … Continue reading “How are cushions, curtains and conserving your hearing connected?”

The cobots are coming… but will they be safe?

Robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) – including drones and driverless vehicles – are expected to have a major impact on most economic sectors within the next 10 years. Here Simon Armitage, Science Coordinator for HSE’s Shared Research, considers the implications for occupational health and safety of integrating these collaborative robots (cobots) with the human workforce. … Continue reading “The cobots are coming… but will they be safe?”

The Big Fun Healthy Lungs Quiz

We all need to look after our lungs. Work related lung diseases are a big problem that can ruin lives. But how much do you know about lungs and lung health? Why not take a breather (sorry!) and test your knowledge with our fiendish-but-fun Healthy Lungs Quiz? Thousands of people die from work-related lung diseases … Continue reading “The Big Fun Healthy Lungs Quiz”

Sensor sensibility: the future of wearable health tech at work

Social Scientist Jo Bowen, of HSE’s Foresight Centre, takes a look at the development and growing adoption of wearable health and safety ‘smart technology’, and considers the implications this might have for the future working world. Here’s a teaser for you. What, according to networking equipment giant Cisco, is the similarity between the room-sized ENIAC … Continue reading “Sensor sensibility: the future of wearable health tech at work”

A tale of tea, TV and misused PPE (Part 2)

In the first part of this blog Diving Safety and PPE specialist Nick Bailey lamented the inappropriate use of PPE he’d spotted in one of the many home building/renovation shows that currently infest the telly. He’d picked the home renovation show as the first part of a relaxing evening’s viewing. As we return to the story, … Continue reading “A tale of tea, TV and misused PPE (Part 2)”

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 (Part 1)

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 (Part 1)”

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”