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EU-OSHA announces winners of 2011 photo competition

The three best photographs have been selected by the international jury. Krzysztof Maksymowicz of Poland was awarded the first prize for his photograph 'dress maker'. The competition called for entries on the theme of 'safety and health in the workplace', with a special focus on risk prevention. To …

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Free health and safety guidance

Don't forget to check out the free guidance available on the Health and Safety News home page.

There is a section in the right-hand column containing many useful guidance documents which can be downloaded free of charge.

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The Fun Police

I’ve just left the BBC Television Centre where I watched the filming of the pilot episode of Matt Morgan’s “The Fun Police” – a Channel 4 sitcom based in the Health and Safety Department of Brightsea Borough Council. The show stars Flight of The Concords’ Rhys Darby along with Jack Doolan (Cemetery …

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High Wycombe landlord prosecuted for putting tenants' lives at risk

A landlord has been fined after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found he failed to ensure gas fittings, including a wall mounted boiler, at a property he rented out, were safe.

The HSE reports that Mr Asif Azam of Whitelands Road, High Wycombe, plead guilty at Aylesbury …

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First Aid Resources

The health and safety links page has been updated. One of the new additions is a link to some useful First Aid Fact Sheets available on the Aid Training website.

EDIT 25/11/13 - Aid Training link removed at request of site owner

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Who visits

Over the last two months, visitors to have come from the following countries:

68% United Kingdom

20% United States of America

2% Germany

2% India

The final 8% is made up of the following countries: Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore, Netherlands, Japan, Nigeria, Mauritius and Hong…

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Corporate manslaughter appeal refused

Safety and Health Practitioner (SHP) reports that the Court of Appeal has refused an application to appeal from Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings which was convicted under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, following the death of Alex Wright.

Previous related news: Cotswold G…

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Changes to the HSE reporting system

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that, from September this year, the majority of work-related injuries and incidents reportable under RIDDOR will have to be notified to the HSE via its website (fatal and major incidents and injuries will still be reportable by 'phone).

In a further step…

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Australian bosses go undercover for safety truth

As part of  WorkSafe Victoria's 'The Skeleton Project', three CEOs spent a day with their workers, under the cover of a workplace safety researcher, to find out more about musculoskeletal injuries.

Read more about The Skeleton Project and find out how it gave these CEOs a unique insight into the i…

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Health and Safety Case Law

The case law page of has been updated.

Jobs - The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is looking to recruit three Regional Health and Safety Advisors. See the jobs page for further details.

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Workplace health and safety – how to make a complaint

If anyone considers that their employer (or someone else’s) work activity is putting their safety at risk or damaging their health, then concerns should be raised with that employer or person. If no improvement is made and their safety or health continues to be at risk, then this can be reported to…

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Quarterly release of fatal injuries - first nine months of 2010/11

Published at the end of March, the quarterly fatal injury figures for the period April to December 2010 provide emerging details of the count of workplace fatal injuries in 2010/11:

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National Statistics 2009/10

The following statistics are, or will shortly be, available for the period of 2009/10:

Blood lead exposure: 

The latest annual data based on HSE's exposure to lead study. The update includes the working population in the lead industry, exposure by lead industrial classification and data on the num…

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The Royal Wedding and Health and Safety

During and following the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) many communities held street parties to celebrate

To try and ensure that health and safety was not used as an excuse for preventing such celebrations, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) …

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Four Reasons, Eight Lessons - Reluctance to Report May Not Be Caused By Fear

By Phil La Duke

Conventional wisdom holds that people won’t report near misses because they fear repercussions associated with admitting that they screwed up, but in most cases, conventional wisdom is wrong.

Near misses — incidents where no one was seriously injured but COULD have been — provide u…

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Health and safety law is not a barrier to volunteering

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a new website, Health and Safety Made Simple, stating that: 

"The work of voluntary organisations and individual volunteers makes a valuable contribution to our everyday lives.

Health and safety is often wrongly blamed for preventing organisations…

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Case Law

A new page has been set up on giving details of case law that set legal precedent relevant to occupational health and safety - it is currently under construction but more cases will be added shortly. Visit the Law page to access this useful guidance tool; additional cases …

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IOSH Guidance: Legionella in hot and cold water systems

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) are running a three-part series on Legionella, the latest installment looks at control methods and risk assessments of Legionella in water systems.

Read the IOSH article Good Practice: Legionella in hot and cold water systems.

It is also wort…

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