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Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Company Fined After Worker Develops Occupational Asthma

A design and manufacturing company, Bayham Limited, was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,385 after a worker carrying out soldering work developed occupational asthma. The company began using an air displacement box (ADB) 15-20 years ago as a fume extractor. However, an investigation by the HSE found that the ADB...

Prepare for HSE Inspections: Avoid FFI
Prepare for HSE Inspections: Avoid FFI
When HSE inspectors visit your workplace, they focus on finding material breaches, also known as violations of any health and safety laws that require attention. If an HSE inspector identifies a material breach, a Fee for Intervention (FFI) will take place. This means that you will then have to pay a fee of £129 an hour for time spent identifying the breach, helping you correct the problem and...

Hay Fever Comes with a Hefty Cost to  Employers: Here’s How to Prevent It
Hay Fever Comes with a Hefty Cost to Employers: Here’s How to Prevent It
As blooming flowers accompany the start of summer, they also present a serious problem for your workplace, as the spread of pollen signals hay fever season. Hay fever, characterised by itchy eyes, runny nose and frequent sneezing, causes nearly 4 in 10 workers to have trouble doing their job, according to research by Well Pharmacy. The same research found that 1 in 5 of those suffering from hay fever...

Why the GDPR Means You May Need More Cyber and D&O Insurance
Why the GDPR Means You May Need More Cyber and D&O Insurance
Last year was a record-breaking year in terms of cyber claims, totalling more claims than the previous four years combined, according to recent industry research. However, researchers predict that cyber claims will rise now more than ever as a result of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Due to the GDPR’s strict regulations and hefty non-compliance fines, the consequences your business...

How Championing Mental Health at Work Can Save You Money
How Championing Mental Health at Work Can Save You Money
At least 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem each year, according to the Mental Health Foundation. The mental health crisis has come at a cost to UK businesses as well—research shows 70 million working days are lost each year due to mental health illness, costing employers £33 billion to £42 billion annually. 

By investing in mental health...

Revealed: The Leading Causes of Underinsurance and How to Fix It
Revealed: The Leading Causes of Underinsurance and How to Fix It
No matter how bright the future looks for your business, you never know when disaster will strike. Whether it be a flood or destructive building fire, it is vital to have proper insurance policies to protect your business from any interruptions—especially if you are a SME with minimal financial flexibility. As a result, many businesses purchase business interruption (BI) policies for peace of...

25 Most Commonly Stolen Passwords
25 Most Commonly Stolen Passwords
Protect yourself - and your company - by making sure you're not using one of the top 25 most commonly stolen passwords of 2017, as determined by password management software firm, Keeper.

Additionally, do not use the same password for several accounts, as this practice significantly increases the risk of your accounts being compromised.

1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345678
4....

500,000 Routers Affected by VPNFilter Malware
500,000 Routers Affected by VPNFilter Malware

Recently, researchers at Talos—a cyber-intelligence unit of Cisco—warned consumers of malware (malicious software) that specifically targets networking devices. The malware, which is known as VPNFilter, impacts an estimated 500,000 routers worldwide, particularly targeting devices from the following manufacturers:
LinksysMikroTikNetgearQNAPTP-Link
VPNFilter Could Collect Your...

Long read: The Overlooked Physical Exposures of a Cyber-attack
Long read: The Overlooked Physical Exposures of a Cyber-attack
More than ever before, organisations are aware of the potential financial impact of a cyber-attack. Many wrongfully assume that the steep, monetary burden of a cyber-attack (exacerbated by new, higher fines under the GDPR) is exclusively tied to damaged digital assets, lost records, and the price of investigating and reporting a breach. While those expenses represent a considerable hit, damage to an...

Beyond the Basics: Controlling Your Social Media Data
Beyond the Basics: Controlling Your Social Media Data
Did You Know?
Fallout from the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal and expanded user rights from the GDPR now empower you to force social media giants to delete your old posts. In March 2018, Facebook confirmed that a third-party app had unlawfully harvested data relating to nearly 87 million people across the globe, including 1 million UK citizens, which was then shared with an organisation called...

HSE Recent News and Prosecutions
HSE Recent News and Prosecutions
Construction Firm Fined Over Safety and Welfare Failings

Toft Construction Ltd was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,176.90 after failing to safeguard its workers and the public. The firm had been hired to refurbish a domestic property, which required deep excavation in the front garden. In its investigation, the HSE found that the firm had failed to implement safety barriers...

Don't Risk a Fine with an Out of Date Health and Safety Policy
Don't Risk a Fine with an Out of Date Health and Safety Policy
In 2016-17, the HSE had a 93 per cent conviction rate, with the average penalty costing organisations £126,000. Now, take a minute to review your health and safety policies—are they sufficient enough to avoid such a staggering fine? If you’re unable to arrive at a satisfactory answer, you may need to review your policies. Even though such a task may seem too large and intimidating...

Mental Health Conditions Are on the Rise
Mental Health Conditions Are on the Rise
Mental health conditions—which include depression, anxiety and stress—have become far too common in the workplace, as 1 in 6 people experience a mental health problem in any given week, according to the NHS. In fact, 55 per cent of organisations reported that in 2017 the number of employees with mental health conditions increased, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development....

Using Your Mobile While Driving Could  Invalidate Your Licence
Using Your Mobile While Driving Could Invalidate Your Licence
It's been nearly a year since new regulations came into force to stop drivers from using their phones. They've been effective, but are you aware of the do's and don'ts?

Last March, new regulations came into force that allow traffic officers to fine drivers £200 and six penalty points for using a handheld mobile phone while driving. For drivers that have held their licence for less than...

Investing in Off-the-shelf Training May  End up Costing More in the Long Run
Investing in Off-the-shelf Training May End up Costing More in the Long Run
Manual handling risks—which include musculoskeletal disorders and repetitive strain injuries—can happen at nearly every workplace and they cause more than one-third of all work-related ill health, according to the HSE. To protect their workers, organisations often invest in manual handling training. However, training can be expensive and some organisations choose to go with a cheaper option....

Don't Overlook Privacy Notices in Your Sprint to GDPR Compliance
Don't Overlook Privacy Notices in Your Sprint to GDPR Compliance
The GDPR comes into effect on 25 May, which does not leave your organisation much time to comply. While you’ve most likely been busy making the necessary high-level GDPR revisions, such as to how you obtain clients’ consent, you may be overlooking a key GDPR component—privacy notices. These notices provide data subjects, such as your employees, customers and prospects, with clear...

Minding Your Gender Pay Gap
Minding Your Gender Pay Gap
Data from the first gender pay gap reports that were due 5 April have been released and the findings are disheartening. Organisations with at least 250 employees were required to disclose the pay gap between male and female employees, including their bonuses. 

According to the reports, 78 per cent of women work for organisations that pay them less than their male colleagues. What’s...

Never Assume Your Health and Safety Plan is Evergreen. Review it Today
Never Assume Your Health and Safety Plan is Evergreen. Review it Today
Last year, there were 1.3 million work-related illnesses and 600,000 non-fatal injuries to workers, according to the HSE. If enough of your workers are affected by injuries and illnesses, it can take a significant toll on your organisation. In fact, work-related ill health cost employers 31.2 million working days and the UK economy £14.9 billion. Thankfully, the solution to reduce the impact...

GDPR Exposes Directors and Officers to Greater Risk
GDPR Exposes Directors and Officers to Greater Risk
As cyber-related requirements will become more stringent under the GDPR once it comes into effect on 25 May, directors and officers (D&O) will be exposed to a greater amount of liability. In fact, insurance experts forecasted a spike in D&O claims in 2018 over cyber-incidents. But it’s not just the GDPR—wrongful conduct resulting in company insolvency, such as Carillion’s...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Plastics Manufacturer Fined £1 Million After a Delivery Driver’s Death
Glynwed Pipe Systems Ltd was fined £1 million and ordered to pay costs of £27,942.57 after a delivery driver visiting the company was struck and killed by a forklift. The driver had arrived at the yard area when a forklift overladen with large coils struck him. In its investigation, the HSE found that...

Faulty Appliances Cause 60 House Fires a Week
Faulty Appliances Cause 60 House Fires a Week

Learn how you can keep your home safe from faulty, fire-causing appliances.

Washing machines, tumble dryers and fridge-freezers are responsible for more than 60 house fires every week in the United Kingdom, according to a Which? investigation. Faulty washing machines and dryers were found to be the highest risk appliances, causing more than a third of fires.

To protect your home,...

Cyber-criminals Can Easily Gain Access to Your Home
Cyber-criminals Can Easily Gain Access to Your Home
Cyber-criminals may be able to gain access to your home through your smart devices. Learn how to protect your home.

A quarter of UK homes contain some kind of smart device, such as smart plugs and wireless security cameras, according to a survey from technology retailer, Maplin. What’s more, 420 million smart devices are expected to be installed in homes across the country by 2020, according...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Introducing the World’s First International Occupational Health and Safety Standard

An average of 2.78 million workers die across the globe each year due to work-related accidents or illnesses, according to the International Labour Organization. In an effort to address this staggering statistic, the International Organization for Standardization began developing a new occupational health...

The United Kingdom Ablaze: Fire-related Deaths Increase Significantly
The United Kingdom Ablaze: Fire-related Deaths Increase Significantly
From October 2016 to September 2017, 346 people died in fires, an increase of 93 over the previous year, according to the Home Office. Even if the 71 deaths at Grenfell Tower are excluded, the number of deaths due to fire is still 9 per cent higher than the previous year. What’s more, the number of incidents attended by fire services increased by 3 per cent.
With fire hazards becoming more...

What You Can Learn From KFC's Supply Chain 'Fowl-Up'
What You Can Learn From KFC's Supply Chain 'Fowl-Up'
In February, nearly two-thirds of KFCs across the United Kingdom were closed or offered a limited menu after its new distributor failed to deliver enough chicken on time. 

With no backup plan for how to get more chicken, customers took to social media to vent their frustrations at the fast-food restaurant chain. 

While KFC tried to handle the response with grace and good humour,...