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Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Waste Company Fined Following Workers' Injuries in Explosion 
A waste company has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,603.14 after two employees suffered burn injuries while processing flammable aerosol containers. The workers were processing aerosol canisters using an industrial plastic shredder. When using a gas-operated forklift to place the canisters into the...

Don't Become a Statistic: Here's Why You Can't Ignore Brexit
Don't Become a Statistic: Here's Why You Can't Ignore Brexit
For many SMEs, Brexit preparation has been placed on the backburner in order to make way for more immediate concerns, such as cyber-security cover and GDPR compliance. 

Indeed, a recent insurance broker survey revealed nearly 25 per cent of SME clients ask their broker for GDPR guidance on a regular basis, whereas only 10 per cent have enquiries regarding Brexit.

In fact, 35 per...

Lone Workers Face Unique Risks: Keep Them Healthy and Safe
Lone Workers Face Unique Risks: Keep Them Healthy and Safe
Nearly 8 million employees in the UK are lone workers (those that work by themselves without direct supervision)—that’s more than 20 per cent of the working population, according to industry research. Especially in the age of technological advancements and flexible work offerings (e.g. working remotely), lone working has become an increasingly common practice. Whether it be a homeworker,...

These Two Cyber-attacks Are on the  Rise - Here's How to Protect Yourself
These Two Cyber-attacks Are on the Rise - Here's How to Protect Yourself
Although clicking on and responding to emails in the workplace is a common practice, recent research revealed it’s also a top cyber-security concern. Indeed, among the methods cyber-criminals use to attack organisations, social engineering scams and ransomware are on the rise. 

Social engineering scams, such as email attacks and phishing scams, accounted for over 25 per cent of cyber-incidents...

Prevent a 'Chain Reaction' During Disaster With These Useful Tips
Prevent a 'Chain Reaction' During Disaster With These Useful Tips
As flood season approaches, many organisations are bolstering their risk management practices to prevent serious damage from a natural disaster. But unlike the downpour of a flood, many business disasters don’t have a season—they can happen year-round.
Whether it be a deadly cyber-attack or a costly material shortage, business disasters can often cause a chain reaction for organisations...

Long Read: Managing the Risks in Your Holiday Home Let
Long Read: Managing the Risks in Your Holiday Home Let
By letting your holiday homes out to visitors for exciting travels and unique adventures, you play a significant role in providing customers with the ultimate holiday experience. After all, finding an affordable, accommodating and safe environment to call ‘home’ during travel can make or break the trip as a whole. 

Although being the source of travellers’ joy and excitement...

Don't Get Pulled Over This Festive Season:  Use This Guidance When Driving Overseas
Don't Get Pulled Over This Festive Season: Use This Guidance When Driving Overseas
With festive season approaching soon, now is the time to start planning exciting road trips overseas to celebrate with family and friends. Nevertheless, driving cross-country can be risky, especially if you and your passengers fail to prepare for the possibility of different driving laws and regulations across borders. Getting pulled over, suffering a motor accident or receiving costly fines can all...

Here’s How to Protect Your Employees’  Ears From Excessive Noise Exposure
Here’s How to Protect Your Employees’ Ears From Excessive Noise Exposure
While many may associate excessive noise with an excited crowd at a sporting event or the front rows of a concert, this sensory experience can occur in the workplace as well. Employees in the construction, agriculture, manufacturing and entertainment industries often experience excessive noise due to the nature of their work. 

If workers in your organisation are exposed to excessive noise,...

Help Your Home Stay Afloat During  Flood Season With These Top Tips
Help Your Home Stay Afloat During Flood Season With These Top Tips
As the UK enters flood season, there is a wave of serious risks that homeowners face in the event of a disastrous downpour. And, in recent years, the threat of flooding has become even more severe. Research revealed that seven of the nation’s 10 wettest years have occurred in the past two decades, with recent disasters such as Storm Desmond resulting in record-breaking rainfall, damage to 16,000...

HSE News and Prosecutions
HSE News and Prosecutions
Manufacturing Company Fined After Employee Lost Multiple Fingers

A decorative panel manufacturing company has been fined £45,225 and ordered to pay costs of £1,612 after a worker suffered an injury when using an industrial saw. When the employee reached inside what he believed was a viewing hole to clear waste offcuts from sawing a medium density fibreboard, a drive and chain sprocket...

Keep Your Future Workforce Healthy and  Safe by Preventing Portable Device Risks
Keep Your Future Workforce Healthy and Safe by Preventing Portable Device Risks
For many, looking down at our portable devices in a hunched, unsupported position is common practice. However, research revealed this daily occurrence is a major culprit behind the significant increase in youth musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The British Chiropractic Association found that recent years have shown an increase in patients under the age of 30 with neck and back pain. In fact, 45 per...

Commuter Chaos: Reduce Employees’  Transport Woes With These Steps
Commuter Chaos: Reduce Employees’ Transport Woes With These Steps
While many employees find themselves stressed at work during one point or another, recent research revealed that simply getting to work is now half the battle. Of those who take public transport or drive to work, 25 per cent reported feeling stressed as a result of their daily commute, while 18 per cent said their travels to work made them miserable. Not to mention, 10 per cent of those who feel...

The Sneaky Way the Heatwave  May Have Damaged Your Premises
The Sneaky Way the Heatwave May Have Damaged Your Premises
This summer’s record-setting heatwave brought more consequences than just sunburns and sweat—it may have affected your property, too. Combined with little rainfall over the past couple months, the heatwave established an unusually dry climate, increasing the risk of subsidence for property owners. 

Subsidence, which occurs when the ground supporting a building moves downward...

This is How Much Your Customers Trust You With Their Data
This is How Much Your Customers Trust You With Their Data
Despite high-level data breaches capturing headlines and social media scams wreaking havoc on users’ personal information, recent research from the Information Commissioner’s Office’s 2018 Information Rights Survey highlights an increase in customer trust regarding organisations handling their data.

Although not yet the majority, the survey found that 34 per cent of people...

Flood Season is Here: How to Recover After Natural Disasters
Flood Season is Here: How to Recover After Natural Disasters
The Met Office recently announced storm names for 2018-19, meaning flood season is officially here and set to make waves across the UK once again. In recent years, the threat of flooding has increased significantly, and these rough waters don’t appear to be leaving anytime soon. In fact, the Met Office predicted climate change could potentially make heavy downpours five times more likely by the...

HSE News and Prosecutions
HSE News and Prosecutions
Oil Industry Giant Fined Following Employee Injury from Gas Cylinder

Shell UK received a £60,000 fine after a technician suffered a serious injury from a gas cylinder on an offshore installation. When a technician rolled a cylinder along the floor and removed the protective cap, the trigger mechanism activated, releasing enough pressure to force the technician to drop the cylinder. This...

Lessening the Burden of Lung Disease
Lessening the Burden of Lung Disease
Occupational lung disease has become a serious killer among UK workers, according to recent data. In fact, work-related lung disease such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and mesothelioma kills nearly 12,000 Brits each year, according to the HSE. Lung disease often develops from exposure to carcinogens in the workplace such as asbestos, silica dust and diesel engine exhaust emissions. 

Consider...

Preventing Presenteesim: How to Help  Employees Decrease Workplace Stress
Preventing Presenteesim: How to Help Employees Decrease Workplace Stress
Nearly 90 per cent of employees admitted to observing presenteeism (coming to work when physically or mentally unwell) in the workplace this past year—more than triple the rate since 2010, according to a recent survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The findings mirror a recent report from the Office for National Statistics, which found that the number of working...

Running the Risk: SME Top Threats
Running the Risk: SME Top Threats
Over 16 million people are employed in the SME sector, dominating 60 per cent of all private sector employment, according to industry data. These numbers reflect a 26 per cent growth since 2000 in the number of small businesses. However, running a successful SME doesn’t come without risk. 

Here are the top risks facing SMEs, as reported by SMEs: 

* Data loss, misuse or...

Protect Against Insolvency Issues with Trade Credit Insurance
Protect Against Insolvency Issues with Trade Credit Insurance
Between the collapse of construction giant, Carillion, and the downfall of children’s toy company, Toys R Us, recent big-name bankruptcies are emphasising the need for protection against rising insolvencies. Indeed, 26 per cent of UK companies suffered a financial blow due to the solvency of a customer, supplier or debtor in the last six months, according to R3, the association of business recovery...

2018 Cyber Breaches Survey
2018 Cyber Breaches Survey
Digitising the Workplace 

In a world of continued technological advancement and increased dependence on the internet for organisational success, cyber-security has become a vital aspect of keeping businesses and charities safe from potential data disasters. 

Nearly all businesses (98 per cent) and charities (93 per cent) rely on some form of digital communication or technology...

CO2 Shortage: Save Your Supply Chain with Business Continuity
CO2 Shortage: Save Your Supply Chain with Business Continuity
Manufacturers throughout the country are struggling to cope with the continued carbon dioxide (CO2) shortage. The shortage, which is a result of several supplier plants either shut down for maintenance or closed altogether, has hit food and drink manufacturers particularly hard. Due to this major supply chain disruption, these organisations are left without a key ingredient to their products, leaving...

Ensure Burglars Don’t Enjoy Your Summer  Holiday as Much as You Do
Ensure Burglars Don’t Enjoy Your Summer Holiday as Much as You Do
Excited about your summer holiday? So are your neighbourhood burglars. In fact, the number of burglaries has risen by 9 per cent over the previous year, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Whether you will be away for a few days or several weeks, don’t forget to ensure that your home is safe and secure. Follow these six pieces of guidance to help you...

Revealing Reasons for Home Insurance Claims
Revealing Reasons for Home Insurance Claims
The need for home repairs and fixes after damage occurs is often unpredictable. However, home insurance policies offer comfort and peace of mind in the event that the worst happens. Have a look at the following most common reasons for home insurance claims and how you can take steps to lower your risk: 

Accidental damage— Accidents happen. In fact, they are the most common reason...

You Won’t Regret it: Keep Your Insurer Updated
You Won’t Regret it: Keep Your Insurer Updated
When you experience a significant life change, the last person you probably think about telling is your broker. However, some life changes alter your level of risk. Inform your broker of the following life changes: 

A new job— Your career has a significant impact on your risk. After all, while some jobs require a lot of time on the road, others offer remote options.A new address— Depending...