Managers Need to Manage (even when it comes to Safety)
Mar
30

There is a problem with safety features: they can often be bypassed. Many safety professionals will have seen instances of safety interlock systems on equipment, such as CNC machines, being defeated by fixing the key into the lock part of the system either by using a spare key or by detaching the main key from the frame of the equipment. Often this is justified by the site management as being the “only way the work can be done”. This state of mind does not stand scrutiny as many other companies manage to achieve safe operation with same equipment doing the same job. The failing is often the attitude or approach to safety management in the minds of the managers, supervisors and workers.
This (lack of safety) practise has recently cost a manufacturing firm over £26,000 in fines and costs. The company was fined after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. This regulation requires employers to ensure effective measures are taken to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery.

The Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register
Mar
21

The Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR) is in the news at the moment as it has been launched for the public to view all registered Health & Safety consultants. The register gives you the peace of mind that you are dealing with a registered consultant who has complied to a high standard of qualifications recognised by a professional body.

The OSHCR came about as a result of the Lord Young report into Health & Safety, Lord Young raised his concern that anybody can operate as a health and safety consultant with no legal requirement or standards set. Some may overcomplicate health and safety or miss important hazards — and in particular, they contribute to misconceptions about what is really needed to protect people at work. In a small number of cases, HSE has prosecuted these rogue consultants for advice that has put people at risk.

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HSE proposes to slash inspections by 1/3
Mar
09

The Health & Safety Executive is proposing to slash the number of proactive inspections it carries out in light of its 35-per-cent cut in government funding.

The BBC obtained a letter in which the HSE’s chief executive reportedly outlines plans to reduce the safety watchdog’s inspections by a third.

Three high-hazard sectors – nuclear, offshore and chemicals – will be protected from any proposed cuts, the letter is reported to state. However, the letter also outlines the industries where proactive inspections could be entirely withdrawn.

Some of those industries under consideration pose “significant risk”, yet the letter describes inspections in these industries as not “necessary or useful”. In some other cases, the letter suggests that the “relative cost-effectiveness” of carrying out unannounced visits could warrant halting such activity in the future.

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Good understanding of our needs
Mar
04

‘LRB Consulting have helped us to determine and understand the direction of the projects that they are working with us on. They are an excellent sounding board for the changes we wish to make, having gained a good understanding of our needs in a very short time.’

Richard Yearley, Global Director, Real Estate Services, Logica
London, N1

High Standards of Professionalism
Mar
04

‘I have been impressed with the manner in which LRB Consulting have worked with us to on some very sensitive projects. They bring high standards of professionalism and they are incisive and cut through to the important issues.’

Richard Yearley, Global Director, Real Estate Services, Logica
London, N1