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HEALTH AND SAFETY NEWS

Our blog delivers the latest thinking in workplace safety. Stay current with the inside view on health and safety at work, regular legal updates and best practice pieces from our occupational health and safety specialists.
Andy Hall
7 Top Rules for COVID-Secure Deliveries

Your goods in/goods out process is pivotal to your productivity – but..

Eliza Bonecka
FREE WEBINAR: Managing Successful Food Manufacturing Operations in Times of COVID-19

Food manufacturers are now facing tougher compliance challenges – and..

John Southall
4 Key Questions You Need to Ask About Fire Extinguishers

Whatever your business, fire extinguishers should be part of your standard..

Andy Hall
H&S in Times of COVID-19: How To Unlock Full Compliance In Your Warehouse

Whether you’ve operated through the pandemic or recently reopened,..

Ian Dunsford
7 Post-Accident Mistakes That Will Break Your Business

Companies are defined by their reputations. It can take years to build your..

John Southall
5 Health & Safety Superhero Tips For You

The word ‘hero’ conjures up images of caped crusaders, legendary leaders and..

Caroline Lee
Building Work and Expansion: CDM Regulations & Tips For Schools

Mention the acronym ‘CDM’ and the image of a construction site is conjured..

Kate Careford
Top Allergens' Tips For Busy Food Businesses

Allergen control in food has received a lot of media attention of late, with..

Nick Bruton
Commercial Tenants and Landlords: What Are Their Health & Safety Responsibilities?

The terms of your lease will usually outline your responsibilities and those..

Caroline Lee
10 Smart Strategies To Safe Lifting And Handling In Your School

Up to 12.3 million working days are lost every year due to back pain related..

John Southall
The Best Health & Safety Advice There Can Be

Every employee has the right to feel safe at work – but good practice isn’t..

John Southall
Surprising Lessons Our Clients Have Learned From Inspector's Visit

An unexpected visit from a health and safety inspector can leave businesses..

Caroline Lee
8 Foolproof Transport Safety Tips For Schools

Every year, a significant number of people are killed or seriously injured..

John Southall
Potholes - Are Steel Road Plates the Right Solution?

Steel road plates can be a quick fix to cover potholes and keep road..

Paul Barker
Moving Vehicles VS Pedestrians On Site: How To Ensure Your Yard Is Safe

‘Workplace Transport’ covers a range of vehicles, including cars, vans,..

Kate Careford
Game On: Food Hygiene Rating Risks VS Our Tips
What is the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme? 

Your Food Hygiene Rating, often..

John Southall
One Scary Reason Why You MUST Protect Workers From the Sun

When temperatures soar, it’s time to think hot weather health and safety –..

John Southall
Southalls Tips How to Protect Your Workers During Hot Weather

Is your health and safety programme set for summer? Hot weather brings new..

Paul Barker
Quick Guide: Safe Loading and Unloading In the Woodworking Industry

Deliveries, loading and unloading present some of the most dangerous..

John Southall
The Harsh Realities of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Workplace

After a big night out, an employee arrives at work still under the influence..

Nick Bruton
10 Warehousing Money-Saving Tips That Actually Work

Saving time and money is imperative when you are operating in a competitive..

John Southall
The Expert’s Guide to Vehicle Loading

Every trade supplier recognises the risks of vehicle loading and unloading...

John Southall
Ladders 101: All the Safety Basics You Need to Know

To improve safety and prevent accidents, new ladder standards were..

Sarah Leake
How Much Do You Really Know About Asbestos Management?

Currently, a shocking 125 million people worldwide are exposed to asbestos..

Guest Blog Post
What Our Experts Have to Say About Litigation Privilege and Internal Investigations

Litigation privilege – a legal principle concerning the confidentiality of..

John Southall
9 Myths You’ve Been Told About PAT Testing

Portable appliances are used everywhere from small offices to sprawling..

John Southall
The Fundamentals of Hiring Contractors in Your Workspace - an Employer's Guide

Contractors are a vital part of many businesses, providing much-needed..

Andy Hall
Changes To Symptoms When Self-Isolation Is Required

Self-isolation is an important control measure to prevent the spread of the ..

John Southall
10 Easy Ways to Get Your Staff Moving

The demands of a desk job can keep your workers seated for hours each day...

Paul Barker
Wood Dust Exposure Prevention and Control In Sawmills

The inhalation of wood dust can cause serious health problems, which vary..

Andy Hall
The UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy: Southalls Response

Southalls have already worked with our clients to provide a range of..

John Southall
Secret ROI Tips That Will Make You Rethink Your Current H&S Strategy

According to SMEs, budget constraints are the main reason for holding back..

John Southall
8 Common Misconceptions About Employers' Welfare Responsibilities

Every employee deserves a clean and comfortable working environment. And..

Richard Denton
First Aid During Covid-19 Pandemic - What Do You Need to Know?

Following on from conversations with our clients, Southalls has been asked..

Paige Hempsall
Mental Health Under the Microscope

One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem at some..

Eliza Bonecka
8 Things We Learned from IOSH

We caught up with IOSH colleague Matt Ottaway for an exclusive, insider view..

Nick Bruton
How To Sell the Importance of Warehouse Safety to Retail Board Members

As a Health & Safety Manager you know it makes sense to invest in safety,..

Sarah Leake
RPE: Do I Need to Wear a Mask In the Workplace?

The correct use of masks and the need for face-fit testing is often an..

Nick Bruton
8 Greatest Hacks For Managing Employee Safety Across Multiple Warehouse Sites

Going from a single to a multi-office operation isn’t a simple matter of..

Eliza Bonecka
EVENTS: VIP Breakfast Briefing For Schools – Now an Interactive Webinar

Recent weeks have underlined the importance of an informed, robust school..

Eliza Bonecka
FREE WEBINAR: Keeping Your Employees Happy and Healthy from Home

Caring for employee wellbeing can feel challenging when you can’t connect in..

Ian Hatherly
HSE Response to Coronavirus, Examinations & LOLERs

Southalls have contacted the HSE and asked the following question:

John Southall
How to Motivate Your Employees to Stop Using Mobile Phones While Driving

We’ve all been there. You’re behind the wheel when you hear the tempting..

Kate Careford
Gas Safety: 10 Rules For Every Kitchen

When properly installed, ventilated and maintained, gas appliances in..

Ian Hatherly
CORONAVIRUS: What Should I Do Right Now About My Statutory Examinations?

LOLER thorough examinations - what if they become overdue?

Paul Barker
CORONAVIRUS: A Short Guide To Homeworking

Following the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK, the Government have said that..

Paul Barker
Machinery Mistakes Builders Merchants Don't Want To Make

In last month's issue of the BMN magazine, we heard how Loughborough..

Caroline Lee
CORONAVIRUS: Full and Partial Closure Of School Sites

Some school sites may be fully closing now for an undefined period of time,..

Eliza Bonecka
H&S Webinar For Schools: Slides and Video-On-Demand
Whether you’re caring for pupils or opening your doors to the public, we..
John Southall
8 Common Safety Threats You Hadn't Considered

Chances are, you’re tackling the obvious health and safety hazards..

Eliza Bonecka
CORONAVIRUS: The Latest COVID-19 Update For Schools

Yesterday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson held his third daily..

Kate Careford
Caroline Lee
Food Crime: Is Your School Cafeteria Off the Hook?

Food crime affects us all. It affects consumer confidence and behaviour and..

Caroline Lee
8 Things School Kitchens Need To Know About Allergens

Allergen control in food has received a lot of media attention of late, with..

Kate Careford
Food Safety & Acrylamide: Should You be Concerned?

The restaurant sector is under threat like never before. In the last few..

John Southall
Workplace Transport – Let’s Get Back to Basics

Pedestrian collisions. Forklift truck accidents. Objects falling during..

Eliza Bonecka
Coronavirus: Managing Risks To Your Staff and Workplace

In the last few weeks, the news has steadily been filling with reports on..

Eliza Bonecka
WEBINAR ON-DEMAND: Driving Safely Into the Year 2020 - Vehicle and Transport Safety At Work

Every year, a significant number of people are killed or seriously injured..

Paul Barker
20 Greatest Working at Height Hacks For Builders Merchants

‘Work at height’ for many builders merchant staff is simply part of the job..

Caroline Lee
5 Pro Tips to Improve Food Safety in Your School

School sites may offer a variety of meal options including a more formal sit..

Paul Barker
Builders Merchants: The Real Truth About Dust Management

In June 2019 the HSE announced the commencement of site inspections..

Caroline Lee
7 Safest Ways Of Working at Height in Schools

You will find that many school staff think that they never ‘work at height’...

Andy Murray
Garden Centres: Why Safe Work At Height In Is a Key To Compliance

When picturing work at height, most people imagine workers on roofs, on..

Eliza Bonecka
What UK Employers Need To Know About The Coronavirus

In the last few weeks, the news has steadily been filling with reports on..

Paul Barker
Beginners Guide: Safe Storage and Handling of Bricks & Blocks

Lifting and handling bricks and blocks is a highly repetitive task. It can..

Caroline Lee
7 Asbestos Facts Every School Should Know

In excess of 2000 workers die each year from mesothelioma and ..

Andy Murray
Stepping Up Transport Safety: A Go-to Guide for Garden Centres

Every year, a significant number of people are killed or seriously injured..

Kate Careford
5 Juicy Food Safety Tips For Restaurants in Garden Centres

Over the years, more and more garden centres have diversified their..

John Southall
How to Tell If You MUST Grit This Winter

It’s a frosty winter morning. Snow and ice cover your car park. Are you to..

Paul Barker
The Complete Guide to CDM Regulations for Builders Merchants

Mention the acronym ‘CDM’ and the image of a construction site is conjured..

Eliza Bonecka
FREE WEBINAR: What Every School Ought To Know About Health and Safety

Whether you’re caring for pupils or opening your doors to the public, we..

Eliza Bonecka
Health and Safety Training

Whatever your compliance goals or requirements, we provide health..

Caroline Lee
Southalls 9-Point Checklist: Getting Schools ‘Winter Ready’

It is a good time to start thinking ahead to the challenges presented by the..

Andy Murray
The Ultimate Guide to Manslaughter Sentencing Guidelines For Garden Centres

New manslaughter guidelines came into force on the 1st November 2018 and..

John Southall
8 Health and Safety Risks That May Trip You Up This Year
Continued Inspector attention

The HSE’s Business Plan for 2019/20 highlights..

Eliza Bonecka
Legionella Risk Assessments

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia,..

Paul Barker
What Every Builders Merchant Ought to Know About Manslaughter Sentencing Guidelines

New manslaughter guidelines came into force on the 1st November 2018 and..

John Southall
Repeated Risk: Five Frightening Links Between 2019’s Health and Safety Prosecutions

Workplace accidents happen in seconds – but they’re often the result of..

Eliza Bonecka
DSEAR Risk Assessments

‘Dangerous substances’ can be found in nearly every working environment and..

Paul Barker
The Complete Guide to Safe Lifting and Handling In Your Builders Merchant
Facts and Figures

Up to 12.3 million working days are lost every year due..

John Southall
Health and Safety – Looking Back At 2019 and What To Expect In 2020

A review of 2019 reveals some truly startling H&S statistics. 144 people..

Andy Murray
The Essential Guide to Loading and Unloading in Garden Centres

Deliveries, loading and unloading presents one of the most dangerous..

Eliza Bonecka
Workplace DSE Assessments

In line with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations,..

Paul Barker
Builders Merchants: How To Load and Unload Your Stock The Right Way

Deliveries, loading and unloading presents one of the most dangerous..

Eliza Bonecka
FREE WEBINAR: Safely Into the Year 2020 - Vehicle and Transport Safety at Work

Every year, a significant number of people are killed or seriously injured..

Tom Baverstock
How to Master Our H&S Software Like a Pro

WHAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH PAPER-BASED HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT?

Today,..

Andy Murray
Your Step by Step Guide To Transport Safety In Garden Centres

Every year, a significant number of people are killed or seriously injured..

Paul Barker
The Dos and Don'ts of Transport Safety for Builders Merchants
Every year, a significant number of people are killed or seriously injured..
Eliza Bonecka
We're Spreading The Joy This Christmas Season

During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have..

Eliza Bonecka
Fire Risk Assessments

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 makes business..

Ian Hatherly
7 Facts About Asbestos Every Builders Merchant Wish They'd Known

In excess of 2000 workers die each year from mesothelioma and..

Eliza Bonecka
Workplace Noise Risk Assessments

Sustained noise exposure can lead to tinnitus (a constant ringing..

Ian Hatherly
Builders Merchants - 9 Steps to Being Winter Ready

As the busy summer season comes to an end and the colder weather begins,..

Andy Murray
When Winter Comes To Garden Centres

As the busy summer season comes to an end and the colder weather begins,..

Eliza Bonecka
Asbestos Surveys

As an employer or building owner, it’s your legal responsibility to locate..

Caroline Lee
Mastering Fire Safety and Emergency Precautions In Your School

"London's firefighters are called to more than 80 fires in schools every..

John Southall
Ultimate Guide To All RIDDOR Reports

RIDDOR stands for the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous..

Eliza Bonecka
Balancing Risk Management With Enriching Opportunities

Since 2015,Southalls’ proven education sector expertise has helpedSolihull..

Ian Dunsford
20 Safest Ways Of Working At Height in a Builders' Merchant

‘Work at height’ for many builders merchant staff is simply part of the job..

John Southall
Health & Safety Responsibilities of Commercial Tenants and Landlords

The terms of your lease will usually outline your responsibilities and those..

Ian Hatherly
Breath Easy In Builders Merchants - What You Need To Know About Dust Management

In June 2019 the HSE announced the commencement of site inspections..

Eliza Bonecka
Prosecutions 2019: Worker Crushed By Mini-Digger

A waste management company in Northern Ireland has been fined £25,000 after..

Eliza Bonecka
Visit us at the Schools and Academies Show 2019 in Birmingham

Whether you’re caring for pupils or opening your doors to the public, we..

John Southall
Employees: Using Mobile Phones Whilst Driving

Driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people do. Over 100..

Caroline Lee
Reducing Transport Dangers Around Your School

While pupils put pen to paper, your school’s external grounds are a..

John Southall
Foolproof Tips for Builders Merchants and Garden Centres During The Fireworks Season

As builders merchants and garden centres who stock timber or timber..

Caroline Lee
Managing Asbestos in Schools

More than 2,000 people die each year from mesothelioma and asbestos-related..

Eliza Bonecka
H&S Webinar for Schools ON-DEMAND

Join Southalls for a candid conversation on the fundamentals of school..

Andy Murray
Serial Killer Asbestos - 7 Essential Facts For Garden Centres

In excess of 2000 workers die each year from mesothelioma and..

Ian Hatherly
Strap It Down! Securing Loads On the Back of Flatbed Vehicles

The securing of loads should be a top priority for builders merchants...

Eliza Bonecka
IOSH-approved Yard and Warehouse Training For Builders Merchants

Southalls one-day ‘IOSH-approved Yard and Warehouse Training for Builders..

Eliza Bonecka
Want To Become Part Of Our Team?

Due to business growth, we need a health and safety Consultant to excel in..

Eliza Bonecka
We Love The Health and Safety North (and You Should Too!)

Time-strapped health and safety professionals can discover how Southalls ..

Andy Murray
Keep Calm And Carry On - How To Help Employees Manage Their Stress In The Garden Centre Industry

Garden centre staff are skilled multi-taskers. Day-to-day they are busy..

Eliza Bonecka
FREE WEBINAR: Manufacturing - Common H&S Pitfalls

Register now for our free 29 October webinar – ‘Manufacturing - Common..

Caroline Lee
5 Ways To Support School Staff Wellbeing

It’s no secret that working in education comes with challenges that can..

Eliza Bonecka
We’ve Had a Blast At The IOSH 2019

We were thrilled to be a part of this year’s global IOSH 2019 Conference in..

John Southall
What Evidence Have You Been Missing In Your Accident Reports?

In 2017/18, HSE statistics reveal that there were  144 workers killed at..

Eliza Bonecka
FREE WEBINAR: The Inside Story On School Health & Safety

Join Southalls for a candid conversation on the fundamentals of school safety

Caroline Lee
Who Holds Health & Safety Responsibility In Shared Buildings and Communal Areas In Your School?

It can be unclear who holds health and safety responsibility in communal..

Eliza Bonecka
FREE WEBINAR: Managing the Impacts of Civil and Regulatory Health and Safety Investigations

Being a responsible business means knowing the right path when things go..

Andy Murray
Southalls Epic Formula To Safe Lifting and Handling In Garden Centres

Up to 12.3 million working days are lost every year due to back pain related..

Andy Murray
What Else Do You Need To Know About Legionella?

Legionella is a type of bacteria that causes diseases like Pontiac and..

Andy Murray
Southalls Top Tips on Safe Work At Height In Garden Centres

When picturing work at height, most people imagine workers on roofs, on..

John Southall
Helping Your Employees Feel Safe At Work

How safe do your employees feel at work? How you answer that question will..

Caroline Lee
School Health and Safety Risk Assessment - How To Get It Right?

Health & Safety Risk assessments are a statutory requirement under the ..

Andy Murray
Seasonal Displays And Structures: Our Greatest CDM Compliant Safety Tips For Garden Centres

Just as plant life changes throughout the seasons, so too does the garden..

Guest Blog Post
Reputation Management: What To Do When Accidents At Work Happen

Companies are defined by their reputations. It can take years to build your..

Rob Strange
How To Tackle A Fee For Intervention

I well remember the concept of charging for an HSE inspector’s time, when..

Tom Baverstock
The 9 Most Amazing Facts About Safety Cloud, Our Health And Safety Software

In today’s digital era, many organisations still use paper-based systems and..

Eliza Bonecka
Southalls Team At The Trade Expo'19

TradeExpo’19 in Warwick

John Southall
PAT Testing: The Top 9 Myths We've Had To Bust

Portable appliance use is widespread across all industries, from a..

Angela Southall
The Anatomy Of Workplace Accidents That Cause You to Waste Money

The HSE has published their latest Health and Safety Statistics 2018,..

Angela Southall
Quick Guide To Work In Hot Weather

Whether it’s scorching summer days or freezing temperatures in the depths..

John Southall
Up and Down: Mastering Ladder Safety Standards

Last year, the ladder standards changed. This was to improve the safety of..

Nick Bruton
Superhacks: Saving Money On Safety In The Warehousing and Distribution Sector

Saving time and money is imperative when you are operating in a competitive..

Andy Hall
When Safety Risks Turn Deadly - Real-life Consequences of Ignoring Manufacturing Safety Regulations

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is the primary piece of..

John Southall
4 Things You MUST Know About Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are an essential tool for aiding escape in the event of..

John Southall
8 Common Safety Threats You May Be Missing

Whether you’re operating in a high-risk manufacturing environment or a..

Andy Hall
What Manufacturing Hazards Will Really Look Like In the Fast-Approaching 4th Industrial Revolution

New technologies, changing forms of employment and an ageing workforce are..

Andy Hall
Top 5 Surprising Health And Safety Challenges In The Manufacturing Industry

The manufacturing sector is made up of a diverse range of industries, from..

Andy Hall
4 Most Effective Tactics for Health And Safety Compliance In Manufacturing

In 2016/17, 19 workers died, 60,000 non-fatal injuries were reported and..

Angela Southall
Underage Knife Sales In Garden Centres and Builders Merchants

Knife crime is on the rise with fatal stabbings at a record high. Whilst..

Eliza Bonecka
Creating Endless Possibilities With UBT

UBT is a global enterprise spanning 19 countries. Universal Business Team..

Ian Dunsford
Safe Storage And Handling Of Bricks And Blocks

Lifting and handling bricks and blocks is a highly repetitive task. It can..

Andy Hall
How To Fight and Win With Repetitive Strain, Poor Ergonomics and Poor Posture On Your Busy Production Line

Whether your employees work on a PC or production line, it’s your legal..

Eliza Bonecka
Mental Health In The Workplace

One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem at some..

Andy Hall
Automation – Creating New Risks?

Sharing our workspace with robots is no longer a revolutionary concept...

Emma Bavin
Acrylamide - The Latest Threat to the Restaurant Sector

The restaurant sector is under threat like never before. In the last few..

Eliza Bonecka
HSE Hikes FFI Charge

The FFI scheme was introduced in October 2012 at an hourly rate of £124...

Eliza Bonecka
April 2019: The Latest Health and Safety Prosecutions

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard how Faiveley Transport Tamworth Limited..

Kate Careford
Shellfish Food Fraud Man Given Suspended Jail Sentence

High-end restaurants purchasing live shellfish from wholesalers have been..

Tom Baverstock
What Using Health and Safety Software Really Looks Like - Dealing With an Accident

Dave, an employee, receives a bump on the head from a forklift truck..

Eliza Bonecka
The Health and Safety Event 2019 Is Over

The Health and Safety Event is our favourite safety event in the UK, giving..

Emma Bavin
Food Crime - How Reputable Are Your Suppliers?

Food crime affects us all. It affects consumer confidence and behaviour and..

Ian Hatherly
Health And Safety Issues Annoying Builders Merchants Today

Builders merchants might be relieved that they are not being targeted..

Kate Careford
Gas Safety In The Catering Industry - 10 Things You May Be Doing Wrong

When properly installed, ventilated and maintained, gas appliances in..

Tom Baverstock
5 Secrets To Efficient Health And Safety Software Integration

Health and safety management is an integral part of the everyday process of..

Andy Murray
9 Ideas For Garden Centres That Need To Save Money

Saving time and money is imperative when you are operating in a competitive..

Emma Bavin
Food Safety In a Post-Brexit World - What Every Food Business Needs To Know

As the UK teeters on the brink of leaving the EU, the responsibility for..

Emma Bavin
Takeaway Bosses Jailed Over Death Of Allergy Sufferer

In November 2018 two takeaway bosses were jailed for the manslaughter of..

Tom Baverstock
Presenting the Hidden Business Case for Cloud-based H&S Software

If you’re familiar with Safety Cloud then you’ll already know the value of a..

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