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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.
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..

Eliza Bonecka
March 2019: The Latest Health and Safety Prosecutions

Teesside Magistrates’ Court was told how employees working with chemicals at..

Kate Careford
Food Businesses - Beware The New Manslaughter Sentencing Guidelines!

Serving food to the public? Then you need to know about the new Manslaughter..

Eliza Bonecka
The Latest Webinar On-Demand Now

Our latest webinar 2019 Health and Safety Check - Are You Prepared? was..

Tom Baverstock
How To Master Safety Cloud Software To Rock Your Health And Safety Compliance This Year

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

Today,..

Kate Careford
Getting Smart With Allergens - A Simple Guide For All Food Businesses

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

Emma Bavin
Latest FSA Consumer Feedback Every Restaurant Needs to Know

The food standards agency conduct a biannual survey, interviewing over 2000..

Ian Hatherly
Building Work And Expansion - CDM Regulations Every Builders Merchant Needs To Understand

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

Ian Hatherly
Young Workers In Builders Merchants At Higher Risk Of Injury

It’s a tragic fact that young workers are statistically more likely to be..

Andy Murray
5 Easy Ways To Improve Food Safety In Your Garden Centre Restaurant

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

Ian Hatherly
Manslaughter Sentencing Guidelines - The Stark Reality For Builders Merchants

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

Kate Careford
Safety Alert - Food Sampling Visits
IN LIGHT OF RECENT FOOD SAFETY OFFICER VISITS TO SOME OF OUR CLIENTS’ FOOD..
Andy Murray
Manslaughter Sentencing Guidelines - The 5 Key Facts Every Prosecuted Garden Centre Wish They Had Known

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

Angela Southall
Five Year Old Killed In Horrific Lift Crush

In January 2019, a housing association was fined £1m after a five-year-old..

Andy Murray
Legionella - The Hidden Danger Lurking In Garden Centres

The ‘hidden’ danger of legionella in garden centres has been well..

Ian Hatherly
How To Load And Unload Safely - 6 Easy Steps For Builders Merchants

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

Eliza Bonecka
Another 2-0-1-9 Health & Safety Reasons To Be Compliant

Over the last few years, there have been new health and safety regulations, ..

Eliza Bonecka
January 2019: The Latest Health And Safety Prosecutions

A Manchester-based businessman has been given a six-month prison sentence,..

Andy Murray
Our 6 Pointers To Safe Loading And Unloading In Garden Centres

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

Eliza Bonecka
Just a Few Spots Left!

Application of the new Sentencing Guidelines can have a derogatory impact on..

Angela Southall
Forklift Nudge Causes Racking Collapse & Southalls 9 Top Tips on Racking Safety

On the 18th November 2018, dramatic CCTV footage, was uploaded to Facebook...

Ian Dunsford
Our 8 Best Safety Transport Tips For Busy Builders Merchants
Every year, a significant number of people are killed or seriously injured..
Eliza Bonecka
Builders Merchants And Their Journey To Compliance In 2019

As health and safety specialists with dozens of years of experience,..

Eliza Bonecka
Andy Murray
Transport Safety - What Every Garden Centre Needs To Know

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

Eliza Bonecka
Solihull School Balances Risk Management With Enriching Opportunities

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

Eliza Bonecka
Wishing You All a Merry Christmas!

Ho-ho-ho, the holidays are here again!

Emma Bavin
Catering Safely in the Festive Season

Christmas is the busiest time of the year for businesses in catering and..

John Southall
The Festive Season - Employees Under The Influence

Recreational use of alcohol and drugs is becoming more and more common..

Angela Southall
To Grit or Not To Grit - That Is The Question!

Are you unsure of where your responsibilities lie with regard to clearing..

Eliza Bonecka
Eliza Bonecka
Latest Workplace Injury And Illness Statistics Revealed

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

Angela Southall
Cold Weather Working & Employers Responsibilities

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 lay down..

Eliza Bonecka
Calculate The Fines You Could Face For Non-Compliance

Health and Safety offences can bring your business to a standstill. When..

Tom Baverstock
9 Reasons Why Everyone Loves Safety Cloud

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

Eliza Bonecka
Download Our Free Health & Safety e-Guide For Garden Centres

Take a large retail premises spread over indoor and outdoor..

John Southall
How To Reduce Risks Associated With Fireworks

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

Ian Dunsford
The Most Important H&S Trends Builders Merchants Need To Know About

By necessity, builders merchants tend to be more savvy than most when it..

Eliza Bonecka
A Chance To Vote For Southalls In Top Award

Southalls is a finalist in the Service Excellence category of the Midlands..

Tom Baverstock
Retail Garden Centres: How To Integrate Your Current Safety Management With the Cloud

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

Eliza Bonecka
The Health and Safety North 2018 - What A Show!

Unfortunately, The Health and Safety North is over. But we’re still on a..

Richard Denton
HSE Crack Down On Asbestos

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

Andy Murray
Garden Centre Fined £100,000 For Health And Safety Breach

Perrywood Garden Centre and Nurseries Ltd was fined more than £100,000 after..

Andy Murray
Five Key Things That Garden Centres Should Already Know About Health And Safety

By necessity, garden centres tend to be more savvy than most when it comes..

Eliza Bonecka
Angela Southall
FFI Fines Coming To All Businesses

MP’s are campaigning to expand the HSE Fees for Intervention charges to..

Tom Baverstock
Quick Health and Safety Software Integration

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

Eliza Bonecka
Our Health & Safety Webinar On Demand Now

Our webinar How to convince your boss to take health and safety seriously?..

Andy Murray
Workplace Safety Issues That Will Drive Garden Centres Crazy In 2018/19
Continued Inspector attention

The HSE’s Business Plan for 2018/19 highlights..

Eliza Bonecka
Only A Few Spots Left! Join Our Free Web-Seminar This Wednesday To Transform Your Safety Culture

Health and safety is everyone’s business. A positive safety culture requires..

Ian Hatherly
How To Inspire Builders Merchants To Change Their Approach Towards Safety

Health and safety may not be a favourite topic of conversation in a builders..

Andy Murray
Changing Negative Attitudes To Safety In Garden Centres

Health and safety may not be a favourite topic of conversation in a garden..

Ian Hatherly
Builders Merchants: 10 Simple Ways to Save Money

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

Eliza Bonecka
Join Our Webinar To Find Out How To Convince Your Boss To Take H&S Seriously

When it comes to ‘selling’ safety and gaining ‘buy-in’, it is often the shop..

Eliza Bonecka
Download Accident Investigation e-Book
Even with a solid health and safety programme in place, accidents can..
Nick Bruton
The Secret of Managing Employee Safety Across Multiple Warehouse Sites

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

John Southall
Escalating Fines - Tesco’s £160k Roll Cage Fine Is Eight Times Pre-Guidelines Level

In August 2018, Supermarket giant Tesco received a £160,000 fine for an..

John Southall
Getting tough with Employers - Manslaughter Guidelines Published

New manslaughter guidelines have just been published. They will come into..

Eliza Bonecka
Craftsmanship With Compliance At Its Core

As designers and manufacturers of high-performance residential and..

Ian Dunsford
Untrained Banksman Crushed To Death

Tooles Transport, a haulage and storage company in Worcestershire, must pay..

Nick Bruton
How To Talk With Retail Board Members About Safety

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

Eliza Bonecka
Southalls Announced as Lloyds Bank National Business Awards Finalist

Today, Southalls has been shortlisted for The Lloyds Bank Small to Medium..

Guest Blog Post
VIDEO POST: Legal Tips For Health and Safety Professionals

We have had the pleasure of knowing Hayley for many years, finding her to be..

Nick Bruton
Successful H&S Professionals Talking About HSE Regulations In Warehousing and Distribution

There is a plethora of health and safety legislation accessible in the..

Eliza Bonecka
Measurable Results For a Family-Run Merchant

When East Anglia-based builders’ merchant Kent Blaxill were hit with a..

Ian Hatherly
£730k Fine For Palmer Timber After Forklift Truck Hits 2 Workers

On 27 June 2018, Palmer Timber Ltd was fined £730,000 after the driver of a..

Angela Southall
Working Safely in Hot Weather

With temperatures finally on the up, it is important to be aware of the..

Eliza Bonecka
Prison For Business Owner Over Employee's Near Fatal Electric Shock

On the 6th June 2018, George Jones, the owner of a scrap metal business in..

Eliza Bonecka
Taking Compliance Above and Beyond

Steel stockholders and distributors John Tainton had worked hard to build a..

Eliza Bonecka
Food Safety Fuels Five-Star Customer Feedback

With ambitious plans to expand their family of casually classic French..

Angela Southall
Reputation Management 101: How a Workplace Accident Can Ruin Your Warehouse Or Distribution Business Today

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

Andy Hall
Unravelling ISO45001 with Andy Hall
 

Before joining Southalls, I spent many years as a health and..

Angela Southall
How To Convince Your Boss To Take Health & Safety Seriously

When it comes to ‘selling’ safety and gaining ‘buy in’, it is often the shop..

Angela Southall
Wood Dust Exposure Leads To £8,000 Fine

Furniture maker, Andrena Furniture, in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire has been..

Nick Bruton
10 Top Tips to Save Money On Safety In the Warehousing Sector

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

Eliza Bonecka
Compliance, Cost Savings And a Complete Culture Change

ACO Technologies’ state-of-the-art surface water management systems make..

Eliza Bonecka
Southalls Team at The Health & Safety Event 2018

The Health and Safety Event, N.E.C, Birmingham, 10-12th of April 2018. Find..

John Southall
How Electrical Equipment Can Test Your Business

Testing is a tricky business, not only the meticulous procedures this..

Andy Hall
Top 5 Reasons Why UK Manufacturers MUST Comply With Safety Regulations

The manufacturing sector is made up of a range of diverse industries with an..

Eliza Bonecka
Highly Commended For a BSIF Safety Solution Award

We’re grateful to be Highly Commended for a BSiF Safety Solution Award (The..

Eliza Bonecka
The Health and Safety Event 2018

Let's start with The Safety and Health Excellence Awards

Tom Baverstock
Getting the Most Out Of Health and Safety Software

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

Today,..

Angela Southall
Safety Management - a Healthy Return On Investment

Have you ever added up the cost of accidents and occupational injuries to..

Eliza Bonecka
Ian Dunsford
Builders Merchant Jailed After Lorry Crane Killed Pensioner

The director of Buildland Ltd, one of the Midlands largest stockists of..

Angela Southall
Circular Saw Injury Lands £120k Fine

On the 19th February 2018, Sheffield-based WK West, which trades as Westpack..

Angela Southall
ISO 45001 replaces OHSAS 18001 as the new standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

Every day, thousands of lives are lost due to work accidents or fatal..

Angela Southall
Worker Loses Finger In Table Saw

Llanharan Concrete Co. Limited, a building supplies company, has been fined..

Eliza Bonecka
The Safety & Health Excellence Awards 2018 (SHORTLIST)

The shortlist has been announced for the inaugural Safety & Health..

Nick Bruton
Sector-leading H&S Services For Warehousing & Distribution

As business booms for online retailers, warehousing and distribution health..

Richard Denton
Specialist Health & Safety Services For The Metal Industry

The daily safety demands of the metal industry can make or break businesses...

Ian Hatherly
Specialist Health & Safety Services For Builders Merchants

Faced with the challenges of warehouse logistics, materials handling and..

Angela Southall
Howdens Fined £1.2m For Forklift Fatality

Howdens, UK’s largest manufacturer and supplier of fitted kitchens with over..

John Southall
Key safety considerations for successful company expansion

As many merchants showed solid growth and impressive expansion through 2017..

Angela Southall
The Iceberg Effect - The Hidden Costs of Workplace Accidents

In 2012 / 13, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents reported..

Richard Denton
Tata Steel Fined £1.4m After Death Of Worker

After a fine of nearly £2 million in Summer 2016 (reduced on appeal by 25%)..

Andy Hall
10 Need-to-Know Health and Safety Tips For UK Manufacturers

With workers taking on high-risk activities every day, manufacturers need..

Ian Hatherly
Workplace safety issues that will drive builders' merchants crazy in 2018

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

Eliza Bonecka
Safety Cloud, The Most Effective Health & Safety Management Software

Safety Cloud health and safety software automates every element of H&S..

Eliza Bonecka
Download Our Free H&S E-Guide For Builders Merchants Now

As every builders merchant knows, health and safety regulations are..

Eliza Bonecka
Download Our Free H&S E-Guide For Warehousing And Distribution Sectors

Build best practice into everyday processes and devise a robust retail..

Eliza Bonecka
Download Our Free H&S E-Guide For Manufacturers

No one can afford to be blasé about safety in the workplace. Just one..

Eliza Bonecka
Download Our Free Safety Cloud e-Guide - Your Key To Compliance

Safety Cloud health and safety software automates every element of H&S..

Ian Dunsford
10 Cost-Saving Health And Safety Tips For Builders Merchants

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

Tom Baverstock
Reasons Why Cloud-Based Health and Safety Software Is Your Best Bet

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

Richard Denton
How the UK Metal Stockholding Industry Can Manage Risk More Effectively

In the past few years, the UK steel industry has been prone to making..

Tom Baverstock
Quick Ways To Integrate Current Safety Management With the Cloud

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

Andy Hall
UK Manufacturers' Ultimate Guide To Safety Crisis Management

It is the moment every employer in the manufacturing industry dreads – a..

Ian Hatherly
Five Key Things That Builders Merchants Should Already Know About Health and Safety

By necessity, builders merchants tend to be more savvy than most when it..

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