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Forklifts and pedestrians: How close is too close?

Here we look at what we must do to keep forklifts and pedestrians apart.  Each year, 1,300 workers in the UK are seriously injured following accidents involving forklift trucks. Forklift truck accidents have revealed that nearly 75% of ‘impact with a third person’ events involve pedestrians that were completing tasks unrelated to the immediate truck operation at the time of their accident....

Employer Factsheet: Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have become popular substitutes for smoking tobacco. It is estimated that there are around 700,000 users of e-cigarettes in the UK. The devices consist of an electronic inhaler that vaporises a liquid — which may or may not contain nicotine — and allows the user to inhale an aerosol mist. Manufacturers of e-cigarettes provide different “flavours” of...

Employee Fact sheet: Stress at Work

Understanding stress Understand what “stress” really means Stress is something which we will all experience at different times in our lives. It will occur when we perceive that we are experiencing levels of pressure that we find difficult to cope with (ie either too much or too little pressure). A certain level of pressure, or challenge, is necessary to enable...

New and Expectant Mothers at Work: Quick Facts

A “new or expectant mother” is defined as an employee who is pregnant, who has given birth within the previous six months or who is breastfeeding. Pregnant women and nursing mothers undergo many physiological, hormonal and psychological changes during the term of their pregnancy, and during the postnatal nursing period, both of which might affect the level of risk associated...

Top health and safety queries

 1. Legislation In 2018, we saw a significant development in the importance of, and resources committed to, mental health. Campaigns, public figures and unions all did much to raise awareness and to signpost what organisations can do to protect the mental health of employees, and support those struggling with their mental health. Campaigns such as #TimetoChange and World Mental Health...