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2012 Health and Safety Review – Gangnam Style

Gangnam Style was in the top viewings on Youtube Rewind 2012. Felix Baumgartner’s space jump was also in the top ten and this featured in Arinite’s October Blog. 2012 also had its interesting health and safety highlights. Here is Arinite’s … Continue reading →

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Ministerial Fires

It was recently reported that the London Fire Brigade were concerned that the Houses of Parliament were not subject to fire safety inspections. Despite 40 minor fires in four years there had been no action to improve structural building fire … Continue reading →

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Skyfall – the ultimate work at height risk assessment

After his breathtaking space jump from 128,000 feet (24 miles), Felix Baumgartner said that when he was about to jump the records did not matter BBC News. His focus was to get to the ground safely as so many people, … Continue reading →

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Comedy of Errors

Ben Elton has just written a new sitcom for the BBC called “Slings and Arrows”. It is based on a Local Government Health and Safety Department. New BBC Sitcom With the atttention that health and safety has received this year, … Continue reading →

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Lightning Bolt

What were the chances of Usain Bolt winning the Olympic 100m/200m double in consecutive Olympics? He is the first man to do this and for some this was not expected. However, he was able to improve the chances of winning … Continue reading →

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Outsourcing the health and safety compliance burden?

A recent survey of perception of regulatory health and safety compliance by the National Audit Office shows that UK Businesses feel the compliance burden is decreasing, but less so in health and safety than in other areas of the law.

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The new cookie law… Blissful Ignorance?

So the new cookie law is in place, but it seems that not many know about it, do you? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18206810 You will have seen that we have taken steps to make our website compliant, but many companies will be either … Continue reading →

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Health and Safety requirements, Fact or Fiction?

As an employer, how do you separate fact from fiction with respect to health and safety requirements? Employment Minister Chris Grayling narrowly avoided this difficulty recently. He was about to quote a proposed EU Ban on high heels in hairdressers … Continue reading →

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Foreseeing workplace risks without a crystal ball

You must be satisfied that that you can justify the steps that have been taken to control foreseeable and material risks, as well as the control measures you have decided not to implement. Anything short of this will leave you … Continue reading →

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Jeremy Clarkson – the new Health and Safety evangelist?

Although the recent IOSH conference highlighted that the reputation of UK health and safety continues its challenge under the media spotlight, it appears that Jeremy Clarkson may have become a health and safety evangelist. The IOSH president, Subash Ludhra, opened … Continue reading →

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A serious Health and Safety review – or a political agenda?

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Although Löftstedt recommends little change to legislation, is Cameron intent on “killing off the health and safety culture for good”? In November 2011 Professor Löftstedt concluded that “there was no case for radically altering H&S legislation, but that there were … Continue reading →

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