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Care Sector Home Sweet Home

Feb 11, 2019 by Kevin Irwin

An elderly neighbour of mine has recently had a serious illness that hospitalised him for several weeks. Dave was an active chap and the type of neighbour who would put his neighbours’ bins away when they were at work. He would make his regular ...

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Brexit

Jan 29, 2019 by Bryan Richards

Brexit health and safety - the elephant in the room One question frequently asked of H&S professionals these days is the likely impact of Brexit on Britain’s health & safety landscape? If, like us, you have found it impossible to esca...

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Safety Assumptions in a Care Home Setting – The Case Against

Jan 16, 2019 by Kevin Irwin

I recall from my health and safety training (quite a few years ago now) the use of various mnemonics that were recited in an effort to aid our quest to pass quite rigorous exams. I remember a good few of them, but I was recently reminded of one in pa...

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Work-Related Health Cases – the Problem That Never Goes Away

Jan 2, 2019 by Jan Mirkowski

Full marks to the Health & Safety Executive for the graphical appeal of their annual statistics report. http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/index.htm?utm_source=hse.gov.uk&utm_medium=refferals&utm_campaign=annualstats&utm_term=statist...

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Bryan’s Health & Safety Factsheets – a Hard Act to Follow

Dec 11, 2018 by Jan Mirkowski

I write this little more than a year after Bryan Richards, co-founder of Arinite, left us.  Although his early passing reminds us of the fragility of human life, his legacy lives on and continues to influence the lives of people at work. He aut...

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A Wakeup Call – Not Only for Fire Safety

Nov 12, 2018 by Jan Mirkowski

2018 saw the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster.  On 6th July 1988, a gas explosion and subsequent fire destroyed the North Sea oil production platform with the loss of 167 lives – putting a considerable peak in the “norm” of...

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Health & Safety Sentences Increasing as Predicted

Oct 17, 2018 by Jan Mirkowski

Bryan’s Blog post of December 2016 predicted that large companies could face fines of over £10 million for the most serious health and safety offences. Already the biggest fines of £1,000,000 or more during the year following the post included...

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US Health & Safety – Comparing the Cost of Compliance vs. A Violation

May 18, 2018 by Bryan Richards

Despite the growing awareness of the importance of health and safety compliance, many businesses still struggle to safeguard themselves against penalties. Fines for safety and health offences increased by 80% since the new HSE sentencing guidelines c...

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Bryan’s Blog – Arinite

Jan 5, 2018 by Bryan Richards

Bryan Richards, the author of “Bryan’s Blog” and co-founder of Arinite, passed away on the 28th September 2017 after a short and very unexpected illness.  It is a loss that his family, friends, business partners, colleagues and customers will ...

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Fatal Injuries Vs Salary – Does Taking Higher Risks At Work Pay Off?

risks at work

Aug 22, 2017 by Bryan Richards

When choosing a career path, health and safety conditions at work should be taken into consideration by the employee to assure a long and secure career. Whilst some jobs are known to be more accident-prone than others, real hazards in the workplace c...

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Fire Safety – a Time for Review?

Aug 14, 2017 by Bryan Richards

Reaction to Grenfell The Grenfell Tower tragedy has brought fire safety into everyone’s minds and it has caused those responsible, for almost any size of premises, to review their fire safety arrangements. We have noticed this at Arinite, with inc...

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Health and Safety Action Reporting – Are you on track?

May 26, 2017 by Bryan Richards

Earlier this week I received an email with a link to a video `from my car service technician’. The video went through an inspection of the underside of my car looking at brakes, suspension, exhaust system and tyres. It explained the recommended saf...

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Perceptions of Workplace Health and Safety Across European Countries, and the Reality…

May 12, 2017 by Bryan Richards

Good health and safety in the workplace is a priority for Europeans, who typically value long and healthy lives protected against illness and accidents. But perceptions don’t always mimic reality. Whilst the need to improve working conditions is a ...

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The Cost of Health and Safety Compliance vs a Prosecution Fine

Feb 20, 2017 by Bryan Richards

Why do people invest in health and safety? What may seem like an obvious question can have numerous reasons. Legal obligation is often the main one cited, followed by health and safety publicity – no company wants to be seen to be without a health ...

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Health and Safety Factsheets – How To Get the Message Across

Risk Assessment Responsibilities

Feb 20, 2017 by Bryan Richards

Why is this important? For over 30 years, I have been looking at how and why workplace accidents occur, firstly in the Royal Navy and latterly in the commercial world. Most of the accidents I have investigated or read about should not have happened....

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New Year’s Danger: NHS Gets Record Number of 111 Phone Calls

Jan 12, 2017 by Bryan Richards

The UK saw the busiest week ever for the NHS’s 111 phoneline over Christmas and New Year. The non-emergency number saw a 6% rise since last year, and it was the busiest period since records began in 2010. The NHS's week in stats - December 25t...

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Arinite Health and Safety Consultants 2016 Review

Dec 21, 2016 by Bryan Richards

2016 has been another year of breaking H&S news. Perhaps the most striking was the £5 million fine for the Smiler Roller Coaster accident, which occurred in June 2015 and the 1.6 million fine for the injury to Harrison Ford in making Star Wars i...

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Health and Safety at Work: Critical Risk Controls

critical control measure

Oct 25, 2016 by Bryan Richards

The principle of identifying critical risk control measures for workplace activities is well established in high risk industries, such as mining, chemical and offshore, and for food safety in the form of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (H...

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Just How Safe Is the London Night Tube?

is the london tube safe

Oct 5, 2016 by Bryan Richards

Almost three years since the planning of the night tube began, five lines are now going into 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays. The Central, Victorian, Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines will soon be available all night. It is certainly a ...

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Are you the Responsible Person for Fire Safety?

fire safety

Sep 23, 2016 by Bryan Richards

A recent SHP Online article highlighted the legal duties of the Responsible Person under the Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) Order 2005 (Fire Order). In Arinite’s experience, the term Responsible Person is often not understood by employers, landlor...

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