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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

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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University Health and Safety Rankings – How Safe Are UK Universities?

Sep 16, 2016 by Bryan Richards

Choosing a university may be one of the biggest decisions made in a young person’s life. But with so many universities vying for the top candidates, making that final choice can be a minefield. Typically, university rankings are based on a few m...

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Leaving Europe – what are the health and safety implications?

May 27, 2016 by Bryan Richards

On 23rd June the country votes whether or not to leave the EU. British exit (Brexit) campaigners have argued that outside the EU, the UK will have the freedom to initiaite its own legislation and not be in the position of implementing disproportionat...

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Large Increase in Health and Safety Penalties – who’s going to pay?

Mar 22, 2016 by Bryan Richards

Large companies could face fines of over £10 million for the most serious health and safety offences and more than £20 million for corporate manslaughter convictions under new sentencing guidelines which came into force on 1st February 2016. The...

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Is ISO 45001 the final standard for Health and Safety Management?

Feb 12, 2016 by Bryan Richards

In January 2016 the long-awaited publically available draft of ISO 45001 was released for comment. It is expected that the completed document will be ready by October 2016. What is it? ISO 45001 is an International Standard that specifies requireme...

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Arinite Health and Safety Consultants 2015 Review

Jan 19, 2016 by Bryan Richards

2015 has been another year of breaking news and 2016 started with the double-shocking news of the recent deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman. The nature of the entertainment industry is such that we are touched by the deaths of its personalities....

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