Health and Safety Matters

Health and Safety is key to WOBO members and fellow professionals within their own and their clients premises and the following items provide a reminder of areas causing concern.

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New data highlights toxic workplaces

NEW RESEARCH from Mental Health First Aid England, released to mark My Whole Self Day on 12 March 2024, reveals almost 1 in 3 employees (31%) have experienced at least one form of microaggression or discriminatory behaviour from their manager in the past six months.


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Retail violence claims could cost £53M

VIOLENT INCIDENTS in shops could cost the retail sector around £53million in personal injury claims from staff, according to insurance law experts at Forbes Solicitors.


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Lung disease warning for kitchen worktop workers

THE BRITISH Occupational Hygiene Society is calling for immediate action to help prevent further cases of a deadly lung disease, now being reported in the UK for the first time.


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First female CEO for RoSPA

THE ROYAL Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has appointed a new CEO in its bid to drive a new era of growth and impact.

Rebecca Hickman, who will be RoSPA’s first female chief executive in its 100 year plus history, will start the role on the 1 April this year. Her appointment comes following the stepping down of previous CEO, Errol Taylor back in October 2023.

Hickman, who has climbed RoSPA’s ranks over the last twenty years, will lead the organisation in the next phase of its journey to becoming a truly member-centric, impact driven charity.With over two decades of dedicated service, Becky’s journey to CEO has been defined by key transformation initiatives. Under her tenure RoSPA’s sales and marketing functions were rebuilt and the now flourishing strategic partnerships division was born.  Becky’s visionary leadership extends to societal impact, evidenced by initiatives like the Brighter Beginnings Appeal, aiding vulnerable families and her strategic collaborations with industry giants such as L’Oréal and Berkeley Group which have secured RoSPA’s global influence in health and safety excellence. She was also at the helm of RoSPA’s sector leading response to the recent REUL Bill.

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The critical role of noise and vibration monitoring at work

ACCORDING TO the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE), exposure to noise above certain limits can lead to permanent hearing loss. Exposure to excessive vibration can lead to musculoskeletal disorders, nerve damage, and even cardiovascular problems.


HSM Webinar

Join HSM and RS on 30 May 2024 at 11:30 (BST) to delve into the highly anticipated RS 2024 Health & Safety report where we will discuss what makes health and safety professionals tick.

RS’s Vice President of Health, Safety & Environment, John Barnacle-Bowd and Senior Director of RS Safety Solutions, Ryan Plummer will explore several key themes from their annual report and provide insight into the issues facing those working in the health and safety space today.

Whether it’s strategy and compliance, sustainability, confidence in processes or inclusive PPE, how different does the landscape look this year and how prepared are you?  – REGISTER NOW



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