Bridget Leathley is a freelance health and safety consultant, providing risk management support in facilities, retail and office environments. She delivers face-to-face safety training including IOSH and bespoke courses, and contributes to e-learning courses through evaluations and design work. She has been writing for health and safety publications since 1996.
While it is no longer acceptable to assume that all men are stronger than all women, or that people of one colour have different personalities to those of another colour it is, it appears, entirely acceptable to declare that anyone born since 1980 is addicted to social media and will ‘challenge traditional hierarchical HSE systems’, while anyone born before that date is a luddite with no understanding of the modern age, but will be quite happy to toe the line.
In the days when most computers had black screens with green text, the term ‘What You See Is What You Get’ (WYSIWYG, pronounced whizzy-wig) referred to new computers that were being developed by companies like Apple and Xerox, where documents appeared on the screen as they would be printed.
In J is for Just Culture, the definition for the term was given as “a culture in which frontline operators and others are not punished for actions, omissions or decisions taken by them which are commensurate with their experience and training, but where gross negligence, wilful violations and destructive acts are not tolerated” (see IOSH Magazine, January 2019: bit.ly/37jtUXN).
The symptoms of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) are widely known but the precise relationship between dose (how much vibration) and response (with vascular, neurosensory and musculoskeletal elements) is not.
There is shadow looming over the 31 May 2018 REACH deadline for registering substances in quantities of above one tonne and made in or imported into the EU: Brexit. Though all the union’s regulations continue to apply to the UK until at least 29 March 2019, some suppliers may be tempted to assume that those enforcing REACH will not catch up with them by then or could decide not to supply the product because of the expense of meeting a registration that might become redundant next year.