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February 2020

Hannah McIntosh Tech IOSH Operations H&S advisor

I’m not great when it comes to going to the gym. I find it fairly repetitive and tedious, so I’ve always done classes to keep fit. A couple of years ago, the teacher who took most of the classes went on maternity leave so someone suggested we try going to an aerial studio.

Manufacturing choice

We consider the latest behavioural science thinking for nudging OSH behaviours.

Keeping record

An overhaul of the UK’s data protection and privacy laws raises serious questions for OSH professionals, who will need to be mindful of the financial and legal costs of non-compliance.

Ian Hesketh and Cary Cooper KoganPage (bit.ly/3avnAhx) £19.99 paperback
Wellbeing at Work: how to design, implement and evaluate an effective strategy

This book isn’t perfect. From a safety excellence perspective, we know that culture is king and that line management drives it. Therefore, seeing culture described as an “intriguing topic” raises an eyebrow, as does a tone that seems to assume Human Resources own and drive wellbeing rather than help line management to do so. 

Jean-Christophe Le Coze CRC Press (www.crcpress.com) £29.59 paperback
Safety Science Research: evolution, challenges and new directions

Safety Science Research is a collection of studies drawing on the work of more than 25 authors. These include contributions from professors, doctors and lecturers who specialise in fields such as sociology, organisational behaviour, psychology and risk management. The material is broad and covers safety at work as well as industry sectors that include transport and engineering.

Improving perception of hazardous substances

When you talk to most people about occupational safety and health (OSH), they will probably start talking about trip hazards, falls from height or mechanical hazards. Rarely will their thought be of work-related disease or ill health.

A steer on road safety

Drivers who are excessively tired pose as much of a risk as those who are drink driving, argue campaigners. So what can organisations do to ensure their employees out on the road are safe?

W is for WYLFIWYF

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. 

Mobile data

Since its introduction nearly two decades ago, telematics – the combination of telecommunications and infomatics – has come a long way in reducing the risks of driver distraction.

Turning the tide

IOSH-funded research shows how major construction projects like Tideway can improve the management of occupational health risks and help ‘raise the bar’ across the wider sector.

A significant step forward in Nigeria
A significant step forward in Nigeria

As we approach our 75th anniversary in April, we’re seeing increased commitment to improving safety and health at work in emerging economies. This wave of interest relies on the good work and daily dedication of members.