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October 2019

Legal
Gaps in the guideline

Courts can be overreliant on ‘common sense’ in risk assessment cases. It is time for guidance similar to that which governs statistical evidence.

Duncan Spencer on ... meeting standards

IOSH’s head of advice and practice offers his views on continuous improvement

S is for SRK (Skill, rule, knowledge)

Forty years ago, the Danish engineer Jens Rasmussen published his SRK framework, distinguishing between skill-based, rule-based and knowledge-based behaviours. 

Case study
Pathways to smooth landings

Heathrow Airport’s health and wellbeing strategy includes a focus on sustaining resilience at work and equipping line managers with the tools to support employee mental health.

Risk assessment
Safe travels

Organisations that send employees abroad should ensure their safety, security and medical support by following several key steps.

Behavioural safety
Healthy thinking

The mental shortcuts we use to make judgements could result in us giving more attention to safety risks than to health ones, but being aware of these unconscious biases could lead to more effective interventions.

Case study
Arias for improvement

The case of a viola player whose loss of hearing was deemed a workplace-related injury has prompted the Royal Opera House to review its safety and health processes.

A-SAFE launching a new generation of intelligent 24/7 rack protection at IMHX

Rack impacts can lead to operational disruption, missed KPIs and escalating maintenance costs. In the most extreme cases, they might even result in racks collapsing. RackEye offers an intelligent solution to this problem by monitoring warehouse racking 24/7 and instantly notifying warehouse management when an impact has occurred.

Exciting times ahead

On 17 September, at IOSH’s AGM, I had the great pleasure of taking over from Vincent Ho as IOSH president. 
It’s going to be an exciting year.

New framework
Changing landscape

Safety and health professionals must develop non-technical skills to keep pace in the fourth industrial revolution – and IOSH’s new competency framework will be key to this

Conference report
IOSH 2019

Mental health promotion, leading sustainability and human capital, refining leadership and soft skills, and risk profiling were among the standouts at this year’s conference

Stuart Morris CMIOSH, Health and safety manager, Lancashire County Council

I took my first parachute jump on my 16th birthday in March 1982. My father had opened his skydiving business in 1973, having done it as a hobby for years, so I’d been around the sport since the age of six. I’d always wanted to try it and was clamouring to do my first jump – especially after seeing my older brother do it. 

Charlotte Waters, Mike Appleby and Louise Smail Bloomsbury Professional (bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk), £95, paperback
HSE and Environment Agency prosecution: a new climate

The overlap between two distinct areas of regulatory law – health and safety and environmental – can be strewn with complications. It follows, therefore, that explaining how to overcome these, and communicating solutions to lawyer and non-lawyer alike, would be a testing challenge. But it is one that the authors of HSE and Environment Agency Prosecution have risen to.