Workplace stress is currently a major focus of the HSE. What are the causes, and how can resilience help?
By Richard Warburton What is stress? Everyone needs a little stress in their life to perform. If you think about a string instrument, without enough tension the instrument goes seriously out of tune, but with too much tension the string can snap. It’s the same with the human body. The trick is to keep stress […]Find out more
By Richard Warburton A verbal command system could offer a viable alternative to the standard fire evacuation alarm. In the incredibly hot summer of 2018, I was staying in a hotel in Whitby with two friends. At around 4am I was roused by a loud repeating noise. After a few moments my mind had cleared […]Find out more
Experiential Entertainment: Case Study
We live in a time where experiences trump material objects, which is good news for the experiential entertainment sector. People are hungry to try the latest craze and shout about it on social media, whether it’s axe throwing, zombie hunting, crazy golf or escape rooms. This has caused a surge of economic growth in this […]Find out more
Why Business Leaders Need Health and Safety Training
Have you recently become responsible for a team? Or an entire workforce, perhaps? Then it’s your job to protect the health and wellbeing of those you oversee. However, you may not have a lot of experience with health and safety management. Which means you don’t truly understand what your responsibilities are. If you’re thinking, I […]Find out more
SME Owners: How Safe is Your Business?
82% of occupational injuries and 90% of workplace fatalities happen in SME businesses in the EU. These are disturbingly high numbers for what are considered ‘safer’ working environments compared to large and industrial organisations. The reason? SMEs have tighter budgets than larger businesses and face greater financial insecurity. And because threats to worker safety are […]Find out more
Safely Keeping Britain Tidy
Keep Britain Tidy is an independent UK based charity with three goals – to eliminate litter, end waste and improve places. To them this means more than just picking up litter, it means creating clean beaches, parks and streets and creating sustainable practice that eliminates unnecessary waste. For over 60 years they have been working […]Find out more
Sound Safety Measures for Commercial and Residential Properties
It’s difficult not to spot a crane in Manchester these days. Innovative new builds are being erected around the city; a sign of exciting times ahead. However, this poses fresh concerns for public safety. Investors, regulators and shareholders share anxiety over a lack of risk management in the commercial and residential property sector. Especially in […]Find out more
Powerful Lessons from the Vita Safety 2018 Risk Directors Forum
“Good health IS good business.” – Paul Dreschler In September, we held our annual Risk Director’s Forum event at WeWork in Spinningfields, Manchester. There has never been a more appropriate time for senior business leaders to congregate and discuss employee wellbeing at work. Public awareness surrounding good workplace mental health and wellbeing has peaked. But […]Find out more
What can we do to ignite change for better mental health management?
When was the last time you thought about how work affects your mental health – or that of your staff? Lloyds Bank CEO, Antonio Horta-Osorio, recently revealed how debilitating stress from work almost “broke” him. In 2011, to bring the company back from the brink of financial devastation, Horta-Osorio gave too much of himself. Despite […]Find out more
Addressing Mental Health and Wellbeing Culture
Why is workers’ mental health and wellbeing that one area you can’t seem to improve? It could be because you’re not adopting the right approach. If that’s the case, you’re not alone. 217 million days of work are lost each year due to issues related to mental illness and substance abuse. While there are factors […]Find out more