HSE International

Large UK companies feel the heat of bigger fines for breaches of health and safety law

Over the past two years, the British Safety Council has argued that the planned changes to the sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences would result in significantly greater fines.

McCain Foods fined for safety failings after employer almost severs arm

The major frozen food manufacturer has been fined £800,000 for safety failings after an employee nearly lost his arm at its Whittlesey factory.

RoSPA: Health & Safety Advice Pack for Smaller Firms

If you have not got the right policies, people and procedures in place to manage health and safety, this pack from RoSPA will help you to get started.

Preparation, careful documentation and teamwork is key for sports event safety, says IOSH

Teamwork, thorough planning and knowing how to deal with incidents as they arise is an integral part of ensuring spectators’ safety at major sporting events, according to IOSH.


A Cheshire building company has been sentenced for safety failings at a building site in Altrincham where they were building residential houses and apartments.


FIFA President announces the creation of Worker Welfare Body to accelerate improvements of safety and labour conditions at FIFA World Cup™ stadiums.

Brexit ‘a big risk for everyone who works for a living’, union warns

Workers could lose many “hard-won” rights and face years of uncertainty if the UK votes to leave the European Union, according to a new report commissioned by The Trade Union Congress.


One of Europe’s leading workwear manufacturers, Danish company F. Engel have introduced a wide range of high visibility safety workwear in accordance with the new International and European standardisation EN ISO 20 471.

With customers’ safety as the company’s prime concern, each item of warning-clothing is produced with the largest possible fluorescent and reflective areas thus ensuring the safest levels of visibility both day and night. LOXY high visibility reflector tape, proven for its hard wearing and effective performance, is used throughout the range.

In addition to the focus on safety, most garments are made with a high specification of polyester and cotton mix to give long term durability and provide a perfect, comfortable fit, giving stretch and freedom of movement; attention is also paid to important practical details such as concealed zip and stud fastenings for added weather protection, and secure, functional pockets. Linings made from a new, soft and durable blended fabric of 70% polyester/30% cotton with a 100% filament yarn warp and a mixed fibre weft, provide guaranteed inner warmth.

Most items also have a water, oil and dirt repellent finish and the fabrics have been tested to comply with the new EN ISO standards to over 50 industrial or domestic wash cycles.

For more than 85 years, workwear from F. Engel™ has been selected by customers from all over Europe as the first choice for all-round protection and maximum comfort no matter what a work situation may demand.

Founded in 1927 by Carl J. Engel Senior and now 4th generation family-owned, the company has 850 employees based at its Headquarters in Norgesvej, Denmark and 2 factories in Lithuania.  Since it first began, with the importing of denim from the U.S. as a hard wearing fabric, the company’s aims have always been the same – to provide superior quality, value for money workwear designed for a perfect, flexible fit and to give long lasting, reliable service.

All Engel garments are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: sales@wtc-workwear.co.uk and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; email: sales@anchorsafety.co.uk

For more information visit: http://www.fe.dk/en/

Email: Mark McBrayne at mmc@f-engel.com or

Telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197


Redbacks Cushioning Limited, the manufacturers of the World’s only patented, ‘leaf-spring’, non-foam or gel kneepads, has introduced a new strapped version as an addition to its original, big-selling product for pocketed work trousers.

Designed, overseen and approved by a senior Ergonomist, Clinical Scientist and Biomedical Engineer, the new product retains the company’s award winning cushioning technology which incorporates a flexible TPE (Thermo Plastic Elastomer) leaf-spring set within a unique honeycomb matrix.

Elasticated, soft Neoprene straps which have dust and particle resistant fastenings, allow the kneepads to be worn on bare skin without chafing, or over trousers, and ensure that they stay in the correct position when kneeling, walking or sitting.

The pads have a water-resistant covering and a soft breathable, inner fabric that wicks away sweat whilst providing thermal protection from warm or cold surfaces.  Scientifically proven to reduce point pressure and distribute weight evenly, the impact forces associated with kneeling are absorbed giving added protection against back and neck pain.

Durable and hardwearing, Redbacks strapped kneepads give the user unrivalled, all-day comfort and long-term protection even in the most harsh environments.

For more information and to order visit www.redbackscushioning.com

Email: info@redbackscushioning.com

or Telephone: + 44 (0) 1327 702104

International flavour to annual IOSH food and drink awards

International flavour to annual IOSH food and drink awards

An international award is seeking to honour innovative ideas that have improved working conditions in food and drink manufacturing.

Companies based in the UK and overseas can share their successful solutions to occupational safety and health issues in the sector through the International Food and Drink Health and Safety Awards 2016.

The awards are organised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) Food and Drink Group, with the support of the Food and Drink Manufacture Health and Safety Forum in the UK.

IOSH Food and Drink Group committee member Doug Russell, who chairs the awards’ judging panel, said: “The awards aim to recognise innovative projects that have produced a practical solution to, and made a positive impact on, occupational safety and health issues in the food and drink manufacturing industry.

“We are keen to showcase good practice and highlight experiences from across the globe, whatever a company’s shape and size. By sharing learning across borders it can help to make the industry a safer and healthier place to work, no matter where in the world you are.”

In previous years the awards scheme was a national one for companies based in the UK and Ireland, but judges have decided to widen the scope in 2016 to reflect the industry’s global reach.

The judges this year are particularly interested in innovations which have had a long-term sustainable effect or which can be transferred readily to other workplaces.

Entries are open to both individuals and teams of people working in the food or drink manufacturing industry.

Doug said: “Taking the time to enter the awards is in itself a great way of recognising the effort that goes into protecting the safety and health of colleagues in the workplace.

“Those companies that have won or been highly commended in previous years have said that entering the awards has had a really positive impact on the overall safety culture at their workplaces.”

The winner will receive a trophy, certificate and a cheque £750, with up to two runners-up prizes also on offer. Representatives from the winning and runner-up entrants will additionally have the opportunity to present about their project during the UK National Food and Drink Manufacturing Conference, hosted by IOSH Food and Drink Group, in October.

Further details about entering this year’s awards are available online at www.iosh.co.uk/foodanddrinkgroup. The deadline for entries is 3 June.

Any queries can be directed to the IOSH Networks team by calling +44 (0)116 257 3100 or emailing networks@iosh.co.uk.

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