Hitting the Busy Christmas Period Safely

For those working in the food industry, the Christmas period can be truly manic. Although you might be twice as busy as usual, forgetting health and safety isn’t an option and you’ll probably have extra members of staff to take care of during the hectic holiday period. We thought we would take this opportunity to… Read more »

Shhhh… keep the noise down!

Workplace related hearing loss has been a health and safety concern in the workplace for many years. Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) this year revealed that there are about 20,000 new cases of work-related noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) reported every year. The highest rates occur in the energy and extraction, construction… Read more »

Britannia’s opening & closing times over Christmas

Britannia’s office will be closed from the 21st December 2012 – 5.00pm and will re open on the 2nd January 2013 – 8.00am. If you require training we have trainers available on the 22nd, 27th, 28th & 29th December 2012. If you require urgent assistance then please contact Colin Wright on 07771 603377 or Mark… Read more »

A Health and Safety Reminder

It is something you should come across in one form or another in every work place – the health and safety law poster. The Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER) require all employers to display the approved poster in a prominent position in the work place by law. Failure to do so is… Read more »

Keeping Health and Safety in Mind as the Cold Draws In

As we enter into December we’ve seen a distinct shift from the cold to the extremely chilly, with frost laying on the grounds most mornings the HSE has issued a reminder in one of their newsletters that we should remember health and safety issues over the festive period. Cold environments can have a particular effect on the… Read more »

Working at Height Statistics

Following the statistics released by the HSE, working at height safety training is as important as ever, with falls from height accounting for the second largest proportion of non-fatal injuries to employees and the fatality rate still standing at 173 in 2011/12. Although the industry has taken a huge step in the right direction over… Read more »

Highlighting the Importance of SMSTS Training

This week, a story has hit the news highlighting the importance of health and safety training. The media often do a good job of creating myths and hype surrounding the subject of ‘elf and safety’ but following the sentencing of two major construction companies after a fatality on a Swansea building site, the importance of… Read more »

New Health and Safety Tool Launched by HSE

The HSE has revamped the way in which small businesses are able to access official advice about health and safety online with a new section of their website. You can see the new pages here. Considered to be low risk, office health and safety training is often overlooked, even though the legislation covers all of… Read more »

Britannia Expand IPAF Training Courses

Britannia has recently expanded their IPAF Training Course offering to include category 1b – the trailer mounted machine. This addition to the library of courses at Britannia adds to the IPAF scissor lift (3a) and self-propelled boom (3b). Most health and safety legislation requires that suitable training in the use of work equipment for working… Read more »

MEWP for Managers

The MEWP for Managers was designed in conjunction with the HSE to assist in the planning and organisation of equipment on site. As of 2013 many of the UKCG have policies and procedures in place stating that if 3 or more machines are on site the site manager MUST have a IPAF MEWP for Managers… Read more »