A RoSPA Christmas Carol – The Previous, Present and Future of Workplace Safety Blog!


For several folks, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is the definitive festive story. As you most likely know, it tells the tale of a miserly man obtaining redemption thanks to a series of ghostly visits and journeys into the past and future. With the festive season upon us, we thought we’d provide our own take on this classic book. So, with no additional ado, let us take you on a journey into the previous, future, and ultimately the present of health and security&#8230

The Ghost of H&ampS Past

As we’ve talked about just before, the Ancient Babylonians are extensively regarded as the very first civilisation to legislate to give safer functioning practices, with Law 229 of 4000-year-old Code of Hammurabi foreshadowing today’s modern day building laws. We’ve also discussed the extremely earliest road safety indicators, which began appearing in the UK from the 17th Century onwards. However, for the goal of this festive post, we’re not going that far back. Rather, we’re going to look back at some of the highlights you may possibly have missed from this year’s Workplace Safety Weblog.

The most significant stories contain the new COMAH Regulations, which have been introduced in June and featured a number of modifications to the existing regulations. Also, with pressure continuing to be a enormous situation in the UK workplace, our workplace security manager Rob Burgon had some advice on how to combat it. We told you how Robert Baden Powell can assist you with Safer Men and women Handling. Finally, we did in fact have a look back into the a lot more distant previous in an post that supplied some crucial lessons from history that can support shape contemporary day health and security.

The Future of Well being &amp Security

Ok, first the undesirable news. Right here at RoSPA HQ, we do not have a crystal ball that allows us to peer into the future and see what the globe of health and security will appear like in ten, or even five years time. Possessing said that, every day appears to bring much more news of technological innovations that would make even Marty McFly’s jaw drop. As we talked about last year, numerous major automobile companies have been tough at perform test-driving their driverless automobiles on roads around the planet. When these lastly hit the industry, they will undoubtedly have a large and unforeseeable influence on H&ampS, not least because current road laws – many of which date back to the time of horse-drawn carriages – have not kept pace with emerging technologies, leaving problems such as liability a true unknown.

An additional futuristic technologies that has gained much more traction this year is the rise of unmanned drones. Amazon have led the pack right here, with their existing advert featuring their new drone-delivery scheme – which will allegedly go live inside the next four years! Once more, the law is scrambling to preserve up with the alter of pace in technologies, but there is hope that drone technology could be harnessed for life saving, as effectively as commercial ends. David Walker, RoSPA’s leisure safety manager, explains: ‘It’s not outside the realms of possibility that drones could one day be employed to patrol stretches of our coastlines and waterways to assist identify men and women in problems.’

Whatever occurs, in the future, you can be confident that Workplace Safety Blog will bring you all of the most recent news and views on H&ampS innovations – make sure you adhere to us so you don’t miss out!

Right Right here, Correct Now

shutterstock_92506903Lastly, to the present. As a wellness and security professional, you ought to be proud of the usually unseen difference you make each and every single day. In the poor old days, people used to go to work in worry, unsure whether or not they’d come residence at all. This year, the number of workers injured or killed continued to fall. And that’s partly down to you. It may sound dramatic, but families will be with each other for Christmas this year due to the fact of the difficult work you do. It’s anything we should celebrate, for certain&#8230

Yet there’s nevertheless so a lot perform to do.

Christmas is a time for reflection, and even though we savour our successes, it is critical we also focus on locations we can boost on. So, although you’re reading this, why not ask yourself what is the a single point you could do right now to make a true distinction? Soon after all, there’s no time like the present!


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