HSfB Blog


Painting is a job that most people have tried at least a couple of times, whether that means a lick of paint on your living room walls or a fresh coat on your garden fence. It is a relatively simple task so many DIYers eschew the cost of a professional and take on the task themselves. 

There is no problem with this, but keen amateurs are often unaware of the best and safest methods to handle and use paints, and there are of course various inherent hazards. 

New research commissioned by the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation (NICEIC) and ELECSA, has found that faulty electrics could be responsible for ruining more than just Christmas this year.

The headline finding form NICEIC, the leading regulatory body for electricians, and ELECSA, one of the most trusted Part P schemes, is that 19 million homes are at risk of a fire this Christmas. 

The research found that UK homeowners are becoming increasingly complacent when it comes to checking the electrics in their homes, despite 80 percent admitting to going ‘over the top’ when it comes to Christmas lights and decorations.  


Welding carries with it obvious dangers. You are working with a flaming torch after all! But there are a number of hazards and potential dangers you should be aware of if you are carrying out this kind of work, especially if you are not a trained professional.

Here are 5 potential dangers to keep in mind when welding:


1) Fumes

Welding gases and fumes contain noxious metal oxide compounds, which needless to say, are detrimental to your health. Any space where you are welding should be well ventilated, and have exhaust systems to keep dangerous gases and fumes away from your breathing space. There are numerous ventilation systems offered, and suppliers such as R-Tech Welding carry extraction systems which are well worth considering in a professional environment.  




Working in the health and safety industry brings you into contact with a lot of workers with dangerous jobs, but which are the most perilous? We were discussing this one day at UK Safety Store so thought we'd investigate further, leading to this infographic of the UK's 10 most dangerous jobs. The data is based on the latest figures from the HSE at the time of writing, and some of the professions may surprise you.



The word 'Asbestos' comes from the ancient Greek meaning 'unquenchable' or 'inextinguishable' and has been in use for well over 4000 years. Its name is given to a number of naturally occurring fibrous silicate minerals which is mined in various locations around the world. It was widely used in fire resistant and insulating materials as well as automotive parts. Due to its incredible characteristics such as strength, incombustibility, and resistance to high temperature heat to name a few, as well as being cheap and readily available, it was regarded as an architects' dream come true.

"Go out there and catch somebody doing something right, then say thank you!"


Image of two construction workers shaking hands 

Regardless of where an organisation's health and safety culture sits in space and time, whether it is a mature and positive culture, or one being dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century, nobody can deny that behavioural safety programmes have their place.

I'm fortunate enough to be in a job role where I have the opportunity to positively influence people's behaviours and attitudes just by the power of a conversation. I'm no expert, but I thought I'd share some of my own experiences and tips on having a positive and effective behavioural based conversation.