HSfB Blog

Lord Young and his review of health and safety law in the UK is unlikely to be of any particular use to anyone, except of course lawyers and judges, who will have all the updates to interpret and argue in court (at the tax payer's expense no doubt), since most of our regulation now comes from European legislation (a tory idea so unlikely to change) and the government is required to implement it. Unless that is we change our relationship with Europe, but UKIP didn't win the election. 

One of the best things about Health and Safety for Beginners (HSfB) is the sheer amount of gratitude and appreciation it generates. Sometimes people just have to show that appreciation and gratitude. I just thought I'd share a piece of that here on the blog.

Here is a topic started in our discussion forums to show appreciation to Alexis for the amazing job she does in creating and reviewing people's CVs - Alexis is a Legend

Here's a short poem by Alexis returning that gratitude and appreciation.

I could have saved a life today
but chose to look the other way.

It wasn't that I didn't care.
I had the time, and I was there
but I didn't want to seem a fool
and argue over safety rules.

I knew he'd done the job before.
if I called it wrong, he might get sore.
The chances didn't seem that bad.
(I've done the same. He knew I had.)

So I shook my head and walked on by.
He knew the risks as well as I.
He took the chance, I closed my eye
and with that act I let him die.

I could have saved a life that day
but chose to look the other way.

Now every time I see his wife
I know I should have saved his life.
I see his kids and feel so sad.
They cry at night. They've lost their Dad.

That guilt is something I must bear
but isn't something you need share.
If you see a risk that others take,
that puts their health or life at stake ..

... The question asked, or things you say
could help them live another day.
If YOU see a risk and walk away,
then hope YOU never have to say

I could have saved a life today
but chose to look the other way.

(Not sure who the author is, if you know, please let us know!)


Diabetics in the Workplace – Hypos (Kindly submitted by one of our knowledgeable members - jonsi)

Around 4.5% of the UK workforce have Diabetes (either Type 1 or Type 2) – that's around 1.3 million people.

Diabetes is a chronic condition – that means it's there for the long term and it affects their life. It can't (yet) be cured, it never goes away, even if the sufferer isn't taking medication and it can, when it's got a mind to, be a horrible, nasty, sneaky, mean condition that can affect the sufferer's life in many different ways.

The most obvious concern in a workplace is: Are people with Diabetes more 'at risk' at work than everyone else?

Just in case you are having a bad day - you know, "Why should I bother when nobody else is?" etc (I think we all get them!), have a look at this summary (NOT a full list) of H&S events in one month across the UK (mid July to Mid August 2013). If this is what happens despite us all applying the much derided 'elf & safety' provisions, how much worse would it be if it were a free-for-all?