The height of despair

5 June 2013

In 1993, Jason Anker fell from a ladder at work and was left paralysed from the waist down. Here, he explains the devastating impact this had on his life, family and friends.

Thrills and spills — or too little to worry about?

1 May 2013

There is, of course, nothing thrilling about spills. At best, they are a time-consuming nuisance; at worst, they can lead to safety or pollution incidents. Alan Field outlines some straightforward ways to minimise any such problems arising.


24 April 2013

Stuart Chamberlain, Croner author and employment law consultant, looks at the topic of whistleblowing, examines its framework and considers government proposals to amend the whistleblowing regime.

Business continuity: exercise, maintenance and review

24 April 2013

An important element of the BCM life cycle is exercising, maintaining and reviewing arrangements to ensure continuous improvement is achieved through “ongoing and scheduled actions” that keep arrangements fit for purpose. Mike Sopp explains further.

Business continuity: strategy development

17 April 2013

Continuity strategies improve an organisation’s resilience to a disruption by selecting tactical responses to enable critical activities to continue at, or recover to, an acceptable minimum level within specified timeframes. Mike Sopp reports.

Business continuity: policy and programme management

10 April 2013

Most businesses will, at some time, face an event that can disrupt or interrupt their normal operations. How a business copes with such events is often down to what pre-planning has taken place. Mike Sopp reports on how to plan ahead for such eventualities.

What does ALARP mean, in the real world?

27 February 2013

Phrases such as “as low as reasonably practicable” and “so far as is reasonably practicable” feature often in the world of health and safety. This does not mean that they are well understood. Mike Ellerby discusses what it really means to meet these standards.

Rapid fire spread — the need to assess the risk

26 February 2013

“Rapid fire spread” is an umbrella term for a number of relatively unusual events — including backdraughts and flashovers — where normal assumptions about life safety, fire spread and containment times do not apply. Alan Field considers whether this is an issue with which only firefighters need be concerned, or if it is one that should be considered as part of a fire risk assessment process.