Proposals will give the Health Service Safety Investigations Body power to investigate serious patient safety incidents. A safety organisation drawing on lessons from the airline industry will have new legal powers to investigate serious patient safety incidents in the NHS in England, under plans laid before parliament (14 September 2017). The draft Health Service Safety Investigations […]

HSIB became operational on 1st April 2017. Its purpose is to improve safety through effective and independent investigations that don’t apportion blame or liability. Although HSIB is funded by the Department of Health and hosted by NHS, they operate independently. They’re also independent from regulatory bodies like the Care Quality Commission (CQC). By offering a new […]

IOSH Online Magazine The wait is over… The August issue of IOSH Magazine is now online. It is also available as a PDF download for offline reading. To download our virtual issue, click on the magazine cover on the homepage at, click on it again to load the online version. If you wish to […]

 A new chapter focusing on the adverse effects of noise in the workplace has been added to IOSH’s online Occupational Health toolkit. The development of the new guidance by IOSH’s Information & Intelligence team follows feedback from members at the annual IOSH Networks Conference last year. It covers the main sources of noise at work, […]

Retail giant’s overall penalty includes a £5m fine for safety failings under the Dangerous Substances and Explosives Atmospheres Regulations. Tesco Stores has accepted an £8m penalty after pleading guilty to a major pollution incident, which saw 23,500 litres of petrol leak in to a Lancashire sewerage system and rivers. £5m of the fine was levied for […]

A care home company has been fined almost half a million pounds after an elderly resident fell from her first floor window and died. A care home company has been fined almost half a million pounds after an elderly resident fell from her first floor window and died. Guildford Crown Court was told that the […]

A Stranraer based groundwork company has been fined after a worker fell more than seven metres through a fragile roof. The 42-year-old had been sub-contracted by McKeown Groundworks Limited, to carry out roof repairs on a barn at Whiteley’s Farm, Stranraer. Stranraer Sheriff Court heard that, on 24 May 2016, the worker arrived at the […]

A Hardwood flooring supplier and manufacturer has been fined £40,000 for health and safety failings. Cambridge Magistrates Court heard how Cambridge Timbertec Ltd failed to maintain suitable standards of work after several inspections by the HSE. The company had previously received six improvement notices and written advice. It had initially complied with these but then […]