Webinar – International trends in EHS regulation

February 23, 2011

Barbour EHS are holding a webinar on 3rd March at 11:00am, in partnership with Enhesa, that will examine current recent international trends in EHS laws and policies, and look at how companies are going about managing compliance with different budgets and approaches.

Listen in to the outcomes of Enhesa’s 2010 regulatory trends forecast and a study of how companies seek to ensure regulatory compliance, and join the opportunity to take part in live polls and Q & A session with a top International expert. 

Register for this live event here.


Driving Safely in Snow and Ice

December 22, 2010

Winter motoring requires special care and a little preparation if you are to avoid a breakdown or accident.

The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.
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Fines for the times

November 22, 2010

We often hear the complaint that safety fines are too low, but very little is heard about the HSEs’ prosecutions dropping by a half over the last decade, to around 1,000 a year.

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The Lord Young Report

November 9, 2010

The Lord Young Report makes a welcome attempt to curb the litigation culture, control disproportionate action on health and safety in low risk environments and curtail the operations of unqualified and incompetent health and safety consultants.

The Report also aims to assist small, low-risk businesses in reducing perceived health and safety bureaucracy. All of these are welcome objectives.

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CDM: Are we missing the point?

October 22, 2010

CDM 2007 was acknowledged as a step in the right direction in the campaign to improve the well being of workers on site or in the care of buildings. It did indeed make explicit many of the implied issues of its forerunner. However, it left us with quite a few gaps and many points that can be interpreted in a near infinite range of possibilities to the originators’ will.

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Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP’s)

October 11, 2010

A ‘LEP’ into the unknown

With the announcement by Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (CLG), that the Regional Development Agencies (RDA’s) are to be abolished and will be replaced by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local government and businesses have been in a state of intense activity to develop proposals for LEPs in economic geographic areas by the first week of September this year.

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Cigarettes and Smoking

September 20, 2010

More and more Trading Standards professionals are having to include health-related issues within their areas of expertise. Obvious examples include expanding food enforcement to tackle issues of healthy eating and obesity, and working with the Police and other agencies to tackle underage drinking.  However, the focus again is on cigarettes and smoking with the imminent tobacco display ban coming into force in Scotland, and publicised debates in the press this recently between the Tobacco Retailers Alliance and Anti-Smoking Groups.

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