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    Health and Safety News

    New guide aims to clear up language around health and safety

    By Jonathan Brown on April 25, 2017

    New guide aims to clear up language around health and safety

    A new guide has been launched aimed at making health and safety discussions more accessible.

    RoSPA has launched the 22-page booklet called Little Book of Big Ideas.

    Clearing up complex language

    Many people see occupational health and safety as too complex to understand. The guide aims to provide a clear version of discussions and ideas around the topic.

    It’s hoped that the guide will act as a gateway to get people reading more on the subject, as well as a reference guide on essential terms and concepts.

    The guide can be used as a teaching tool, for experts and non-experts, and simply to refresh knowledge and understanding.

    The aim is to help answer questions like “when, where, how, why, and to whom do accidents happen?” and “what do we mean by risk and how do we assess it?”

    Dispelling myths

    The guide has been created by RoSPA’s Occupational Safety and Health Policy Adviser and Immediate Past President of IOSH, Dr Karen McDonnell, alongside RoSPA’s Partnership Consultant Roger Bibbings.

    Karen said: “The RoSPA principle of ‘as safe as necessary, not as safe as possible’ is underpinned by those commonly-used but sometimes misunderstood terms including hazard, risk, probability, and preventability.

    “Anyone attending a health and safety training course or reading guidance material will routinely hear the words used and often engage in debate on their meaning and applicability.

    “For this reason RoSPA has produced the Little Book of Big Ideas: a ready-reckoner, a quick recap or a step into new topics. As a practitioner you can use its content to dispel health and safety myths.”

    The booklet is available now as a free download.

    Source: RoSPA

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    Date Published: April 25, 2017

    Author: Jonathan Brown

    Category: News

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