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Launch of the new Health & Safety Innovations website

Welcome to our new website.

It will deal with all aspects of Innovation in Health & Safety – innovative ideas, advice and insights and products – with an initial focus on PPE.

If we’ve not met before, my name is Bali Rakhra. and I’m currently the Clothing Expert at CKL Distribution – since 1972 one of the UK’s longest established workwear & PPE trade distributors.

I have accumulated 20 years experience in the industry, although my academic background is in Law, Technologies and Manufacturing.

My varied skill set helps me to maintain a somewhat unique, fresh & practical insight on the UK Health & Safety World, while dealing with PPE and H&S products exposes me to the inner machinations as to company needs, frustrations and attitudes. Understanding this assists me in providing better consultancy to our clients, but through this website I can share my ideas with the wider world in my role as a writer, speaker and commentator focusing primarily on innovative ideas within H&S.

I hope the material presented here can help to make the UK a safer place. Even a small difference can scale up sizeably across the whole country, and could make a life changing difference to each individual.

Anyway, on behalf of CKL, we hope that you enjoy the site and find our articles informative and helpful.

If you have get in touch or leave a comment. I answer all my emails personally, and

 
Thank you.

 
Bali Rakhra LL.B.
Clothing Expert

 
 

PAST WORKS

• IOSH Conference 2016
  Expert Speaker on “The Importance of Innovation in an Accelerating World” (14:45pm – 15:30pm, Track C)

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH : ‘Business Reporter’ magazine – Annual Health & Safety Report 2016
contributed 2 articles as a UK expert. (Link 1, and  Link 2)
The full version of both articles will be published on this website.

HSM (Health & Safety Matters) Magazine
  Various articles – most of which will be published here also.

 

 

UK companies are unwittingly losing out by misapplying HSE regulations

Maybe it’s due to my background in law, but while supplying workwear over the past 25 years I’ve noticed that UK organisations are misapplying the HSE regulations in several different ways – and losing out considerably. Here’s one example.

 

Manufacturers spend millions each year creating fantastic and innovative health and safety products with the potential to improve the lives of the UK’s workforce considerably. Yet often these products just sit on the shelves, benefitting no one. Companies reject these products on the basis of cost, but often, it needn’t even cost them a penny. I can explain.

 

Legally speaking, UK companies must pay for all necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). However, comfort or wellbeing products are often not such “necessary” items of PPE, which is why companies can refuse to buy them. However, this also means that UK companies are not obliged to pay for them. Instead, the workforce can lawfully be offered the choice to buy these products themselves, at their own cost or partly subsidised by the employer.

 

If handled properly, this represents the ultimate win-win solution. Workers have access to the best, most innovative H&S products that could significantly improve their daily lives, while H&S officers feel more fulfilled, procurement managers are pleased at the savings and the company benefits overall from a happier, more motivated workforce. Also, empowering the workforce to share responsibility for their own wellbeing can reduce any subsequent compensation claims as the onus partly shifts onto the employee for rejecting any product that could have prevented the injury.

 

There are other win-win solutions I could suggest, but even just this single idea can significantly reduce the UK’s injury statistics and benefit UK companies enormously – and IOSH (The Institution of Occupational Safety & Health) agrees. Of course, proper legal consultancy is required to ensure compliance with HSE regulations – but don’t worry, that’s my job.

 

This article has been published in Business Reporter – Distributed with “The Daily Telegraph”, “The Sunday Telegraph”, “CITY A.M.”


Bali Rakhra LL.B.
Clothing Expert

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