Welcome to Safety Groups UK!
The mission of SGUK is
‘ To promote health and safety by supporting a thriving national network of health and safety Groups'
The organisation, which is a registered charity (was originally established in 1947) is the coordinating body for the network of around 70 local voluntary Occupational Health and Safety Groups located throughout the UK.
The SafeTea Break, brought to you by 3M in association with Safety Groups UK provides you with the toolkit and platform you need to engage your workforce in a discussion about health and long latency occupational diseases.
Help Great Britain Well Work
Glasgow hosts first event on the health and safety system strategy for Great Britain roadshow - HSE website.
John Cairns with Dame Judith Hackett DBE, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive and Selvin Brown, MBE, Director of Engagement and Strategic Interventions, Health and Safety Executive.
Dame Judith Hackitt's keynote speech: health and safety strategy event Glasgow - #HelpGBWorkWell - view on youtube.
John Cairns, Safety Groups UK: health and safety strategy launch, Glasgow - #HelpGBWorkWell - view on youtube.
The Prosser White Centenary Symposium - "Occupational Dermatoses. Past, Present and Future".
When: Wednesday, 14th September 2016
Where: Manchester Central Convention Complex
The symposium will be jointly hosted by the European Society of Contact Dermatitis (ESCD) and Manchester University’s Centre of Occupational and Environmental Health.
We have invited speakers of great distinction from for what we are sure will be an exciting educational day. There will be the opportunity the following day to attend the 13th Congress of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis when there will be further presentations and discussions on a number of occupational topics by leading authorities on the subject.
The full programme can be viewed on
No Time to Lose - Working together to beat Occupational Cancer
Campaign to cut work cancer deaths launched
An industry-wide campaign to cut the number of deaths from occupational cancer was launched on Monday 3 November in London. We have signed up to this campaign in support of IOSH.
According to conservative estimates, some 8,000 people die from cancer and around 14,000 contract the disease each year in the UK because of exposure to a work-related carcinogen, such as diesel exhaust fumes, silica dust or asbestos fibres. Worldwide, occupational cancer claims the lives of more than 666,000 a year – one death every 47 seconds.
For more information about this campaign please read:
Beware Asbestos Campaign
We are demonstrating our ongoing support to HSE in raising awareness of the dangers of Asbestos and the potential to contract long latency disease, this underpins our commitment to "Promote Health and Safety Nationwide"
As part of HSE’s Beware Asbestos campaign, HSE have launched a social media initiative with the support of footballer Stuart Pearce. Stuart used to be an electrician and so was happy to help highlight the risk to trades people which is being covered by National press and men’s magazines.
We encourage you to follow HSE on Twitter, you may have seen the HSE tweets already, in which case, thank you for re-tweeting. If you or your organisation uses Twitter or Facebook, we would love you to show your support for the campaign by wearing the scarf. This is a neat little icon called a “twibbon” that appears in the corner of your profile picture. You can get the icon by clicking on the following link: http://twibbon.com/support/beware-asbestos and by following the campaign on Twitter.
If you are able to forward the request to your members, that would also be fantastic! Please let me know if your organisation is using social media to promote the Beware Asbestos campaign so that we can follow you too.
Trades Union Congress - Health and Safety
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has a webpage on Health and Safety.
This website is part of TUC's work to ensure union safety reps have the information and resources to continue and to improve that work.
The website can be accessed by clicking the link below:
HSE Myth Busters
The Myth Busters Challenge Panel provides a mechanism to independently challenge advice or decisions, made in the name of health and safety, that arebelieved to be disproportionate or inaccurate.
You can find the cases that the panel have considered and their findings at the linking below: