Health and safety

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of its employees.

This duty extends to health and safety matters such as the maintenance of plant; systems of work; the arrangements for the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances; information and training; and access routes.


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The heat is on: six summer employment issues

With temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in the next few days, employers may have to deal with a raft of summer...

Firefighters at a warehouse fire in Seven Sisters, north London in January . Research could explain why cardiovascular events – such as heart attacks – are the leading cause of death amongst on-duty firefighters. REX/Shutterstock

Firefighters exposed to extreme heat risk heart attack

30 May 2017

Firefighters exposed to extreme heat are at increased risk of blood clotting and heart attack, research has suggested. 
The study...

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Homeworking

Legal and practical tips for employers on homeworking

10 May 2017

This month on 19 May it is “National work from home day”. So what should employers be aware of if...

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Government to publish workplace dress code guidance following high heels petition

21 Apr 2017

New guidance on workplace dress codes will be published by the Government, but

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A case study of  the events following a fatality involving a fork lift truck driver highlights the issues most relevant to HR.

Criminal law and fatalities in the workplace: what HR needs to know

13 Apr 2017

Fatalities in the workplace are a challenge for HR and the stakes are high with the potential for criminal charges,...

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Radio waves: terrestrial trunked radio (TETRA)

Occupational health effects linked to terrestrial trunked radios (TETRA)

2 Mar 2017

The use of terrestrial trunked radios (TETRAs) has raised concerns about health and sickness absence. Jackie Cinnamond looks at the...

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Liquid lunches: can an employer stop staff drinking during working hours?

15 Feb 2017

Employees at Lloyd’s of London have been banned from drinking alcohol during the working day, it has been reported.

Alcohol...

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Zika virus and business travel : six duty of care actions for employers

1 Dec 2016

As evidence of the effect of the Zika virus grows, employers must address their responsibilities. Dr Jonathan O’Keeffe explains.
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agile-working

Agile working: not as flexible as you might think

1 Nov 2016

Agile working, whether that’s allowing employees to work remotely or being flexible about hours, has been hailed as the answer...

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How to avoid the risks associated with business travel

1 Sep 2016

What preparations should companies make to cut down on the risks associated with business travel? Rob Walker, of International SOS...

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David Davies, secretary of state for exiting the EU, has promised no repeal of existing employment law.   REX/Shutterstock

Will Brexit be good or bad for UK occupational health and safety?

31 Aug 2016

The EU referendum vote has led to financial, economic and political turmoil. But how will Brexit affect UK occupational health...

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Employee substance misuse: five workplace tips

12 Aug 2016

Drug and alcohol misuse has a big impact on the workplace, with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence...

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Zika and employees – an unfortunate Olympic challenge

5 Aug 2016

Ed Stacey examines whether employees can be forced to work in Brazil in light of the Zika virus

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Greggs baker fairly dismissed for not washing hands

4 Aug 2016

An employment tribunal has held that Greggs fairly dismissed an experienced baker who did not wash his hands before returning...

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage resigns after playing a key part in achieving Brexit. Will the UK's exit from Europe lead to cuts to health and wellbeing at work? Joel Goodman/LNP/Shutterstock

Impact of Brexit on health and wellbeing at work: practitioners fear cutbacks

3 Aug 2016

A UK exit from the EU could have significant repercussions for occupational health and health and safety, practitioners are warning....

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