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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Occupational health effects linked to terrestrial trunked radios (TETRA)

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.

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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: 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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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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Sports Direct’s business model treats workers like commodities and “without dignity”

22 Jul 2016

Sports Direct is founded on a business model that enables the majority of workers to be treated “without dignity or...

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The heat is on: six summer employment issues

18 Jul 2016

With temperatures set to hit the high 20-degrees this week, employers may have to deal with a raft of summer...

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How can HR protect the safety of globally mobile employees?

8 Jun 2016

Employees are posted to ever more countries, yet threats like natural disasters, terrorism and medical endemics loom large. What can...

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Morgan v Royal Mencap Society: Protected disclosure in public interest

2 Jun 2016

In Morgan v Royal Mencap Society, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that an employment tribunal was wrong to strike...

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One-off serious mistakes at work: five key cases

17 May 2016

A mistake by a private security company during a training exercise led to a fake bomb being left in a...

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