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.


Two-thirds of outdoor workers say firms don’t offer skin cancer protection help

Almost two-thirds of outdoor workers say their employer does not do enough to help protect them against non-melanoma skin cancer...

Don’t let Covid-19 blind you to other health and safety risks, waste firms warned

7 Jul 2020

Waste management organisations have been warned against becoming complacent around other serious health and safety risks while taking measures to...

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One-fifth do not train line managers in health and safety

7 Jul 2020

One in five organisations do not train their managers in health and safety, despite the view that they are often...

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HR in a pandemic: How three companies dealt with a surge in demand

2 Jul 2020

For organisations up and down the country, Covid-19 has put considerable strain on HR. Many in the profession are facing...

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HSE issues warning over use of KN95 masks as PPE

1 Jul 2020

Employers should not purchase ‘KN95’ face masks as personal protective equipment because they are unlikely to protect wearers against contracting...

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Coronavirus: employers warned to remain vigilant following ‘super Saturday’

1 Jul 2020

With lockdown restrictions in England set to ease further this weekend, the British Safety Council (BSC) has sounded a warning...

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Construction bodies warn of dust mask shortage because of coronavirus demand

30 Jun 2020

Construction and engineering contractor groups have raised concerns about a shortage of dust masks and inflated prices when they are...

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Government publishes guide on safety for businesses due to re-open

24 Jun 2020

The government has published guidance on how businesses can safely re-open after announcing that a further easing of the coronavirus...

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Could temperature checks turn up the heat on the return to work?

24 Jun 2020

With pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers set to open next month, many more people will be returning to work over...

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Shielding employees can return to work from August

23 Jun 2020

People who are ‘shielding’ will be able to return to the workplace from 1 August, health secretary Matt Hancock has...

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Lockdown relaxed for hospitality industry and social distancing eased

23 Jun 2020

Venues including pubs, restaurants, cinemas, galleries and hairdressers in England will be allowed to reopen on 4 July, as social...

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Employers rush to stem Covid-19 outbreaks at meat plants

22 Jun 2020

Outbreaks of Covid-19 at meat processing plants in Europe and US raise issues over migrant labour and social distancing.

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One in four serious injuries occur at work

19 Jun 2020

More than a quarter of adults who have suffered a serious injury have done so in the workplace, according to...

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Face covering guidance aims to help employers assess risks

17 Jun 2020

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) has warned that it is concerned about the absence of clear government guidance on...

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Denying toilet access ‘a serious public health matter’, warns union

17 Jun 2020

Delivery drivers and fast food couriers are often having to urinate in bushes and have no way of cleaning their...

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