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.


Why it is more complex than ‘irresponsible’ employers forcing workers into work

Accusations have been flying about that ‘irresponsible’ employers are putting employees under pressure to come into potentially unsafe workplaces when...

Employers so focused on physical safety that mental health still being overlooked

2 Mar 2021

Employers are still overly focused on safeguarding the physical safety of employees at the cost of overlooking mental wellbeing, with...

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Police Federation and teachers’ unions angry at vaccine priorities

26 Feb 2021

Disappointment for police and teachers as vaccine roll-out will continue to be on an age basis, not on occupations.

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Boris Johnson sets out roadmap for lockdown easing

22 Feb 2021

The government hopes to remove all restrictions from 21 June, potentially using testing to reduce risk.

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Health sector calls for government action on PPE and ventilation

19 Feb 2021

A letter urges Boris Johnson to ensure health and care settings are better ventilated and to increase recommended PPE levels.

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BOHS warns against relaxing control measures in light of vaccinations

18 Feb 2021

Occupational health practitioners should not rely on vaccination as a workplace control measure for Covid-19, the British Occupational Hygiene Society...

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Is ‘Covid-secure’ enough? The case for additional safety protocols

16 Feb 2021

Technology can play a vital role in helping organisations go above and beyond what’s recommended in Covid-secure guidelines, as Chris...

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Thousands of Amazon staff sent wrong Covid-19 test results

16 Feb 2021

Nearly 4,000 Amazon workers in the UK received the wrong Covid-19 test results earlier this month.

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Tube driver injured at work was unfairly dismissed

16 Feb 2021

Lisa Stewart was accused by London Underground of dishonestly claiming she had been injured at work.

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Managers pushing employees into workplaces, says TUC

12 Feb 2021

One in five working people are still going into work some or all of the time, according to a poll...

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CEOs call for action on surge in violence against retail workers

5 Feb 2021

More than 65 retail chief executives have written to the Prime Minister calling for more protection for shop workers after...

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Call for NHS staff to be better supported so as to avoid undue risk-taking

2 Feb 2021

SOM, the Society of Occupational Medicine, has called for NHS staff to be better supported in the workplace so as...

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IOSH: Don’t ignore work cancer risks during pandemic

2 Feb 2021

Employers should not lose sight of the risks posed by carcinogens at work while they focus on minimising Covid-19 risks,...

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Covid tests save firms thousands of working days

1 Feb 2021

Workplace Covid-test scheme garners encouraging results at John Lewis and Tata Steel.

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More Covid-19 outbreaks in offices than any other workplace

29 Jan 2021

There were more than 500 confirmed or suspected Covid-19 outbreaks in offices in the second half of 2020.

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