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.

Coronavirus: Employers ‘quarantining’ own staff before trade show

Employers are quarantining their own staff as the coronavirus outbreak...


How employers should respond to the coronavirus outbreak

7 Feb 2020

Organisations must monitor employees' travel plans and ensure discrimination does not occur in the face of the coronavirus threat.

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Coronavirus arrives in the UK

30 Jan 2020

Aircraft from Wuhan with 110 passengers due to arrive in UK at 1.30pm - passengers set for 14 days' quarantine.

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Contaminants on employees’ clothing is a public health hazard, researchers say

29 Jan 2020

Toxic contaminants are inadvertently being brought home from employees’ workplaces and potentially exposing their families to dangerous substances, according to...

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Coronavirus: employers urged to avoid business travel

23 Jan 2020

Employers should postpone or cancel business travel to the region of China that has been hit by an outbreak of...

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Sky engineer dismissed for safety issue was discriminated against

23 Jan 2020

A Sky engineer who breached health and safety rules while experiencing a mental health condition was discriminated against and unfairly...

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Manufacturers need to use occupational health more proactively, report finds

13 Jan 2020

Manufacturers are investing more in workers’ health and wellbeing than ever, but a more proactive approach – including making better...

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Better coping strategies needed to manage business travel ill-effects

3 Jan 2020

A psychologist has suggested business travellers should develop “coping strategies” after a survey revealed employees' health problems stemming from lengthy periods spent flying or driving.

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Lack of toilet access ‘risks transport workers’ health’

19 Nov 2019

Lorry and bus drivers are routinely unable to access toilets when they need to, which is potentially causing them health...

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Train maintenance workers’ health ‘at risk’ from sewage on railway lines, warns union

7 Nov 2019

The health of train maintenance workers is being put at risk as railway operators continue to allow sewage from train...

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Can employers insist on their staff wearing or not wearing a poppy in the workplace?

Wearing a poppy in the workplace: myth or reality?

6 Nov 2019

Employers sometimes make the headlines over their policy on staff wearing a poppy in the workplace. We set out the...

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Guidance issued to help reduce exposure of workers to diesel emissions

4 Nov 2019

New guidance has been published to help staff who work around diesel-powered vehicles or equipment reduce their exposure to exhaust...

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Amazon opens its doors to public scrutiny

1 Nov 2019

EXCLUSIVE | To improve perceptions of its warehouses' working environment, the online giant is inviting the public in to show what conditions are really like.

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Most construction firms would fail or ‘scrape through’ HSE inspections

21 Oct 2019

Two thirds of construction companies say they would fail or might only “scrape through” an on-the-spot site inspection by the...

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Police service discriminated against man with moustache

8 Oct 2019

A police constable has won a sex discrimination claim after an industrial tribunal found that the Police Service of Northern...

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