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.


Royal Opera House loses appeal against musician’s hearing loss ruling

The Royal Opera House has lost an appeal against a landmark ruling which found it liable for a musician’s severe...

Worker loses £300,000 compensation claim after injury at Christmas party

10 Apr 2019

A charity worker has lost a £300,000 claim for compensation after she was picked up and dropped at her Christmas...

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Construction firms should train staff in occupational health awareness

13 Mar 2019

Construction companies have been urged to train at least one employee in occupational health awareness to increase understanding of OH...

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What is the maximum workplace temperature? City workers head outside to enjoy the sunshine. Photo: REX

Summer daze – the health and wellbeing challenge of long, hot summers

1 Mar 2019

Last year’s sweltering summer weather may feel like a distant memory right now. But, with global warming meaning hot summers...

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Emissions risk from 3D printing unless protective equipment used

28 Feb 2019

Research has found 3D printers emit particles small enough to enter the airways and lungs, potentially creating respiratory problems.
According...

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Half of workers given safety over-goggles that may affect vision

9 Jan 2019

More than half of staff who wear prescription glasses and need further eye protection at work are given safety over-goggles...

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Protective equipment fails to remove risk of pesticide contamination

7 Jan 2019

Research into pesticide exposure among horticultural workers has shown that levels of contamination can take place despite the provision of...

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Nine in 10 NHS trusts have asbestos in their hospital buildings

10 Dec 2018

An MP has urged the government to conduct an audit of asbestos at every NHS trust after it emerged nine...

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Employers press Theresa May to make mental health first aid mandatory

19 Nov 2018

More than 50 leaders of some of the UK’s biggest employers have signed a letter urging the government to make...

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Employees denied ‘toilet dignity’ at work

19 Nov 2018

Unite is demanding that employers take action to ensure that workers are granted toilet dignity in the workplace.
The union...

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Drug and alcohol tests: what employers need to know

8 Nov 2018

Barratt Developments recently announced it would introduce randomised drug and alcohol testing for staff to combat increased risks...

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Employers urged to review safety practices as new manslaughter sentencing takes effect

31 Oct 2018

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has said employers that cut corners and put workers’ health and safety...

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Royal Opera House to appeal against musician’s hearing loss ruling

22 Oct 2018

The Royal Opera House has been granted permission to challenge a landmark High Court ruling in favour of a musician...

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Petition calls for compulsory mental health first aiders at work

10 Oct 2018

Mental health campaigners and businesses have delivered a petition to Downing Street calling for it to be compulsory to have...

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Three in 10 employees experienced an accident or mistake because of tiredness

13 Sep 2018

Almost half (46%) of employees regularly turn up to their jobs feeling too tired to work, making them more prone...

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