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.


Violence against retail staff increases 25%

Assaults on retail staff rose by a quarter last year, according to the Home Office, highlighting the need to better...

Five ways to support employees during Ramadan

11 Jun 2018

As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan draws to a close this week, Ayesha Salahuddin from PWC looks at how...

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Should mental health first aid be included in health and safety law?

7 Jun 2018

Under the health and safety regulations, employers have an obligation to intervene if an employee becomes physically unwell or is...

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Construction should value health in the same way as safety

17 May 2018

The construction sector should give equal weight to managing the health of its workforce as it does to safety, and...

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MPs to investigate the health and wellbeing of prison staff

4 May 2018

A group of MPs is to explore the health and wellbeing of prisoners and the prison workforce – particularly healthcare...

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Call for better protection of chemotherapy nurses from drug exposure risk

3 May 2018

Nursing academics are campaigning for changes to the way chemotherapy is delivered to reduce the risk of healthcare workers suffering...

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Teachers and students at risk of asbestos exposure in schools

23 Apr 2018

A lack of uniformity in how asbestos exposure is dealt with in school academies is putting both staff and students...

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A quarter of construction workers may have been exposed to asbestos

9 Apr 2018

Almost one in four UK construction workers believe they could have been exposed to asbestos fibres, putting them at a...

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Half of workers with cancer unaware of employers’ legal obligations

9 Apr 2018

More than half (53%) of employees living with cancer do not know that their employer has a legal obligation to...

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Musician wins in landmark hearing loss case against the Royal Opera House

3 Apr 2018

A musician has won in a landmark case against the Royal Opera House (ROH) after he suffered severe hearing loss...

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Supreme Court rules former Johnson Matthey employees entitled to compensation

21 Mar 2018

The Supreme Court has ruled that three former employees of chemicals company Johnson Matthey should be compensated after they developed...

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International occupational health and safety management standard published

14 Mar 2018

The first international standard for occupational health and safety management has been published, in an effort to address the global...

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Apprenticeship planned to reverse ageing health and safety workforce

8 Mar 2018

A ‘Trailblazer’ group of major employers, supported by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), plans to launch an...

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One in 10 staff avoid workplace toilets due to cleanliness concerns

22 Feb 2018

One in 10 employees would avoid using the toilet in their workplace because of concerns about hygiene, according to the...

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UK statutory sick pay is ‘inadequate’

25 Jan 2018

Statutory sick pay arrangements in the UK are in breach of legal obligations under the European Social Charter, according to...

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