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.


Teachers and students at risk of asbestos exposure in schools

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

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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Toolkit aims to help employers tackle sleep deprivation

19 Jan 2018

Business in the Community and Public Health England have launched a toolkit to help employers reduce the risk of sleep...

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Following best practice in occupational health has wider business benefits, evidence from HSE shows

5 Dec 2017

There’s a simple way of increasing business efficiency that many executives overlook, according to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

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older workers and heat stress

Older workers and heat stress: challenges of working in a hot environment

30 Nov 2017

The number of older people in the workforce is increasing and with it the risks related to older workers and...

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Assaults by patients on mental health staff are soaring

2 Nov 2017

Mental health staff in the UK are working in a “powder keg” environment, as assaults by patients soar, an investigation...

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Ryanair and Monarch flight disruptions: five issues for employers

6 Oct 2017

The cancellation of thousands of scheduled Ryanair flights and the collapse of airline Monarch will have an impact in the...

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Health ans safety ISO 45001

Get ready for the new ISO 45001 safety and health standard

28 Sep 2017

A new international standard for occupational safety and health, ISO 45001, is set to be published next year. In advance...

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