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.


Petition calls for compulsory mental health first aiders at work

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

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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Only half feel confident enough to offer first aid if needed

12 Sep 2018

Only half of adults would feel confident about offering first aid if they witnessed somebody falling unwell, according to the...

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Project to map defibrillators launched to improve heart attack survival rate

8 Aug 2018

The NHS and several other organisations have joined forces to map all of the UK’s defibrillators, which they hope will...

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Work-related fatalities and fines increase prompts health and safety warning

30 Jul 2018

Employers have been urged to ensure that the health and safety of their workforce is a priority as fatal work-related...

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MPs call for maximum workplace temperature to be set

26 Jul 2018

As the heatwave continues across the UK, MPs have urged the government to introduce a maximum workplace temperature – especially...

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

The heat is on: six summer employment issues

26 Jul 2018

MPs on the House of Commons environmental audit committee have urged Public Health England to advise employers to allow flexible...

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Police complain about accommodation ahead of Trump visit

12 Jul 2018

Police officers brought in to ensure US president Donald Trump’s visit to the UK runs smoothly have complained about the...

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The worldwide challenge of occupational cancer

6 Jul 2018

Underlined by latest figures on fatalities, work-related cancer is one of the critical workplace health issues of our time. It...

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Workers at risk of silica dust exposure need both x-ray and lung function screening, warns HSE

28 Jun 2018

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has urged organisations to review their health surveillance programmes for workers who have a...

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Employers should protect outdoor workers during warm weather

26 Jun 2018

Employers should ensure staff who work outside are protected from the sun and heat, as temperatures are set to reach...

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Violence against retail staff increases 25%

20 Jun 2018

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

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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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