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.


Legal risks of Covid-19 testing in the workplace

Many employers are content on their staff relying on the coronavirus testing service provided by the NHS but, for some,...

Maintaining confidence in your workplace cleaning during coronavirus

18 Oct 2020

Effective cleaning and decontamination are at the heart of keeping workplaces ‘Covid secure’ as well as, critically, in ensuring employees...

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University staff react to Sage advice to move teaching online

14 Oct 2020

University staff and unions are considering next steps after it was revealed yesterday that Sage (the Scientific Advisory Group for...

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CPD: Don’t make a dog’s dinner – maintaining health and safety when cleaning streets

2 Oct 2020

Some work processes, notably pavement cleaning, can expose workers to pathogens and the risks of diseases associated with animals. Neelum...

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Police union sparks U-turn on officers using NHS Covid-19 app

29 Sep 2020

The union representing police officers is encouraging officers to download and use the NHS Track and Trace app after a...

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Include asbestos risk awareness in NHS staff training, study recommends

24 Sep 2020

Awareness of asbestos risk and the possibility of a mesothelioma diagnosis should be added to the mandatory training for new...

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‘Immediate action’ needed to prevent more silicosis deaths, MPs told

23 Sep 2020

MPs have been told that immediate action is needed to prevent deaths and illnesses caused by exposure to respirable crystalline...

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HSE missing ‘thousands’ of opportunities to investigate work-related Covid-19

21 Sep 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may be missing ‘thousands’ of opportunities to investigate work-related Covid-19 cases because of gaps...

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Civil Service union seeks return-to-office rethink as infections rise

11 Sep 2020

As R rate rises Civil Service union raises doubts over 80% return to office bid.

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DWP failed to enforce social distancing at Leeds office

11 Sep 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions has failed to enforce social distancing at an office in Leeds, a health and...

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Clear face masks for NHS staff to support people with hearing loss

9 Sep 2020

NHS and care workers will be given clear face masks to help them communicate with people with hearing loss, autism,...

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Civil servants could see 80% return to office by end of month

7 Sep 2020

Ministers are pushing for central government employees to return to offices as soon as possible, according to a letter seen by the BBC.

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Confusion reigns over back to work advice

4 Sep 2020

Number 10 has rejected reports that a planned advertising campaign to encourage people back to their offices has been shelved, claiming it never existed.

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Study highlights airborne virus transmission risks

3 Sep 2020

The risks faced by healthcare workers treating patients with viruses that can be transmitted through the air have been highlighted...

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Government ‘back to work’ campaign is stepped up

28 Aug 2020

The government will begin a campaign next week to urge workers back to offices after claims from business groups that...

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