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.


UK statutory sick pay is ‘inadequate’

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

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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Top 10 HR questions June 2017: Maximum workplace temperature

4 Jul 2017

With a temperature of 34.5°C recorded at Heathrow, 21 June 2017 was Britain’s hottest June day for 40 years.
Whether...

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Five key compliance challenges for HR

29 Jun 2017

HR departments face a constant barrage of new regulation and compliance requirements, and forthcoming developments such as GDPR will add...

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Stop the deregulation of health and safety, experts urge

27 Jun 2017

More than 700 organisations have now signed an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for her to end the...

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The heat is on: six summer employment issues

19 Jun 2017

With temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in the next few days, employers may have to deal with a raft of summer...

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Firefighters exposed to extreme heat risk heart attack

30 May 2017

Firefighters exposed to extreme heat are at increased risk of blood clotting and heart attack, research has suggested. 
The study...

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Legal and practical tips for employers on homeworking

10 May 2017

This month on 19 May it is “National work from home day”. So what should employers be aware of if...

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The case for a stronger occupational health evidence base

2 May 2017

The Health and Safety Executive’s new strategy for the workplace promises to give health the same priority as safety, but...

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Government to publish workplace dress code guidance following high heels petition

21 Apr 2017

New guidance on workplace dress codes will be published by the Government, but

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