There are two parts to Health and Safety Law – civil and criminal. They’re not the same. As an employer, you must protect your workers and others from getting hurt or ill through work. Failure to put effective safety procedures in place could result in the following action: A regulator such as the Health and […]
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Have you ever worried about what happens if one of your employees says or does something that could be considered discriminatory? Are you still liable to discrimination claims even though it’s no fault of yours that this person has said or acted in the way that they did? The bad news is that you can […]
The statistics are shocking. The Health and Safety Executive reports that 1.4 million people in the UK are currently suffering from a work-related illness or injury. 555,000 injuries occur every single year at work. A staggering 144 people were killed at work in the year 2017/18. It is critical for employers to actively assess and […]
It is a common misconception that when an employee goes off sick during their notice period they will only receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for the entire duration of the notice period. Here we will look at different staff absence scenarios where this is not the case. Statutory Minimum Notice Periods Before we discuss the […]
A recent fatality in the Care Sector highlights the need for all organisations to ensure they have effective COSHH safe storage procedures in place. The care home responsible was fined £270,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Sections 3(1) and 33 (1)a of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The HSE prosecution follows […]
If you work in the Construction industry, it is important to know about the forthcoming changes to the CITB Health Safety & Environment tests (CITB HS&E Tests) which will affect anyone sitting a test to renew or apply for a CSCS card after the 26th June 2019. We review the changes to the tests and […]
A recent tragic case highlights the importance of carrying out COSHH risk assessments before workers use any products. By law, your supplier must give you an up to date safety data sheet for a substance that is ‘dangerous for supply’. If a substance is hazardous, employers should research to find out if safer alternatives are […]
A recent European Court case centered around working time regulations and the responsibilities of organisations for recording working time of their staff members. We review whether employers are obliged to keep records of daily working time and whether the ECJ ruling on May 14th changes anything. In reality there is a great deal of recording […]