Controlling COVID risk | How to safely reopen your business

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 30 June 2020. For the most up-to-date Employment Law and Health & Safety advice to support your organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Coronavirus Advice Hub, which is updated daily and contains a variety of free guidance notes, letter templates, checklists, risk assessments and […]

ENFORCEMENT | Police crack down on drivers carrying unsecured loads

Key points GMP are carrying out a campaign to tackle drivers carrying unsecure loads, particularly where they are carrying dangerous goods. The enforcement campaign will run from 22 to 26 July and any driver carrying unsecured loads could face a driving disqualification for dangerous driving and could have their vehicle seized. Load consignors, vehicle operators […]

Chemical safety | Company fined after teenage apprentice overcome by killer fumes

A wheel refurbishment company has been sentenced after a 16-year-old apprentice was overcome by vapours from chemicals used to strip and clean alloy wheels. The apprentice had entered an “acid room” to retrieve wheels from a barrel containing dichloromethane (DCM), methanol and hydrofluoric acid. A colleague found him unconsciously slumped over the barrel. Get your […]

EAT rule on Perceived Disability Discrimination

disabillity discrimination

Does it amount to direct discrimination if an employer refuses a job to a non-disabled applicant because they believe that their condition could become a disability at a later date? In the case of Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) said yes. Equality Act basics Employers cannot discriminate on the […]

H&S Made Simple

The Health and Safety Executive have now published their revised and updated ‘Health and Safety Made Simple – the Basics for Your Business’ leaflet for small and medium-sized businesses or those who are new to health and safety. The leaflet provides a basic run-down of the health and safety requirements for a business and is […]