Health and safety for homeworkers | Duties, risks and practical tips

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 31 March 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 […]

Electrical safety | A brief guide for employers

Barely any workplace can function without electricity. However, while essential for powering tools and equipment, electricity is also extremely dangerous and the potential risks can easily be forgotten. With the ability to cause damage to property, serious injuries and even fatalities, electrical safety should be a concern for all organisations. Get your FREE consultation Common […]

Emergency arrangements | Planning for fire and other major safety incidents

Employers need to plan for workplace emergencies. Special procedures are required for incidents such as serious injuries, electrocution, flood, chemical spills, explosion and fire. When a sudden crisis occurs, quick and effective action may help to ease the situation and reduce its consequences. To this end, it’s important to note that people are more likely […]

“I quit!” | Are ‘heat of the moment’ resignations binding?

There are times in life when emotions take over and we say things we later regret. But if an employee impulsively resigns in the heat of the moment, should employers take this as read? These situations can be difficult for all involved, and while some employers will allow a disgruntled member of staff time to […]

SCHOOLS | 8 ways to keep your classrooms health and safety compliant

Children flourish in a safe and secure learning environment – and this starts in the classroom. Pupils and teachers spend most of their day in the classroom, and while not inherently a high-risk environment, ensuring risk is properly assessed and managed is essential to fulfilling your duty of care.  But where do you start with […]

Crushes, explosions and dangerous machinery | October’s top 5 health and safety fines

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The HSE’s annual summary statistics have highlighted the true extent of rising health and safety fines. Alarmingly, latest figures reveal that the average level of fine has increased 381% since sentencing guidelines were introduced, from £27,000 per conviction in 2014/15 to £130,000 per conviction. Comparing periods before and after the guidelines came into force, the […]

Health and safety for office workers | Practical steps for employers

It’s quite common for employers in office-based businesses to have a relaxed attitude to health and safety. You might assume that if there are no obvious high-risk hazards, such as ladders to fall off or machines to get limbs caught in, then there’s nothing to worry about. Get your FREE consultation In reality, however, there […]

Keeping pupils safe | Fire safety guide for schools

Fire safety in schools is vital, not least because large numbers of young people are gathered in one place, meaning the potential for catastrophe is high. With a recent spate of fires at schools in Scotland, including incidents in Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire and Dunfermline, it’s vital that every school has to take necessary precautions to protect its […]

5 STEPS | Developing safe systems of work

A large percentage of serious and fatal accidents at work involve a lack of, or failures in, systems of work. After all, without a set method for carrying out a task safely and a recognised procedure in place to deal with non-routine processes, the threat of mistakes being made is high. Get your FREE consultation […]