Surviving on SSP | Government urged to fix “gaping hole” in regulations

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 15 September 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 […]

Overlooking “basic” risks | 5 recent health and safety fines NOT related to COVID-19

Coronavirus might be the focus of employers’ health and safety efforts right now, but it’s not the only risk that needs to be managed. Workplaces present numerous hazards, from uneven floors to dangerous machinery, and the HSE has recently reminded employers not to become complacent to these ‘basic’ health and safety risks while their attention […]

How to manage employees in post-travel quarantine

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 30 July 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 […]

HSE statistics for 2019/20 show fewest work-related fatalities on record

The HSE has now published its annual work-related fatality statistics for 2019/20, which seem to suggest that employers are making good progress when it comes to making workplaces safer. Get your FREE consultation In some welcome good news given the current risk control challenges presented by COVID-19, the provisional data shows a significant drop in […]

The end of the Job Retention Scheme | What happens once furlough ends?

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 11 May 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 […]

Health and safety fines | 5 times employers fell short in March 2020

While businesses’ health and safety efforts have been dominated by COVID-19 in recent weeks, March 2020 also saw a number of unrelated fines handed to employers who fell short in their health and safety duties. Here are five recent examples that illustrate the importance of robust risk control measures. Get your FREE consultation 1. Metal […]

Health and safety competent person FAQs

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If you’re an employer, or responsible for health and safety within an organisation, it’s very likely you’ve come across the term ‘competent person’. It’s something you’ll hear a lot in discussion about health and safety, but what exactly does it mean? Do you need one? What skills make a person competent? Who can take on […]

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 […]

Reducing Brexit risk | How can automotive manufacturers weather the storm?

It’s now more than three years since Britons voted to leave the EU, and the lack of any straight answers is making it difficult for businesses to plan for their post-Brexit future. All of this is naturally creating high anxiety for UK businesses, not least those within the automotive industry, the country’s largest exporter of […]

Worker fatigue | The health and safety hazards of shift work

Over 3.5 million people or around 14% of the UK working population work shifts. Many industries, including hospitality, manufacturing and retail, rely heavily on shift work: work that is undertaken on a schedule outside of the traditional 9am to 5pm working day. However, poorly-designed or long shift patterns that fail to balance work demands with […]