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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

HR nightmares before Christmas | Festive challenges and how to combat them

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It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but for employers and HR professionals, the lead up to Christmas can be a particularly stressful period. Of course, while you will want to embrace the spirit of the season, there are a number of challenges that crop up every year like clockwork which will […]

HSE to investigate 676 schools over asbestos concerns

Nearly 700 schools have been referred to the HSE after failing to satisfy the Department for Education (DfE) that they were managing asbestos in line with legal requirements. Last year, the government launched its asbestos management assurance process to take a deeper look into how schools are managing asbestos risk. It invited school leaders and […]

Sexual harassment in the workplace | Will government recommendations become law?

Last week, an alliance of unions, charities and women’s rights groups initiated a campaign calling for employers to be held legally liable if they fail to protect their staff from sexual harassment at work. As it stands, responsibility for reporting sexual harassment at work lies with the victim, and employers are currently under no legal […]

EDUCATION | 9 ways to keep your nursery health and safety compliant

Health and safety in nurseries is extremely important due to the particularly vulnerable nature of early years pupils. All employers, managers or owners are legally required to make sure nursery children and staff are protected so far as ‘reasonably practicable’ from the hazards of being and working in a nursery. The law does not expect all risk […]

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 […]

SCHOOLS | The Health & Safety Challenge

Schools should be safe havens.  After all, when a child doesn’t feel safe, they won’t learn. Moreover, safeguarding people from risk of harm is a legal duty. Indeed under the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974, school employers must take reasonable steps to make sure staff, pupils and others are not exposed to […]