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Health and safety

Compliance with health and safety regulations is essential for any business or employer. On this page you can access a range of articles, books and online resources providing quick links to guidance, legislation and useful organisations.

What's on this page?

  • eBooks
  • Legal alerts
  • Online articles
  • Small Business Update
  • Useful links
  • Articles and books

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eBooks

The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Practical risk assessment handbook

Concerned with risk assessment in the workplace, with a special emphasis on health and safety issues. It includes information on the relevant safety regulations, hazardous substances, and guidance for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Health and safety handbook: a practical guide to health and safety law, management policies and procedures

Aimed at SMEs who are required to comply with health and safety requirements but do not have a dedicated team for the purpose. It includes chapters on health and safety management, the working environment, fire prevention, construction operations, occupational health, personal protective equipment, and hazardous substances.

Terms of use: You are permitted to access, download, copy, or print out content from eBooks for your own research or study only, subject to the terms of use set by our suppliers and any restrictions imposed by individual publishers. Please see individual supplier pages for full terms of use.

Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

Long-term sick leave and holiday pay

10-09-2013

Businesses will welcome judicial clarification of how many days annual holiday employees on long-term sick leave are legally entitled to carry over.

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Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Briefings

Directors' Briefings and Start-Up Briefings are four-page guides written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Health and safety

01-10-2014

Looking after health, safety and welfare is not just a legal requirement — it makes commercial sense

Stress management

01-08-2013

Work-related stress affects employers as well as employees. It can cause illness and absenteeism and can be the cause of bad business decisions, poor workplace relations and loss of productivity. Managing it effectively can bring many benefits.

Working time regulations

01-07-2014

Regulations covering working hours apply to almost every business. Working time regulations aim to improve health and safety by controlling the hours employees work.

Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Checklists

The How To Do It guides from Atom Content Marketing are a collection of checklists providing a step-by-step approach to key business issues. Access to these guides is available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Introduce an environmental management system

Managing environmental impact and showing a sense of eco responsibility are becoming increasingly important in business. Both consumers and other businesses are making more purchasing decisions based on their suppliers’ environmental performance — some government departments make it a prerequisite to placing an order. The most effective way to demonstrate your business commitment is to set up and manage an environmental management system (EMS). This allows you to monitor and control the effect your business has on the environment.

Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Looking ahead

How investing in corporate eye-care plans can help employers identify staff not just with ocular conditions but with problems such as raised blood pressure, diabetes and raised cholesterol levels. Article also explains statutory eye-care requirements and ways of providing eye-care for staff.

Sound advice

Approximately one million UK employees are at risk of developing industrial deafness; Chris Tindall explains the legal options available to an employee who feels their workplace has caused deterioration in their hearing.

"Ssh...The grownups are talking"

Bullying doesn't have to mean shouting or punching: subtle digs are just as devastating. The effects of bullying can cause reduced productivity for organisations and lead to employee legal claims such as breach of contract, health and safety, human rights and personal injury. Features five different types of bullies, with advice on how to prevent their corrosive behaviour.

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Small Business Update

Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.

Risks from display screen equipment

02-06-2014

Employees increasingly rely on computer equipment and other electronic devices to enable them to carry out their work. Display screen equipment (previously known as visual display units) can pose a number of possible health and safety risks to your employees which you, as the employer, have a responsibility to assess and minimise.

When is dismissal automatically unfair?

07-03-2014

There will automatically be a finding of unfair dismissal against you, if you sack an employee for any of the reasons below. Their age, or their length of service is immaterial.

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Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Useful links

Legislation

The primary legislation covering occupational health and safety within the UK is the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Statutory Instruments

The following six Statutory Instruments, known as the ‘six pack’, implement key European health and safety directives.

Additional regulations include:

A complete list of Acts owned or enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Statutory Instruments owned or enforced by the HSE or local authorities is available.

All UK legislation and regulations are archived on Legislation.gov.uk. The ICAEW Library also subscribes to electronic databases with the complete text of UK legislation, including the latest revisions. For information on accessing these resources, please contact the Library.

Guidance and publications

Health and safety at work
Information from Gov.uk on a range of health, safety and premises topics aimed at employers.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Government body responsible for legislation and codes of practice. The website provides comprehensive guidance by topic and industry, including:

Health and Safety Executive Scotland
HSE information dedicated to legislation in Scotland. It covers differences in health and safety in Scotland, statistics, research, enforcement and news.

Health and Safety (TUC)
Advice from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) covering a wide range of health and safety issues.

Organisations

British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)
Services from the research and professional awareness group includes technical publications, training and qualifications.

British Safety Council (BSC)
The BSC researches and lobbies on occupational health and safety issues, providing training, qualifications and audit and advisory tools.

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC)
Scientific advisory body working on issues related to industrial injuries benefit. Access positions papers, reports, news and list of prescribed diseases.

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
Independent not-for-profit organisation for health and safety workers in Europe. Plenty of information is available online including guidance, reports, papers and training materials.

International Stress Management Association (ISMA)
Based in the UK, the ISMA is a registered charity promoting best practice and professional standards in stress management. Access articles from Stress News, research papers and reports and an excellent collection of links.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
A registered charity providing advice, information, professional qualifications and training on the prevention of accidents in all areas of life.

UK National Work Stress Network
A voluntary organisation offering information, policies, legislation and risk assessment on work-related stress.

Articles and books in the Library collection

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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