Practical risk assessment handbook
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How can employers avoid new higher health and safety fines?
Much higher health and safety fines come into force from February 2016, particularly for large organisations. Jon Cooper explains the new penalties and offers guidance on how to avoid hefty fines.
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Tolley's health and safety at work 2017
This handbook is intended as a reference guide to health and safety in the workplace. Using a user-friendly A-Z format, it explains the latest legislative changes and how they affect the role of the health and safety manager.
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A guide to H&S compliance for medium-sized businesses.
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.
Occupiers must be aware of the risk of injuries to visitors and trespassers on their property, including the vulnerable, and make alterations and/or provide signs warning of potential risk of injury, following a recent ruling.
Businesses that entrust specific tasks to employees should make sure their policies, procedures and training require them to pass on health and safety-related facts they become aware of when carrying out those tasks to more senior managers. This is because any such facts will be treated as 'known' by the company as a whole if there is a workplace accident, the Court of Appeal has made clear.
Employers should be aware that failure to address the complaint of one employee about their own working conditions or terms of employment can still be a matter of public interest, enabling the employee to bring a whistleblowing claim.
Businesses in England and Wales producing waste of any kind will welcome an updated version of the Environment Agency's Code of Practice on how to discharge their legal duty of care in relation to waste.
People seeking to stop noise from neighbouring or nearby land, whether residential or commercial, will welcome clarification from the court on the legal issues affecting their ability to stop or limit the noise.
Employers should carry out reasonable investigations, and have a genuine and reasonable belief there has been dishonesty, before dismissing an employee for lying about or exaggerating an illness or injury, a ruling makes clear.
Employers cannot assume employees will take their own precautions against health and safety risks to which they are exposed during working hours, even if those risks are shared with members of the public generally and are not materially increased by the nature of their employment.
Employers will welcome a new Acas guide on dealing with legal highs in the workplace.
Employers and individuals sentenced for health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food hygiene offences face increased fines as a result of new guidelines requiring sentences to have a ‘real economic impact’.
Employers should review what amounts to 'work equipment' in the workplace, to ensure compliance with their legal duties to maintain such equipment, following a case where serious injury to a canteen assistant was caused by a broken mug handle.
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Employment law is a complex area that is full of pitfalls. Getting it right means keeping in touch with developments, thinking out your policies and implementing them with care. Getting it wrong could be extremely expensive.
Business owners must remain focused on the key issues that ultimately determine success or failure. With dozens of different tasks competing for your time, you need to identify activities that will make a real difference to long-term success.
Looking after health, safety and welfare is not just a legal requirement - it makes commercial sense. Failing to manage health and safety properly can be far more costly than getting it right in the first place.
Faced with the mass of legislation, meeting your health and safety requirements can seem an enormous task. Fortunately, the most critical part of managing health and safety - risk assessment - is relatively straightforward.
Volunteers at community organisations are often surprised to discover that their legal responsibilities are little different from those of businesses run for profit. For example, a community organisation that fails to comply with health and safety regulations risks harming people in just the same way as a business does.
Consumers and other businesses are increasingly making purchasing decisions based on environmental and sustainability concerns. Making your products and services more sustainable can protect your livelihood as well as the planet.
Work-related stress affects both employers and employees. Managing workplace stress can reduce illness and absenteeism, improve workplace relations and productivity, and help you avoid making bad business decisions.
Regulations covering working hours apply to almost every business. Working time regulations aim to improve health and safety by controlling the hours employees work.
Much higher health and safety fines come into force from February 2016. Jon Cooper explains the new penalties and offers guidance on how to avoid hefty fines.
From yoga to nutritious snack packs, four employees test how beneficial workplace wellbeing and health interventions are in real life.
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.
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.
Focuses five different types of bullies, with advice on how to prevent their corrosive behaviour.
British companies are facing new challenges in relation to dismissing employees based on retirement age.
The primary legislation covering occupational health and safety within the UK is the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
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.
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.
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.
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