Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport

By Sylwia Wolska | June 8, 2020

From 15 June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England. The government will work with operators to make it mandatory for passengers to wear face coverings when using public transport in England, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced. Wherever possible people should continue to avoid public transport and walk, cycle…

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Spot-Checks to resume imminently, HSE confirms

By Sylwia Wolska | May 27, 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced it is restarting ‘proactive’ inspections, as much of the country gets back to work after the lockdown was eased. The safety regulator stopped carrying out spot-checks after the lockdown announcement in March, despite sectors such as construction continuing to operate As previously reported, more than 4,500 complaints were made…

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First aid cover and qualifications during the coronavirus outbreak

By Sylwia Wolska | May 27, 2020

If first aid cover for your business is reduced because of coronavirus or you can’t get the first aid training you need, there are some things you can do so that you still comply with the law. You should review your first aid needs assessment and decide if you can still provide the cover needed…

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Mental ill-health in UK workplaces

By Sylwia Wolska | May 22, 2020

This week (18-24 May) is Mental Health Awareness Week, and its theme of kindness aims to highlight the benefits of helping others to improve mental health and wellbeing and reduce stress during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) found that 72% of UK adults say it is important…

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Revised upper limb disorders guidance

By Sylwia Wolska | May 18, 2020

The Health and Safety Executive’s guidance document INDG171 – managing upper limb disorders in the workplace has been updated. This guidance is aimed at employers and deals with upper limb disorders (ULDs) affecting the shoulders, arms, wrists, hands, fingers and neck. ULDs are more common in tasks that involve: prolonged repetitive work, particularly using the…

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Government sets out workplace guidance for a Covid- Secure ‘Unlockdown’

By Sylwia Wolska | May 18, 2020

Following criticism that it issued a return-to-work message without any accompanying safety advice, the government has now produced guidance for a range of industries, warning businesses that safety inspections will be ramped up. On Sunday (10 May), prime minister Boris Johnson said that those who could not work from home should be ‘actively encouraged to go to…

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Exhausted welders killed in van crash land employer in court

By Sylwia Wolska | May 18, 2020

  A contractor has been ordered to pay £750,000 in fines and costs for failing to ensure two of its workers were sufficiently rested to work and travel safely after they were killed in a crash on the A1 near Newark. Zac Payne, 20, and Michael Morris, 48, died on 19 June 2013 when Zac fell…

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Abattoir ordered to pay over £11,000 for hygiene offences

By Sylwia Wolska | May 11, 2020

Birmingham Halal Abattoir Limited has admitted responsibility for hygiene offences and been ordered to pay more than £11,000. The business pleaded guilty to multiple instances of failing to prevent potential cross-contamination between carcases before their post-mortem inspection between March and April 2019. The carcases were held on a rail system in the slaughterhouse which was…

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Fire safety failures result in £88k fine

By Sylwia Wolska | April 24, 2020

The owner of a property in Westcliff, Southend has been fined £88,000 for a ‘string of failures’ in the home, including fire safety issues According to local reports, the prosecution involved freeholder Mr Arise, whose full name was not provided by Southend Council, over 17 ‘failures of management’ at the property. The council received reports…

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