Employers can legally provide 'special case' workers - whose jobs may prevent them taking a continuous 20-minute break for every six hours worked as required under working time laws - with frequent, shorter breaks, the Court of Appeal has confirmed.
Employers with a fleet that includes high vehicles should ensure their health and safety procedures and training take into account the potential risk to those vehicles and their drivers from overhead power lines.
Employers should consider carrying out individual risk assessments for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers (taking into account any available medical opinions) and review them over time to ensure they are still relevant, following a recent ruling.
Ensuring the health, safety and welfare of employees
This chapter of the handbook looks at the employers responsibilities with the regard to the health, safety and welfare of employees whilst at work and includes a sample health and safety policy.
Health and safety
This chapter on health and safety looks at the employer and employees responsibility for health and safety under The Health and safety Act etc 1974, European law and common law with case law examples.
Practical risk assessment handbook
For staff conducting or involved with risk assessment.
Get well SOONER
This article looks at how human resource (HR) professionals can address the problem of long-term sickness absence of employees, examining topics including the emerging culture of presenteeism and its impact to HR professionals trying to manage their workforce's absence levels, cost of long-term sickness to employers in the private sector and mental health as a major cause of long-term sickness.
Health and safety sentencing guidelines: The impact on business
Kizzy Augustin assesses the impact of the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences.
Making a healthy profit - why health and safety is no joke
Bev Messinger (CEO of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) discusses the business benefits of health and safety.
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.
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, safety and wellbeing (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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- Comply with basic employment law
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.
- Get key business strategies right
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.
- Health and safety law
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.
- Health and safety risk assessment
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.
- Legal responsibilities of community organisations
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.
- Produce sustainable products and services
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.
- Stress management
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.
- Working time regulations
Regulations covering working hours apply to almost every business. Working time regulations aim to improve health and safety by controlling the hours employees work.