March 14, 2016

The NEW Fire Safety Good Practice Guide for 2016

Fire safety experts have called for immediate action from employers in charge of properties to prevent more loss of life. The fire safety guidance for residential care premises has now been updated by the National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHiCS) and the Chief Fire Officers Association. Many of the points in…

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February 24, 2016

The Force is strong … but not as strong as legislation …

After Harrison Ford broke his leg on set, the latest stage for a Star Wars follow up will be a high court room, with a Disney subsidiary facing charges for four safety breaches. What can businesses learn from this spaceship slip up? “May the 4th be with you” … or in this case, 8 days…

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January 19, 2016

Having no Employers’ Liability Insurance will cost you £4000

January 2016 saw a takeaway shop getting fined £2,000, with costs of £2,360, for failure to produce an ELCI (Employers Liability Compulsory Insurance) certificate. Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard how local fire protection services notified the HSE that the business did not have ELCI.  After numerous letters to the Takeaway business they failed to provide a…

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New Year, New Challenge – Are you legally Compliant?

As businesses return to work and look forward to what the New Year will bring, it is also a good time to start the year on the right footing with your Health & Safety Management Programme. So, how do you establish where you are at with your own business and your Health & Safety programme?…

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December 10, 2015

‘Tis the Season to be breathalysed

With the festive season in full swing, many employees will be drinking more alcohol and waking up hungover for work. But do your employees know the risk of driving or operating machinery the morning after aChristmas party? In 2012, 1,200 people were seriously injured when a driver was over the legal alcohol limit. As a…

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December 9, 2015

New Year brings tougher punishments for H&S Offences

The biggest change to Health & Safety Legislation since the 70s will come into force in February 2016, which will see offences such as corporate manslaughter, Health & Safety, food safety and hygiene punished more severely. The introduction of the guidelines will mean that, in some cases, offenders will receive higher penalties for serious offences,…

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Health & Safety: It makes business sense

Effective management of Health & Safety can save up to 50% of your insurance costs, according to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). A recent case study from the HSE showed how a relatively small construction site managed to reduce its insurance costs by around 50%. This was achieved by creating a positive Health &…

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November 13, 2015

Employers may not be controlling Hazardous Substances

Many employers are unaware that some of the substances they use could result in their employees suffering adverse health effects. One of the most common failings identified our team of Health & Safety professionals relates to the management of Substances Hazardous to Health. The information gathered by employers on this topic is often out dated,…

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November 12, 2015

Director gets 12 month prison sentence for Health & Safety breaches

More and more Directors and Senior Managers are being prosecuted alongside the companies they own or manage for Health & Safety breaches. Figures published indicate a 400% increase in this type of prosecution from 2000 to 2011 and they continue to feature heavily in the news. In a recent example, a skip company was fined…

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October 26, 2015

Preparing for Winter Weather – a Health & Safety warning

You can’t avoid the news reports of a predicted winter freeze this year. UK reports have warned us to prepare for a record cold winter with savage Arctic gales and heavy snowstorms even worse than the bitter winter of 2009/10. When a severe weather event occurs what can businesses do to minimise the disruption to…

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October 22, 2015

Don’t let your employees end up in bandages this Halloween

Dressing up and decorating the office at Halloween can be fun. However, there are a few things to consider to make sure the day doesn’t end up with a trip to casualty. Decorations Make sure suitable step ladders are used for putting up any decorations.  Don’t use office chairs, desks, filing cabinets or domestic grade…

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October 13, 2015

It’s easier to get prosecuted for Corporate Manslaughter

Businesses can more easily be brought to justice when people die as a result of their actions. Under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act, which came into force on the 6th April 2008, it is now easier to bring a company to justice following fatalities resulting from their undertakings. When a company is prosecuted…

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