Guide to Environmental Psychology in the Workplace

Defintion: Environmental psychology is about the way people relate to the environment. Some of the work in this field concerns natural environments and educational environments. But it also deals with the way a work environment can affect human behaviour. What Environmental Factors Matter in the Workplace? It makes sense that your work environment will affect […]

Good Practice in Employing Overseas Workers: A Case Study

Tania Greer is a health and safety consultant. She has many years’ experience of overseas workers. Employers and workers frequently ask her questions about key aspects of health and safety law. She’’s produced a good practice guide for Safe Workers as regards employing overseas workers in the UK. Employer Responsibilities For Overseas Workers “The first […]

Team building and Employee Wellbeing

There are too many employers who take a narrow-minded approach to their employees’ health. They may follow all of the statutory health and safety laws and try to create a pleasant atmosphere in which to work for the benefit of the welfare of their workforce. Nevertheless, employers can still often be left frustrated with a […]

Safe Grain Handling

Most farmers handle grain. They grow it, store it, mill it and use it as animal feed. Manually handling sacks of grain can lead to muscle strains and injuries. But even automatic grain handling poses severe Health Risks. One of the most dangerous causes of such problems is grain dust. Dust Grain dust comes from […]

Safe Use and Maintenance of Tools

Tools and equipment may be as simple as hammers or as complex as computers. Whatever they are, however, workers must use them safely and employers must reduce any risk that tools and equipment pose in the workplace. Safe Use These risks can vary greatly. Above all, what matters is that whoever has to use any […]

Practical Measures for Disabled Workers

There are many practical measures that help disabled workers do their jobs effectively. Employers must take these measures to comply with the law. Occupational health experts can give employers guidance on how to proceed. A government agency also supplies advice and money. The Law There are three laws that apply to employers and their disabled […]

Job Interview: Questions That Should Not Be Asked

It is perfectly understandable that companies want to use a job interview to find out as much as they can about the applicant. Interviews give companies an opportunity to find out whether or not jobseekers have the skills and personal qualities that the job demands as well as allowing them to gauge whether or not […]

Smoking Ban and the Workplace

From July 1 2007, it is now illegal to smoke in the workplace in England, as part of new government legislation which was passed in the Health Act 2006. The ban applies to all workplaces and public places, public transport, work vehicles, restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, shopping centres and offices. It is therefore imperative to […]

Lay-Offs and Short-Time Working

When employees are not given any work by their employer and the situation is regarded as temporary, they are regarded as ‘laid off’. Where the lay-off amounts to dismissal, the employee may be entitled to Redundancy Pay or, subject to certain conditions, they may be able to complain of unfair dismissal to an Employment Tribunal. […]