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 […]

Employer’s Duty of Care

Every UK employer has a duty of care. This is critical to the health, safety and general welfare of all employees. Not all employers are aware of the implications of the duty of care. But it doesn’t matter how small a business happens to be. Where there’s a member of staff, there’s a duty of […]

Workplace Injury Claim

All employers are legally obliged to make sure that they have carried out a full risk assessment with regards to health and safety in the workplace and that they have taken all reasonable steps to minimise the risk to their workers and that they are fully compliant with all of their health and safety regulations […]

What Do You Know About Workplace Safety? Quiz

Your safety is an important issue no matter where you work. How much do you know, however, about basic safety rules and practices? Use this questionnaire to test the level of your knowledge. Can You Answer these Questions? What is responsible for more work-related deaths in the UK than anything else in the past three […]

Transport and Vehicles Laws at Work

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that every week in the UK around 20 people who are working die in a road traffic accident. The HSE also says that a further 250 people per week suffer driving-related injuries at work. For many years employers have not taken this issue seriously. Now, however, the HSE […]

Safety Signs in the Catering Industry: Questionnaire

The catering industry relies on safety procedures. Kitchens, whether in a works canteen or a prestigious restaurant, can be hazardous places. This questionnaire covers many of the basic safety signs you’d expect to see in a commercial kitchen. Use it to test your safety knowledge. 1. Fire (a) Where would you expect to see fire […]

Safe Working in the Lab

A laboratory can be a source of significant health and safety hazards. Some of these hazards are minor but others can threaten lives. Lab Design A lab should give priority to health and safety issues. Lab design, for instance, must always take these into account. Safety begins with the lab layout. Workspaces must be separate […]

How Safety Law Reforms May Affect Workers

Soon after coming to power, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, asked Lord Young to review health and safety law in the UK. In October 2010, Lord Young published his review, Common Sense, Common Safety. David Cameron agreed with all of the review’s contents and said that the government would act on its recommendations. Workplaces Many […]

Health and Safety on Board a Commercial Ship

Whether it carries passengers, goods or both, a commercial ship has all manner of health and safety issues. Once at sea, a ship is a self-contained environment. It has basic hazards such as Slips, Trips and Falls, and complex dangers posed by fuel, electricity and combustible materials. Dangerous Goods Commercial ships carry all sorts of […]

Health & Safety at Work: Your Rights Explained

All workers are entitled to work in an environment that is reasonably safe. Primary responsibility for ensuring health and safety in the work place is down to employers. However employees also have some responsibilities. Your Employer’s responsibilities Employers have a number of responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of their employees. These include: Assess […]