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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 […]

Questionnaire: Can You Prevent a Workplace Accident?

Are you the sort of person who can prevent a workplace accident? The question is not as straightforward as it may seem. Most will answer ‘Yes, of course I can’. The reality, however, is that some people aren’t aware of how an accident can occur. Use this questionnaire to test your ability to prevent a […]

Driving at Work

Many people need to drive a vehicle as part of their job and despite the increasing focus on safety it’s still one of the most dangerous things you can do at work. The Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that a third of all traffic accidents in the UK involve someone who was working at […]

Fire Safety at Work

As with all other areas of health and safety in the workplace, a thorough risk assessment of potential fire hazards should be carried out prior to devising and implementing a fire safety strategy. The important things you need to decide is whether a hazard is significant and whether you have covered it by taking satisfactory […]

Personal Safety For Lone Workers

Working alone is becoming increasingly common as more firms introduce home working and more people decide to set-up up small, micro-businesses. People can be required to work on their own in all sorts of industries, but just because an employee is Working From Home or at a site on their own it doesn’t mean they […]

Safe Working With GMOS (Genetically Modified Organisms)

GMOs are genetically modified organisms. Scientists use them in biotechnology facilities and research laboratories. Genetic modification involves the alteration of the genetic material of an animal, plant or micro-organism. Among the latter are fungi, parasites, viruses and bacteria. In a standard GMO process, a scientist removes DNA from an organism. The scientist then manipulates the […]

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

Most of us know that asbestos is dangerous, but just how dangerous? Asbestos fibres are very light and float in the air. If you breathe these in, they can cause asbestos-related cancer of the lungs and chest lining (called mesothelioma). There is usually a long delay between first exposure and the onset of the disease, […]

Internet and Email Policy

Most businesses will use the Internet and e-mail every day in the general running of the business. Whether this is just internally or externally contacting customers and dealing with suppliers etc. Why Have a Policy? The purpose of implementing Internet and e-mail policies at work is to ensure that employees understand the way in which […]

Violence at Work

The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) define work-related violence as ‘any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work.’ This includes verbal abuse and threats, as well as any form of physical abuse. Those most at risk are employees who work with members of the public. However […]