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We give regular updates on Health & Safety Issues. You can find the full list of updates below. 

Health & Safety

Health & Safety – Culture Club

Safety culture is an oft-heard expression but what does it mean? The concept of a ‘safety culture’ is a little vague as there is no definitive model, no single recognised international standard, against which an organisation can compare its safety culture.

May 6, 2022

Data Protection, Health & Safety

Health & Safety and Data Protection – HSE and ICO update Covid-19 advice for workplaces

On 31 March 2022, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) updated their advice to workplaces on COVID-19. 

April 8, 2022

Health & Safety

Health & Safety – Changes to the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) regulations

On 6th April 2022, the Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (PPER 2022) came into force and amend the 1992 Regulations.

April 6, 2022

Health & Safety

Health & Safety – School fined £30,000 after mountain rescue team call out to evacuate pupils

In February 2022 Newcastle Magistrates Court heard that in March 2020 a group of 13 year 10 pupils from a school in Gateshead were on an organised school trip to Helvellyn in the Lake District. The group was led by one teacher and a teaching assistant.

March 7, 2022

Health & Safety

Health & Safety – HSE publish their annual statistics

In December the HSE published their 2020 / 21 statistics which cover work-related ill health, non-fatal workplace injuries and enforcement action taken by them. These annual statistics are prepared to illustrate to employers, policy makers, and employees themselves, of the health and safety risks they face while at work.

January 14, 2022

Health & Safety

Health & Safety – Care organisation fined by HSE

Edinburgh based care organisation fined £20,000 after service user raped an employee The Action Group, who provide support to children and adults, has been fined after the HSE investigated how risks to staff were assessed, following an attack on an employee by one of its service users. Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that on 27th December 2018, at a domestic property in Edinburgh, a female employee of the Action Group visited a male adult service user who had additional support needs. During the course of the visit, the employee was abducted, assaulted, sexually assaulted and raped.

September 28, 2021

Health & Safety

Health & Safety – High school fined after the fatal injury of a child

In June a high school in Chelmsford was fined after a child died when a locker in a changing room fell on top of him. An investigation by the HSE found that the, 180cm tall and 188kg, locker unit had not been secured to the wall to prevent it from toppling over despite the unit having fixing brackets as part of its structure.

July 28, 2021

Health & Safety

Health & Safety – Competent contractors?

In June, Bournemouth Crown Court sentenced a self-employed gas engineer who used false registration numbers after carrying out gas work and for also breaching an HSE Prohibition Notice.

June 25, 2021

Health & Safety

Health & Safety – The mental health impact of working from home

Lloyds Resister have recently published a report, ‘Employee well-being during a pandemic’, based on a survey of 5,500 people in 11 countries taken during December 2020. The aim of the survey was to determine the mental health impact caused by the change in working conditions as a result of the pandemic.

April 8, 2021

Health & Safety

Health & Safety – Prosecutions following the fatal fire at Cameron House Hotel

Last month Cameron House Resort (Loch Lomond) Ltd, the owners of the Cameron House Hotel, plead guilty to two separate offences under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 at Dumbarton Sheriff Court following a fire in December 2017 which tragically claimed the lives of two guests.

February 12, 2021

Health & Safety

Health & Safety – Homeworking – 9 months on, and counting…

I wonder how many of us, who were able to work from home since last March, still expected to be doing so some nine months on, and counting? Back then it may have been assumed that these homeworking arrangements would only be for a few weeks.

January 5, 2021

Health & Safety

Health & Safety – HSE autumn spot checks of schools

During the autumn 2020 term HSE carried out spot checks to determine the measures schools were taking to minimise the spread of Covid-19. 500 Scottish schools in 16 local authorities were contacted, these included schools in both the state and independent sectors.

October 23, 2020

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