Health and safety

Sarah Anderson Editor's message: Health and safety legislation requires employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of their employees.

Employers also have a duty of care with regard to the health and safety of non-employees, including the self-employed and members of the public who may be affected by their business activities.

In addition, there are good business reasons for protecting the health and safety of employees. A significant number of working days are lost every year due to work-related illness and workplace injury.

Sarah Anderson, employment law editor

New and updated

  • What employers can do to stop cyber bullying at work

    Date:
    15 November 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Anti-bullying Week is a timely reminder for employers to look at the growing risk of cyber bullying at work. David Webb, an employment adviser at Acas, looks at examples and gives tips on what employers can do to prevent it.

  • Why employee happiness really matters, and how you can achieve it

    Date:
    13 November 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    How much value should be placed on employees' happiness and what impact does this really have on business success and profitability? Wendy Dean of Strategi Solutions Group explores the real drivers for engagement and how to foster them.

  • Boardroom leadership is the key to lower employee stress

    Date:
    2 November 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Evidence shows that leadership style has a major impact on levels of employee stress. Juliette Alban-Metcalfe, an occupational psychologist and CEO of Real World Group, looks at how leaders need to change to boost employee performance and improve mental health at work.

  • Mental health at work review calls for legal changes as thousands lose jobs

    Date:
    27 October 2017
    Type:
    News

    A high-level review of mental health at work has found that every year 300,000 people lose their jobs due to mental health problems, and calls for changes to the law to make employers' management of mental health more transparent.

  • Opening up about mental health at work puts staff at risk of dismissal

    Date:
    4 October 2017
    Type:
    News

    Employees who disclose mental health issues at work commonly risk demotion, disciplinary action and even dismissal, research from the charity Business in the Community has warned.

  • Wellbeing

    Type:
    Good practice manual

    Updated with information on trends in employee wellbeing.

  • Getting ready for ISO 45001

    Date:
    28 September 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    A new international standard for occupational safety and health, ISO 45001, is set to be published next year. In advance of a roundtable discussion about the standard at November's Institution of Occupational Safety and Health conference, Marcus Boocock looks at how organisations can get ready for the standard.

  • Date:
    21 September 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Vicarious liability, where employers may be liable to pay damages for an employee's or others' actions, can result in high levels of compensation. Akshay Choudhry, an associate at independent law firm Burges Salmon, considers recent cases and how employers can manage this risk.

  • How HR can help in a tough financial climate

    Date:
    31 August 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    With an estimated one in eight workers living in poverty and many employees feeling the squeeze of below-inflation pay awards, how can HR support them to make the best of their money, asks Steve Herbert?

  • What is occupational health? A guide for HR and line managers

    Date:
    31 August 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    This article is intended as a resource to help explain occupational health's role to HR or line managers. It may be particularly useful for HR managers who are relatively new to working with occupational health, and who might be working with SMEs with access to a contracted OH provider.