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

Latest items in Health and safety

  • Policies and documents tool: further improvements to layout

    Date:
    22 September 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    A further 18 categories within our suite of model documents are now listed in the order in which HR professionals might use them. This follows on from the earlier redesign of 14 key areas, making it easier than ever to find the templates that you need among XpertHR's 1,000 model documents.

  • Date:
    14 September 2016
    Type:
    Legal timetable

    A ban on smoking in private cars carrying a child aged under 18 comes into force in Scotland on 5 December 2016.

  • Case round-up

    Date:
    1 September 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    Chris Cook is partner and head of employment and Keely Rushmore is senior associate at SA Law. They round up the latest rulings.

  • Date:
    15 August 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    A TUC report on sexual harassment in the workplace has found that 52% of women have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work. Stephen Simpson sets the record straight on 10 myths about workplace sexual harassment.

  • Date:
    12 August 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence estimates the cost of alcohol-related absenteeism in England at £1.7 billion per year. We provide five tips for employers to respond to employee substance misuse.

  • Podcast: Responding to employee drug and alcohol misuse

    Date:
    12 August 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    We discuss how employers can respond to drug and alcohol misuse in the workplace by supporting employee wellbeing and using enforcement measures, such as drug testing.

  • Podcast: Substance misuse in the workplace

    Date:
    12 August 2016
    Type:
    Audio and video

    We discuss how employers can support employees with substance misuse issues and respond to drug- or alcohol-related incidents in the workplace.

  • BMA updates guidance on recruiting people with alcohol or drug dependency issues

    Date:
    10 August 2016
    Type:
    News

    The British Medical Association's occupational medicine committee has published new guidance on best practice in terms of recruiting people with alcohol or drug dependency issues.

  • Zika and employee travel - should you avoid the risk?

    Date:
    8 August 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    Given the Zika virus outbreak, employers should be aware of the health and safety and legal implications involved if they insist on their employees travelling to Rio for the Olympics.

  • Date:
    5 August 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    As well as the athletes descending on Rio for the Olympic and Paralympic games, many people are travelling there to work over the coming weeks, but, in the light of the Zika virus, can employees be forced to work in Brazil?