Editor's message: The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 places general health and safety obligations on employers and employees. Among the key requirements for your organisation are to:
Your employees must also take care not to put themselves and others in harm's way and must co-operate with your arrangements for ensuring health and safety.
While it is impossible for employers to remove all risks, your organisation must do what is "reasonably practicable” to protect the health and safety of employees and others. In practice, this means that it has to take steps to reduce or remove risks only where the time and cost is proportionate to the danger.
Stephen Simpson, principal employment law editor
We look at how shift and night working operates in the police sector and some of the initiatives aimed at reducing the potential negative impact of such working patterns.
Updated to include a reference to the guidance by the EHRC on the use of confidentiality agreements where sexual harassment or any other form of discrimination has been alleged.
The Government launches a call for evidence on fire safety legislation in workplaces and other non-domestic premises in England.
Updated to include information on a government consultation about the fire safety legislation.
Updated to include a reference to a government consultation about the fire safety legislation.
In Shelbourne v Cancer Research UK, the High Court held that the employer was not vicariously liable for the employee's injury sustained during the staff Christmas party.
Employers need to do "far more" to protect the health and wellbeing of pregnant staff, with travel commitments and irregular hours among the factors creating unnecessary risk.
Almost one in 10 staff who drive for work have fallen asleep or nearly fallen asleep at the wheel as a direct result of work pressures, long hours and demands, risking their safety.
The Government launches a call for evidence on violence and abuse towards staff working in retail.
A third of breastfeeding mothers returning to work are being forced to use a toilet to express milk because of a lack of suitable facilities in their workplace, a survey has found.
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