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
Updated to include information on R v Electricity North West Ltd, in which the Court of Appeal considered an appeal against a conviction for breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Unite is demanding that employers take action to ensure that workers are granted toilet dignity in the workplace.
Barratt Developments recently announced it would introduce randomised drug and alcohol testing for staff to combat increased risks on building sites. But introducing such a policy is not without its challenges, as Katherine Maxwell from Moore Blatch explains.
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has said employers that cut corners and put workers' health and safety at risk should be held properly to account for their negligence, as new sentencing guidelines for manslaughter take effect tomorrow (1 November).
Nurses and doctors will be better protected from attacks by patients and their families under plans to crack down on violence against NHS staff and prosecute offenders more easily.
In Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd, the Court of Appeal held that an employer was vicariously liable for a managing director's assault of an employee during a drinking session after the work Christmas party.
As the heatwave continues across the UK, MPs have urged the government to introduce a maximum workplace temperature - especially for work that involves physical effort.
Updated to take account of the General Data Protection Regulation, in force from 25 May 2018.
Updated to include a reference to a guide on sex discrimination and workplace dress codes by the Government Equalities Office.
Updated to include information on Dryden and others v Johnson Matthey plc, in which the Supreme Court considered if a health and safety breach resulting in asymptomatic injuries was actionable in a negligence claim.
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