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
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.
Updated to include a reference to a guide for employers on implementing mental health first aiders, by MHFA England.
Enhanced to include information on workplace stress.
As always, HR professionals had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2018, but what were the 10 most important judgments in 2018 that every employer should know about?
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.
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