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.
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