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Blog: Health & Safety

When do I need to do a fire risk assessment?

Last year there were three fatal accidents as a result of exposure to fire in the workplace – a thankfully low number. But more broadly speaking, figures from the Home Office show that across England there was a 5% increase in fire incidents co...

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How would you rate your workplace well-being?

How well is your workforce? The UK has been ranked 24th out of 25 comparator economies for work-life balance in the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) second Working Lives survey. This suggests that workplace well-being in th...

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Getting ahead with good mental health in your business

As an employer you would not expect your employee to work as usual if they were suffering from a physical illness that caused them obvious pain. Unfortunately, when people are suffering from mental health issues such as depression the signs are not o...

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Is managing employee stress a health and safety issue?

Absolutely yes! There is a legal duty for you to protect your staff from stress in the workplace. The basic way to do this is by undertaking a stress risk assessment and putting control measures in place. Each year for nearly 30 years, April has b...

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How to manage food hygiene

In 2018, Pret a Manger hit the headlines after two customers died from allergies having purchased food at the chain. Reviews suggested that the tragic incidents were caused by mislabelling in one instance, and supply chain issues in the other. Unfort...

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How to manage long-term sickness absence

UK employee sickness rates being at an all-time low should be good news to employers’ ears. The statistics suggest that the nation is healthy and fit for work after all. However, this might not be the whole picture considering that presenteeism, wh...

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Controlling occupational ill health risks

Come March each year the good people of the UK will have had their fair share of bugs and colds, while the unlucky ones will have been struck down with proper flu. Many businesses choose to provide annual flu injections to lower the risk of an out...

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Managing the risk of Christmas decorations in the workplace

Christmas is a time for cheer, eating too many minced pies and showing people how much you appreciate them. And this is no different in the workplace. Many businesses will get in the Christmas spirit by organising a Christmas meal or drinks, and p...

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