200 organisations have faced over £47 million in fines since 2005, for workplace accidents judged to be ‘wholly avoidable’. That’s according to findings from WorkNest, which also reveal that around half (48.5%) of these preventable workplace accidents occurred due to a lack of planning. To get a clear picture of the causes of the avoidable […]
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Over 80% of ‘wholly avoidable’ workplace accidents due to poor planning or lack of risk assessments
Whistleblowing on the up in workplaces
Culture changes and new hybrid working patterns created by the global pandemic are raising unforeseen HR and health and safety issues among employees, according to a new report. The pandemic and frequent changes in rules and guidance have created uncertainty and increases in misconduct in many workplaces, resulting in higher reporting rates of whistleblowing. UK-based […]
A third of businesses plan to scrap self-isolation for workers
New research suggests that many British employers won’t require staff who test positive for Covid-19 to self-isolate at home once any remaining legal restrictions are lifted. A poll of 250 business owners, CEOs and senior managers, by HR software provider CIPHR, found that less than half (48%) are planning to keep staff with Covid at […]
Walking down the stairs at home: part of a homeworker’s commute?
A German court has ruled that taking the stairs – at home – can be classed as the work commute. One man was making the short journey down the stairs from his first-floor bedroom to his desk on the ground floor when he slipped and broke his back. In a landmark case, the Federal Social […]
Big Energy Saving Week: What your business can do to save money (and the planet!)
By Gavin Scarr Hall, Director of Health & Safety at Peninsula As energy costs soar and bills rise, concerns are being raised about the number of people who could be facing fuel poverty. With a 45% to 50% hike expected in the spring, it’s not only will households that feel the pinch. Businesses will also […]
Office defibrillators: Should my business have one?
Danish football player Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during the Denmark vs Finland game at this year’s Euros tournament. Part of the lifesaving emergency action that saved the footballers’ life included the use of a defibrillator. Following this awful incident, business essentials service provider Direct365 has seen enquires for defibrillators triple as business owners […]
Covid testing in the workplace – what do employers and employees need to know?
by Kate Palmer, HR Advice and Consultancy Director at Peninsula The Government has announced that workplace Covid testing will be offered to more companies in England, for staff who cannot work from home during the lockdown. Businesses with more than 50 employees can now access lateral flow tests, previously only firms with more than 250 staff […]
Helping you get back to business premises – What you need to know about reopening the workplace
By MBM Omega Returning to the workplace and employee safety in all sectors is one of the most talked about subjects currently. The government are encouraging those to return to offices with new Covid-19 restrictions in place. How can you make sure your staff are returning to a safe environment? It is essential to introduce […]
25% of employees think COVID-19 will have a negative effect on health and safety in the workplace
Thirty-nine per cent of Brits said they are concerned about their mental and physical health being put at risk at work, with respondents taking an average of 3.5 off each year due to an illness caused by their job. Meanwhile, one in 10 people in the UK have actually taken time off work because of […]
WATCH AGAIN: PA Life LIVE – Risk Assessment & Planning For A Safe Office
Over 100 senior PAs and EAs attended the first PA Life LIVE digital conference which took place throughout the day of Wednesday June 24th – And you can re-watch all the sessions, starting with the first one today! Free to attend, the conference provided assistants with the tools to help their businesses return to work following […]