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An easy way to stay legal Publication date: 30.09.2002
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You know you’re legally obliged to carry out risk assessments. But as the most dangerous thing your staff do is e.g. operate the photocopier, you simply haven’t bothered. A colleague has said that it’ll never be a problem. Is he right?
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Back pain - myths busted Publication date: 30.09.2002
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A big problem. Back pain is a big issue in the workplace. One study estimated that more than 100 million man days are lost to it every year. Normally the employee will tell you that his doctor has advised bed rest or that “ I should take it easy for a few weeks.” Medical opinion changed. In fact, medical opinion has changed. Most employees with...
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Why them, not us? Publication date: 30.09.2002
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A colleague has just been subjected to a detailed health and safety inspection. Does this mean you’ll be next? How do inspectors make their selections?
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“We have to test how often?!” Publication date: 30.09.2002
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You run a small manufacturing business that has many portable electrical appliances. An employee has just told you that every item has to be tested every six months. Is she right, and if so, is there a way to control the cost?
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Directing safely! Publication date: 30.09.2002
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Gone are the days when directors could hide behind the shield of limited liability status. Now, the government is seeking to hold directors personally liable for health and safety. What can you do to keep them out of the dock?
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Time to take the strain? Publication date: 30.09.2002
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A number of employees have recently taken time off “sick”. On returning to work, their medical certificates mention things like “backache due to poor posture”. You’re worried that a claim could be on the way. What’s the latest on RSI?
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Health and safety - yawn... Publication date: 30.09.2002
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Despite your best endeavours, sometimes things get overlooked, perhaps even the drafting of your own health and safety policy! However, new free guidance ( “ S tating your Business” ) from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) might help to avoid a fine and possible claims. It’s the law. By law, firms with five or more employees must have a...
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Not enough toilets? Publication date: 30.09.2002
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No, we haven’t gone completely mad. A question we frequently get asked is: “ Do we need at least two toilets, even if we only have one female employee?” Actually there’s a lot of confusion surrounding the provision of sanitary facilities. But the truth is that you don’t have to provide individual facilities for men and women - provided it’s...
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No smoke without fire? Publication date: 30.09.2002
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Practically every employer has a smoking at work policy of some description, even if it’s the “do what you like” type. But given the way the law is changing, isn’t it time to have some clear rules? What should be in your policy?
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First aid, last resort? Publication date: 30.09.2002
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Although accidents are mercifully pretty rare, when they do occur, they can be disastrous. So it’s time to reassess your first aid position. Do you really need fully trained first aiders?
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