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Food safety policy Publication date: 12.10.2010
Article database » Environmental health » Food hygiene
If you prepare, sell or serve food or drinks on your premises, you need to ensure that basic food hygiene standards are met and maintained. To set out your position on food safety, why not use our new policy?
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The Equality Act is in force Publication date: 12.10.2010
Article database » Occupational health » Medical checks
Last minute hold ups. There have been some suggestions circulating that the government had a change of heart and delayed the introduction of the Equality Act . These should be ignored - it came into force on October 1 as planned. Tip. If you’re using a pre-employment medical questionnaire, stop. As we stated before, the Act makes doing so illegal...
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Q&A - how often to inspect harnesses? Publication date: 12.10.2010
Article database » H&S management » Inspection
Q. Due to the nature of our work, some of our staff have to use safety harnesses regularly. We’ve heard that we must have them formally inspected every three months. Is this really necessary? A. In accordance with British Standard BSEN365 , harnesses used for fall arrest must be subject to a periodic examination by a competent person. The HSE recommends...
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Assemble here Publication date: 12.10.2010
Article database » Fire safety » Emergency arrangements
You’ve been told that you need to designate a fire assembly point for use in an emergency evacuation, but you’re not sure how to go about it. What are the considerations?
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A quick chat with your staff Publication date: 12.10.2010
Article database » H&S management » Communication
When an inspector visited your site he wasn’t particularly interested in talking to management - he wanted to spend time with your staff instead. Is this a common approach and, if so, how can you prepare for such a visit?
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Compensation for hearing damage Publication date: 12.10.2010
Article database » Noise » Case law
The retailer Argos has been forced to compensate a warehouse worker for damage to his hearing. How did this happen and what can you do to minimise the likelihood of a similar claim being made against your business?
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Don’t ban the use of unsafe work equipment Publication date: 12.10.2010
Article database » H&S management » Case law
A recent case shows that by going out of your way to prohibit the use of dodgy equipment, you may, contrary to your intention, increase potential liability. What happened and how can you avoid the same trap?
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Planning a firework party? Publication date: 12.10.2010
Article database » Fire safety » Miscellaneous
Business has been good and you want to have a bit of a celebration to boost staff morale. With November 5 landing on a Friday this year an after-work party with a few fireworks seems to fit the bill. Can you do it?
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Lord Young’s report leaked Publication date: 12.10.2010
Article database » Enforcement authorities » HSE
A summary of Lord Young’s review of how health and safety is managed in the UK has been leaked. What does it identify?
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