What do I need to do to protect my staff from cold weather? The mercury in the thermometer has gone through the floor (almost literally!) and the cold is biting at fingers and toes. But what does the law say about your staff, is there a minimum temperature for them, and what must you do

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Over the last year, I have become more involved in the delivery of international health and safety training courses. Much of this has been training delivered in the Gulf Region (including Dubai (in the United Arab Emirates) and in Oman), with a series of Webinars providing health and safety training services into the American Market.

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Slips, trips and falls – what are the common reasons for them? There are many reasons for slips, trips and falls. The most common reasons are associated with: the floor contamination on the floor (or footwear) obstacles on the floor cleaning of the floors damaged flooring missing handrails inappropriate footwear environmental factors, such as: poor

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In this blog article, we look at some of the questions that are concerning employers about electricity in the workplace.  Consideration needs to be given to the system that we plug into (the fixed electrical installation) as well as what we plug in (portable electrical equipment). In both cases, testing should be carried out by

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Unsafe roof work – work at height: a West Midlands building firm has been fined after being spotted twice carrying out unsafe roof work just a few days apart. An employee of CB(WM) Ltd was seen working on the roof of a house in Quinton in  2014, having used a poorly-built tower scaffold to access the roof. A

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Fork Lift Truck Overturned at a recycling company. The Company has been fined £180,000 after a worker was killed on his first day at work when the forklift truck he was driving overturned. IA (who was aged 29) was using the forklift at Recresco Ltd’s glass recycling plant in Manisty Wharf, North Road, Ellesmere Port, on

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It is a popular misconception that it is against the law to clear snow and ice from pavements. Put simply, there is nothing stopping you from clearing ice and snow from your property, or from public pavements and areas outside your property. Heads of establishments are responsible for ensuring that the means of access to

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