Health and safety

Could poppy seeds lead to you failing a drug test at work?

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Angela Rippon hit the headlines when she tested positive for opiates after eating poppy seed bread, Rebecca Ireland, outlines what HR professionals should consider if drug testing is carried out in the workplace. More …

CDM 2015 – Update for the public sector

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The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 ("CDM 2015") came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. CDM 2015 applies to nearly every construction, engineering or development project, including small and domestic projects. More …

Helpful case on legal privilege in regulatory investigations

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The doctrine of legal privilege prevents an investigator from seeing documents which have been created for the purpose of obtaining and giving legal advice. More …

New sentencing guidelines issued for health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food prosecutions

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Following a consultation issued earlier this year, the Sentencing Council has published guidelines to Crown and Magistrates courts for sentencing health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food safety offences. More …

Major changes to legislation on health and safety on construction projects

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The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 come into force on 6 April. More …

Health and Safety

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Following a post-legislative review, undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the DWP has published its report "Health and Safety Act 2008: Post-legislative scrutiny memorandum 16 January 2014". More …

New HSE code will reduce the number of local authority health and safety inspections

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For the purposes of enforcement of health and safety law, businesses are divided into two groups: those for whom the regulator is the HSE and those for whom the regulator is a local authority. More …

Warning for schools as large fine handed out due to asbestos exposure

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Schools were reminded again of the need to have adequate management plans for the control of asbestos and for the need to carry out appropriate asbestos surveys when undertaking maintenance work as a school found itself receiving a large fine in Dorchester Crown Court recently. More …