Supporting relationships and sexuality in adult social care services

6 June 2022

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published guidance in 2019 to address questions about relationships and sexuality among people using adult social care services. Progress on awareness of the issue was hampered during the pandemic but now there are indications that, as inspections return, there will be a renewed focus on how registered care providers should consider people's relationship and sexuality needs. Christine Grey investigates.

Graham Engineering fined £500k for fatality

6 June 2022

A manufacturer of containers and drums for the nuclear, aerospace and medical industries has been fined after a worker was crushed to death under a 20-tonne press.

A journey into exporting — the visit

1 June 2022

New exporters Yvonne and Martin Sprake have found a customer in France! But all is not plain sailing, as they grapple with customs procedures, taxes and shipping. They decided to take a short trip to Brittany to meet their first export customer face to face and the journey proved to be an education.

Right to be accompanied by an external lawyer

1 June 2022

It has recently been reported that the Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, is considering plans to amend the Employment Relations Act 1999 to give teachers the statutory right to be accompanied to grievance and disciplinary hearings by an external lawyer or representative of a body other than a trade union.

Part 2: Hydrogen — a key player in UK energy strategy

1 June 2022

Low-carbon hydrogen will play a crucial role in reducing carbon emissions and meeting net zero targets by the end of this decade, the Government claims. But producing hydrogen as a source of heat and power at scale comes with its own unique challenges, as John Barwise explains.

Poison centres — recent developments

30 May 2022

In this feature article Caroline Raine discusses the recent developments with regards to the requirement to notify hazardous mixtures to poison centres. Caroline reminds us of the legal obligations introduced by the new Annex VIII to EC Regulation 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) and provides an update on the supporting information made available by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).