Full export declarations

5 January 2022

Full export declarations are now required for exports to the EU and have been required for many years for exports to other countries. There are differing rules for different modes of transport and for different points of export.

What Covid-19 highlighted about making DNACPR decisions

5 January 2022

At the outset of the pandemic, the health and care regulator was tasked by the Government to shine a light on a situation that soon gave rise to complaints about “do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation” (DNACPR) decisions being made without involving people or their families or carers. This is what the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found and recommended to future-proof the system.

Transporting sodium batteries

5 January 2022

In this feature article, Caroline Raine discusses some of the emerging battery technologies, namely sodium batteries, and how these can be transported safely using the new multilateral agreement M340.

The big sleep

5 January 2022

Poor quality sleep can affect both our physical and psychological wellbeing, but simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference, says Marcus Herbert.

What’s coming for HR in 2022?

4 January 2022

A new year, a new start and a new focus for HR teams! 2021 was, arguably, the year of reactivity, to constantly stay up to date and comply with the Government’s ever-changing rules and regulations. However, as we move into 2022, we’re in a much better position to plan for what’s coming and be pro-active in assessing the impacts proposed changes may have on individual organisations. While it’s impossible to ever be 100% certain (a lesson sorely learned in 2021 — thanks Covid!), we’ve outlined the key measures which are expected in the coming months.

Winter infection

4 January 2022

Nurseries and other childcare provisions are often seen as breeding grounds for infection and children can seem to suffer an endless cycle of minor illnesses. With the peak winter infection period approaching, all early years providers need to ensure they have up-to-date infection control policies and procedures in place. Staff, parents and children should all be aware of the role they can play in preventing infection outbreaks during the winter and this good practice should be maintained throughout the year, says Elizabeth Walker.

Part 1: Greening the grid — what are the options?

3 January 2022

The Government announced plans at the end of 2021 to decarbonise the UK’s electricity system by building capacity in the renewables sector and other low carbon technologies that will eliminate reliance on fossil fuels by 2035. In part 1 of this two-part feature, John Barwise considers the pros and cons of achieving this ambition.

Driving in adverse weather conditions

31 December 2021

For much of the UK in recent years, winter road conditions have been generally benign. Although certain parts of the country are still liable to snow and ice, these conditions may strike anywhere and the fact they are less frequently encountered means many drivers have little experience of dealing with them. High winds, fog and heavy rain are also likely to occur at any time of year.

2021: HR year in review

30 December 2021

2021 has unquestionably raised unique challenges and opportunities. HR teams have been thrown an abundance of new laws, precedents, guidance and practices, so have been working tirelessly to ensure compliance and satisfaction from their individual organisations. It’s important to look back on the changes which have been implemented and assess what is needed for a successful 2022.