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The risks from Covid-19 are still very much present in the workplace and it is important to remember that employers have a duty of care towards their employees and should take reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of their workforce. This information is being continually checked and updated.
A global pandemic, a climate in crisis and uncertainties over Brexit dominated the news in 2020, but it hasn’t all been gloom and doom. Greenhouse gas emissions are not rising as fast as expected, environmental protection is being strengthened and Covid vaccines should see life return to normal — or should that be the “new normal” — at some point. John Barwise reviews ups and downs of the last 12 months and what might be in store for businesses this year.
For nearly 50 years UK businesses have had to take account of legislation arising from the UK’s membership of the EU. Paul Clarke examines the background to that legislation, describes to what degree it will apply now the UK has left the Union and discusses what impact future European law will have on those trading with the EU Member States.
A look at the key principles in the Covid Secure guidance Working safely during Covid-19 in or from a vehicle to provide a practical guide for hauliers and other operators on how to work safely during the current pandemic.
The Government has updated its guidance for businesses to carry out their activities while keeping employees and others, such as customers, safe. Louise Dawkes considers the specific guidance for restaurants, bars and cafés, giving practical suggestions for workplace safety and other sources for help, advice and support.
The UK Government has published a set of guidance documents to assist a range of workplaces to establish safe operations. Dr Lisa Bushby considers the latest official advice given to labs and similar environments.