Covid-19 — continuing protection from variants in 2022

19 January 2022

As more clinical data and medical advice becomes available there are both well-established and new steps that employers can, and are expected to, take to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of staff, visitors and members of the public from changing coronavirus strains. Jon Herbert explores.

Incident investigation management procedures

17 January 2022

Managing the accident investigation process is an essential part of health and safety practice. Mike Sopp looks in detail at new guidance aimed at ensuring good general practice is maintained.

Mandatory vaccination confirmed for the NHS and wider social care workers

17 January 2022

The Government has announced its plans to introduce new legislation requiring those deployed in frontline roles in the health and wider social care sector in England to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This follows the same requirement already in place for care home workers in England and the responses of a public consultation into the matter. Despite the majority of respondents being opposed to such mandates, the Government decided that vaccination is the best way to protect vulnerable people receiving care in the sector and those providing it.

Changes to May 2022 Bank Holidays

14 January 2022

To commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, there will be changes to bank holidays in 2022. The late May Bank Holiday which would have fallen on Monday 30 May 2022 will be moved to Thursday 2 June 2022 and there will be an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June 2022. The adjustment will take effect in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

An air pollution crisis both indoors and outdoors

6 January 2022

New research shows that air pollution in the natural environment, the built environment, and within buildings is harming and shortening the lives of millions of people in the UK and globally. Jon Herbert highlights that air pollution needs to be tackled as part of the international environmental emergency.

Using evidence to make better decisions

5 January 2022

Never have we heard more about decision-making “being guided by the science”. Here, Laura King explores how business leaders can use evidence to make better decisions.

The golden thread of information

29 December 2021

As the Building Safety Bill (BSB) progresses through Parliament, Mike Sopp looks at how those in the building and construction sectors in particular are beginning to adapt their ways of working.

Guidance on managing coronavirus issues at work

22 December 2021

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 to protect the health and safety of their workforce. This information is being continually checked and updated.