COVID-19 — a wake-up call for public health and the planet

30 April 2020

The world is in lockdown and, for the first time in years, nature has breathing space. But will it last? And are pandemics more closely linked to nature and climate change than we thought? John Barwise has been finding out in the first of a series of articles on the subject.

Protecting empty property — how to prevent unwanted visitors

18 April 2020

An empty property can quite easily go from being an asset to a liability as such buildings are prime targets for anti-social behaviour. Laura King reviews some of the latest statistics and considers the options for protecting vacant sites from unwanted visitors.

Employee mental health and the coronavirus

17 April 2020

As the pandemic continues, employees may be struggling with their mental health, especially if they are working from home for the first time. Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines ways of tackling this issue.

HS2 — investing in capacity, not just speed

10 April 2020

The Government’s recent green light for HS2 has raised passions on all sides. Opponents worry about environmental damage while proponents say this can be minimised and set in a context of very long-term economic and social gains. Jon Herbert reports.

Improving health and safety in waste and recycling

8 April 2020

The waste and recycling sector has a fatality rate 17 times higher than the general industry average. We consider the main hazards and how the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum is working to make the expanding sector safer.

Coronavirus and the GDPR

8 April 2020

Recent events have brought the GDPR back on to the agenda as the implications of how organisations are going to be expected to deal with the current COVID-19 epidemic have become apparent. There will clearly be a necessity for employers to ensure that the risk of infection to their staff, customers and the general public is minimised. At the same time they must be aware that the information they are collecting during this process can have significant privacy consequences.