New ministers appointed after election

5 February 2020

The Conservatives have made no major changes to the Government in areas related to occupational health and safety, following the December election.

Worker dies hours into new job

5 February 2020

A vehicle recovery and repair company has been fined after a man was crushed by a heavy goods vehicle hours after starting a new job.

Enforcement and sanctions — how they work

4 February 2020

The Environment Agency has released its latest enforcement and sanctions policy detailing how it intends to use its powers to secure compliance with environmental regulations to achieve the best outcomes for the environment and for people. John Barwise outlines the key aspects of the policy, focusing on when enforcement undertakings and variable monetary penalties may be applied.

Cancer in 2020 — controlling hazardous substances

4 February 2020

Many business organisations have been busy making plans to recognise World Cancer Day on 4 February. This year is the mid-point of a 2019–2021 drive to increase long-term cancer awareness and encourage more positive action in society and the workplace. Controlling exposure to hazardous substances is one significant step employers can take, reports Jon Herbert.

Focus on tinnitus

3 February 2020

Tinnitus is a debilitating and somewhat mysterious condition which affects one in eight people in the UK, often causing profound stress, sleep difficulties, anxiety and compromising hearing. Vicky Powell looks at what is being done to tackle tinnitus, how employers can protect their workers against developing these “phantom” symptoms and what sufferers themselves can do to find some relief.

Adding H&S to the school curriculum

31 January 2020

Modern health & safety practice in education should boost exciting learning opportunities and not create legal tripwires as many urban safety myths suggest, says the official regulator which is keen to help school employers, managers and staff. Jon Herbert begins a new series looking at realistic risk management.

Legislation and the Brexit transition period

31 January 2020

What happens to all the Brexit legislation produced by the Government now we have officially left the EU? Has all the amending legislation on EU Exit come into force? Paul Clarke clarifies what happens to UK legislation during the Implementation Period.

Brexit Watch — For whom the bell doesn’t toll

31 January 2020

As we all now know, Big Ben did not ring out as the UK left the European Union at 11pm (midnight, Brussels time) on 31 January 2020. Official celebrations were muted and, over in Brussels, the union jack which has flown outside the European Parliament for nearly 50 years was quietly removed and donated to the EU museum. Three years of sound and fury came to an anti-climactic end as Brexit was finally “done”. This was probably a fair reflection of the importance of the moment because despite the significance given to the date by determined Brexiters, it proved to be the day when very little actually changed.

Trading with the EU after Brexit

30 January 2020

Within the EU most goods may move freely between and through countries without any formalities and for that reason are known as “despatches” rather than imports or exports. As of 2300 GMT on 31 January 2020 the UK is no longer a member of the EU but for an Implementation Period (IP) extending until 31 December 2020 all pre-existing arrangements, including those relating to the customs union and single market, will continue to apply so there will be no immediate change. However, if new arrangements are not agreed before 31 December 2020 and the IP is not extended then such freedom of movement will no longer apply and some formalities will be necessary at the interface between the UK and the EU.