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What comes first: policy or strategy?

21 February 2018

The need to have a written health and safety policy where five or more persons are employed is a well-known legal requirement. But, Mike Sopp points out, clear planning and strategy is key to effective health and safety management. Are policy and strategy actually the same thing?

How to carry out risk assessments — keeping it simple

19 February 2018

Andrew Christodoulou goes back to basics to get the best out of the risk assessment process.

A rubbish revolution

17 February 2018

Now a mainstay of the office environment, the recycling bin has continued to evolve to the point where new technologies enable organisations to take more direct control of the waste they manage, reports Dave Howell.

Government response to the Taylor review of modern working practices

13 February 2018

The Government has released a Good Work plan in response to the Taylor review of modern working practices. The plan accepts the majority of Taylor’s recommendations, however, most matters are subject to consultation and there are no confirmed timelines for these recommendations to be introduced. Current uncertainty over important issues such as employment status is, therefore, likely to continue.

The General Data Protection Regulation update

12 February 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to be implemented in the EU in May 2018. In order to ensure compliance with the requirements of the GDPR, all UK organisations should ensure that they are aware of and prepared for the changes that the new law will bring.

Information security and quality management — the essential links

12 February 2018

Alan Field explores the links between quality management and information security, looking in particular at International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 and ISO 27001:2013.

Step-by-step guide to waste classification

6 February 2018

Caroline Hand gives a practical guide to classifying waste, and emphasises the importance of any waste producer complying with their legal duty of care, in order to avoid prosecution.

Do not disturb — a closer look at the open-plan office

30 January 2018

A space for better collaboration, or an environment that saps away at people’s ability to focus? Laura King looks at the causes of distraction in open-plan offices and what can be done about it.

The workplace consumer

30 January 2018

Should businesses strive to create a kind of “brand loyalty” towards their organisations, as product companies such as Apple do? Dave Howell looks at the impact on productivity and wellbeing that adopting a people-centric approach to the work environment can have.

Dangerous substances at work: managing the misconceptions

30 January 2018

Despite being one of the most ubiquitous hazards facing workers across Europe today as the use of chemicals grows across many sectors, misconceptions around hazardous substances abound. Vicky Powell considers the current realities of dangerous substances in workplaces, and the forthcoming campaign by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) aimed at tackling these challenges.


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