Fire safety in primary care premises

23 January 2012

As the time approaches in 2013 for general practices to register with the Care Quality Commission, and comply with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010, it is essential that they review their premises safety systems in good time to ensure compliance. This includes the vitally important area of fire safety. Martin Hodgson outlines the key requirements for fire safety in primary care and what primary care managers should do to ensure that they comply with the CQC standards when the time comes to register.

HMRC to review Business Records Checks process

23 January 2012

Opinion is divided in the profession over the news that HMRC is to review its Business Records Checks plan following widespread criticism from tax representatives, small business groups and MPs.

HS2: Do the figures add up?

20 January 2012

The government’s plan to build a high speed rail network may be based on guesswork, but that never stopped the Victorians, says Christian Wolmar

UK wholesaler gears up for Halloween

20 January 2012

Growing interest in Halloween in foreign markets is contributing towards a major UK fancy dress company’s aim to double its export sales over the next five years. Sue Fenton reports.

Understanding and using business acronyms

20 January 2012

Language is used to convey instructions, meaning, ideas and more — so why don’t people talk clearly at all times: why do they lapse into “speaking shorthand” (acronyms)?

After the evidence, now the work begins

19 January 2012

Although the Löfstedt review has now been published, there is significant work ahead to implement its findings, argues Neal Stone, British Safety Council director of policy and communications, in this opinion piece.

Insurance cover advice issued

19 January 2012

New guidance explaining the steps small businesses and the voluntary sector need to take to satisfy prospective insurers they are managing health and safety effectively has been published by the Association of British Insurers.

Olympics’ safety report from HSE

19 January 2012

HSE has published the first of a series of research reports designed to share good health and safety practice adopted and learned during the construction of the Olympic Park. The report shows how the adoption of a no-scapegoating culture by the ODA and its contractors encouraged workers to raise health and safety concerns without fear of reprisal, leading to a safer work site.

School trip advice available from HSE

19 January 2012

The first batch in a series of case studies illustrating how to plan and deliver school trips without excessive health and safety red tape are now available on HSE’s website.