Time to tackle the driver shortage problem

8 September 2021

It goes without saying that this has been a difficult time for the haulage industry, with the difficulties caused by Brexit exacerbated by the unprecedented demands placed on operators and drivers by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, behind the media stories of driver delays, changing demands for Covid testing and disrupted supply, there is a longer-term problem — there are simply not enough drivers. Here we take a look at the problem and assess what can be done.

EU exit watch — Brexit bites back

7 September 2021

During the weeks immediately after the UK left the European Union, Government ministers were quick to dismiss initial difficulties as teething problems with the implication that, once these were sorted out, the promised advantages would come on stream.

Fresh air — a top autumn school priority

6 September 2021

The start of a new term and school year after many months of disruption will probably involve a mix of heady excitement, deep concern and a challenging new safety relationship with the pandemic. Jon Herbert looks at the urgent need to improve natural and mechanical ventilation.

Managing an employee with shingles

6 September 2021

Nicola Jagielski from Health Assured describes what shingles is, and advises on whether employees who have the infection should be working.

The worsening driver shortage crisis for HGV operators

6 September 2021

As the driver shortage threatens to become a genuine crisis, what if anything can operators do and is this a problem with any easy solutions? In this article, Richard Pelly, Director at Pellys Transport and Regulatory Law, revisits the issue of the HGV driver shortage in the UK.

Soil — much more than muck

6 September 2021

One of the world’s largest resources for limiting climate change lies under not only our rural but also our urban feet. Unless we treat the ground we stand on with more respect, trillions of vital allies could be lost, says Jon Herbert.

Coronavirus in care settings

2 September 2021

What is coronavirus and what can care providers do to keep their service users and staff safe? This article provides a round-up of essential information for care settings, including PPE, testing, high-risk individuals, visiting and social distancing.

Hybrid working: making it work

2 September 2021

Laura King explores the key questions managers will need to answer to identify if hybrid working fits with company values, as well as some practicalities.

Legislation in the construction industry

1 September 2021

The construction industry is known for its historically poor health and safety record. Can this be due to the amount of legislation applying to the industry, considering the calls to reduce the amount of “red tape” on businesses? Roland Finch investigates.