Employment agency guide from the TUC

26 January 2012

A new guide for trade union representatives on the UK’s key employment and health and safety enforcement agencies has been published by the TUC. The guide aims to raise awareness among reps of workers’ basic rights, and outlines the role of agencies such as HSE and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

New resource to help rheumatoid arthritis sufferers at work

26 January 2012

A new resource has been launched aimed at helping people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) take control of their condition and improve their ability to stay in work. The free resource, called WorkWise, has been developed jointly by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) and the healthcare company Abbott.

Leptospirosis guidance issued

26 January 2012

A new pocket card designed to warn employees of the risk of leptospirosis infection has been published by HSE.

Workplace exposure limits guidance issued by HSE

26 January 2012

HSE has published the latest edition of ‘EH40’, its publication containing a full list of Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for certain hazardous substances used or created at work. Under the COSHH Regulations, employers must ensure that where a harmful substance has been assigned a WEL, it is not exceeded. The document takes account of new WELS introduced in recent years and can be downloaded free from: www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/eh40.htm

Timber building fire guidance issued

26 January 2012

New guidance on reducing fire risks while constructing timber frame buildings in high risk and densely populated areas is now available from the UK Timber Frame Association.

New O-licensing changes: aspects of their impact on repute, finance and transport managers

25 January 2012

Tim Ridyard examines some of the issues arising from EC Regulation 1071/2009, in particular how it has led to the Road Transport Operator Regulations 2011 (which makes changes to the Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) Act 1995), and changes in the criteria for the issue and retention of licences in the areas of repute, transport managers and financial standing.

IFRS 4 Phase II

25 January 2012

Moving to a common accounting standard could reap big rewards for the global insurance industry, says Francesco Nagari

The laboratory and energy management

25 January 2012

With buildings in the UK being responsible for almost 50% of energy consumption — and over a third of this use being in the commercial and public sector — Mike Sopp discusses the impact in terms of climate change and the cost of sourcing dwindling fossil fuels.