Re-opening the workplace after lockdown — part 1

17 July 2020

On Sunday 10 May 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that he had been working on guidance for employers in England on how workplaces can remain COVID-19 secure. This guidance was released on Monday 11 May 2020 as eight documents, each covering different sectors. There are some commonalities covering every sector.

Risk assessment in adult social care

17 July 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) stress the need for risk assessments to be “proportionate” and “balanced” and to reflect a common-sense approach where health and safety are an integral part of running an organisation.

Re-opening the workplace after lockdown — part 2

17 July 2020

In this article, we cover what measures employers may wish to put in place when re-opening the workplace, relating to revising working methods, employee training and absence management, as well as some of the more common HR considerations. The first part of this article covered matters relating to hygiene, cleaning and social distancing.

Coronavirus and risk assessing vulnerable employees

17 July 2020

Government guidance states that employers “should have particular regard to whether the people doing the work are especially vulnerable to Covid-19”. Mike Sopp offers some practical suggestions.

Is there still an app for that?

17 July 2020

The app is still as popular as ever, or is it? Businesses can see the rise of m-commerce and the expansion of apps into every possible domain. But are apps still as popular with consumers? Should a small business in 2020 develop new apps, or refresh their existing ones? Dave Howell reports.

Health and safety consultants: criminal liability

16 July 2020

The prosecution of a health and safety consultant for health and safety-related criminal offences emphasises the potential liability of such consultants for failings in their professional duties. Robert Spicer reports.

1 in 3 unsure if workplaces are safe to go back to

15 July 2020

Over a third (34 per cent) of people who have recently returned to work say they have not seen their employers’ risk assessments for working safely during the coronavirus crisis, a TUC poll has found.

Are your premises compliant?

15 July 2020

Phil Pinnington provides advice on minimising the risks from coronavirus when maintenance contractors visit your workplace.