Noise at work: time for a new approach

29 March 2022

The risk of workers suffering hearing damage can be reduced by up to 90 per cent by adopting three key approaches to noise control, says Peter Wilson.

Musculoskeletal assessment tool webinars from HSE

29 March 2022

HSE is running free webinars demonstrating the benefits of its new digital Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) assessment tool for assessing the risks from physical and strenuous manual handling, pushing and pulling tasks and repetitive movements of the upper arms, such as assembly line work.

Consultation sets out how Liberty Protection Safeguards will be implemented

28 March 2022

The Government has launched its long-awaited consultation on proposed changes to the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 Code of Practice (the Code), which includes guidance on the implementation of the new Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) system. The new draft Code is a lengthy document and it is worth highlighting the areas with which social care practitioners need to familiarise themselves. Christine Grey investigates.

Expanding personal protective equipment (PPE) responsibilities

25 March 2022

From 6 April 2022, employer and employee duties to provide, maintain, store, and use PPE will not change but are being extended to include limb (b) workers who carry out services in person as part of someone else's business. Interim guidance to the regulation changes is available online. Jon Herbert reports.

A journey into exporting — rules and regulations

25 March 2022

In the first instalment, Yvonne and Martin Sprake dealt with an unexpected order from a customer in France. They were pleased to fulfil the order at all, having initially thought it would be too complicated. The customer seemed pleased too and wanted to buy more. But that was leading to more complications…

National Minimum Wage and HMRC enforcement actions

25 March 2022

National Minimum Wage (NMW) was first introduced on 1 April 1999 by the National Minimum Wage Act 1998. In the years since, hourly pay has increased the fastest for the lowest paid, reversing the previous norm that saw these earners with slower than average growth.

Top tips for a greener business in 2022

24 March 2022

As the environmental credentials of all businesses are now a key differentiator for consumers, how can small enterprises improve their green credentials? Dave Howell reports.

Kicking smoking into touch

23 March 2022

Initiatives like National No Smoking Day are a great opportunity to educate staff about the benefits of quitting, but should always form part of a wider and ongoing wellbeing programme, says John Dicey.