Plastic Packaging Tax

29 March 2022

I’m concerned that my business will be liable for the new plastic tax as we use a lot of plastic packaging. What can I do to prepare for this and in particular, how can I find out whether the plastic we use contains any recycled material?

Ramadan and holiday entitlement

29 March 2022

A number of my employees are practising Muslims. They have complained that they consider themselves to be forced to take time off over Christmas (because we have a one week shut down) and yet they have to use up their holiday entitlement if they want to take time off over Ramadan, which lasts for a month. They believe this amounts to religious discrimination. What can we do?

Covid Plan B dropped

21 January 2022

Now that Plan B has been dropped, what Covid-19 restrictions will be in place instead and are people still required to self-isolate?

Embedding Covid-19 Secure procedures

15 December 2021

My organisation wishes to develop a campaign to help embed appropriate behaviours in relation to the control of virus transmission in the workplace. What should we consider in such a campaign?

Air conditioning and the virus

15 December 2021

A trade union safety rep has raised concern over the building’s air conditioning system, stating that it could be spreading the Covid-19 virus. Is this the case and what should we be doing to reduce the risk?

New drivers and working time compliance

24 November 2021

We know that the road transport working time regulations apply to our HGV drivers. What should we be doing when we are taking on a new driver to make sure we are compliant?

Defending against physical aggression at work

3 November 2021

In a recent training session on managing risks related to physical violence and aggression at work, an employee asked whether or not employees are allowed to defend themselves by using reasonable force if somebody tries to assault them. What is the legal situation on this?

Making tests easier – (driver shortage)

15 October 2021

It has been reported that in order to help solve the driver shortage the government is making the driving test for Class 1 HGVs easier. We are concerned about the potential impact on road safety and wonder if there are any precautions we need to take regarding our operations?

New driver induction — (driver shortage)

1 October 2021

Like many in the industry we are struggling to find drivers, and some new recruits only stay for a short time before leaving. Given the current uncertainties around drivers, do operators really have to put everyone through an induction before they can be sent out to do a job they are already qualified for?