Classifying substances for UK REACH deadlines

17 December 2021

The first UK REACH deadline of 27 October 2023 is for substances over 1000 tonnes per annum and those that are: carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMRs) — 1 tonne or more per year; very toxic to aquatic organisms (acute or chronic) — 100 tonnes or more per year; candidate list substances (at 31 December 2020). How can I determine if my substances meet that criteria?

Precautions for removal of lead paint

17 December 2021

We have a property with wooden window frames that we wish to repaint. Our facilities management team has suggested that the frames may be coated with lead-based paint that would need to be removed. How can we determine if there is lead-based paint and what precautions should we be taking?

Shared parental leave

16 December 2021

The wife of a member of staff is expecting a baby and my member of staff has indicated he would like to take shared parental leave. What does this entail?

Refugee healthcare workers' rights

16 December 2021

A refugee has applied for a nurse’s position in our organisation. What are their rights and which pre-employment checks are needed?

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?

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?

Emergency arrangements in the pandemic

15 December 2021

I have been asked to review our emergency planning arrangements in light of the current pandemic situation. Are there any changes I need to make to existing procedures?