Fire door inspection regime

1 December 2021

We have several properties that are fitted with numerous timber-based fire doors. It has been suggested that we should be inspecting these regularly. Is this the case and how often should this be done as it could have significant resource issues?

Safeguarding during the pandemic

30 November 2021

Members of staff are concerned about what to do if a student starts to feel ill during lessons. What should they do?

Encouraging use of eye protection

29 November 2021

We have a number of employees who are required to wear eye protection for certain work activities. A recent inspection (including observation of workers) identified that some are not wearing the eye protection provided. How can we improve the use of eye protection?

Labelling of loads for manual handling

29 November 2021

An external health and safety consultant has reviewed our manual handling operations. They have suggested that we should be labelling the containers being handled with the weight of the load. Is this the case?

Staff resilience

25 November 2021

Is building staff resilience my responsibility as a social care employer, and how do I do this in our workplace where a couple of staff are off with stress?

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?

Documentation required for returnable packaging

23 November 2021

A customer of ours, a German company, has been advised that from 1 October 2021, the only documentation required for returnable packaging will be an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) and an import document as they actually own the packaging. Is this correct and is there no need for a T1?

Managing VAT payments under a duty deferment account

23 November 2021

My companies import from many overseas markets, including the EU Member States, and our finance team handle import VAT under the postponed VAT accounting (PVA) scheme. We issue instructions to freight agents and clearing agents requesting them to enter the duty against our duty deferment account (DDA) and to put the VAT to PVA. However, 40% of our imports still have the agent declaring VAT to the deferment account, meaning we need two different systems for accounting for import VAT. Can we reject an incorrect import entry and get the agent to amend the VAT payment to PVA?