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?
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?
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?
We are trying to recruit some former LGV drivers who haven’t driven professionally for at least the last six years and have let both their category C driving entitlement and their Driver Qualification Card (DQC) lapse. Is there a simple way for them to reinstate these qualifications or do they have to take the full category C test plus the Driver CPC modules?
We have had several queries from potential drivers, especially younger ones and those from other countries, who are confused when they see adverts for HGV Class 1 drivers and do not know if their licences are relevant. Can you clear up the confusion?
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?