Graphic health warnings for cigarette packs in USA

21 August 2019

The USA’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pushing for new health warnings, featuring graphic full colour images, for cigarette packages and advertisements, in order to promote greater public understanding of the negative health consequences of smoking.

Get ready for VAT reverse charges for construction services

20 August 2019

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is urging VAT-registered contractors and subcontractors operating in the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) to prepare for changes to the way VAT on construction supplies to or from other VAT-registered businesses will be charged and accounted for.

Controversial report suggests older pension age for better wellbeing

20 August 2019

A controversial new report has suggested that the state pension age (SPA) should be increased to 70 by 2028 and to 75 by 2035, to help support an ageing population, arguing that working longer has positive impacts on the health and wellbeing of employees.

“Nanny state strong-arming of the food industry”

20 August 2019

Supporters of a new report have slammed what they call the Government’s “nanny state intervention” to introduce a calorie reduction programme by “strong-arming the food industry into reformulating their products”.

Asbestos — the “dust cloud lingers”

16 August 2019

A leading cancer journal has analysed the reasons for the recent surge in deaths in the UK due to mesothelioma, warning that the asbestos “dust cloud lingers” to this day.

Silica register launched

15 August 2019

Workers are being urged to sign an online register to record their exposure if they believe they have been exposed to silica dust, in order to support potential future legal cases should they experience long-term health problems.

New guidance on occupational exposure limits

15 August 2019

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published new guidance on preparing a scientific report for health-based exposure limits and occupational exposure limits (OELs) at the workplace.