Health safety and well-being

Index items here on health and safety at work, health and safety policies, the law, health and safety culture and audits, occupational health, working environment, ergonomics, employee wellbeing, health screening, first aid, employee assistance programmes, security and corporate manslaughter.

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    Health and safety onus set to fall on directors

    In an overhaul of health and safety law, the government has announced its commitment to assigning statutory duties to individual directors as part of its new strategy. “The law must come down hard on individuals who...

    Corporate manslaughter plans come under fire

    A leading personal injury lawyer, acting for the families of the two traindriver victims of the Paddington rail crash, claims that the proposals by the Home Office to introduce a new offence of corporate killing will not...

    Wages

    It is not unusual for employers to require an employee to be passed as fit to work by the organisation’s own doctor before allowing them to return to work after sick leave. Beveridge v KLM UK Ltd (unreported EAT/1044...

    High time for action

    The descriptions “drug addict” and “alcoholic” conjure up clear stereotypes, leaving most people confident they could spot one at work. A member of staff with bloodshot eyes, pallid, spotty skin, lank hair and an inability...

    Health and safety minister promises a harder line on corporate manslaughter

    People Management has learnt that a government bill making it easier for corporate bodies to be prosecuted for involuntary manslaughter will be included in a forthcoming consultation paper. “We want to end employers’...

    Health and safety

    Under section 100(1)(d) of the Employment Rights Act 1996, employees who reasonably fear that they may be subjected to an imminent or serious danger at work and who leave or refuse to return to work are protected against...

    Conquer Your Stress

    Authors Cary Cooper and Stephen Palmer Publisher IPD (01752 202301) ISBN 0 85292 853 X Price £5.95 Beginning with a discussion of what stress is and how to recognise it, the book goes on to explain, with examples, how...

    HSE fines ‘derisory’

    I read the news story about the Health and Safety Executive (16 December) with great interest. My husband, Peter Shepherd, was crushed to death at a Celcon cement manufacturing site on Christmas Eve in 1997. He was a director...

    Stress damages top £200,000

    Two major damages awards against employers for work-related stress will force firms to start taking the issue seriously, it is predicted. A former warden at a gypsy site won a record £203,000 damages in an out-of-court...

    Employers’ stress cures misguided

    Despite growing awareness of workplace stress, evidence suggests that employers are still getting the solutions wrong. Family doctors are at risk of being stressed to the point of becoming a dying breed, because they are...