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    More than a third say health and safety improved since pandemic, finds report

    Health and safety practitioners are more confident since the pandemic that their company will protect workers and that staff will comply with safety rules, a report has found.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 03 May 2023

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    Are the rules simply there to be broken?

    Do we value regulations enough, or are we better off without them? Most of the time, many of us never pause to think about the rules that govern us, so embedded are they in our daily life.

    By Mike Robinson FCA, British Safety Council on 21 April 2022

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    Covid inquiry must include impact on workers, says TUC

    The consultation into the government’s draft terms of reference (ToR) for the forthcoming public inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic has closed today (8 April).

    By Belinda Liversedge on 08 April 2022

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    Removal of UK restrictions without guidance risks virus ‘free for all’

    Ending isolation without clear guidance risks unnecessary spread of the virus in workplaces and could put vulnerable people at serious risk, some scientists and union leaders have warned. British Safety Council urged employers to continue to allow staff to take time off recover if they test positive or have Covid symptoms.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 24 February 2022

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    Plan B restrictions to go, but guidance remains in place

    Plan B Covid-19 restrictions will end on Thursday 27 January, marking the end of mandatory wearing of face masks in schools, on public transport and in shops, as well as advice to work from home if you can.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 20 January 2022

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    Covid-19 – some legal points to remember

    In a time of ongoing uncertainty, as we continue to weather the pandemic storm and the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the overarching duty on employers to ensure that their employees (and others) are not exposed to health and safety risks has remained a constant.

    By Anna Fletcher, Gowling WLG law firm on 01 December 2021

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    93,000 workers report catching Covid at work in 2021

    In the last year, 93,000 workers have self-reported catching Covid-19 at work, according to HSE’s latest official statistics.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 17 December 2021

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    Standing up for those without a voice

    This month, our founder James Tye would have celebrated his 100th birthday, on 21 December. In fact, James died a quarter of a century ago, though his legacy endures to this day – both in terms of what he achieved in his lifetime and the way the British Safety Council continues to take forward what he began.

    By Mike Robinson, the British Safety Council on 14 December 2021

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    Winter pressures mean good mental health support is crucial

    Reflecting on this time last year, there was much talk about ‘saving Christmas’. What we discovered also was that the cost was to be a January lockdown, with home schooling and stringent social restrictions that made last winter memorable for too many of the wrong reasons.

    By Kevin Bampton, BOHS on 14 December 2021

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    “Don’t let your guard down”, IOSH urges businesses

    The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is calling on businesses to stay vigilant to ensure Covid-19 doesn’t spread rapidly through workplaces.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 21 September 2021