HSE

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    Prosecution for work-related stress "just matter of time", law event hears

    HSE could be building up to take legal action against an organisation for failing to manage work-related stress, according to a UK government advisor on mental ill-health.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 01 January 2020

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    Prosecutions for safety breaches reach record low

    Prosecutions for health and safety breaches have reached a record low, HSE has revealed prompting warnings that bosses are prepared to flout safety laws because they no longer fear consequences.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 14 November 2019

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    HSE announces it will inspect stress “if criteria are met”

    HSE has issued new criteria for investigating cases of work-related stress, saying that it will investigate if it receives evidence that a “number of staff are experiencing work-related stress or stress-related ill health (i.e. that it is not an individual case)”.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 10 October 2019

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    Safety and environmental law enforcers ‘hamstrung' by ten years of cuts

    Funding and capability of the UK’s leading enforcement agencies, from the Environment Agency, Food Standards Agency, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to Forestry Commission has dropped, on average, by 50 per cent in the past ten years.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 09 September 2019

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    HSE flags fall in convictions for safety breaches as concern

    The number of convictions for health and safety breaches has plummeted in the past four-year period, latest figures show.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 16 July 2019

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    39 per cent of SMEs say health and safety ‘feels like paperwork’: HSE survey

    Over a third of small businesses (39 per cent) believe that procedures for managing health and safety risks in their workplace are ‘excessive and disproportionate’, HSE research has revealed.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 17 June 2019

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    LGBT sexual harassment at work rife, suggests TUC survey

    Nearly 7 in 10 (68 per cent) lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people report being sexually harassed at work, according to new research published by the TUC.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 17 May 2019

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    Local authorities in spotlight at HSE board meeting

    HSE has looked into the possibility of a breakdown in the regulatory model it shares with local authorities, as financial pressures continue to curb LAs’ capacity to enforce health and safety.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 17 January 2019

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    Diseases missing from RIDDOR 2013, says HSE

    HSE has recommended expanding the list of occupational diseases required to be reported under RIDDOR, saying that changes to the law have meant that some “potentially life-threatening illnesses” have gone unreported.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 22 October 2018

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    New focuses hint at 'demanding' year for HSE

    Brexit, renewables and slavery were three new focuses that featured in HSE’s annual reports and accounts for the year 2017/18, its annual update on its finances and actions taken to regulate the health and safety system.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 17 September 2018