Category: Health and Safety Compliance

Employee Fact Sheet: Drugs

There are serious health effects associated with the misuse of drugs including heart disease, HIV and Hepatitis C, psychological illnesses and a greater risk of accidents, to mention just a few. Understanding of the effects of drugs is an important element in the process of accepting that “social” drug users pose a health and safety risk to any organisation. The...

Poor Housekeeping

Slips, trips and falls remain the highest cause of workplace injuries reported to the HSE. It’s for this reason that good housekeeping should be at the top of your health and safety agenda. Human factors Carrying out certain work activities, such as cleaning or maintenance, pose a greater risk of temporary slips, trips and falling hazards. However, even with robust...

The Importance of Health and Safety Training for Directors and Executives

The safest workplaces are those where health and safety standards are set at a high level – from the very top right down to the very bottom. You have to lead by example and encourage everyone to adopt a safe and compliant attitude across the entire organisation. Ignorance is never a defence if your find yourself in the middle of...

Drug Testing in the Workplace

Laws on random drug testing in the workplace Drug testing can be quite a difficult and time-consuming policy to establish. Remember, an organisation must have consent from its employees to test them for drugs. This consent is usually included in the individual’s contract. The law imposes various requirements on employers who wish to undertake random drug testing in the workplace. These...

Sitting V Standing

Sitting v standing — the risks The health risks of sedentary work, for example, among office workers who sit in front of computers for the vast majority of their day, have been well documented in recent years. Prolonged standing at work: the law According to the HSE, while there is no specific legislation that relates to prolonged standing, the risk...