Category: Health and Safety Compliance

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...

Reviewing your health and safety management system

The top management of any organisation should take ultimate responsibility for occupational health and safety (OHS). As part of this, there should be a process in place that enable management to review health and safety performance. Purpose of management reviews Reviewing health and safety performance closes the loop in the process and will inform the organisation whether it is effectively...