Category: Health and Safety Compliance

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...

Why health and safety training is needed

The Health and Safety at Work Act, etc 1974 states that employers should provide “such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of his employees”. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 further require that employers provide employees with adequate health and...