Fit for work assessments to end

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In 2015 the Government launched Fit for Work, a free service offering general work related health advice to employees, employers, GPs and the general public. The service also provides occupational health assessments for employees at risk of long-term sickness absence (4 weeks or more) to identify supportive action to help them return and remain in work. Following various reviews the … Read More

New guidance for construction plant

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A number of new or revised guides for the safe use of construction plan have been made available on the Construction Plant-hire Association’s (CPA) website. Forward Tipping Dumpers– a new safety guidance publication has been produced. This is aimed at operators for safety training purposes and is divided into three sections: A stay safe list of actions for operators The … Read More

Interim review of building regulations and fire safety

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Following on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, earlier in the year the government launched an independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt the former head of the HSE. An interim report has now been published which sets out the review’s findings to date and the direction of travel for the final report. The review … Read More

Can a disciplinary investigation be too thorough?

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When an employee is subject to a disciplinary investigation your process must be fair and reasonable. Providing the content is wholly relevant to the matter under investigation, a disciplinary investigation report can’t be too detailed.  However, if something’s mentioned and it shouldn’t be in there, e.g. unrelated prejudicial material or a recommendation on disciplinary sanction, it’s likely to render a … Read More