Employers need to ensure they are ready to provide the same level of protection to workers who carry out casual work as employees who have a contract of employment when amended personal protective equipment (PPE) regulations come into force on 6 April (https://www.hse.gov.uk/ppe/index.htm).
IOSH has urged employers to continually review their OSH measures and ensure they are ‘proportionate and fit for purpose’ after Great Britain's Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual figures for work-related ill-health, injury and enforcement highlighted the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on British workers’ health.
More than 19 million people in the UK formally volunteer at least once in a 12-month period through a group, club or organisation. In the majority of cases, the work activities these volunteers undertake are low risk.
The word ‘unprecedented’ has become so overused in any conversation about the coronavirus pandemic, it is hard to find superlatives, but what has certainly been ‘remarkable’ in the health and safety space has been the rapid response co-ordinated between government, regulators, duty-holders and workers.
A forklift driver whose employer accused him of a ‘serious breach of health and safety processes’ for attending work while his son awaited the results of a Covid test has won his claim for unfair dismissal.