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Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Introducing the World’s First International Occupational Health and Safety Standard

An average of 2.78 million workers die across the globe each year due to work-related accidents or illnesses, according to the International Labour Organization. In an effort to address this staggering statistic, the International Organization for Standardization began developing a new occupational health...

The United Kingdom Ablaze: Fire-related Deaths Increase Significantly
The United Kingdom Ablaze: Fire-related Deaths Increase Significantly
From October 2016 to September 2017, 346 people died in fires, an increase of 93 over the previous year, according to the Home Office. Even if the 71 deaths at Grenfell Tower are excluded, the number of deaths due to fire is still 9 per cent higher than the previous year. What’s more, the number of incidents attended by fire services increased by 3 per cent.
With fire hazards becoming more...

What You Can Learn From KFC's Supply Chain 'Fowl-Up'
What You Can Learn From KFC's Supply Chain 'Fowl-Up'
In February, nearly two-thirds of KFCs across the United Kingdom were closed or offered a limited menu after its new distributor failed to deliver enough chicken on time. 

With no backup plan for how to get more chicken, customers took to social media to vent their frustrations at the fast-food restaurant chain. 

While KFC tried to handle the response with grace and good humour,...

Up Against the Stress Epidemic: Your Well-being Initiatives are not Enough
Up Against the Stress Epidemic: Your Well-being Initiatives are not Enough
Britain is in the midst of a stress epidemic, as 82 per cent of people experience it at least once in an average week, according to the marketing researching company, OnePoll. What’s more, 49 per cent of all working days lost in 2016-17 were due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. In an effort to address this systemic issue, many UK organisations have introduced well-being programmes....

New Government Guide to Make Product Safety Recalls Easier
New Government Guide to Make Product Safety Recalls Easier
In 2015-16, the number of product recalls in the United Kingdom hit a record high of 575, an increase of 48 per cent over the previous year, according to the most recent data from corporate and insurance law firm, RFC. Product recalls can have a significant impact on your business, including financial costs, disruptions to your supply chains and stains on your public image. 

In March, to...

How Does the GDPR Define Personal Data?
How Does the GDPR Define Personal Data?

On 25 May, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect, which doesn’t leave your organisation much time to educate itself on all the forthcoming changes. The GDPR expands the rights of individuals and their personal data, and places greater obligations on businesses that process that data. 

You may not realise it, but your organisation most likely handles...

Don’t Miss These 2018  Employment Law Dates
Don’t Miss These 2018 Employment Law Dates
With 2018 well underway, stay abreast of upcoming important law developments to ensure that your organisation remains compliant:

1 April – Increases to National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW): Both the NMW and the NLW are set to increase once again. You can review the new rates here.4 April – Gender pay gap reporting: Your organisation is required to have your...

Britain in Throes of Stress Epidemic
Britain in Throes of Stress Epidemic
Unfortunately, stress has become a common state of being in the United Kingdom, as 82 per cent of people experience it at least once throughout an average week, according to the marketing research company, OnePoll. One cause for this new 
‘norm’ can be attributed in part to the sense of obligation to always be available for work-related matters—even after hours. In fact, 59...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Birmingham Contractor Fined £500,000 After Worker Struck by Tipper Truck
MV Kelly Ltd was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £30,000 with a victim surcharge of £120 after a worker was struck by a tipper truck. The worker was trying to get the attention of a vehicle in an adjacent worksite when he was struck and run over by a truck. While the accident did not kill...

Carillion’s Demise—Could You Be Held Responsible for Insolvency?
Carillion’s Demise—Could You Be Held Responsible for Insolvency?
Carillion, formerly the second-largest construction company in the United Kingdom, went into compulsory liquidation on 15 January. Unfortunately, this type of situation is not uncommon, as the number of companies that entered insolvency in 2017 rose by 4.2 per cent to 17,243, according to the Insolvency Service.

Regardless of the size of the organisation, insolvency has significant repercussions...

Health and Safety Fines Keep Rising
Health and Safety Fines Keep Rising
2 February was the second anniversary of the Sentencing Council’s new, stricter sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter, food safety and hygiene offences, and health and safety offences. During that time, the courts have not been shy about imposing new guidelines, as the value of all HSE fines in 2016-17 totalled £69.9 million, an 80 per cent increase over the previous year. What’s...

How to Prevent a Cyber ‘Meltdown’
How to Prevent a Cyber ‘Meltdown’
Cyber-security researchers recently announced the discovery of two major security flaws that could allow hackers to bypass regular security measures and obtain normally inaccessible data. They’re called Meltdown and Spectre, and they’re both caused by design flaws found in nearly all modern processors. 

Hackers can exploit these vulnerabilities to access all of the data found...

Don’t Hit the Slopes Without the Right Cover
Don’t Hit the Slopes Without the Right Cover
An estimated 1.75 million Britons will go on a ski holiday this winter, according to the UK association for tour operators and travel agents, Abita. However, 33 per cent of Britons admit to not checking to see if their travel insurance covers winter sports. This is especially troubling, as from 2012-16, there were 58 deaths, 118 hospitalisations, and thousands of injuries from skiing and snowboarding...

Protect Your Vehicle as Theft Rates  Soar
Protect Your Vehicle as Theft Rates Soar
Even though car manufacturers have included sophisticated anti-theft devices in their vehicles, such as engine immobilisers and keyless ignitions, thieves have discovered ways to sidestep them. Unfortunately, there has been a 30 per cent increase in the number of vehicles stolen over the past three years, according to government data. What’s more, the number of insurance claims for stolen vehicles...

Follow These Recommendations to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing
Follow These Recommendations to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing
The average claim for burst pipe damage is £7,500, according to the Association of British Insurers. Generally, pipes that are exposed to outdoor temperatures and pipes that run along exterior walls with minimal insulation tend to freeze more easily. To ensure that your pipes stay warm all winter, follow these nine recommendations:

1. Set your thermostat to at least 12C and keep the heat...

HSE News and Prosecutions
HSE News and Prosecutions
New HSE Inspection Initiative Targets Food Manufacturers
In early January, the HSE began proactive inspections, which will review health and safety standards in food manufacturing businesses across the country. The inspections will be unannounced and focus on two of the main causes of ill health in the sector: occupational asthma and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Exposure to flour dust is the...

The Winter Health & Safety Hazards that Cost Employers the Most Money
The Winter Health & Safety Hazards that Cost Employers the Most Money
The winter months bring more than just cold weather and shorter days—they also expose your organisation to seasonal health and safety hazards. Five of the most common and costly of these risks are as follows:

1. Lower temperatures can impact an employee’s judgement and reflexes, which could impact productivity or lead to an injury and a liability claim.
2. Slips, trips and falls...

How Will GDPR Impact Health and Safety?
How Will GDPR Impact Health and Safety?
On 25 May, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force, which does not leave your organisation with too much time to comply. In fact, 75 per cent of organisations indicate that they will struggle to meet the compliance deadline, according to a 2017 survey from software company, Varonis Systems Inc. 

The GDPR will impact how your organisation handles sensitive personal...

Bellwether Survey Reveals What Will Keep CEOs Up at Night in 2018
Bellwether Survey Reveals What Will Keep CEOs Up at Night in 2018
Confidence in potential growth both within the United Kingdom and abroad is high, and has caused the attitude in UK boardrooms to be the most optimistic it’s been in 18 months, according to the FT-ICSA Boardroom Bellwether survey. However, this enthusiasm is not without its complications. In fact, there are several situations that UK boardrooms are worried about in 2018. According to the survey,...

The 6 Things You Can Do to Improve Employees’ Mental Health
The 6 Things You Can Do to Improve Employees’ Mental Health
A staggering 89 per cent of employees feel uncomfortable discussing their mental health with their managers, according to a report from Business in the Community. 

That figure is especially troubling, as approximately 1 in 4 people in the United Kingdom experience a mental health problem each year, according to the NHS. This costs UK employers between £33 billion and £42...

New ICO Guidance to Help You Market Under the GDPR
New ICO Guidance to Help You Market Under the GDPR

This past December, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) updated its existing General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) consent guidance to include the new Article 29 Working Party (Art. 29 WP) clarifications. The Art. 29 WP is an advisory body made up of representatives from the data protection authority of each EU member state, the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European...

HSE Releases 2016/17 Statistics
HSE Releases 2016/17 Statistics

The HSE recently published its 2016/17 health and safety statistics report, which provides a way for your organisation to review how it fares in regard to the rest of the country. Here are six key figures from 2016-17:

1. An estimated 516,000 individuals were diagnosed with an illness that they contracted through their workplace environments.

2. More than 31 million working...

The Legislative and Regulatory Risks Threatening Your D&Os
The Legislative and Regulatory Risks Threatening Your D&Os
Over the past several years, UK legislation and regulations have greatly expanded the potential number of risks that directors and officers (D&Os) may have to handle. To protect your D&Os, guard against these five legislative and regulatory risks in 2018:

1. Companies Act 2006 — This outlines the duties and responsibilities of directors and officers. Most often, legal...

#MeToo: Preventing Workplace Harrassment and EPL Claims
#MeToo: Preventing Workplace Harrassment and EPL Claims
By now, you most likely have seen the hashtag ‘#MeToo’ used on social media to denounce sexual assault and harassment. The movement began in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against US film producer and executive Harvey Weinstein.

This movement highlights the importance of professional ethics and employment practices liability (EPL) for employers as well as directors and...

4 Months Until the GDPR Deadline. Are You Compliant?
4 Months Until the GDPR Deadline. Are You Compliant?
The 25 May 2018 deadline to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is rapidly approaching. Yet a staggering 41 per cent of UK organisations are still unaware of the implications that the GDPR will have on their business, according to research from electronics company, Kyocera.

What’s more, only 36 per cent of UK organisations have started GDPR implementation, according...