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Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Latest Advice for Businesses & Employers

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With Coronavirus (Covid-19) officially classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UK Government is updating guidance as the virus spreads. In this blog we offer advice to businesses and employers on developing a Coronavirus policy to protect and support employees and visitors.

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What are the most common injuries in the workplace within the retail sector?

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According to the latest data from the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the retail and wholesale industry has an above average rate of workplace injury. The most common injuries in the workplace within the retail sector are: slips and trips; manual handling; violence; working at height; and workplace transport.

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What are the most common injuries in the workplace within the hospitality sector?

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According to the latest UK HSE health and safety information, the most common injuries in the workplace within the hospitality sector are: slips, trips and falls; lifting, manual handling and upper limb disorders; contact with hot surfaces and harmful substances; dermatitis; and cuts from knives. These injuries contribute to the accommodation and food services industry having an above average rate of workplace injury.

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What’s in your Accident Book?

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As the end of the year draws near, we recommend conducting a review of your 2019 ‘accident book’. Through analysing accidents and near misses, patterns can be identified to highlight key health and safety areas for improvement, as well as successes from previous improvement actions. Looking forward to 2020, the areas for improvement can be used to build an action plan and set targets for the coming year.

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HSE Releases Health and Safety at Work Statistics 2019

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As the HSE release the latest health and safety at work statistics for 2018/19, in this blog we review the latest data, summarising the key drivers and changes year-on-year for work-related ill health and workplace injury. We highlight the costs to businesses, understand the picture at an industry level and review how the UK compares to other European countries.

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WORKPLACE HEALTH & WELLBEING PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHED

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Last month saw the launch of the Wales Health at Work Partnership. The Partnership aims to improve workplace health and wellbeing in Wales, which is seen as critical to improving wider public health across the country.

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Do I need to conduct a Fire Risk Assessment?

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Fire Risk Assessments are critical for the safety of staff and visitors for businesses. A competent person with the necessary skills and experience is required to conduct an assessment, which will consider the potential hazards and mitigation and controls to be implemented, as well as training and employee involvement. Where businesses do not have the right knowledge internally an external risk assessor can be appointed.

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Retail Health & Safety: Working Together to Improve Safety at Work

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With the golden quarter around the corner, we explore the most common retail health and safety risks and the key elements needed to develop an effective retail health and safety culture. Through management commitment, walking the talk and collaboration, staff and customers can get home safe.

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Health & Safety Training – Time for an Audit?

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Use our 5-Step guide to delivering effective health & safety training. Staying on top of health & safety training needs, for yourself and your team, keeps everyone safe and ensures you meet your legal obligations. A regular health and safety training audit is best practice. By auditing health and safety training needs, you can identify and prioritise team member needs and select the most effective training methods. Once training has been provided the outcomes can be evaluated. Conducted regularly, a health and safety training audit can help identify new risks, ensure new employees receive timely training and close any training gaps…

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New CEO Sarah Albon takes over at HSE

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NEWS: It’s all eyes on the future as HSE CEO Sarah Albon takes up her new post, focussing on “… improvements in health and safety performance as our workplaces move into a future with new challenges, new technologies and new opportunities.” We’ll be keeping an eye out for HSE changes affecting retail and hospitality business. Read the full story here.

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