Occupational Health & Safety
Our Occupational Health and Safety group handles a wide range of workplace health and safety issues. We devise and implement health and safety strategies, advise businesses on their legal obligations, conduct audits and risk assessments and protect businesses through comprehensive policies, procedures and training.
The plethora of health and safety legislation can be tricky for businesses to navigate. Given the potential for criminal liability arising when businesses fail to fulfil their obligations it is critical that health and safety is at the top of the boardroom agenda. The renewed spotlight and broader scope of health and safety responsibilities arising from the Covid-19 pandemic has triggered yet further challenges for employers.
We can help your business devise and implement a practical and commercial global health and safety strategy through our own expertise and through our membership of Ius Laboris, the leading global alliance of human resource law firms.
The type of things we can help clients with include:
- managing unexpected homeworking due to Covid-19
- advising on planning for a return to normal working after the Covid-19 lockdown ends
- crisis management
- compliance audits, reviewing and drafting of health and safety documentation
- risk assessments and advising on accident prevention methods
- accident investigation
- assisting clients with HSE enquiries, including how to deal with improvement and prohibition notices
- advising clients when prosecuting authorities, such as the police or HSE, are investigating an accident
- advising on new developments/issues in the health and safety arena and training clients on their health and safety obligations
- defending prosecutions for alleged health and safety breaches, including representing employers when being interviewed under caution
- representing clients at inquests
Workplace testing – FAQs for employers22 April 2021
Testing for Covid-19 at work is set to play an important role in the government’s gradual reopening plans with employers being strongly urged to sign up for free lateral flow tests. These FAQs cover the legal issues and considerations that employers take on board before rolling out a workplace testing programme.
Coronavirus - FAQs for employers on working from home01 April 2021
These FAQs look at the considerations for employers whose staff are working from home during the pandemic.
Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers26 March 2021
Employers are facing many difficult and untested employment law issues as the UK rolls out its Covid-19 vaccination programme. These FAQs cover whether an employer can make vaccination compulsory for its employees, alternatives to a mandatory requirement, time off for vaccine appointments, dealing with vaccine objectors, data privacy concerns and other issues.
How to mitigate the risk of employment claims on return to work during Covid-19 – a table25 March 2021
Our table for employers sets out the practical steps to take in order to reduce the scope for claims from employees arising out of coming to work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
High Court rules that ‘workers’ should be protected from health and safety detriment (UK)19 November 2020
The UK has failed to properly implement EU health and safety law by restricting protection from detriment on health and safety grounds to “employees”, the High Court has ruled in a recent case. The extension of such protection to the broader category of “workers” potentially increases employers’ exposure to Covid-related health and safety claims.
RE:Occupy - Managing the reoccupation of your premises18 November 2020
With a fresh lockdown in place until early December – at least – corporate occupiers are once again faced with considering how best to manage their return to offices. Occupiers have already briefly experienced life back in premises under Covid-measures, including ensuring they, and their landlords, comply with health and safety guidelines, protect against possible contractual or negligence claims from their employees So, who is liable for what?
Face coverings and the workplace01 October 2020
This article sets out our updated analysis of the current rules regarding face coverings at work and some of the practical issues that arise for employers.
Menopause and work09 September 2020
Women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing group in the workforce. As more employees go through the menopause during their working lives, employers need to be aware of the impact in the workplace.