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  • 600+ Business Solutions - Health and safety fines doubled
    Official figures show that health and safety fines have doubled in the last year, reaching £76 million. What’s behind this increase and how can you avoid trouble for your business?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Foolish employees and health and safety
    Let’s suppose that an employee (who should know better) has ignored health and safety rules and, consequently, been injured at work. As this is all down to their foolish behaviour, can you escape criminal action by the HSE?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Steeper fines for health and safety breaches
    In early 2015 the criminal courts will begin to impose much steeper fines on companies and directors “to encourage greater compliance with health and safety laws”. What’s the more likely explanation for this?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Health and safety insider tips
    Health and safety insider tips.. Directors’ liability. As you probably know, directors can personally be held responsible for breaches of health and safety rules by their companies. As a result, some directors become over-cautious and insist on workplace rules that are unnecessarily stringent. And that’s not just our opinion. View from the top. In her blog HSE chairwoman, Judith Hackitt, says that she gets hot under the collar when she hears of companies incorrectly citing health and safety rules as...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - The new Enforcement Code: have your say
    The new Enforcement Code: have your say.. On the card s. Back in 2011 the government ordered a review of all health and safety legislation, its aim being to cut red tape for small businesses. The subsequent Löfstedt Report made a number of recommendations, including one that the HSE directs all local authority health and safety inspections. This proposal was rejected in favour of a new National Local Authority Enforcement Code. The intention is that businesses will be assured of a consistent approach from...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Health and safety inspections could be expensive
    The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has outlined plans to recover the cost of its inspectors’ time from companies that are found to have breached the law. What could this mean for you and your fellow directors?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Health and safety made simple
    Health and safety made simple.. New micro-site. To help businesses get to grips with health and safety laws, the HSE recently launched a new micro-site “Health and Safety Made Simple” (see The next step ). It’s split into basic sections and each one contains bite-sized information on areas such as risk management, identifying health and safety duties, training, first aid, accidents and ill-health. In addition, there’s a useful PDF guide. It lists all the company’s health and safety duties in one...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Director gets five-year ban for carrying on
    Director gets five-year ban for carrying on.. Significant risk. We’ve previously explained how the HSE will deal with malicious (and false) complaints made by an employee about your company ( yr.11, iss.7, pg.2 , see The next step ). But a recent case shows how seriously it treats genuine “tip-offs” regarding safety standards. A no-no. When employees at Transtore (UK) Ltd (T) were directed to work at height without any safety precautions, one of them complained to HSE inspectors who paid its director,...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Are tougher statutory duties really on the way?
    You might have heard that directors will soon face tougher penalties for breaches of health and safety legislation. Is this really something you should be worried about, or just more hot air being spouted by the media?
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  • 600+ Business Solutions - Malicious complaint to the HSE
    You recently dismissed an employee who said he would be telling the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that the directors have “no idea” about health and safety. Will you really get a visit if he makes the call?
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