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2017 workplace trends: how the work environment is changing
Technology and interactivity are increasingly shaping how people work as well as where, according to research carried out by ‘Quality of life services’ provider Sodexo into the business trends emerging in 2017.
Robots in the workplace: an emerging risk to health and safety?
The use of machines in the workplace is nothing new. But, whereas robots were initially built to carry out simple tasks, nowadays artificial intelligence means they can also ‘think’. These new technologies present new benefits and possibilities but also costs and threats.
Why bother with refresher training for employees?
Most people feel refresher training can be dull and part of a ‘tick box procedure’ that fills them with dread, trying to remember whether they had received the original training. Training is meant to be effective and memorable and refresher training shouldn’t be any different.
Unbearably cold office? Your legal duties explained
Winter is truly upon us and as temperatures drop, some employees are spending their days in uncomfortably cold workplaces. For employers, this is a vital issue that needs to be addressed. While heating can be costly, the price of not meeting your legal duties when it comes to workplace temperature could be higher.
Chemical company fined £3m after the release of toxic vapour cloud on two separate occasions
A chemical company has been sentenced after one worker was killed and another left with life-changing injuries when they were overcome by a toxic vapour cloud. A little over 16 months later there was another incident involving the same toxic chemical.
The importance of being fair
The observance of World Values Day in October has raised greater awareness of the importance of good values – not just as individuals but as teams and managers in the workplace.
Reducing Accidents at Work
Accidents and similar incidents at work always seem to come attached with the ‘not in my workplace’ attitude. Even if one hasn’t occurred in your workplace as of late, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t occurring elsewhere.
Ten top tips to ensure the safety of employees during the summer months
School holidays are just around the corner, along with the hot weather (we hope). The traditional summer silly season will soon be upon us, but while we remain in the workplace, the hot weather does raise safety and wellness issues to consider, and highlights actions that need to be taken.
CDM 2015, are you “competent” to work in construction?
6 October sees the implementation of every aspect of CDM 2015 to construction in the UK, without exception. The underlying emphasis by HSE in its goal to secure health and safety in construction is to ensure everyone at every level, and whatever the task, is “competent”.
ISO 14001:2015 Final Draft is published
The Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) of ISO 14001:2015 has now been published. This is the final stage in the revision journey and organisations can be confident that the information contained in the FDIS will be in line with the final version of the Standard which is expected in September 2015.