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Although employers expect a certain amount of absence, high levels of absence can be disruptive, and expensive. Absence-related dismissals or disciplinary sanctions can lead to expensive claims and therefore it is important that employers handle a... Continue reading

Accidents and incidents

A major responsibility for safety professionals is preventing accidents at work. An accident at work can be defined in different ways depending on the situation and context in which it is used. Often also the word incident is used, sometimes as a ... Continue reading

Alcohol and drugs

Employers have a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of employees. If an employer knowingly allows an employee under the influence of alcohol or drugs to continue working, and this places the employe... Continue reading


Exposure to asbestos is hazardous to health. The three main conditions – asbestosis, lung cancer and Mesothelioma – can all be fatal. Current estimates put the death rate in the UK from asbestos-induced diseases at almost 4,000 a year,... Continue reading

Bribery and corruption

The UK Bribery Act 2010 entered into force on 1 July 2011, and is generally considered to be one of the toughest bribery regimes worldwide. There are four offences under the Act: 1. Bribing another person.2. Accepting a bribe.3. Bribing a foreign... Continue reading

Buildings and property

Property management encompasses four major areas of responsibility: 1. Marketing and financial2. Tenant and occupancy3. Facilities management4. Administration and risk management To manage a building involves good understanding of operating expe... Continue reading

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