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Increase in time off for mental health – but less taboo

Almost 30% of businesses have seen an increase in the number of staff taking time off for mental health reasons, according to a survey conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce and insurer Aviva. One in three (33%) business leaders have also ...


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Five-year electrical checks to be compulsory for landlords

Landlords must have electrical installations in their rental homes checked every five years under new rules. The new mandatory requirement for PRS landlords is one of a number of safety measures to be brought in by the government, which has also l...


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England’s first SHE apprenticeship launched

The launch of England’s first Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) apprenticeship has been announced. The new scheme has been developed to address the impact that changes in technology and innovation are having on business working practices ...


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Call for businesses to prevent work-related lung cancer

Businesses are being urged to save lives by accessing free practical resources to reduce the toll of work-related lung cancer. A staggering 260,000 people die annually from lung, trachea and bronchus cancers caused by carcinogenic exposures at wor...


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New code of practice for employers to improve health and wellbeing for staff

BSI, the business standards company, has launched a new code of practice for organisations to help tackle a crisis in the mental health and wellbeing of Britain’s workforce. 137 million working days were lost to sick leave in the UK in 2016...


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Government clarifies building regulations fire safety guidance

The government has clarified building regulations fire safety guidance, following recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt, and is seeking views on the revisions in a consultation launched on 19 July. The Secretary of State for Communities, Rt...