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Health and Safety Executive cracks down on dust

Health and safety inspectors across Great Britain will be targeting construction firms to check that their health standards are up to scratch during a month-long inspection initiative, starting on Monday 5 October 2020. Construction sites are hig...


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Test and trace – protecting data collected from customers

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published data protection guidance for organisations mandated to collect customer and visitor information for test and trace purposes. Since 18 September, the UK government has made it mandato...


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Looking after people working from home – DSE and mental health

Since the Prime Minister’s announcement this week that those who can work from home should go back to do doing so, employers should again be focusing on employees’ home working arrangements, recognising that they have the same health a...


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Self-employed mental health struggles on the increase

The number of self-employed people saying they have “poor” or “very poor” mental health has increased from 6-26% since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic (a 300% rise), according to new research by IPSE (the Associat...


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Rule of six – are there implications for employers?

New laws prohibiting social gatherings of more than six people came into effect on 14 September, as the government calls on the public to remain vigilant in the fight against coronavirus. The new ‘rule of six’ simplifies and strengthe...


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DWP found guilty of insufficient social distancing measures

The government’s Department for Work and Pensions has been fined by the HSE for failing to implement sufficient social distancing measures at its Leeds office. During a visit to the office on 25 August, the HSE was reported to have found "c...