IOSH Working Safely

The IOSH Working Safely course offers health and safety basics - designed for people at any level in any sector, it meets the Government’s guidelines for introductory health and safety training. This course will not turn your staff into safety experts but it will focus their minds to the important health and safety issues in your workplace, and show them the part that they play in keeping themselves and others safe at work. Having successfully completed the course, candidates will be issued with either an IOSH Working Safely Certificate or a... Continue reading

IOSH Managing Safely

The IOSH Managing Safely Certificate course is the UK's most popular and accessible course for anyone who needs health and safety training. International Workplace is the UK’s fastest growing IOSH Managing Safely course provider with a deserved reputation for excellence. International Workplace is a leading provider of the IOSH Managing Safely course providing a programme of classroom courses in Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Bristol in the UK, in-house courses for organisations across the Globe and elearning solutio... Continue reading

NEBOSH National General Certificate

The NEBOSH: National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health is specially designed for facilities and health and safety managers. International Workplace’s flexible approach to this popular course has seen us double the amount of students who have studied the NEBOSH General Certificate with us in the past 12 months, as well as increasing our pass rate in the same period. We always receive positive feedback from our students about the NEBOSH General Certificate course and our expert tutors. We are always interested to hear how... Continue reading

NEBOSH Fire Certificate

The NEBOSH Fire Safety and Risk Management Certificate is widely acclaimed as the leading accredited fire safety qualification in the UK. This course constitutes the fire safety elements of the qualification and is ideal for anyone with responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The NEBOSH Fire Certificate has been designed for managers, supervisors, and employee representatives who need to ensure that their organisation meets its responsibilities under fire safety legislation. It aims to equip duty-holders with al... Continue reading

CDM Regulations Workshop

The CDM Regulations One Day Workshop is designed to help you find out everything you need to know about the CDM Regulations and how they are changing. This workshop includes practical guidance from our expert course tutor, who has real world experience as a CDM Coordinator. The CDM Regulations Workshop will look in detail at the legislative requirements as well as the application of the accompanying CDM Approved Code of Practice, which incorporates the roles and responsibilities of each duty-holder who may be held accountable for an accident o... Continue reading

ESOS deadline now passed – are you compliant?

The extended deadline for organisations to notify the Environment Agency of their compliance with the ESOS regulations was 29 January; however only 60% of eligible organisations have done this leaving 40% at risk of receiving penalties for non-compliance. Organisations that haven’t notified their compliance with ESOS need to do so urgently to avoid enforcement action. The Environment Agency’s enforcement document states that the maximum penalty for not undertaking an energy audit is up to £50,000 and then up to £500 for each working day ... Continue reading

New H&S sentencing guidelines now in force

As of the 1 February 2016 new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety offences are in force and apply to any case sentenced in courts in England and Wales. The Sentencing Council published these on 3 November 2015 and they addressed the lack of comprehensive guidance for health and safety and corporate manslaughter offences. These guidelines have been introduced to provide courts with a comprehensive guide to apply to these offences and have introduced a nine step approach for the court ... Continue reading

The value of eLearning

The value of eLearning is growing in strength and is becoming a cost effective way of training large amount of employees. It can produce great results by not only decreasing your training costs but also improving performance throughout your organisation. Although there is this growth a lot of people don’t understand the full value of eLearning and how it can be successfully introduced into your company. Fully appreciating the value of eLearning can help you make decisions about when and how it can be successfully incorporated into your train... Continue reading

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults can provide challenging moral and legal responsibilities for individuals and organisations. Under laws brought in last summer, schools, prisons, the NHS, and local authorities have a legal obligation, known as the "Prevent Duty", to spot individuals who might be vulnerable to extremism and radicalisation. A total of 415 children aged 10 and under have been referred to the government's deradicalisation programme in England and Wales over the last four years and according to the National Police Chiefs... Continue reading

Thames Water fined £1 million for breach of its Environmental Permit

A record fine for Thames Water in a recent water pollution case supports the conclusion that ‘very large’ companies are likely to experience increasingly high levels of fines for environmental non-compliance. The New Year started with a fine of £1million levied on Thames Water Utilities Ltd for repeated discharge of sewage into a branch of the Grand Union canal in contravention of its Environmental Permit. This follows on from the 2014 Sentencing Guidelines which were brought in to provide greater transparency around the level of fines f... Continue reading

What is vicarious liability?

It’s only 10 March, and it’s been a pretty hectic month already from an employee relations point of view! There have been a number of critical case law decisions regarding vicarious liability which could have a far reaching impact on employers, which makes them much more liable for staff misdemeanours. What is ‘vicarious liability; you might ask?  Well, this is the legal concept where an employer is held responsible for the criminal acts of its employees.  The consequences for any organisation, but particularly larger ones, have the po... Continue reading

RICS and International Workplace to showcase strategic case studies at FM 2016

As part of Facilities Management 2016, taking place on 22-24 March at the NEC, International Workplace and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) will be hosting an event looking at the last three series of case studies on strategic FM. Paul Bagust, UK Commercial Property Director at RICS, will lead a session that takes a look at some of the highlights of the last three series of case studies, including: How the living wage can improve the image of FM Merging asset and facilities management to produce efficiency and flexibility ... Continue reading

University of Greenwich data breach

The University of Greenwich has apologised after personal details of hundreds of students were posted online. The university’s website displayed students' names, addresses, dates of birth, mobile phone numbers, medical problems and signatures alongside minutes from the Faculty Research Degrees Committee. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has confirmed that an investigation is under way and that the university may face enforcement action if it is shown that there was a breach of the Data Protection Act’s obligations to process per... Continue reading

Right to spy on employees

European employees should think carefully about using the internet to send private messages during office hours after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in January that companies do have the right to spy on their staff’s work emails and online communications. This follows on from the case of a Romanian engineer who was sacked in 2007 after using his company Yahoo Messenger to chat with his fiancée and brother; the company policy prohibited the use of messaging apps for personal use.  The ECHR dismissed the engineer’s argumen... Continue reading

Are you doing enough to support your staff?

A tribunal found that a woman with dyslexia had been discriminated against after her employer Starbucks had accused her of falsifying documents. Ms Kumulchew was a supervisor at Starbucks at Clapham Junction and she was responsible for taking the temperature of fridges and water at specific times and entering the results in the duty roster. She made mistakes in entering these due to her difficulties with reading, writing and telling the time and as a result was given lesser duties and was accused of falsifying documents. This added extreme st... Continue reading