Monthly Archives: March 2016

A guide to the National Living Wage

From 1st April, 2016 all employers will need to comply with the new National Minimum Wage regulations. This will apply to workers aged 25 and over and will increase their hourly rate to £7.20 per hour. Will the National Minimum Wage still apply? The National Minimum Wage rates will continue to apply for those under […]

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Construction Dust

In recent months it has become clear that the HSE are taking the risks involving construction dust much more seriously. Where they would previously have served an improvement notice if workers were not adequately protected from dust, they are now serving prohibition notices. Silica is a natural substance found in varying amounts in construction materials […]

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How To Aim For A Stress Free Zone

RIDDOR reportable ill health incidents have almost doubled in the last year.  In 2014/15 stress accounted for 35% of all work related ill health cases and 43% of all working days lost due to ill health. Stress can be a significant cause of illness and is known to be linked with high levels of sickness […]

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The latest HSE Hot Topic!

Recently we have noticed an increase in requests from the HSE to see the written scheme of examination for pressure systems when carrying out their routine site visits. For example compressors, air receivers, etc. Under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000, users and owners of pressure systems are required to demonstrate that they know the […]

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Staggering Accident Statistics for Manufacturers

Recent statistics show that on average, each year, employees at UK manufacturers suffer 80,000 work-related illnesses and 70,000 non-fatal workplace injuries, leading to over 2.4 million lost working days. In the last 5 years there have also been around 110 fatalities within this sector. Of course one of the major issues facing businesses has been […]

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Who’s dibbing in to your bank account?

Think your company bank account is safe and secure? Think again! Businesses have traditionally protected their balance sheet by insuring assets, earnings and liabilities. Traditionally assets have comprised of buildings, machinery, fixtures/fittings, stock and work in progress, i.e. tangible assets. These are insured against contingencies such as fire, storm, flood, burglary etc. During recent months […]

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