SHP legislation update eBook – April 2021
SHP’s latest Health & Safety legislation eBook, published in April 2021, covers the latest progress on Fire Safety Bill, Building Safety Bill, Environment Bill, coronavirus legislation, Mental Health Act reform, energy and environment and much more…
On 11 March 2020, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, declared that the global COVID-19 epidemics had become so widespread that they constituted a pandemic.
On 16 March 2020, people in the UK were told to work from home wherever possible while everyone was told to “avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues”, to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus. A week later, on 23 March 2020, the UK’s first lockdown began.
More than a year on and three lockdowns later, England and the devolved administrations look to cautiously ease restrictions again while rolling out an ambitious vaccine programme.
While it is clear that COVID-19 has been not just a societal threat but also a matter of risk management, employers must again look to how businesses will safely reopen in line with the Government’s Working Safely During Coronavirus guidance to ensure that they are COVID-secure.
Moreover, many employers in office settings are reviewing working practices to determine not just when but how staff return to the office following the pandemic.
There has been much reported about ‘hybrid working’, with employees splitting their time between the office and a virtual environment (likely home). This may be appealing to many, but it will be critical that organisations take the time to look at the practicalities of this approach, consult with their workforce, and establish whether it genuinely meets the needs both of the business and its people.
For now, at least, people have been told to continue to work from home if possible until the government review of social distancing rules is completed. It is due to report by 21 June.
What’s included in this health & Safety legislation update?
- The Fire Safety Bill
- The Building Safety Bill
- The Environmental Bill
- Fire safety – consultation response
- UK REACH
- Mental Health Act reform
- Modern Slavery Act
- The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021
- Environment and Energy
- Latest health and safety fines and prosecutions.
To learn more, download this free legislation eBook by simply filling out the form opposite.
Health & safety legislation update webinar, April 2021. Click here to listen, on-demand.
Environmental legislation update webinar, April 2021. Click here to listen, on-demand.
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