Safety Theory: Habituation, remote misses and safety messaging
July 5, 2021
Have you ever wondered why workers seem not to learn from near misses that happen to them or colleagues? Why do employees repeatedly do things that are obviously unsafe? Read More
Supporting employees suffering from grief
July 15, 2020
With mental health being traditionally looked at in the workplace setting, what about the return to work of those grieving, who have suffered loss? In this article, two people who understand the grieving process, share some insights and useful resources for employers.
Most recent HSE statistics show limited action against management
June 4, 2020
When reinforcing the message of safety non-compliance to managers and directors, sometimes the threat of individual prosecution may be the only way to get through. But do the statistics support that position, when the lack of individual prosecutions is considered? A Freedom of Information Act request yields some interesting answers. Read More
Guiding safety – How are sentencing guidelines determined?
May 26, 2020
In this article, particularly in view of the difficulty posed in predicting with certainty where, in a range of potential financial penalties, the fine that will be imposed will land, Paul Verrico, Partner at Eversheds Sutherland and Claire Watson, Associate at Eversheds Sutherland, look at the nine steps set out in the Sentencing Guideline and ask what a duty holder can do to prepare for a hearing. Read More
Pregnant workers and COVID–19
May 4, 2020
When it comes to pregnant workers, employers are required to carry out a risk assessment to identify the risks and how they will be eliminated or reduced. So, what risks and issues should employers be aware of within their pregnant workforce amid the coronavirus outbreak? Read More
Legionella: Where low occupancy poses water-borne risks
April 28, 2020
As the ‘new normal’ settles in, and questions are asked about when we might return to work, organisations are advised to shift their focus from fire-fighting to business continuity planning and developing a strategy for the re-start of operations. This will ensure organisations are best placed to tackle current concerns, as well as to respond when the Government restrictions are lifted. Read More
Not so good vibrations – Prosecutions for failures to adequately manage the risks from vibration remain a priority for the HSE
April 22, 2020
Amy Sadro, Principal Associate in Eversheds Sutherland’s Environment, Health and Safety Team and Dr Chris Nelson, a Principal Consultant and specialist Read More
COVID-19: Can employers be prosecuted if employees are exposed?
April 17, 2020
Amidst all the coronavirus headlines, some commentators have speculated that employers may be about to face prosecution if they don’t take all precautions possible to protect staff and third parties from infection. Paul Verrico, Partner at Eversheds Sutherland, investigates whether that is the case. Read More
Handling the media following a health and safety incident
April 8, 2020
How the media covers an event can have lasting and potentially damaging effects on an organisation’s reputation; the key is to be prepared and to act proactively, quickly and decisively. Read More
A pandemic within a pandemic?
April 1, 2020
The fear pandemic is something that each of us has to manage – anxiety loves the words ‘what if’ – so how can you manage your head and overcome your feelings when they are overwhelming and how can you help others who may be struggling too? Read More