retail and leisure


‘Over 90% of retail staff have been assaulted, threatened or abused in the last 12 months’

Union USDAW has urged shop workers to ‘report it to sort it,’ after preliminary results from a study highlighted the levels of abuse faced by retail staff. Read More

Abuse of staff tops retailers’ employment concerns, according to research

Industry demands harsher punishments for offenders after research by law firm TLT highlights that abuse against shop workers is the biggest employment risk to have materialised as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

‘Flagrant disregard’ of prohibition notice leads to £30,000 fine for supermarket

Hemel Food Centre in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, has been fined £30,000 after pleading guilty to breaching health and safety laws. Read More

SHP legislation update eBook – October 2020

SHP’s latest Health & Safety legislation eBook, published in October 2020, covers coronavirus legislation, Brexit, Grenfell, Fire Safety Bill, Building Safety Bill, environment and much more… Read More

Coronavirus: Retail staff put ‘at risk’ by early pub closing

Retail union Usdaw fears that new government regulations requiring pubs to close at 10pm is putting shop workers at a greater risk of violence, verbal abuse and coronavirus infection. Read More

Health and Safety at Work Day: ‘Let’s make workplaces fit for heroes’, says British Safety Council

The British Safety Council is marking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work with a pledge to support workers’ safety through the coronavirus outbreak and beyond. Read More

John Lewis Partnership reduces worker absenteeism in the UK

Retail giant saves £25m and 260,000 working days in the last five years. Read More

David Lloyd leisure group to be prosecuted after swimming pool death

David Lloyd Leisure is to be prosecuted over alleged health and safety breaches following the death of a three-year-old boy in one of the firm’s pools. Read More

Risk reduction strategies retailers should buy into

Julie-Anna Smith, Head of Consulting Services at safety and certification expert, Bureau Veritas, advises on why a diligent, robust risk management strategy is something retailers need to invest in. Read More

Safety at scale with Sainsbury’s and Alcumus

Neil Lennox, Group Head of Safety and Insurance at Sainsbury’s, speaks to John Kersey about the company’s collaborative partnership with EHS software providers Alcumus Info Exchange and how it approaches safety at scale. Read More



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