Opinion

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    Safety incidents: preparation is key

    The way a business responds to a health and safety accident and any resulting regulatory investigation is crucial both for its reputation and the eventual legal outcome.

    By Rhian Greaves, DAC Beachcroft on 05 May 2022

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    Four-day week could boost employee mental wellbeing

    Thirty businesses have recently announced their participation in the UK’s biggest ever four-day week pilot, trialling a 32-hour, four-day working week with no loss in pay from June this year.

    By Grace Robinson, 4 Day Week Campaign on 19 April 2022

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    The Building Safety Bill offers some financial relief for leaseholders

    The Building Safety Bill in its current form is an altogether better solution for leaseholders than we could have hoped for during the passage of the Fire Safety Act 2021.

    By Royston Smith MP, Southampton Itchen on 12 April 2022

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    Are the rules simply there to be broken?

    Do we value regulations enough, or are we better off without them? Most of the time, many of us never pause to think about the rules that govern us, so embedded are they in our daily life.

    By Mike Robinson FCA, British Safety Council on 21 April 2022

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    ISO mental health standard needs a multi-disciplinary approach

    Ensuring the psychological safety of the workforce is an increasingly important area of practice for occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals.

    By Phil Newton, Associate, Pinsent Masons LLP on 21 April 2022

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    Asbestos in schools: government must start to fund its removal

    The ban on the importation and use of asbestos in the UK by a Labour government back in 1999 was welcomed by those who had campaigned for it and by health and safety professionals who had to deal with the deadly substance on a daily basis.

    By John McClean, Joint Union Asbestos Committee on 04 April 2022

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    Supporting mental health at work: getting started

    Given I am going to say that it helps us all if people can be open about their mental health, I am going to start by saying I have a mental health condition. I have depression and generalised anxiety.

    By Simon Stephen, Gowling WLG law firm on 31 March 2022

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    Mental and physical health: it's time to achieve parity

    The pandemic has accelerated the demand for change and created opportunities to make work better. We have seen rising levels of mental ill health, a trend that is likely to be long lasting, particularly among younger and more disadvantaged employee groups.

    By Louise Aston, Business in the Community on 18 March 2022

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    Self-employed construction workers need better mental health support

    The health, safety and wellbeing of construction workers has been a focus of government and employer attention in recent years because of its critical importance to preventing accidents. A sign of the success of this focus is that fatal incidents in the sector are now at their lowest level.

    By Sarah Meek and Stephen Bevan on 15 March 2022

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    Newfound Covid ‘freedoms’ are a privilege and should be handled with care

    The conclusion of the UK Prime Minister’s statement to Parliament on the government’s plan for ‘living with Covid’, in which he set out the rationale for lifting all legal restrictions in England, bears repeating, I think.

    By Mike Robinson FCA, British Safety Council on 14 March 2022