Health and Safety at work continues to be a challenge across the globe. Despite much modern progress in the area, over 7,600 people die every day from work related accidents or illnesses, equalling over 2.78 million a year (source: International Labour Organisation).
Attention was drawn to the food manufacturing sector at the start of this year by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announcing the implementation of inspections to target the cause of workplace ill-health. The HSE felt that companies and people working in this sector needed to pay closer attention to how they manage workplace health risks or they will face serious penalties.
On 13th January 2018 charging extra for anyone using a credit or debit card, or electronic payment services, was banned in the UK.
This will mean an end to the extra cost added on at the end of the process of buying something online or in a shop. Examples of these transactions include buying flights or concert tickets or being hit with a surcharge when using a card in a small shop.
In 2016 the Government announced its intention to ban the manufacture and sale of rinse off personal care products containing microbeads. This month new legislation has come into force. The Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (England) Regulations 2017 introduce the ban on manufacturing these products, with a ban on selling them set to follow in July 2018. more “Microbeads banned in cosmetics products In England”
It is important to know what your food contains as some ingredients can cause adverse reactions. This may be because a customer is allergic or be due to a food intolerance. Allergens in food can cause severe reactions including death to those with acute allergies, food intolerances on the other hand generally have minor symptoms.
The EU Commission has recently published a new regulation establishing measures to reduce acrylamide in food. These regulations came into force on the 11 December 2017, and from the 11 April 2018, businesses will need to be able to demonstrate that they have identified potential sources of acrylamide in their business. Businesses will also need to have put in place measures to ensure levels of acrylamide are kept as low as possible.
This month the Government has published the draft Tenants Fees Bill following consultation.
This draft Bill will prohibit letting agents imposing any fees over and above rental payments, the only exceptions to this are holding and security deposits.
From the 1st October 2017 all UK businesses can benefit from being part of the Primary Authority Scheme. This also applies to charities, trade associations and membership bodies.
Monday, 23rd October 2017
European Safety and Health Week is an ideal opportunity for public authorities, private companies and citizens to get involved in promoting safer and healthier workplaces. The European Safety and Health Week is coordinated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and is organised in more than 30 countries across Europe.
Tuesday, 19th September 2017
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be undertaking work within the agriculture sector this autumn to raise awareness of the risks during “potato harvest” season. Potato growers have been urged to step up their accident prevention measures this harvest season – and to expect visits from health and safety inspectors.
The HSE is trying to improve standards within this sector and challenge the perception that risk is an acceptable part of the job. The latest initiative will see inspectors making unannounced visits to farms that grow, pick and process potatoes during the autumn season. The visits will ensure that risks posed during harvesting are being controlled and that measures are in place to protect farmers and their workers.