Covid-19

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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, chief executive, British Safety Council on 29 April 2022

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    Covid inquiry must include impact on UK workers, says TUC

    The consultation into the government’s draft terms of reference (ToR) for the forthcoming public inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic has closed today (8 April).

    By Belinda Liversedge on 08 April 2022

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    Removal of UK restrictions without guidance risks virus ‘free for all’

    Ending isolation without clear guidance risks unnecessary spread of the virus in workplaces and could put vulnerable people at serious risk, some scientists and union leaders have warned. British Safety Council urged employers to continue to allow staff to take time off recover if they test positive or have Covid symptoms.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 24 February 2022

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    Plan B restrictions to go in England, but guidance remains in place

    Plan B Covid-19 restrictions will end on Thursday 27 January, marking the end of mandatory wearing of face masks in schools, on public transport and in shops, as well as advice to work from home if you can.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 20 January 2022

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    Covid-19 – some legal points to remember

    In a time of ongoing uncertainty, as we continue to weather the pandemic storm and the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the overarching duty on employers to ensure that their employees (and others) are not exposed to health and safety risks has remained a constant.

    By Anna Fletcher, Gowling WLG law firm on 22 December 2021

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    93,000 British workers report catching Covid at work in 2021

    In the last year, 93,000 workers have self-reported catching Covid-19 at work, according to HSE’s latest official statistics.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 17 December 2021

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    Winter pressures mean good mental health support is crucial

    Reflecting on this time last year, there was much talk about ‘saving Christmas’. What we discovered also was that the cost was to be a January lockdown, with home schooling and stringent social restrictions that made last winter memorable for too many of the wrong reasons.

    By Kevin Bampton, BOHS on 01 December 2021

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    The freedom to flex

    As workplaces re-open, many Indian businesses are adopting a hybrid model of office and home working, and surveys suggest employees feel this will improve their work-life balance and wellbeing.

    By Orchie Bandyopadhyay on 05 November 2021

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    “Don’t let your guard down”, IOSH urges businesses

    The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is calling on businesses to “not let their guard down” to ensure COVID-19 doesn’t spread rapidly through workplaces.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 03 September 2021

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    Back to work

    If staff are fearful about returning to the workplace as Covid controls are eased, it is vital employers explain the precautions that are in place to keep them safe and consider making further changes to reduce the risk to specific individuals.

    By Julian Cox, BLM law firm on 17 August 2021