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Do you have to be “lit up” to be smoking?

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Can you prevent staff and visitors ‘smoking’ electronic cigarettes on your premises? Apparently not, according to the Health Act 2006, which defines smoking as “being in possession of lit tobacco, or of anything lit which contains tobacco, or any other lit substance in a form in which it could be smoked.” So now you know.[…..]

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HSE now operates a Fee for Intervention

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HSE now operates a Fee for Intervention (FFI) cost recovery scheme, which came into effect on 1 October 2012. Under The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, those who break health and safety laws are liable for recovery of HSE’s related costs, including inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action. The Fee for Intervention hourly rate[…..]

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From down under a decision we are sure that turned the employer 50 shades of grey!

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In Australia, in PVYW v Comcare, the Federal Court of Australia was asked to consider whether a worker of a Commonwealth Government Agency, who was injured while having sex on a business trip, sustained her injuries in the course of her employment. The Tribunal decided that the employee’s sexual activity was not an ordinary incident[…..]

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Be Careful Out There

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Fatal injury statistics summary for 2011/12 from the Health &  Safety Executive The provisional figure for the number of workers fatally injured in 2011/12 is 173, and corresponds to a rate of fatal injury of 0.6 deaths per 100 000 workers. Fatal injuries are subject to chance variation, fluctuating year-on-year, therefore it is necessary to look at trends[…..]

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“Common sense, common safety – progress report”

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a report on the progress of health and safety reforms recommended by Lord Young in October 2010. The following are examples of steps already taken In response to the call for risk assessments to be simplified for low hazard workplaces, the HSE has set up on its[…..]

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Organising a team-building event for your employees this year…. then read on

The case of Reynolds v Strutt & Parker LLP (2011) is a tragic case in which an employee of Strutt & Parker (SP) sustained serious brain injuries in a cycling race organised by his employers as part of a work event. Two partners from SP had organised an afternoon of events for employees at a[…..]

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17 Jul 2017

#ThisGirlCan? This girl did – inspiration from Jane Austen

”A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of”’ –  Jane Austen The 7th of July was the 200th anniversary of the death of Hampshire’s greatest author – Jane Austen.  Here was truly a woman ahead of her time.  In an era where very few women had the opportunity to vote,[…..]

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19 Jun 2017

Wote Street People get Pretty Muddy for Cancer Research

It all started 2 years ago, when Madelaine took part in the Brutal 10k as part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations (celebrations?? Well, we decided to raise money for Basingstoke Consortium as a way of celebrating). The rest of the team went along on a cold Saturday November morning to watch Mad go through hell.[…..]

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24 May 2017

Hello? Is it me you’re looking for?

There’s nothing more annoying than registering for job vacancies in Basingstoke with a recruitment agency and then not hearing anything.  Why does this happen? Distractions.  Anything from temporary requirements to vacancies that don’t match your particular skills.  Before we go any further, this isn’t a list of excuses. As an industry, we should respect our[…..]

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15 May 2017

The benefits of making friends with your recruiter

Recruiters, love us or hate us – we are useful.  We can save you time and money – yes, money.  Now, before you start shouting at the screen, let us explain why. As a job agency in Basing View, we have access to a range of local candidates, either on our database or job board[…..]

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19 Apr 2017

Don’t be an April fool

During the Easter period, at Wote Street People it makes us think of the green shoots of spring, rebirth, and of course, lighter evenings. Not forgetting the delicious side of Easter… chocolate eggs, hot cross buns… *drools* The celebration of all things green around this time precedes Christianity, with the Vernal Equinox being celebrated when[…..]