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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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22 Nov 2017

Established Basingstoke recruitment agency wins Student’s Choice Award

Local recruitment agency, Wote Street People, won Student’s Choice at the recent Skills Tree Awards. The ceremony was held at BDBC Council Chamber on 7th November and organised by Basingstoke Consortium; an education charity that works with the area’s young people. Their goal is to help students gain the skills and confidence for adult life[…..]

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01 Nov 2017

Guide to writing a CV, to get an interview that will get you the job!

What is it used for? A CV provides an overview of your working life so far. However, it doesn’t need to be restricted to just your working life. If you have achievements or interests outside of work that may have a bearing on your application – write about them. Now is not the time to[…..]

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01 Nov 2017

Interview Preparation

PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE Put yourself ahead of the rest and research thoroughly prior to your interview. Run through the Job Description and familiarise yourself with as many duties as possible. Pay attention to any Person Specifications and note what the company are looking for in a person. Look at the company website (provided by[…..]

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06 Oct 2017

Santa needs his Elves early

I don’t know about you, but it seems the minute the mid-Summer Solstice has happened we start thinking about Christmas.  Who’s going where and when.  Who wants what, who doesn’t want anything and who is going hide in their bedroom all day. You may think this is all a bit early.  However, many of our[…..]

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04 Sep 2017

Get the best staff with flexible working

Flexible working brings a more diverse pool of candidates – and could they be so wrong they’re right, like chocolate covered pork scratchings? Honestly, it’s a thing!  Belgian chocolate pork scratchings – it works because it is like “salted caramel on steroids”. It’s that whole salt/sweet combo but taken to another level, you first get[…..]