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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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07 Jun 2018

Proud of our community champion and awards finalist

Maxine Hart, Operations Director at Wote Street People, made the finals of the recent Place to Be Proud of Awards, nominated alongside Lamb Brooks Solicitors and The Champion Group in the Business and the Community category. Following a public vote, Champion was announced as the winner at a ceremony on 6th June at the Haymarket[…..]

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29 May 2018

How to get a summer job in Basingstoke

Whether you’re back in Basingstoke for the summer or you’ve recently left school or college, getting a summer job is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable work experience and earn funds – it can’t be all work and no play! What type of summer job could you get? Hospitality & Events, Production Line, Warehouse, Admin,[…..]

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23 May 2018

Be a ‘beachcomber’ this summer and consider recycling older workers

Over the last 20 years, we’ve moved towards a throwaway society in more ways than one. The debate around plastic pollution, in my mind, also reflects the recruitment conundrum of many older workers looking for jobs. Today, when we’ve finished with something, it’s simply taken away and “dealt with” with no remorse, no fuss and[…..]

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17 Apr 2018

A nomination to be proud of

Here at Wote Street People, we were absolutely delighted to hear that our very own Maxine Hart has been nominated in the Business and the Community category of the annual Place To Be Proud Of Awards! These awards are organised by Destination Basingstoke and recognise the contributions made by the individuals, groups, organisations, places and[…..]

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08 Mar 2018

Hello? Is it me you’re looking for?

Use your personal brand to get your dream job When you’re applying for jobs in Basingstoke, you’ll need to consider what will make you stand out as a candidate. Everyone applying for that role will have similar skills, but only you have your own ‘personal brand’. You say tomato, I say tomato  Think of yourself[…..]