Health

Brits taking less Sickies

Brits taking less Sickies

Employees took 180 million sick days last year, averaging 6.4 days each, according to the latest CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey. The rate of absence is the lowest since the survey began in 1987, and down slightly from 6.7 days per employee in 2007, the previous surveyed year. A small improvement in the public-sector absence rate helps explain the fall, but it remains significantly higher than the private-sector rate. The impact of staff absence is considerable, with the 180 million sick days costing employers about £16.8bn in 2009, plus indirect costs like reductions in customer service and delays to teamwork. Unfortunately, so-called "sickies" remain a problem. The senior HR staff surveyed at 241 public and private-sector organisations estimated that around... »

Health & Safety

Businesses face Health and Safety penalties

Businesses that breach health and safety legislation will face increased penalties of up to £20,000 from January next year, the Government has warned. Under the Health and Safety Offences Act (2008), businesses that come before the lower courts for a breach of health and safety legislation risk a penalty of up to £20,000. Previously, the maximum was £5,000. The range of health and safety offences which carry a prison sentence will also be broadened from January 2008. For example, under the new rules, failing to comply with a prohibition notice or breaching a licensing requirement now carries a jail sentence of up to six months if tried in a lower court, or up to two years if tried in a Crown Court. Commenting on the new legislation, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) sp... »

Government Pilots Occupational Health Services for SMEs

The Government has invested £11 million in six projects across the UK, piloting occupational health services for small businesses. The funding will be used to provide businesses in Devon, East London, Merseyside, the North East, West Yorkshire and Worcestershire with NHS advice and support to improve the physical and mental well-being of their staff. The schemes will be managed by the Government’s occupational health network, NHS Plus. “The funding of these schemes highlights the importance of occupational health services and their important role in supporting health, safety and well-being in the workforce and the community,” said Health Minister Ivan Lewis. NHS Plus director Dr Kit Harling explained: “Occupational health services are based on the teamwork of ... »

Health and Safety: A Guide for Small Business Owners

Health and Safety: A Guide for Small Business Owners

It’s fair to say ‘health and safety’ isn’t the most fashionable of terms, conjuring up images of pedantic men carrying clipboards and an endless cavalcade of paperwork. However, it is not something to be dismissive of as a business – get it wrong, and the consequences can be extremely expensive. In this article, you will find a thorough guide to what you need to know about health and safety as a business owner, covering your duties, what to do when there is an accident, and the steps you need to take to comply with the law. Do I need to register as part of my health and safety responsibilities? In general, recent changes in the law mean that you generally no longer need to register with the appropriate authority to comply with health and safety. This includes businesses like offices and sh... »

Health & Safety, An Introduction to

Introduction It’s your business – but we can help you look after it! Getting hurt at work or becoming ill through work is not a pleasant subject to think about. The reality is that 250 people a year lose their lives at work in Britain. In addition, around 156,000 non-fatal injuries are reported each year, and an estimated 2.3 million suffer from ill health caused or made worse by work. The mistake is to believe that these things happen in highly unusual or exceptional circumstances that never occur in your workplace. This is not the case. Some basic thinking and acting beforehand could usually have prevented these things from happening. Implementing health and safety measures doesn’t have to be expensive, time consuming or complicated, in fact, safer and more efficient wo... »

IIP (Construction, Education, Finance, Retail Sectors)

Everyone agrees that people are an organisation’s greatest asset, and we all know that for an organisation to succeed everyone has to perform well. It doesn’t matter what size or type of organisation you are, the Investors in People Standard is there to help you improve the way you work. What is Investors in People? The Investors in People Standard is a business improvement tool designed to advance an organisation’s performance through its people. Developed in 1990 by a partnership of leading businesses and national organisations, the Standard helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the management and development of their people. Since it was developed the Standard has been reviewed every three years to ensure that it remains relevant, ac... »