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Do you require a licence to fell trees?

Brea Carney-Jones
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Believe it or not, tree felling is a legally controlled activity. The Forestry Act 1967 creates the legal framework for felling trees in England and Wales. It mandates that a felling licence is required to fell all “growing”, i.e. living,...

Why do businesses need to manage health and safety?

Alison Marriott
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Managing the health and safety of their employees, visitors to their premises and any interactions with the public is the legal responsibility of every businesses. Current health and safety legislation requires every business to have a health and safety...

Where should health and safety rules be displayed?

Alison Marriott
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By law, every business that employs someone must display the health and safety law poster on their premises or provide each worker with the approved leaflet or pocket card. Most businesses will do both, especially if they receive visitors or members of the...

What does PPE stand for in health and safety?

Alison Marriott
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PPE in health and safety stands for personal protective equipment and refers to the equipment, tools or clothing that are required to minimise the risk to individual workers from specific hazards related to their role or specific activities they undertake...

What are the health and safety regulations?

Alison Marriott
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The main statutory framework for the regulation of health and safety at work is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. There have been many amendments and additions to these regulations since the legislation was first passed, but the principal...

How often should health and safety policies be reviewed?

Alison Marriott
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It’s the legal responsibility of every business to have a health and safety policy in place. Whilst the specifics of the policy will depend on the nature of your business, the working environment(s) that you operate in and the activities that you...

Department for Education announces ban on placing children under 16 in unregulated accommodation

Francesca Snape
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As a part of the government’s response to the consultation into ‘Reforms to unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers’, the Department for Education (DfE) have announced plans to ban placing vulnerable children under the...

Why is health and safety important?

Alison Marriott
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Health and safety regulations are important because they help to protect people and businesses. This area of law helps to ensure that people have a safe working environment and that employers take their responsibilities seriously. Managing health and...

Who is responsible for workplace health and safety?

Alison Marriott
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When considering who is legally responsible for health and safety at work, it is important for businesses to be aware that the vast majority of the obligation falls on the employer themselves. Businesses must provide a safe working environment for all...

Who enforces health and safety law?

Alison Marriott
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Health and safety law enforcement in Great Britain is generally carried out either by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or the local authority, depending on the type of work and hazard involved. Fire safety , which can fall under general health...

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