Occupational Health & Safety
Our Occupational Health and Safety group handles a wide range of workplace health and safety issues. We devise and implement health and safety strategies, advise businesses on their legal obligations, conduct audits and risk assessments and protect businesses through comprehensive policies, procedures and training.
The plethora of health and safety legislation can be tricky for businesses to navigate. Given the potential for criminal liability arising when businesses fail to fulfil their obligations it is critical that health and safety is at the top of the boardroom agenda. The renewed spotlight and broader scope of health and safety responsibilities arising from the Covid-19 pandemic has triggered yet further challenges for employers.
We can help your business devise and implement a practical and commercial global health and safety strategy through our own expertise and through our membership of Ius Laboris, the leading global alliance of human resource law firms.
The type of things we can help clients with include:
- managing unexpected homeworking due to Covid-19
- advising on planning for a return to normal working after the Covid-19 lockdown ends
- crisis management
- compliance audits, reviewing and drafting of health and safety documentation
- risk assessments and advising on accident prevention methods
- accident investigation
- assisting clients with HSE enquiries, including how to deal with improvement and prohibition notices
- advising clients when prosecuting authorities, such as the police or HSE, are investigating an accident
- advising on new developments/issues in the health and safety arena and training clients on their health and safety obligations
- defending prosecutions for alleged health and safety breaches, including representing employers when being interviewed under caution
- representing clients at inquests
Hybrid working arrangements26 October 2022
Following the widespread experience of employees working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, some employers are starting to implement hybrid working arrangements on a longer-term basis.
Menopause in the workplace: Linda Hynes comments for The Irish Examiner14 October 2022
Employers risk losing experienced female members of staff if they fail to offer support during menopause.
Menopause and work11 October 2022
Women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing group in the workforce. As more employees go through the menopause during their working lives, employers need to be aware of the impact in the workplace.
How to mitigate the risk of employment claims about working during Covid-19 – a table07 April 2022
Our table for employers sets out the practical steps to take in order to reduce the scope for claims from employees arising out of working during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers06 April 2022
On 21 February the government launched its “Living with Covid” strategy”. As a result of this, many of the Covid measures in England have changed significantly with implications for employers wishing to adopt a particular stance on vaccination.
Workforce testing – FAQs for employers14 March 2022
Coronavirus - FAQs for employers on working from home11 March 2022
These FAQs look at an employer’s obligations towards staff working from home.
Employment Tribunal rulings on Covid-19 issues – what can we learn?02 September 2021
The pandemic required many employers to make difficult decisions in unprecedented and rapidly evolving circumstances, giving rise to concerns this would lead to a deluge of Employment Tribunal claims. We look at some of the early cases to see what lessons can be learnt when planning for a return to work.