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
Is it time for a specific right to disconnect in Ireland? (IRE)19 November 2020
With no definitive end in sight to the Covid-19 crisis, working from home (where that is possible) for large parts of the workforce is set to continue for the foreseeable future. The mass move to homeworking triggered by the pandemic has shone a spotlight on the increasingly blurred boundaries between work and home and reignited the debate on the “right to disconnect”.
High Court rules that ‘workers’ should be protected from health and safety detriment (UK)19 November 2020
The UK has failed to properly implement EU health and safety law by restricting protection from detriment on health and safety grounds to “employees”, the High Court has ruled in a recent case. The extension of such protection to the broader category of “workers” potentially increases employers’ exposure to Covid-related health and safety claims.
How to mitigate the risk of employment claims on return to work during Covid-19 – a table05 November 2020
Our table for employers sets out the practical steps to take in order to reduce the scope for claims from employees arising out of the return to work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus - FAQs for employers on working from home05 November 2020
As lockdown returns, these FAQs look at the various considerations that employers need to bear in mind in relation to employees working from home.
Face coverings and the workplace01 October 2020
This article sets out our updated analysis of the current rules regarding face coverings at work and some of the practical issues that arise for employers.
Menopause and work09 September 2020
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.
Covid-19: Establishing a return to work plan – health and safety considerations08 July 2020
This Inbrief summarises the legal landscape, government guidance and other various considerations that employers will need to take into account.
RE:Occupy - Managing the reoccupation of your premises10 June 2020
With corporate occupiers turning their thoughts to re-occupying their premises, as well as dealing with the practicalities of how to implement social distancing measures, they will be concerned to ensure that they are not exposing themselves to potential contractual, negligence and health and safety claims from employees, visitors, contractors or landlords. Whilst the government is providing advice to businesses on how they should manage the safety of staff, questions are being asked by businesses particularly in multi-let office buildings about who is responsible for ensuring common areas (such as the reception areas, toilets and lifts) are safe and who must pay for measures which must be implemented to make them safe. So, who is liable for what?