Article 50 activated: managing uncertainty within your business On the Horizon: 8 key Employment Law changes What does the review of the Employment Tribunal Fees mean for your business? National Minimum Wage – Is there a reason for not paying it to your employees? EU Headscarf Ruling 10 Common Disciplinary Mistakes Read more here

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BRC Global Standards has published the third issue of its internationally recognised BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution on 1 August 2016, and audits against Issue 3 will begin on 1 February 2017. Originally introduced in 2006, the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution was developed by a multi-stakeholder group including industry representatives, certification bodies and retailers, to provide the essential certification link between the range of BRC manufacturing Standards and the end users; retailers and food service […]

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We already have over 80 delegates registered for our Ammonia Summit (TASC6) which is being held on 14th October 2015 at Doncaster Racecourse. Supported by the Institute of Refrigeration and with a packed programme of industry experts sharing their considerable knowledge and experience, this is an event not to be missed. Click here for more information and to book your place.  

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A Derbyshire-based engineering firm has been fined £110,000 for failures in managing legionella risks. Derby Crown Court heard that Chromalloy UK Ltd, which has sites in Eastwood in Nottinghamshire and Somercotes in Derbyshire, failed to properly manage the risk of bacteria growing in their cooling towers for over a year, from May 2011. During a visit to Chromalloy’s site in Somercotes in May 2012, an HSE inspector is said to have felt spray on his face, saw the yard’s surface […]

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A survey of over 100 ammonia refrigeration systems operating in food manufacturing facilities in the UK found that under 20% met legislation covering dangerous and explosive materials. The survey by consultant Stephen Gill Associates also revealed that 30% of sites had either no risk assessment or inadequate ones for their ammonia refrigeration systems. Principal Stephen Gill said: “Unfortunately, lack of understanding of the requirements is no excuse for lack of action in the eyes of the HSE, and indeed the […]

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An East Yorkshire produce company has been ordered to pay more than £46,000 after two workers were seriously injured by reversing forklift trucks in separate incidents at its vegetable processing factory in Chicksands, Bedfordshire. The first occurred at MyFresh Prepared Produce, at Chicksands, on 15 January 2014 as warehouse team leader Chris Bottesch, 43, of Flitwick, was talking to another forklift driver in the goods yard. He sustained multiple fractures to his right leg, hip and foot after being trapped […]

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A Cheshire-based transport company has been fined £500,000 after an Hull employee suffered horrific injuries when she was crushed between two lorries. Warwick Crown Court heard (16 Mar) that Jennifer Rose was lucky to be alive after the incident at Tip Trailer Services’ Griff Lane depot in Nuneaton on 9 April 2013. Mrs Rose, 38, who now lives in Hull, broke 13 bones in her back, shoulders and ribs, and punctured a lung. The incident left her with severe head […]

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Refrigerant distributor is latest to sign up to popular event on legislation and refrigerant choice, in partnership with Honeywell On Friday May 22, RAC will host its second Question Time devoted to the issues around the new F-Gas legislation. The debate is already proving popular, with A-Gas the latest to sign up to sponsor the event, joining headline sponsor Opteon XP40 from DuPont. One year on from last year’s full-to-capacity event, some of the grey areas around the legislation have […]

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One Week to go!

26/02/2015

How Safe is Your Warehouse? TASC5 will focus on the warehouse environment and cover FLT’s, racking and automation. With the HSE taking a particular interest in the safe operation of fork lift trucks, this seminar examines the implications of ACop L117 on operators of all sizes and highlights the responsibilities of drivers, supervisors and managers under these regulations. The programme will also examine the safety of racking systems, how to correctly specify and design a racking system to suit your requirements […]

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It has been widely reported that drug testing in the workplace has seen an increase over recent times. This could be down to employee (mis) behaviour, increased heath and safety concerns within the workplace, or other environmental factors; with drug or alcohol misuse resulting inloss of productivity, poor performance, sickness and absenteeism to name but a few of the possible consequences. But what does this mean for employers managing issues of drug use in the workplace? According to current UK […]

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