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Health & Safety

Health & Safety

A New International Standard For Anti Bribery Controls

Updated: ISO 37001 was published on 14th October.

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Brexit: Vote To Leave

Brexit

While there will be both market and political turbulence which will follow on from the EU Referendum result being to leave the EU, in our view it is important to bear the following points in mind:

  • A ‘Leave’ vote does not tell us anything about the arrangements with the EU that we will end up with. It doesn’t even tell us what the UK would seek in that respect. 
    • While examples of what others have achieved (in Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and Canada) have been much quoted in the arguments made in the run up to the Referendum, they are no more than that.

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Brexit: How Much Impact Would It Really Have On The UK’s Regulatory Sphere?

Fran Hutchison

To Brexit or not to Brexit? That is the question. The impact of Brexit has now been widely discussed and various “helpful” studies and reports have been published by government bodies, think tanks and other interested parties, each setting out statistical analysis in support of either the leave or remain campaigns. With so much being said about Brexit, and so much of it contradictory, it would be easy to decide that you are sick of hearing about “it” and cast your vote on 23 June without really considering the issues.

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Should Schools Ban Tackling In Rugby?

Ashok Rebello

This week a group of more than 70 doctors, health and sports experts wrote an open letter to ministers calling for a ban on tacking in rugby in schools, with non-contact forms of rugby being played instead. They cite the increased risk of injuries “which include fractures, ligamentous tears, dislocated shoulders, spinal injuries and head injuries can have short-term, lifelong and life-ending consequences for children.”

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First Company Convicted Under Section 7 of UK Bribery Act

Lynne Gray

19 February 2016: Sweett Group PLC (“Sweett Group”) were sentenced and ordered to pay £2.25 million [1]  in respect of offences under Section 7 of the UK Bribery Act 2010.   This represents the first conviction of a company under the UK Bribery Act nearly 5 years since it came into force and is the second enforcement of a corporate body for bribery offences by the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”).

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Million Pound Fines For Health and Safety Offences Are Becoming The Norm

Within the space of a few days towards the end of January 2016, we have seen the Courts in England and Wales hand down four fines in excess of £1m for breaches of health and safety legislation:

  • C.RO Ports London Ltd was fined £1.8m.
  • Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd was fined £1m.
  • National Grid Gas plc was fined £1m.

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The Hazards Of Not Removing Hazard

Following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea in their opening game of the season, controversy has (not for the first time) surrounded Jose Mourinho’s post-match reaction. The Chelsea manager could barely conceal his fury at his medical staff for going onto the field to provide treatment for Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard in the closing minutes of the match – a time when the player’s not inconsiderable skills were needed in the search for a winning goal.

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The Offshore Safety Directive – Increasing Regulation In Times of Industry Hardship

After the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the European Commission (“EC”) reviewed the regulatory framework applying to oil and gas operations in Europe. The EC’s conclusion was that the framework was fragmented, divergent and did not provide adequate assurances that risks arising from offshore operations and accidents throughout the EU had been minimised. The result is an EU-wide Offshore Safety Directive which comes into force on 19 July 2015.

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Offshore Safety And Survival: No Second Chances

Adam McCabe

Being strapped into a helicopter, flipped upside down and suspended underwater isn’t your standard Wednesday morning, even for a health and safety lawyer. It does beat waiting in line for a coffee in the office – and provides a fair bit more stimulation. But it’s also more frightening and comes on top of a day spent fighting fires, being winched out of a swimming pool and being trained to tell apart a Prepare to Abandon Platform Alarm (PAPA) from a toxic gas alert. Despite how it may seem, I am not on an adventure holiday.

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All Change For Food Law Enforcement In Scotland

Things are really hotting up (to at least gas mark 5) in Scotland’s food law arena. Our new regulator Food Standards Scotland replaces the Food Standards Agency in Scotland on 1 April 2015, at a time when concerns continue to be raised over the integrity of our supply chains, the traceability of our food and the information we are provided with to make informed – and safe – nutritional choices.

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