Working at Height Regulations

Working at Height Regulations 2005

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 applies mainly to employers or the person in charge. This includes facilities managers of building owners who may contract others to work at height.

Wurkplace offers Health and Safety services to businesses that work at height.  From online Working at Height training courses to risk assessments and audits.

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ISO 14001 Standard

The ISO 14001 standard sets out the criteria for the European Union’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

There will come a time when certain suppliers and consumers will only use your product or services if you have this accreditation.  Wurkplace can assist your organisation in meeting the current standards set out in ISO 14001:2015 through audits, communications, labelling and life cycle analysis, environmental challenges and climate change so your business will comply with applicable laws, regulations and other environmental oriental requirements.

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Restrictive Covenants

Restrictive Covenants are terms in an employee contract that provide a certain level of protection for employers.  Anyone who leaves a business knowing the strategies, technologies and client list, will be very appealing to competitors in the same industry.

Typically, a restrictive covenant is a contractual clause that prohibits an employee from working with competing companies for a period of time after termination of employment.

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Pension Auto-Enrolment

By 2018 all businesses are legally obliged to have a workplace pension in place – otherwise known as pension auto-enrolment.

Auto-enrolment is a complex and time consuming process to put in place and maintain.  Wurkplace offer an outsourced payroll service that is compliant with auto-enrolment so you avoid any unnecessary non-compliance fines.  Wurkplace deal with all necessary staff communications that need to be sent out at specific times during the auto-enrolment journey.

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Legionella Risk Assessment

Legionella is a bacteria that contaminates water and if inhaled can cause legionnaires disease which is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.  Any man-made water systems are likely to provide an environment where Legionella can grow.  This is why Legionella risk assessments and Legionella awareness training are imperative to identify, prevent and control risks.

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E-Cigarettes in the Workplace

An e-cigarette is an electronic device that mimics tobacco smoking.  Although it is not illegal to use an e-cigarette in the workplace, employers can still ban them from being used on company grounds.  Wurkplace can create and implement internal policies to support this motion.

The British Medical Association (BMA) and World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended that using E-cigarettes at work or in public places (e.g. supermarkets) should be banned. Companies have been advised by the BMA that employers should update policies to communicate that the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace is prohibited. The House of Commons and the BBC have already banned them and many others are following suite.

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Talent Management

In the 1950’s the Herzberg two-factor theory of motivation was developed by Frederick Herzberg.  The theory identified career progression as a key motivation factor for employees.  

This means that if there is a possibility to move up the employment ladder then work ethics will improve and be consistent, regardless of their level in the company.

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Work Night Out

It’s that time of year again when businesses start to plan the Christmas work night out.  Before jumping straight in, organisers must consider the HR and legal risks.  Wurkplace have seen first hand the implications alcohol can have on working relationships.

Businesses planning on hosting Christmas parties for staff need to ensure the fundamental policies are in place so that normal standards of behaviour and conduct apply.  Wurkplace can assist you in reminding staff these parties are still work functions, by implementing policies and offering guidance on minimising the risk.

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Stress in the Workplace

Wurkplace assists with cases of stress in the workplace everyday and have expert Consultants available to keep you up to date with legislation.  The experts also provide relevant documentation, processes and advice throughout.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 includes legislation surrounding minimising the risk of stress-related illness or injury to employees.  This is an employer’s legal duty of Health and Safety and Welfare.

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Bullying in the Workplace

Bullying in the workplace occurs when someone tries to intimidate a colleague, it is subjective so each person may see it differently.  Bullying may be obvious or subtle and can be one-on-one or involve a group of people.  Employers need to be aware that bullying can take many forms like verbal, cyber or physical abuse.

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