Content about: Health and Safety


    Drug and Alcohol Management in the Workplace - The Law and Enforcement

    Alcohol and substance abuse is a sensitive area which can and does impact on the ability of employees to perform not only safety critical tasks, but also their core duties well. This article looks at the legislative basis for drug and alcohol management policies and testing regimes in the workplace, from a health and safety point of view. Like other people management topics as stress there is a confluence of interests in this area with the Human Resources or Human Capital Management function.

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    The scope and nature of occupational health and safety

    In this first lecture of our walkthrough the NEBOSH NGC1 ‘Management of Health and Safety’ module we examine the broad nature of the occupational health and safety practitioners’ role, before moving on to define some of the key subjects in the field - safety, health and welfare. Multi-disciplinary Role The role of the health and safety practitioner is broad, challenging and complex, it can feel a very thankless task at times, yet at other times incredibly rewarding.

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    Sources of Health and Safety Law

    The ability to set out the sources of health and safety law is a topic that is frequently examined, and the level of complexity of the answer depends on the level of course that you are studying. For completeness this introductory article deals with the key concepts. Types of Law Most jurisdictions benefit from two types of law: Criminal Law - which is concerned with offences against the state, and Civil Law - which is concerned with offences against the person.

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    Why should employers manage health & safety?

    One of the key challenges for the occupational health and safety profession in general is overcoming the misconception that health and safety management is either trivial on the one hand, or there to stop people doing things on the other. Unsurprisingly this topic features at some point in pretty much every health and safety course too! The reasons employers and businesses should manage health and safety are generally split in to three areas.

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