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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Legal Update – Health & Safety

Work-related injuries and illness only have to be reported if they cause absence or incapacitation (inability to carry out normal duties) of over 7 days, rather than over 3 days as at present (but records must still be kept for over-3-day injuries and illness). Reporting time is increased from 10 to 15 days.

Department for Education Guidance for schools, primarily about school trips but also including issues like barring abusive parents from school. HSE leaflet on tackling the myths about school trips.

HSE first aid at work leaflet.

HSE and other guidance, including a basics of h&s website for small organisations, updated guidance on h&s for homeworkers and for new and expectant mothers, revised interactive office risk assessment tool, and Royal College of Psychiatrists website for people starting or returning to work after a period of mental ill health.