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February 2017 Your business 35 Protect the health of your business In most areas of business, risks abound. In particular, risks to safety must be managed, ill health prevented, and compliance with the law maintained. This can be achieved by implementing some simple steps to identify the sources of risk and imposing measures to manage them. Principally, understanding legislative requirements is key for all businesses. Ignorance is not a permissible defence. Both employers and employees can face prosecution for failing to adhere to regulations, with a potentially unlimited fine and jail sentence. Impact In February 2016, new health and safety sentencing guidelines came into force. Tougher penalties for health and safety breaches were introduced which are now proportionate to the seriousness of the offence. The new law supports the notion that fines need to be high enough to have real economic impact which will bring home to the offending organisation the importance of achieving a safe environment. As a business, to avoid falling foul of the law and any chance of being directly affected by the new guidelines, you should have a robust health and safety management system in place that both protects your employees and the public from ill health and injury. As an example, the colder weather brings with it an increased risk of slips and it is important that you do all you can to minimise this for your employees and guests. Were you aware that you must ensure that primary pavements and pedestrian routes leading from your car park to your door are cleared and gritted as appropriate? Focus With almost 20 per cent of all non-fatal workplace injuries occurring from slips, trips or falls, this should be a key area of focus at this time of year. With a simple management process, which includes regular assessment, this risk can be significantly reduced. In fact, in many cases, the change required is one of culture, rather than process. By changing your culture and increasing staff engagement through training and inclusive development of your new health and safety procedures, you can make a measurable and positive difference. In order to make the workplace a danger-free environment where everyone’s wellbeing is ensured, all employees should have a thorough understanding of the fundamental aspects surrounding health and safety in the workplace. Under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers have a duty to provide training for their employees to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, their health and safety at work. Tracey Usher is director of client support and training services at Food Alert Limited. The company is offering a complimentary training needs consultation to businesses during February 2017 which is an opportunity to discuss your requirements at a ‘face to face’ meeting which will be arranged at a mutually convenient time and place. For more information contact: training@foodalert.com or call 020 7244 1908 www.foodalert.com by Tracey Usher “As a business, to avoid falling foul of the law ... you should have a robust health and safety management system in place that both protects your employees and the public from ill health and injury.” ADVERTORIAL Law firms join forces to make new partnership Nabas International Lawyers joined City based Cubism Law on 1st October 2016, which is the beginning of a promising partnership. NABAS INTERNATIONAL LAWYERS is a London based law firm specialising in a range of services but with a core speciality in immigration and working with commercial business to and from Latin America. Nabas International has been connecting UK and Latin American businesses since 2004 and became a key player in the expansion of Latin American businesses and individuals entering in the UK and Europe, and vice versa. Nabas International has an extensive network of worldwide connections and has particularly deep links in Brazil, Colombia, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the USA. All Nabas lawyers are multi-lingual and dual qualified. Cubism Law started in 2006 and now numbers 36 partner level lawyers and practices covering the full range of private, commercial and corporate work. Cubism Law is one of the first UK law firms to provide its services via a corporate (rather than partnership) structure. Herman Santiago, Head of Global Client Relations of Nabas International, said: “Our managing partner, Vitoria Nabas, and our team always enjoyed being part of the innovative thinking of today’s modern legal and consulting process. Linking efforts with Cubism Law prepares a foundation for an identity that past, present and future clients can depend on for support, rely to use its combined host of expertise, and create new opportunities in a changing legal and business services environment. We are excited on this move into a future of new professional purpose where our clients and team can share in an expanded set of services and collectively along with Cubism strive for further levels of excellence.” Andrew Pena, director of Cubism Law, said: “We are excited to welcome Nabas on board which fits with our strategic vision of identifying and adding proven and established practices to our expanding range of core services. In today’s global marketplace we see more and more clients and corporates requiring specialist immigration advice - it is often the first step of an entrepreneur’s journey of expanding their business into a new market. We are also excited by the opportunity to leverage Nabas’ extensive network of international contacts which will open new and exciting markets for our firm and clients. It is also a big step towards fulfilling our ambition to become the No 1 UK firm in the Hispanic market” As a new collaboration of expertise and skill Nabas International Lawyers and Cubism invite you to come to us with your legal and business affairs and matters that require advice on a personal or commercial level. i www.remondis-aktuell.com/en/022014/ service/the-beginning-of-a-promising-partnership Phone: +44 (0)207 252 0106 www.nabaslegal.com 222489-2-16LBM Nabas.indd 1 12/01/2017 15:31


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