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  • Staying Safe In The Workplace
    142 views in Feb Can I Leave the Premises on my Lunch Break The Working Time Regulations stipulate that if you are over 18 you are entitled to a 20 minute rest break where your daily working time 78 views in Feb Our Categories Avoiding Accidents Working At Height Falls From Vehicles Electrical Safety Overhead Health Issues Coping With Workplace Stress Infections at Work What to Expect When High Risk Workplaces Safety When Working in Mines Construction Site HR Matters Workplace Harassment Dealing with Employee Theft Business Safe Environment Safety When Working with Glass Have Your Electrical Items Been PAT Transport Operating Load Equipment Running a School Trip Safety Issues Work Safety Law Expectant Mothers in the Workplace Do You Have the Correct Fire Work with Substances Working With Biocides Working With Explosives Working with People Staying Safe When Working in the Community How Latest Comments WorkplaceSafetyAdvice Re Dealing with Employee Theft EvertonBoy Your Question My brother has stole 100 from the supermarket where he works and all I wanna no is what will happen 16 February 2016 Scole Re Dealing with Employee Theft I m am pregant can my emplpyerget rid of me because I am on a temporary contract 16 February 2016 EvertonBoy Re Dealing with Employee Theft My brother has stole 100 from the supermarket where he works and all I wanna no is what will happen to him Im so worried in case 15 February 2016 emma Re Do I Need a Hygiene Certificate to Make Sandwiches I work in a nursery which has a cook who works mornings In the afternoons the staff prepare the 12 February 2016 Law Re How Many Breaks am I Entitled to How much break am I entitled to on a 8 hour night shift heavy lifting involved 12 February

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  • How Many Breaks am I Entitled to?
    Jan 16 7 49 AM I recently resigned from a health care nursing assistance position healthcare agency at a client s home I was told I was not allowed to have any breaks during my 12 hour shifts client safety reasons Legal Missus 29 Jan 16 12 40 AM Bf Your Question I currently work 7am 6pm and given half an hour break is this legal Our Response As you are working 11 hours and not more than 12 in which case you would be allowed a further 20 minutes break this is legal WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 28 Jan 16 12 59 PM I currently work 7am 6pm and given half an hour break is this legal Bf 27 Jan 16 10 34 PM Tj Your Question I m a community carer and have been working 12 hours with only a 30 min break is this right Our Response Yes as specified in the article you are allowed a break for every six hours or more that you work If you work beyond the 12 hours then you would be entitled to an additional break WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 25 Jan 16 12 28 PM Interesting My parents worked in the 50s and 60s in factories and did 8 hours but had 15mins morning and afternoon break plus an hour lunch seems very different now Mike 24 Jan 16 11 45 PM I m a community carer and have been working 12 hours with only a 30 min break is this right Tj 24 Jan 16 1 47 PM with the 20 minute break is paid and part of my 8 hour working day tobyjug 13 Jan 16 10 40 PM tobyjug Your Question L work an 8 hour day but if l want a break l have to be at work for 8 5 hours is this legal Our Response No as specified in the article you are entitled to a 20 minute break for every six hours or more you work You need to firstly have a look at your contract and see what it specifies if it is at odds with what you are being given you need to raise the issue with your boss and if you don t get a satisfactory answer give ACAS a call WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 13 Jan 16 12 48 PM l work an 8 hour day but if l want a break l have to be at work for 8 5 hours is this legal tobyjug 12 Jan 16 10 12 PM Get your facts wright if you are publishing wtd rules it s 15 mins before or at 6 hrs also 30 mins must be completed before or on 9 hrs completed so 20 mins in 12 hr shift like what you have said in previous post is completely wrong and where are you getting the figure of 20 mins from intervals of15mins are only excepted so if you have 20 mins on 6hr mark you need to have an other 15 mins at 9 hr

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  • Legal Minimum Temperature in a Warehouse?
    big laundrette as a cleaner and I m told I have to Wear a safety helmet at all times even in areas I don t have to wear one and as being a laundrette the tempture can get very hot in their I work 8 hours a day with one 30 minbreak I m only alould to remove my helmet on my break only and all I seem to get is headaches all the time in their because of it what type of rights do I have on this because its getting to the point when I m going to have to give the job up Davey 7 Jun 15 1 57 PM Hi I work for one of the UK s biggest diy chains I was on tge shop floor of the mini warehouse as a customer advisor Due to multiple knee surgeries three on the left knee for pvns with fourth impending and one on the right for osteoarthritis I have been put on the checkouts They have asked me to be at the front of the checkout to welcome the customer walk round to the checkout point scan the custoners items through which sometimes does require walking round thr trolley and sometimes lift objects to individually scan every item as the company requires I have obtained a stool that I sit on at the front of the checkout whilst waiting on customers I sometimes take the stool round to the checkout point to sit to I told my employers that I sometimes get too sore at the knees to walk round the checkout all the time which was met at some dismay by the deputy manager but I wouldnt back down The stool is uncomfortable and doing 8 hour shifts with 30 min breaks doesnt exactly ease things off any Sitting at the checkout which is at the exit when the doors open the wind can sometimes be ridiculous bringing in the cold You want customers to keep you busy but you dont want them to leave because it gets to cold I have a vest and ajumper under my uniform which is a long sleeve t shirt and a body warmer and I still feel the cold Thisis meant to be summer so I m certainly not looking forward to winter The cold does go for my knees causing sometimes significant ache Some days are a real struggle Is there anything I can do or someone I can speak to about help taking action as there is no union and HR is pointless in going too as if you complain you get the feeling you are getting looked down at for not being a company person Cheers in advance for any information Diycheckoutguy 1 Jun 15 9 02 PM Jim I m afraid not Under the Working Time Directive which applies to most adult workers you are entitled to one rest break of 20 minutes if you are employed for more than six hours a day Payment for these breaks is at the discretion of your employer There is no legal ruling to say your employer should have to pay you for your break You don t say what your work is but as specified in the article If you feel that the temperature in the warehouse is unacceptable then you have every right to ask for it to be raised Use the guidelines in the article as your basis and find out what the current temperature is If it is significantly less than 13 degrees Celsius then you will have a strong case for having it increased WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 18 May 15 11 45 AM I am a night shift worker and we were told by management years ago we were entitled to be paid for our tea breaks under European law then they just stopped paying us also our warehouse is very cold could you tell me if i am entitled to 10 Minutes break every hour thanks Jim 14 May 15 4 48 PM carlinha I have directed you to the HSE article chilled and frozen products workroom temperatures in places where food is handled here which should give you more information If you have any other queries you should give ACAS a call for some free advice on how to best approach the situation with your line manager I hope this helps WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 1 May 15 2 42 PM Hello I work in food factory and the temperature there its around 7 degrees and it s cold windy as well We work very fast on the lines but not moving anywhere How many breaks are we intitle Many thanks carlinha 30 Apr 15 3 06 PM AnnaC as specified in the article an employer has a duty of care towards their employees and the responsibility of making sure that the workplace is a comfortable environment to be in It also has to keep within the HSE guidelines listed in the article and if it doesn t then you will have cause to complain I hope this helps WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 20 Mar 15 12 06 PM I work in a warehouse and we are moving to a new warehouse soon the big manager wants to have an open warehouse which will be very cold in the winter and no office to get warm is this against the law AnnaC 18 Mar 15 1 25 PM juju I m afraid I cannot comment on this as you are in the US and as this is a UK based site we can only answer UK based questions regarding workplace law WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 17 Mar 15 11 21 AM I work in a warehouse and it is hot temperature is set for 75 degrees it s Uncomfortably hot and everybody complains a couple people felt like they were going to fall out and some people you know don t but the issue is that we turned it down And were told that we could get fired it s 70

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  • A Guide to Manual Handling and Lifting Techniques
    concern WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 8 Feb 16 11 08 AM I work in a small Ford connect Van and for 3 hours a day 3 days a week I have to be in the back of the van emptying anything between 12 25 coin boxes a day into coin bags with the Max of 3 000 coins in each box can be very heavy I can not sit up straight in the van and my back I slightly arched sitting normally in the van The van itself in the back has a safe taking up half the space anyway so space is tight I have recently started to get constant lower back pain since Christmas When asked my employer for the health and safety report for working with heavy objects in a confined space the simply laughed and said well how would we fill the rest of ur day for u How do I stand As the pain is getting uncomtortable now Whitehog 7 Feb 16 11 34 AM What is the max tonage a peron should lift per 8 hr shift 3 people on each shift rotation made after every loaded trailer avg 5 tone a trailer full day tonage avg 50 tone both shifts Works out at aprox just over 8 tone lifted per person some timeeonly 2 guys rotating so could be alot more is this too much despatcher 3 Feb 16 5 38 PM Hi I gave a 30 mile ride to my daughters partner from the g p to the A and E with a suspected spinal injury on Friday He can hardly feel his toes and is numb and it s getting worse after doing his community service which is almost complete His job was dragging 100kg sacks at a local community project tgat sells the donated items He is just about 20 yrs old All he can think about his completing his C S programme but the sad reality is this once fit young man may have been given a life sentence of being numb from the abdomen down and it s not improving over the weekend the symptoms are intensifying and he s scared This is 2016 this is the U K I expected much more from our PROVIDERS of such projects to be completely and utterly 100 on the H and S Policy and procedures at this stage any supervisor should know these legislations like second nature I will also mention here that lots of people with special needs attend the project to gain skills I will be requesting a ccomplete and thorough investigation into that project and what us actually being allowed to be performed as jobs and or tasks for these VULNERABLE people who due to the nature of their status are UNLIKELY to complain That in itself is an abuse of POWER This is an absolute shambles of a situationand it takes a serious incident for anyone to even bother to look the project over and or pop in to do spot checks Certain people gravitate to specific jobs and they are not always for the right reasons So even support staff and lower management need to be personality tested for the traits of any disorder of personality They are very accurate and would ensure at least some protection for the vulnerable in our society One does not throw a large amount of vulnerable people in one building and let it continue to function with nobody answering to the laws and legislation that is COMPULSORY for everyone else overseeing such projects they should be scrutinised more closely if anything This community based project is working closely with the local authority and somebody is turning a dead ear and a blind eye WELL not now because I am making it MYbusiness to bring it to everyone s attention and I will firstly be requesting a visit from the health and safety officer for the county over to see with their own eyes just exactly what is being expected of these people behind the doors closed to the general public ladyDee 24 Jan 16 4 06 PM I have to carry sandbags for 1maile is that s aloud G 15 Jan 16 9 01 AM my employer is trying to discipline me for not carrying a treadmill upstairs weighing 66kg we did a risk assessment and believe it would of caused a injury is this allowed by my employer ben 8 Jan 16 12 53 PM I work in care I lift and move residents all day and I am in a lot of pain pain in my neck and extreme pain in my lower back Work colleagues and I lift people over 70 80 kilos from their chairs to their wheel chairs and lift them off again to take to a very small bathroom we have to hold them up because they can t walk undo bottom clothing and sit them on the toilet when doing this we have to bend down whilst trying to hold them up is this weight accep table when carrying and bending down Sussie 24 Oct 15 9 18 PM leelaaaaad Your Question I have recently started a job and was lifting 10kg boxes from above head height the pallet of which I was lifting from was approximate stacked 7 to 7half feet high when 1 of the fully packed boxes fell and smashed me clean in the face leaving me with facial injuries I e black cheek bone swelling redness along with dizziness at the time of impact constant head ache also neck muscle pain I was not shown what to to how to use a saftey knife just said do it baring in mind I was lifting opening lifting again to load into hoppers is this LEGAL or the right way tough advice would be help full guys Our Response All employees should be given health and safety training As a minimum new employees must be given an induction which should cover topics such as how to report an accident how to respond in the event of a fire how to use equipment safely who to contact if there is a health and safety issue and how to find information relating to health and safety In addition employees should be trained in the precautions that they need to take when working with equipment or jobs that have significant risks associated with them If the accident happened at work it should be recorded in the company accident book If your workplace does not have an accident book you should write out brief details of the accident and injuries send them to your employer and keep a copy Your contract may say that you have to report an injury at work to your employer Our article Manual Handing at Work may help with more information on what your company should be doing see link here If your company was working outside the employment guidelines then you may be able to claim See CAB link here WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 6 Oct 15 11 15 AM I have recently started a job and was lifting 10kg boxes from above head height the pallet of which I was lifting from was approximate stacked 7 to 7half feet high when 1 of the fully packed boxes fell and smashed me clean in the face leaving me with facial injuries I e black cheek bone swelling redness along with dizziness at the time of impact constant head ache also neck muscle pain i was not shown what to to how to use a saftey knife just said do it baring in mind I was lifting opening lifting again to load into hoppers is this LEGAL or the right way tough advice would be help full guys leelaaaaad 5 Oct 15 11 44 AM ja You should visit your GP and get a doctors note which will excuse you from heavy lifting Abs 19 Aug 15 12 27 PM I hurt my wrist recently and can t manage heavy objects my boss is forcing me to lift stuff and told me to get proof that I can t do it He is being nasty and won t stop with me I was recently off with anxiety and getting that way again what can I do Ja 18 Aug 15 4 49 PM Hi My work involves 50kg of lifting Is this even legal nelz 4 Aug 15 9 05 AM hi im currently studying my business administration certificate III For one of my assignments I have to do it about Contribute to the health and safety of others I m having trouble with a certain question it is If a manual handling job is too difficult what should you do Can you please advice me with something that is related to that question Thanks burgo 20 Jul 15 12 11 AM hi i just wondered how you come to the conclusion that nothing over 25kg should be lifted As far as iam aware there is actually no limit set as to what weight you can legally lift if its mid waiste then i thought it was 25kg according to the HSE risk assessment but you can carry more depending on the companies dynamic risk assessment is this right or not matt 14 Jul 15 10 07 AM sam this is a tricky question as if you are still on probation then you may need to re assess whether this is the job for you given that the job involves heavy lifting as a pre requisite and this is listed in your contract However as specified in the article if your employer does not seem concerned about the issue you could point out that all employers have responsibilities to their workers under manual handling regulations introduced in 1992 Also if you do suffer an injury or feel ANY pain while lifting or landling an object stop immediately and speak to your employer Make sure that the incident is recorded because it could be some hours later before you realise the true extent of the damage You might also want to visit your GP if this is becoming and issue as you do not want any further repercussions Also if you have burned yourself on the equipment this needs to be reported and recorded either through HR or directly with your employer Should you need any further information or to see whether your employer is working within your employment guidelines you may like to give ACAS a call via the link here I hope this helps WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 13 Jul 15 10 17 AM Hi I recently started my first job and it s hard going I ve told my employer I have back problems and he told me it was bs So he s now told me I have to lift things he tells me to I ve had to lift 3 10kg bags of meat 20kg or bones 20 litre drums of oil and heavy hot trays which I ve burnt myself on due to the weight I ve told him ill always attempt to lift items but I may not always be able to As a result of these lifts I now have extreme back pain and can barely move I m 18 5 6 and 115 pounds I d this acceptable or do I need to talk to someone about these issues sam 10 Jul 15 1 09 AM I work in a textile factory and suffered injuries to my left leg and right knww whilst moving boxes of yarn weighing over 26kg in total each box These boxes are large and bulky each containing 12 2kg cones of yarn They are stacked on the pallets six high approx 6ft total height As I couldn t reach the top boxes to lift down I had to stand on an actual box to reach the top layer was shown this method by another employee I did this as I didn t feel secure standing on thesmall kick trolley as the boes were heavy and large So when I reached over to pull a box forward to lift iit it threw me off balance and I fell twisting my right knee badly and injuring my left shin on a wooden pallet This resulted in a bad leg infection which has left my shin permanently marked and misshapen but has also injuring my knee so badly that I now need to have a full knee replacement later this year I was off work for seven monthsand have recently returned to work doing light duties Do you think I may have grounds to seek a claim Knitwit 27 Jun 15 9 48 AM I work in a textile factory and suffered injuries to my left leg and right knww whilst moving boxes of yarn weighing over 26kg in total each box These boxes are large and bulky each containing 12 2kg cones of yarn They are stacked on the pallets six high approx 6ft total height As I couldn t reach the top boxes to lift down I had to stand on an actual box to reach the top layer was shown this method by another employee I did this as I didn t feel secure standing on thesmall kick trolley as the boes were heavy and large So when I reached over to pull a box forward to lift iit it threw me off balance and I fell twisting my right knee badly and injuring my left shin on a wooden pallet This resulted in a bad leg infection which has left my shin permanently marked and misshapen but has also injuring my knee so badly that I now need to have a full knee replacement later this year I was off work for seven monthsand have recently returned to work doing light duties Do you think I may have grounds to seek a claim Knitwit 27 Jun 15 12 42 AM In In my workplace I have been told to use a grille It is a large supposedly eye level grille Very old and some of the slots where the grille pan should sit are bent making it difficult to pull out This along with the fact that for me at 5ft 4 iniches it is actually above my head I have told the management that I will not use it as I would be lifting the pan laden withhot food above my head One member of staff pulled out the grille pan with hot toasted teacakes on it Because of the bent rails it stuck she pulled the pan hard and all the hot contents hit he in the face I considered she was lucky the food was not cheese on toast as this could have caused her serious injury I believe the management consider that I am making a mountain out of molehills Your opinion would be most appreciated dide 15 Jun 15 7 51 PM Andrew you can report your workplace concern via the HSE link here if you think your company has breached its health and safety law I hope this helps WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 11 Jun 15 12 12 PM Hi I work for a warranty I lift wheels upto 25kg from anywhere ranging from head height to the floor I recently was seen on camera lifting 1 6 times above my head as a weight They say it s gross misconduct as it s against health safetly If that is so surely I shouldn t of been aloud to take them over 6 foot trolleys for over 3 years Andrew 9 Jun 15 7 23 PM I work for a furniture store and have to carry heavy furniture up stairs flats etc over 50kg and some 110kg What I am supposed to do is lift prpperly but it is sometimes impossible in confined spaces I want to know what compensation I would get if I have to give up work for life due to an injury whiteshark 28 May 15 10 01 PM If the lift is out if use can they make you carry it up and down the stairs I work in retail me 19 May 15 10 11 AM Tiffin I suggest you give Acas a call via the link here in order to see where you stand legally I hope this helps WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 13 May 15 2 10 PM Hi I trained on a farm where they used trollies to transport the feed I then moved to another farm under development I asked daily where the trollies were but I was always given the answer that the manager is slow at getting these things and costs My feet then started to hurt so I changed from boots to wellies which didn t help so asked if I could wear my own they said no but then I was walking in my shed in just socks until I went to the chiropodist and he said I should quit my job I therefore quit In 4 weeks no one was concerned whatsoever about my feet complaints I was carrying buckets of 17kg up and down a concrete yard over 100m repetitively everyday in steel toed boots We had been on a manual handling course so we re carrying them correctly there was just lack of equipment I then spoke to the manager after who said they weren t necessarily going to provide trollies and it wasn t high risk Even though we were doing a load of other jobs using the same muscles If I had been made aware of the risks I would have known to stop straight away with the pain and wouldn t have done it at all if the equipment was never going to be provided I am out of a job because I thought it was my fault but actually it was due to their lack of duty of care Is there anything I can do now I am suffering from repetitive strain injuries

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  • Dealing with Employee Theft
    claimed that on Saturdayshe found my make up bag in toilets which she knew was mine she states she went inside bag and found 3 bags of cannabis thgis is lies she then closed bag and went out to a party were she told a manager what she found the next day they both looked in bag and no drugs were there I later collected my bag and went home no mention of this was put to me until 4 days later I have been suspended there was no drugs no evendience just the sayso of this college please help gitt 7 Feb 16 10 59 PM An employee sent me a screenshot of a text that another employee had sent her boyfriend where she clearly states she has been stealing money from the company She even talks about a pair of boots she bought from Top Shop The employee that sent the screenshot does not want herself or the employees boyfriend implicated Is the employee required to show hard proof Thanks D 27 Sep 15 11 30 PM I believe an employee is stealing fuel from the pumps at my transport depot My HR team are being all wollie as I cant prove that fuel actually went into the employees car only that he was on the pump and had no reason to be A covert camera has him on site and at the pumps but HR are saying that shows intent but NO actual thieft SImple question follows do I have to prove a quantity of something went missing to level a case of thieft Lost cause 31 Aug 15 8 46 PM Terrified shop worke I think in this case it may be advisable to give ACAS a call via the link here and speak with someone directly regarding whether your employer has dealt with this appropriately and within guidelines and in order to get the best advice as to your options I hope this helps WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 27 Jul 15 2 02 PM I ve been in my new job for 3 nearly 4 months now My manager is quite patronising and often finds ways of belittling me but we get along This week I got called in to the office and accused of taking 40 out of the till as there was only myself and my manager in the shop that day I ve never made a mistake on the tills before I have 4 nearly 5 years retail experience I ve never stolen a thing in my life so I am utterly mortified that this has happened I don t understand hownit could have happened so when my manager and her boss asked me what happened that day I couldn t offer any explanation as I didn t have one I would have happily let them search my bag if I had known On top of this there is no security cameras in my shop so I can not prove that I did not do

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  • The Most Common Injuries and Causes of Accidents at Work
    Transport 1350 Sectors reporting the lowest injury rates were Finance 310 and Education with 610 per 100 000 workers Fatal Accidents In 1999 2000 there were 117 3 reported fatal and major injuries nationwide per 100 000 employees and although there was a blip between 2003 2005 this has continued to reduce and in 2007 08 it had dropped to 106 6 Figures collected from 1996 2008 show that almost every year the most common cause of fatal injuries was falling from a height This was followed by transport accidents which include being hit by a vehicle or falling from a vehicle However hundreds of people also died after being struck by a moving or falling object or being trapped by something falling or collapsing The type of vehicles involved in injury accidents over this 12 year period included cars trucks and vans but the highest level of injuries were related to fork lift truck accidents There are an average of 1500 injury accidents involving fork lift trucks every year and research suggests that a high percentage of these are due to lack of training for fork lift truck drivers or poor maintenance of the truck Most Common Risks Overall slips trips and falls or damage caused by manual handling lifting remain the main culprits of injury in the workplace The good news is that the government has set targets under the Revitalising Health and Safety initiative to reduce injuries and latest available figures show that the rate of both fatal and over three day accidents in the UK is substantially lower than in most other EU countries apart from Sweden and Ireland Previous Page Next Page You might also like General Office Safety Mechanical Lifting Equipment Using Personal Protective Equipment Guide to Safe Equipment at Work How to Avoid RSI Repetitive Strain Injury Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice what is the major cause of hand injuries Dom 6 Sep 15 7 54 AM What are the national causes of accidents in Zimbabwe Timz 23 Jan 14 6 07 AM Thank you for the info about the most common cause of accidents that are work related Elwen 29 Nov 13 1 31 PM Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice Title Miss Ms Mrs Mr Dr Rev d Prof Other never shown Firstname never shown Surname never shown Email never shown Nickname shown Comment Validate Enter word Topics Work Safety Law Case Studies Ask Our Experts Avoiding Accidents Work with Substances Transport High Risk Workplaces Health Issues Safe Environment Working with People HR Matters Site Information Latest Comments WorkplaceSafetyAdvice Re Dealing with Employee Theft EvertonBoy Your Question My brother has stole 100 from the supermarket where he works and all I wanna no is what will happen 16 February 2016 Scole Re Dealing with Employee Theft I m am pregant can my emplpyerget rid of me because I am on a temporary contract 16 February 2016 EvertonBoy Re Dealing with Employee Theft My brother

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  • Can I Leave the Premises on my Lunch Break?
    57 AM I worked for a year and a few months at a highway gas station trucker stop as utility cleaning and fixing stuff Full time but get 30minute unpaid lunch break Unknowingly as I punch out for lunch my girlfriend comes in with her young sister for lunch too Figured we could sit down together before me clocking back in One of the managers who is a friend informed me that I couldn t have lunch with visitors on my unpaid break from his boss Is this illegal as I m not on company time and they bought food at this establishment And if so is there any legal action I can take Also had other issues with the certain boss that could result in legal action I m just trying to compile my list before taking course of action Despair 10 Jan 16 4 52 AM I am a nurse at a nursing home i work work double shift 2 10 10 6 Due to the census being low they want me to take a one hour break each shift with no pay even though I do not have any relief and they do this They expect me to stay on the premises for an hour without pay just in case something happens and then expect me to clock back in if that occurs And though the Medicare census is low there are still over 40 patients one licensed nurse that I m responsible Nurse 8 Jan 16 6 24 AM Raaay Your Question Where I work we are currently given a 30minute unpaid break per 6 7hour shift Although there is sufficient cover to the department to ensure accidents and emergencies are rare we are now being told that during this break time we are expected to be on the floor and can not leave the building under any circumstances Where do we stand on this Our Response You would have to read what the terms of your employment contract states It would also depend upon whether your employer has a valid reason for requesting this If this does not answer your question fully you may wish to get in touch with ACAS directly WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 6 Jan 16 2 40 PM Where i work we are currently given a 30minute unpaid break per 6 7hour shift Although there is sufficient cover to the department to ensure accidents and emergencies are rare we are now being told that during this break time we are expected to be on the floor and can not leave the building under any circumstances Where do we stand on this Raaay 6 Jan 16 12 09 AM I work for the government A Job Corp to be exact I was told today in a meeting that we are not allowed to leave the premises on our 30 minute unpaid break unless we have prior authorization from our employer And if we do leave it has to reflect on our time cards I work with students ages 16 to 24 usually I had left work one day beacuse I had forgotten my keys at home there were 2 other staff members there and my crew had not shown up I told staff I was leaving I went home and picked up my keys and was back to work within my half hour When it was brought up later from my supervisor she asked me if I had left and I told her yes and the response from her was that I need to approve it first this at a place where you rarely get your 30 minute breaks and never on a scheduled time I am just wondering if this is legal or are my 30 minutes mine to use for something like this Sulajo 30 Dec 15 11 38 PM I work nightshift 11 hrs a night over 4in large supermarket They lock the front door at 10pm and do not unlock them until 6am We get a 1 hr unpaid and 30 mins paid soon to be unpaid for lunch break but are not allowed to leave the building Weve been told it is for security reasons we are not allowed to leave I have checked both staff hand book and contract and there is nothing in there to say we will be locked in and not allwed to leave the building Can we do anything about this Also as the 30 min is becoming unpaid can we leave 30 mins early rather than take that break Many thanks Pfg 29 Dec 15 7 58 PM Davie Your Question Hi I work as a van driver from 8 30 to 17 30 within this time I am SUPPOSED To have 15 mins in the morning 30 mins around noon and another 15 mins in the afternoon it s always difficult to have these 15 min X 2 due to the demand of customers wanting their goods could you please inform me of my writes or by law am I entitled to take my 1 hour unpaid break in one go ie 12 00 till 13 00 thank you Davie Our Response You would have to have a look at your employment contract and see what it specifies There are certain businesses such as retail that has an exemption However if you cannot take your break because of customers you should be offered compensatory rest as near to the break as possible and on the same day Should you have any other queries regarding this matter you may wish to contact ACAS WorkplaceSafetyAdvice 21 Dec 15 2 12 PM Hi I work as a van driver from 8 30 to 17 30 within this time I am SUPPOSED To have 15 mins in the morning 30 mins around noon and another 15 mins in the afternoon it s always difficult to have these 15 min X 2 due to the demand of customers wanting their goods could you please inform me of my

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  • Avoiding Accidents by Workplace Safety Advice (UK)
    prevention How companies need to have proper fire emergency Forklift Truck Safety The health and safety legislation which applies to operating a forklift truck How training must be given to the operators and the types of issues to be aware of General Office Safety Poor safety kills around 20 office workers every year Guide to Safe Equipment at Work Accidents in the workplace are often caused through sheer carelessness but sometimes they happen because equipment has not been checked and is not safe for use How to Avoid RSI Repetitive Strain Injury RSI is an extremely painful condition which can affect anyone who repeats the same movements on a regular basis such as clicking a computer mouse Use our guide to Manual Handling at Work Manual handling risk assessment is an important aspect of modern health and safety management Mechanical Lifting Equipment Lifting equipment when used incorrectly can be hazardous Slips Trips and Falls at Work Preventing slips and trips at work will help prevent personal injury The Most Common Injuries and Causes of Accidents at Work Every year countless workers suffer an accident or injury in the workplace and we are all at risk from the most common causes

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