BHP w Firmie (Work safety in the company) 2021/241

  • Subject of the issue: Health and Safety Commission as an opinion-giving and advisory body of the employer - not everything is clear
    Some of the employer's obligations in the field of technical safety at work depend on the number of employees. When the workplace employs more than 250 people, the employer must obligatorily appoint a health and safety commission as its consultative and advisory body. The basic issues related to the functioning of in-house committees are regulated in the Labor Code. The problem is that the regulations do not resolve many practical and problematic issues that may be objected to by the supervisory authorities over working conditions.
  • Ending the epidemic, i.e. the future of preventive medical examinations of employees
    The number of Covid-19 patients is decreasing, the number of vaccinated workers is increasing, and restrictions are being relaxed. There are voices that the epidemic can be lifted. What happens when an epidemic emergency is entered instead? So when do special rules apply, for example, regarding preventive medical examinations of employees, occupational health and safety training, and remote work? See the expert's explanation.
  • Small construction sites under the scrutiny of the National Labor Inspectorate - also in the evenings and on weekends
    The National Labor Inspectorate has launched a nationwide campaign called "Inspections on small construction sites". According to the Chief Labor Inspector, the results of the National Labor Inspectorate's inspections indicate that the greatest number of accident and occupational hazards occurs at small construction sites. Determining the actual scale of irregularities and non-compliance with the provisions of the labor inspector, the labor inspector will conduct inspection activities at various times, also in the afternoon and evening, and during weekends. Make sure that the rules of occupational health and safety are respected on the construction sites you operate.
  • The minimum wage and the hourly wage will be higher in 2022
    The Council of Ministers adopted a proposal regarding the minimum remuneration for work in 2022 in the amount of PLN 3,000 and the minimum hourly rate for specific civil law contracts in the amount of PLN 19.60. The proposed amounts are currently being negotiated with the social partners.
  • Employee sobriety checks - expert's comment on the proposed changes
    If the draft amendment to the Labor Code, published on the website of the Government Legislation Center, enabling employers to control the sobriety of employees comes into force in the proposed form, employers have a chance to obtain satisfactory control procedures - assesses Karolina Kołakowska, lawyer, labor law expert from Brzezińska Narolski Adwokaci. See the expert's comment on the planned changes.
  • How to reduce the risk of falling when working on a tanker?
    Occupational risk assessment consists in analyzing the risk and determining its acceptability, and the purpose of the risk assessment is the possibility for the employer to take appropriate steps to ensure safe and hygienic working conditions for employees. If, due to the nature of the work process, the elimination of hazards is not possible, appropriate organizational and technical solutions should be applied, including appropriate collective protection measures, limiting the impact of these hazards on the health and safety of employees. In this article, you will learn how to assess occupational risk when working on a tanker truck, as well as what safeguards should be used to reduce the level of risk.
  • Employee liability for damage - on what terms
    It is the duty of every employee to look after the welfare of the workplace, protect its property and keep confidential information, the disclosure of which could expose the employer to damage. These obligations arise without the need to sign additional documents. If the employee caused the employer damage through failure to perform or improper performance of work duties, he must repair it. It is a general responsibility. How does the employee respond? How to enforce liability for damages?
  • How to conduct an effective initial on-the-job training of a butcher?
    All employees must know what threats exist at their workstation, what their effects are and what measures to protect against these threats must be applied. This information should be read by an employee during the initial on-the-job training. How to properly conduct such training at the butcher's position? What should you remember and what should you pay special attention to?
  • Remote work and working time standards
    Are the regulations in force and the planned amendment to the Labor Code sufficient to avoid the risk of violations related to compliance with the standards of working time performed remotely? Doubts also apply to the way in which the employer should be guaranteed compliance with applicable law. So how do you control a remote employee?
  • Working with a smartphone and working with a screen monitor
    Should the use of a smartphone while working be considered working on a screen monitor? The employee is a sales representative who The device takes, for example, photos during a visit to the client and sends them to the employer together with a report on the visit. The time of work or doctor's recommendations is a secondary issue. Is using a smartphone during business duties work in a position equipped with screen monitors?
  • Vaccinated employees - what to do with restrictions in the company
    In many companies, almost 100% of the workforce has been vaccinated against COVID-19. Can the employer establish an obligation for the employee to provide a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19? And if employees voluntarily show a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, may the employer not apply restrictions in the company (1.5 m distance and the obligation to wear masks)?

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