Risk Digest: 9th December 2016

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 9th December 2016.


Information Security

Social Media Giants to Share Anti-Terror Database

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Google have joined forces to tackle terror propaganda online by creating a database of unique digital fingerprints to help automatically spot terror related videos or images.
Beta Launch Expansion of IBM Watson for Cyber Security

40 organisations are now part of the effort to train Watson for Cyber Security in an effort to improve security intelligence

Health & Safety

Work Experience Teenager Fractures Pelvis on First Day

Radwell International Limited, a supplier of industrial equipment based in Newcastle has been fined after a work experience person fractured his pelvis on the first day with the company.


Vehicle Giant Volvo Fined After Worker Fall

The national truck, bus and plant division of Volvo has been fined £900,000 after one of their workers fell and suffered head injuries.


Gender Pay Reporting Regulations Come into Force April 6th 2017

The Government has published the revised draft Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017, which are intended to come into force on 6 April 2017.


UK’s First Disqualification of Director for Competition Law Breach

On 1 December, the Competition and Markets Authority announced that it had secured the first UK director disqualification undertaking after Daniel Aston, the managing director of the online poster supplier Trod Ltd agreed not to act as a director of any UK company for 5 years.


London Mayor Unveils New Hydrogen Double-Decker Bus to Combat Air Pollution Levels

London mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled the capital’s first double-decker hydrogen bus as part of a commitment to phase out diesel buses.


Four Major Cities to Ban Diesel Vehicles by 2025

The leaders of four major global cities say they will stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade.

Solar Panels


First Grid-Scale Installation of Tesla’s Powerpack Battery System.

The first grid scale installation of Tesla’s Powerpack battery system has been completed at a site in Somerset it was announced this week.


Google’s Data Centres Pledge to Be 100% Green by 2017

Google has confirmed it will hit its target of offsetting 100% of the energy used at its data centres and offices against power from renewable sources.

Mental Health


Would You Pass the Work-Life Balance Test?

Work life balance – three little words which are often used to describe a comfortable relationship between your work and home life. Every employee wants this, and apparently every great company offers it. But do they really?


Keeping Staff Safe this Festive Season: Drugs and Alcohol

It’s the time of year when many business owners focus their health and safety legal responsibilities on clearing ice and snow and ensuring employees are wearing the correct PPE for low temperatures. However, the festive season presents a whole new range of risks for employers, in particular through the possible increase in drug and alcohol use.


What You Need to Know for the Government’s Brexit Appeal.

The Government’s appeal against the High Court’s ruling MPs must have a say before Brexit is triggered has begun in the Supreme Court. The highest court in the land will rule whether or not Prime Minister Theresa May can invoke Article 50 to leave the EU without parliamentary approval. Here is what you need to know about the hearing.


Labour Complains about Conservative Brexit Tweets.

Labour has protested after the Conservative press office tweeted the names of MPs it said “won’t respect the referendum result”.

The Lighter Side

Village Re-Created in Christmas Cake

A village has been recreated in edible form – using Christmas cake, icing and marzipan – to raise money towards restoring a church roof.


Beard Fairy Lights: The Latest Fashion Trend.

We’ve had glitter beards and bauble beards. But now there’s fairy light beards!


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