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HSE: Asbestos and equipement and method guidance have been updated. -added 31.12.07
Details here


HSE: Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare (INDG 244) leaflet updated. -added 18.12.07
Details here


HSE: Falls from Height News. 7 new falls related news stories have been added -added 17.12.07
Details here


HSE: Information on the Workplace Fire Safety page of the fire and explosion website, on HSE’s role in fire safety has been updated. -added 17.12.07
Details here


HSE: The HSE has updated its Health and Safety in Health and Social Care Services website. The site has been restructured to give greater emphasis to issues relevant to health services and include additional information on musculoskeletal disorders in health care. -added 04.12.07
View site here


HSE: Overlap of the Biocidal Products Directive and REACH explained includinga a case study. -added 30.11.07
More information here
Case study here
REACH website here


HSE: Warehousing and Storage -A guide to health and safety (HSG76) has been published. Are you a manager, a supervisor or otherwise involved in health and safety in warehouses and storage facilities? If you are, this new guidance book could be just what you need. This book tackles all the most common causes of accidents, such as: slips and trips, falls from height, manual handling and injuries linked with vehicles. -added 30.11.07
Details here


HSE: Managing the Causes of Work-Related Stress (HSG218) has been published. Based on the Management Standards, this new guide will help employers, your employees and their representatives manage the issue sensibly and minimise the impact of work-related stress on your business. -added 30.11.07
Details here


BERR: The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has just begun an important consultation on the health and safety system in this country. It is entitled, “Improving Outcomes from Health and Safety: a call for evidence”. Responses to be made by 31 January 2008. -added 30.11.07
View BERR website here
Consultative document available here


HMG: The Government has published a Consultation Paper on Sentencing for Corporate Manslaughter. Responses to be made by 7 February 2008. -added 29.11.07
Available here


HSE: Asbestos Topic Inspection Pack has been updated. This topic inspection pack provides advice and guidance for HSE staff on the issues that need to be considered when inspecting premises. -added 25.11.07
View topic pack here


HSE: Slips and Trips Case Studies and Statistics updated. -added 25.11.07
View case studies here
View latest statistics here


HMG: Health Work Wellbeing is a Government-led initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of working age people. Founded on a growing evidence base that working is good for health, it brings together employers, unions and healthcare professionals in helping more people with health conditions to find and stay in employment. -added 19.11.07
View website here


HSE: Internal Operational Instructions & Guidance The HSE has updated the current internal instructions and guidance it uses to carry out its core operational work of inspecting, investigating, permissioning and enforcing.
The material is presented here essentially in the same way as it is made available to HSE staff but with some additional explanation for an external audience. -added 15.11.07
View site here


HSE, EDG, Dfra: REACH Websites If you are wanting more information about REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) these website may be useful. -added 13.11.07
EDG
HSE
Defra


HSE: Road Haulage and Distribution website updated. The site now includes 'live issues' including the latest news on slips and trips, falls from vehicles, moving goods safely and new driver certificate of competence. It also now has the minutes of the Road Distribution Action Group. -added 8.11.07
Read 'live issues' here
Road Distribution Action Group here


HSE: Leadership Actions for Directors and Board Members INDG417 published. With the launch of the Leadership in health and safety at work website, this leaflet has been published. It replaces leaflet INDG343. -added 8.11.07
Download leaflet here
View website here


HSE: Ergonomics in Pharmaceutical Industry/Laboratories. A new wesite which provides an introduction to health and safety issues for people who work in the pharmaceutical industry. Also relevent to others who work in laboratories. -added 7.11.07
View site here


Ministry of Justice: Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 guidance published. The Act introduces a new offence, across the UK, for prosecuting companies and other organisations where there has been a gross failing, throughout the organisation, in the management of health and safety with fatal consequences. The new offence will come into force on 6 April 2008. This guidance provides further information about the 2007 Act and its implementation.
Introduction to the Act Download here
This leaflet is intended to provide a general introduction to the new Act, explaining how the new offence of corporate manslaughter/homicide works and where it will apply. It is intended to provide fundamental information to employers, senior managers and others seeking an overview of the new legislation.
Detailed guidance on implementation of the Act Download here
This publication provides fuller a guide to the new Act, including which organisations are covered, the sort of incident to which it applies and those that are exempt and the test that will be applied by the courts. It is intended for those who need to know how the new Act will work in some detail, including health and safety managers and professionals.
Main Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act page
More information here
Download the Act here
-added 6.11.07


HSE: Getting Specialist Help with Health and Safety -INDG402 leaflet published. Information about looking for specialist health and safety help for your business. Also available - ”HSE statement to the external providers of health and safety assistance”. These publications supercede the previous free leaflet INDG322. -added 6.11.07
Download INDG402 here
Download HSE statement here
Download Managing health and safety leaflets here


HSE: Employing Workers from Overseas -INDG414 leaflet published. The number of workers from abroad (migrant workers) has increased in recent years. Essential guidance for employers, employment agencies and businesses, gangmasters etc. on their health, safety and welfare responsibilities for temporary (including migrant) workers. -added 6.11.07
Download here


HSC: 2006/7 statistics published. The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has published the latest statistics on work-related ill health, and workplace injury in Great Britain, including reports on progress against the targets set in the ‘Revitalising Health and Safety’ strategy. -added 6.11.07
View here


HSE: Falls from Vehicles Case Study published. The latest to be added is entitled “Select improve access to flat-bed trailers and rigid vehicles”, and details Select Plant Hire’s development of a system to enable drivers to access the bed of their vehicle more safely. -added 6.11.07
View here
More case studies here


HSE: Better Backs Campaign launched. It contains eight useful leaflets and a CD with MS PowerPoint presentations and other useful. -added 30.10.07
View here


HSE: Health Hazards in the Waste and Recycling Industry guidance published. This good practice guidance is for employers, managers and supervisors to help them understand, remove or reduce the risk of ill health associated with handling waste and recyclables during collection and sorting activities (both at the kerbside and at materials recycling facilities). -added 30.10.07
View here
See also Stay Clean - Stay Healthy: Looking after your Health in the Waste/Recycling Industry


HSE: The Registration Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) website has been updated. Now includes case studies based on scenarios from a number of different industries and news about events in your area. -added 30.10.07
View here


International Stress Management Association UK: 7th November 2007 is National Stress Awareness Day organised by the International Stress Management Association UK, the theme for this year is “Stress – Don’t let it get to you”. -added 27.10.07
More information here


HSE: Additional information has been added to a number of the Managing Human Performance topics. These will be highly relevant for “major hazard industries”, but some will also be relevant to non-major hazard industries. The areas update include: Fatigue from shiftwork and overtime, Safety critical communications, Procedures, Training and competence and Organisational change. -added 27.10.07
View updates here


HSE: The laws concerning the Movement of Dangerous Substances by Road have changed. HSE and other government bodies have responsibilities for enforcing this area of work. HSE’s guidance for operational staff has been amended to reflect these changes. -added 27.10.07
More information here


HSE: Motor vehicle repair: Good practice for SMART (small and medium-area repair technique) sprayers published. This guide describes how you can adequately control risks to health, safety and the environment. -added 27.10.07
Download here


HSE: An updated web friendly version of INDG 415, Stay Clean - Stay Healthy: Looking after your Health in the Waste/Recycling Industry is now available. -added 22.10.07
Download here


HSE: Guidance to the employer/dutyholder on the matters to be considered in determining the quantities of flammable liquids that may be safely stored in process areas, workrooms, laboratories and similar working areas. -added 20.10.07
Details here


HSE: Vehicles at Work website had been updated. It is aimed at site designers, banksmen, fork lift drivers etc. It provides resources to help you tackle vehicle safety at work including guidance, tools, safety signs, case studies and videos. -added 17.10.07
View site here


HSE: Carbon Monoxide awareness. How much do you know about the silent killer? Lord McKenzie is today speaking at the launch of Carbon Monoxide awareness week at the House of Lords. Throughout the week events arranged by campaign groups and others are being held around the UK to raise awareness of the dangers from CO poisoning. -added 11.10.07
More information about carbon monoxide here


HSE: More information about the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 published. The Act is a landmark in law. For the first time, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care.
The Act, which will come into force on 6 April 2008, clarifies the criminal liabilities of companies including large organisations where serious failures in the management of health and safety result in a fatality. -added 11.10.07
More information here
Ministry of Justice web page here
Download the Act here


HSE: Carriage of Dangerous Goods Manual has been updated. For most duty holders the changes are minor but one significant change is that from 1 January 2007 drivers of all vehicles need to hold an ADR training certificate. -added 10.10.07
More details here
Download manual here


HSE: One new and three revised woodworking information sheets now published -added 10.10.07
Safe use of four-sided moulding machines,WIS40 -new Download here
COSHH and the woodworking industries, WIS6 -revised Download here
Noise at woodworking machines, WIS13 -revised Download here
Noise reduction at band re-saws, WIS4 -Revised Download here


HSE: Workplace Check Lists published. These checklists are for use by safety representatives to help you carry out risk assessments in the workplace and discuss the findings with employers. The check lists include Upper Limb Disorders, VDU Workstations, Manual Handling, Body Mapping and Slip Assessment -added 03.10.07
Details here


HSE: Preventing Falls from Vehicles -advice for workers, INGG 413 published. A pocketcard advising workers on how to avoid falls from vehicles is now available to download. -added 03.10.07
Details here


HSC: Judith Hackitt CBE has been appointed Chair of the Health and Safety Commission with effect from 1 October 2007 for a term of 5 years. -added 03.10.07
Details here


HSE: The Domestic Gas website has been redeveloped to provide clearer, more relevant and detailed information. The navigation has been changed to allow easier accessibility to the pages and to give greater focus to areas of interest to gas consumers. -added 03.10.07
Details here


HSE: Slips and trips -relevant laws and standards. A summary of a Court of Appeal case, Ellis v Bristol City Council with important implications for employers and the suitability of their flooring has been added to this site under Case law. -added 03.10.07
Details here


HSE: A number of fact sheets covering musculoskeletal disorders, upper limb disorders and manual handling have been added to the Euroweek site. These should be helpful to safety representatives and individual workers carrying out workplace inspections. -added 03.10.07
Details here


HSE: Ban Bullying at Work Day 7th November, this year is centred on providing opportunities for both organisations and individuals to speak out on the issue of bullying at work. -added 03.10.07
Details here


HSE: National Construction Week 2007 will take place across the UK between 8th and 12th October. The aim is to inform young people and their influencers about the many and varied careers available in the modern construction industry. -added 03.10.07
Details here


HSE: HSE have published revised guidance for Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks HSG 175. It sets out what the Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks Joint Advisory Committee on Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks (FJAC) considers are appropriate measures for those involved in the industry to work safely and comply with the law. It concentrates on the safety of employers, employees and the general public using fairgrounds and amusement parks, and gives advice on measures that can be taken to control risks. -added 24.9.07
Details here


HSE: The new Better Backs Campaign Site for 2007/8 website launched. This year guidance and advice focuses on all musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) including backpain and upper limb disorders (ULDs). -added 24.9.07
Available here


HSE: HSE has prepared a number of PowerPoint presentations on the CDM 2007 Regulations. The presentations may be used as one-off presentations to a specific audience or given as a series of toolbox talks. -added 21.9.07
Available here


HSE: HSE have launched a website for Disabled People and their Employees. The site promotes good practice in disability equality at work and health and safety risk assessment. -added 21.9.07
Available here


HSE: HSE have revised the leaflet Welfare at Work: Guidance for Employers on Welfare Provisions (INDG293). It sets out the welfare facilities employers must provide for their employees. It clarifies that it is not a legal requirement to put up signs for drinking water unless there is a risk of people drinking non-drinking water. -added 21.9.07
Available here


HSE: HSE have launched a website for its Falls from Vehicles Campaign. Many falls from vehicles occur during loading and unloading - you don’t have to fall far to land hard. This campaign website provides information sheets, case studies, posters and vehicle ’spec’ lists and checklists. -added 21.9.07
View it here


HSE: HSE have published new leaflets giving basic information on REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) for manufactureres, importers and users of chemicals. -added 21.9.07
Available here


HSE: HSE have published a leaflet 'Want Construction Work Done Safely? Quick Guide for Clients'. This is a quick guide for clients on the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. Anyone having construction or building work carried out has legal duties under CDM 2007, unless they are a domestic client. -added 30.8.07
Available here


HSE: HSE have published a leaflet Managing ‘Task and Finish’ to Reduce Safety Risks. The practice of ‘task and finish’ (T&F) has the potential to adversely affect the health and safety of workers if it is not properly managed and controlled. It is aimed at waste and recycling collection round managers, their supervisory staff, and safety professionals within the industry. However parts will be applicable for other industries which have T&F. -added 28.8.07
Available here


HSE: HSE have published case studies of Kitchen Related Accidents including slips and trips. -added 20.8.07
Available here


HSE: HSE have published good practice on Health and Safety Training for Waste Management and Recycling. It is written for managers and those organising training within the waste management and recycling industry and sets out guidelines on the basic requirements for training in five key areas: slips, trips and falls, personal protective equipment, manual handling, workplace transport and legislation and responsibilities. -added 20.8.07
Available here


HSE: HSE have published good practice on Handling Needles in the Waste and Recycling Industry. It is written for managers and employees and aims to reduce the risks of bloodborne virus infection from syringe needles (often referred to as ‘sharps’ or ‘needlestick injuries’), which form part of drug related litter. -added 20.8.07
Available here


HSE: HSE have published information on Noise at Work in the Entertainment Industry. In April 2008 the existing regulations protecting workers in the music and entertainment sectors from exposure to excessive noise will be replaced by the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. -added 20.8.07
Available here


HSE: HSE have published information on Dust Explosion Prevention in the Food Industry. Explosions and fires within the food industry from combustible materials are a known hazard and they can have devastating and irreversible effects. This information deals with the fire and explosion hazards encountered in the food industries from dusty and powdered substances. -added 20.8.07
Available here


HSE: HSE have published an leaflet 'Skip and Container Safety in Waste Management and Recycling'. -added 9.8.07
Available here


HMG: The Government has published the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 -added 1.8.07
Read it here


HSE: The HSE has revised the Guidance to the Licensing Authority on the Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004 (L77). The revised guidance reflects that the HSE are now the licencing authority, adopts the lessons learnt through the previous years of operation and clarifies areas that have caused confusion in the past. -added 23.7.07
Details of the revised guidance here


HSE: A selection of Health and Safety Executive publications are now available in audio format. -added 20.7.07
Listen here


HSE: The HSE have revised their Leptospirosis leaflet, INDG84. It is particularly recommended anyone who is in contact with rats and cattle as Leptospirosis is a disease which can be fatal. -added 20.7.07
Download it here


HSE: The HSE has issued a safety alert to individual homeowners, tenants, landlords and the plumbing industry. This is to raise awareness of a rare but potentially serious scalding risk from domestic hot water systems which include a fixed all-electric or part-electric immersion heater in conjunction with a plastic cold water storage cistern or ‘tank’ located in the roof space. -added 13.7.07
Read the alert here


HSE: The HSE have published some Noise Case Studies. These case studies offer real examples of how some organisations have reduced noise at work. They provide simple solutions that can help you in controlling noise in your workplace. -added 10.7.07
Browse case studies here


HSE: A leaflet 'Look After Your Hands in the Kitchen' published. It gives basic information on work-related contact dermatitis and what you, as an employer, can do to prevent it happening at your business. -added 10.7.07
View leaflet here


HSC: The HSC Annual Report 2006/07 is published. It reports on the work of HSC/E during the year and delivery of the HSC Business Plan 2006/07. -added 3.7.07
Read it here


HSE: Guidance on reducing the risk of injury from mobile plant has been developed by a QNJAC working party comprising of representatives from manufacturers, suppliers, operating companies and the HSE. -added 28.6.07
Read guidance here


HSE: The list of workplace exposure limits EH40, for use with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 has been updated to include new workplace exposure limits which come into force on 1 October 2007. -added 28.6.07
Download list here


HSE: This year’s European Week campaign ‘Lighten the Load’ will run from 22nd – 26th October 2007 and is dedicated to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The aim of the campaign is to support employers, workers, safety representatives and other stakeholders in improving MSD prevention. -added 20.6.07
More details here


HSE: The HSE has launched a 'Falls from Vehicles Campaign' It aims to raise awareness of the risk of falling that workers are exposed to when accessing and/or working at height on vehicles and the actions that should be taken to minimise these risks. -added 14.6.07
View campaign website here
View falls from vehicles website here


HSE: Every month nearly 100 people fall off a ladder at work and suffer serious injuries costing the economy £60 million each year. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will promote ladder safety messages through a ‘ladder exchange’ which aims to remove 4000 ‘dodgy’ ladders from workplaces in Great Britain. -added 12.6.07
Read press release here
'Ladder Exchange' website
'Ladder Exchange' Powerpoint presentation


HSE: An initiative aimed at people working in and managing kitchens has been launched. Last year alone 1863 people received an injury that kept them off work for more than three days, 640 received a major injury. The good news is that it is possible to stop slip accidents from happening and the contents of the site 'Stop Slips in Kitchens' website can help. -added 12.6.07
View web site here


HSE: On the 1 June, REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) came into effect across the UK. REACH is a new European system for regulating chemical safety that affects most businesses, even those who would normally not consider themselves involved with chemicals. -added 12.6.07
View REACH website here


HSE: Throughout June and July 2007 HSE Construction Division Inspectors will aim to carry out over 1,000 targeted site inspections nationally looking at the issues of low falls and good order. They will be checking to see if firms are getting it right when working at height and Keeping sites in good order. To go with the campaign HSE have a 'Trips and Falls in Construction 2007' website. -added 12.6.07
Read press release here
View web site here


HSE: HSE have published a task sheet Work on Textured Decorative Coatings Containing Asbestos. This covers such work as: drilling and boring, inserting and removing screws, removal from a small area and how to remove debris following a ceiling or wall collpase. It is on the Asbestos Essentials web page. -added 29.5.07
View web page here


HSE: HSE have updated their Manufacturing Industries portal web page. It covers a range of manufacturing industries including cement, ceramics, concrete, engineering, glass and glazing, heavy clay & bricks, laundries and dry-cleaning, leather and footwear, molten metals, motor vehicle repair, paper, plastics, printing, quarries, refractories, surface engineering, textiles, and waste and recycling. -added 23.5.07
View website here


HSE/IoD: Directors and boards have a vital role in the achieving of high standards of workplace health and safety by their organisation. But what is that directors and boards are expected to do in overseeing their organisation’s health and safety performance? At the request of the Health and Safety Commission (HSC), the Institute of Directors (IoD) is leading a steering group consisting of key stakeholders to oversee the production of new, authoritative guidance setting out what is expected of directors. IoD is conducting the consultation on the draft version of the guidance and is keen to hear your views; the consultation runs for a 6 week period until approximately 22 June 2007. -added 17.5.07
More information here
Download draft document here


HSE: HSE have produced a leaflet entitled 'Working in the UK from overseas?' This is a new publication regarding health and safety at work in the agriculture and food processing industries for migrant workers. It is also available in Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Latvian, Bulgarian and Ukrainian. -added 9.5.07
Download it here


HSE: HSE have produced a Slips and Trips Mapping Tool. Produced in partnership with the Unions, is mainly aimed at safety representatives, but may be useful to others. It supports the HSE campaign to reduce slips and trips in the workplace (a priority area for health and safety inspectors). Safety representatives can use the slips and trips mapping tool to involve members in identifying slips and trips problems and hazards in the workplace, using their knowledge and experience. -added 9.5.07
Download it here


HSE: HSE have launched a website with health and safety advice and guidance for those in the road haulage and distribution industries. Case studies, latest industry health and safety news and specific advice and guidance is available. -added 1.5.07
View website here


HSE: HSE have issued a reminder that 'The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006' were further strengthened on 6 April 2007 by the requirement that anyone who certifies premises to be safe to be re-occupied following asbestos work must be accredited. -added 20.4.07
More information here


HSE: HSE has warned companies of the need to make and implement proper risk assessments when working with fragile roofs. The warning follows the death of 28 year old a scaffolder from Warrington who died after falling through a fragile roof light while working on an extension to a warehouse . -added 20.4.07
Read the press release here


HSE: HSE took over responsibility for the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) on the 1st April 2007 and has enforcement responsibility for the Activity Centres (Young Persons’ Safety) Act 1995 and the Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004.
All the inspection and most of the administration work that the AALA carried out have been taken over by Tourism Quality Services Ltd (TQS) under contract. TQS will be operating under the name Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS). -added 12.4.07
View the AALA website here


HSE: A brief guide to the Work at Height Regulations 2005 published. In 2005/06 falls from height accounted for 46 fatal accidents at work and around 3350 major injuries. They remain the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injury. This document is written for employers, the self-employed and anyone who works at height. It tells you what you need to do to comply with the Work at Height Regulations 2005, as amended by the Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007. -added 5.4.07
Download the guide (INDG401) here


HSE: New Cleaning website launched. The cleaning industry employs very large numbers of people in all sectors of the economy, from offices to factories, schools to hospitals, shops to aircraft. The range of work covers all cleaning activities from dusting and vacuuming to cleaning windows, factory roofs and industrial equipment. This new website provides occupational health and safety advice for those people working in the cleaning industry. -added 5.4.07
View site here


HSE: The Legionnaires’ Disease section of the HSE website has been revised and updated with information about how this disease is contracted, the symptoms and treatment and guidance on how to prevent it. It also contains a report into the Legionella outbreak in Barrow-in-Furness in August 2002. -added 5.4.07
View site here


HSE: The HSE have published a second edition of the Memorandum of Guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 ISBN 9780717662289. This second edition updates references to relevant regulations, standards and publications. It replaces references to the Institution of Electrical Engineers’ IEE Regulations with BS7671. -added 5.4.07
Purchacing details here


HSE: The CDM (2007) Regulations come into force 6 April 2007. -added 5.4.07
HSE CDM web pages here
Read the press release here
View the Regulations here
Details of the ACOP here
Purchace the ACOP here


HSE: The HSE has set more ways of reporting Accidents and Incidents (Riddors) -added 5.4.07
View them here


HSE: The HSE has set up a Disease Reduction Programme website. The aim of the programme is to reduce ill health that results from failures to properly control hazardous or dangerous substances in the workplace by encouraging healthier working practices, reducing exposure to potentially harmful substances including chemicals and dusts and ultimately reducing the cases of work-related ill health. -added 5.4.07
View the site here


HSE: The HSE has revised COSHH Essentials for Printers. A number of guidance sheets aimed at the printing industry have been updated. The updated information sheets have been marked as ‘updated’ where new versions have been placed on the website. -added 30.3.07
Download guidance here


HSE: The HSE has published a revised version of COSHH essentials general guidance: Health Surveillance for Occupational Asthma (G402). -added 16.3.07
Download guidance here


HSE: The HSE has revised the leaflet on Preventing Contact Dermatitis at Work (INDG 233). If you are an employer, safety representative, trainer or safety advisor you can influence work practice and prevent this disabling disease. The leaflet shows you what to look out for and how to prevent dermatitis. It also tells you where you can find more detailed practical advice for specific jobs and workplaces. -added 15.3.07
Download leaflet here


HSE: The HSE has published a Technical Information Sheet Assessing the Slip Resistance of Flooring -added 13.3.07
Download it here


HSE: The HSE has published the CDM 2007 Regulations and Approved Code of Practice. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) are in force from 6 April 2007. This Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) provides practical guidance on complying with the duties set out in the Regulations. It replaces HSG224, the ACOP to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994. The ACOP is a priced publication from HSE books. -added 13.3.07
View the Regulations here
Details of the ACOP here
Purchace the ACOP here


HSE: The HSE has updated its Thermal Comfort Website. The website looks at what is meant by thermal comfort in the workplace and what the law says. It provides guidance for managers to help them conduct a thermal comfort risk assessment, using the ‘Five steps to risk assessment’ approach. It also contains information for workers, and should help them suggest ways of improving thermal comfort in their workplace. -added 6.3.07
View the website here


HSE: The HSE has updated its Thermal Comfort Website. The website looks at what is meant by thermal comfort in the workplace and what the law says. It provides guidance for managers to help them conduct a thermal comfort risk assessment, using the ‘Five steps to risk assessment’ approach. It also contains information for workers, and should help them suggest ways of improving thermal comfort in their workplace. -added 6.3.07
View the website here


HSE: The HSE has resdesigned its Health and Safety for New and Expectant Mothers Website. This redesigned site contains easier to access guidance for health professionals and new and expectant mothers. Contained within the site are good and bad practice case studies, links to HSE information on pregnancy at work and frequently asked questions. -added 6.3.07
View the website here


HSE: The HSE has updated its Health Services and Social Care Website. The site explain what is being done to tackle the main causes of sickness absence and ill health including musculoskeletal disorders, stress, slips and trips and violence. -added 28.2.07
View the website here


HSE: The HSE has published guidance on the Selection and Use of Electric Handlamps (GNPM38). Electric handlamps (sometimes known as inspection lead lamps) have been involved in a significant number of serious and fatal electrical accidents. These accidents have been caused by electric shock, fires and explosions in explosive atmospheres. This guidance note gives advice on the selection and use of suitable safe handlamps in order to prevent these accidents. -added 21.2.07
Download guidance here


HSE: The HSE has revised two Catering Information Sheets. They are “Ventilation of kitchens in catering establishments” (CAIS10) and “Gas safety in catering and hospitality” (CAIS23) -added 21.2.07
Download Ventilation of kitchens in catering establishments (CAIS10) here
Download Gas safety in catering and hospitality (CAIS23) here


HSE: The HSE has published twelve Workplace Vehicle Safety Case Studies. These interactive case studies show a before and after view of various workplace transport issues. -added 6.2.07
Read them here


HSE: The HSE has published clarification of 'three points of contact' when using ladders and stepladders following a recent media story. -added 29.1.07
Read it here


BSI: BSI have published for consultation the working draft (V2) of the revision of OHSAS 18001, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. Closing date for comments is 26/1/07 -added 17.1.07
Download the draft here


HSE: The HSE has published the latest draft of the 2007 CDM ACOPS dated 11th January -added 16.1.07
Download the ACOP here


Communities and Local Government: The Department of CLG have published Revisions to Part B (Fire safety) of the Building Regulations, which come into effect on 6 April 2007. -added 11.1.07
Read press release here
Download Apporoved Document for dwelling houses here
Download Apporoved Document for buildings other than dwelling houses here


HSE: The HSE has published guidance on Occupational BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy). This guidance represents what is considered to be good practice by members of the ACDP (Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens). -added 11.1.07
Download the guidance here


HSE and Home Office: The HSE and the Home Office have published an on line Fire Safety -An Employer's Guide -added 8.1.07
View guide here


HSE: The HSE has published a guide 'Don't Mix It' (ING 240) for employers on alcohol at work. This guides will help small and medium-sized businesses deal with alcohol-related problems at work. It reaffirms the Government’s commitment to encourage employers to introduce workplace alcohol policies and evaluate their impact. -added 4.1.07
Read the guide here
Download the guide here


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