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HSE: Docks website re-launched. HSE’s docks health and safety website has been revamped to focus information and advice on the key risks in the industry - vehicles, falls from height, lifting and carrying and slips and trips. -added 31.12.08
Available here

HSE: Diversity website launched. HSE is committed to protecting workplace health, safety and welfare for everyone, whatever their background. HSE’s Diversity website contains information and toolkits to help, by providing advice, guidance and best practice. -added 31.12.08
Available here

HSE: Violence in pubs and clubs - after the event. The violence toolkit provides a simple online step by step guide to providing support to workers after a violent incident at work in licensed and retail premises. -added 31.12.08
Available here

HSE: Risk Assessment example -Factory Maintenance. A new free example risk assessment for factory maintenance is now available to view or download. -added 31.12.08
Available here

HSE/Capita: A new brand for gas safety announced. Capita have announced that from 1 April 2009 the new brand, 'Gas Safe Register', will focus solely on improving consumer gas safety. The new brand will come into play at the same time as the new gas registration scheme which will replace the CORGI scheme. The new brand will be held by HSE on behalf of gas installers, will be used by Capita for the duration of the contract, and will be available to whoever runs the registration scheme in the future. -added 22.12.08
Capita press release here
Gas Safe Register here

HSE: Controlling isocyanate exposure in spray booths and spray rooms guidance. This guidance is aimed at owners and managers of bodyshops and will be of use to employees (particularly paint sprayers) as well as suppliers. It supplements other HSE guidance relating to protecting people’s health from isocyanate exposure in spray booths and rooms, and the statutory 14-monthly thorough examination and test carried out on spray booths and rooms. -added 22.12.08
Available here


HSE: Hook loader vehicles: applicability of lifting regulations. Loading a skip on to the vehicle bed involves a combination of lifting and pulling or dragging. The process of loading the skip on to the vehicle bed could not be achieved without initially lifting it. The reverse sequence involves an initial lifting of the end of the skip so as to facilitate its lowering to the ground. Therefore, hook-loaders are within the scope of Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). -added 19.12.08
Available here


HSE: Working on high speed roads guide. Details of a new publication by the Road Workers’ Safety Forum (ROWSAF) ‘Guidance for works on the hard shoulder and roadside verges on high speed dual carriageways’ are available. -added 15.12.08
Available here


HSE: Vehicles at work - site maintenance and layout issues. These web pages are for workplace managers who are responsible for the safe movement of traffic and pedestrians around the workplace. You may also find them of interest if you design workplaces. -added 15.12.08
Available here


HSE: Working on roofs -INDG284 published. Working on a roof can be dangerous. Falls account for more deaths and serious injuries in construction than anything else and roofers account for 24% – the biggest category of worker by far – of those people who are killed in all falls from height. -added 11.12.08
Available here


HSE: Third Simplification Plan published. HSE’s third Simplification Plan provides a progress report on HSE’s work to reduce unnecessary administrative burdens from health and safety legislation. It also demonstrates how HSE is meeting the wider better regulation agenda. -added 10.12.08
Available here


HSE: First aid at work newsletter - Issue 5 published. This issue of the newsletter for first aid at work training providers updates you on; fees for 2009/10, implementation of the changes to first aid training, the HSE logo, access to contact details and post approval monitoring (PAM) visits. -added 08.12.08
Available here


HSE: 'The Health and Safety of Great Britain -Be Part of the Solution'. HSE is running a three month consultation process on our new strategy and we are calling on all our partners to take part. The strategy identifies goals in the following key areas: the need for strong leadership; building competence; involving the workforce; creating healthier, safer workplaces; customising support for SMEs; avoiding catastrophe; and taking a wider perspective. The strategy also identifies a goal for HSE and Local Authorities in an area of work unique to them - investigation and securing justice. -added 04.12.08
Read press release here
Full details here


HSE: Passenger road transport SIM replaced by SIM 05/2008/04. This SIM updates and replaces SIM 05/2001/16. It gives background information on the passenger road transport industry, and details the responsibilities of regulatory and other bodies which exert control over the industry. -added 03.12.08
Available here


HSE: An example risk assessment for a pub. This risk assessment only addresses liquid sales; a separate example covers the occupational health and safety aspects for food preparation. -added 03.12.08
Available here


HSE: The Carriage of Dangerous Goods (CDG) manual now has a clinical waste section. The manual now contains an extended section on clinical waste and revised enforcement guidance referring to the use of new style “Instructions in Writing” -added 03.12.08
Available here


HSE: New example risk assessments. A further three new example risk assessments have been added to the current list they are for a charity shop, motor vehicle bodyshop and factory maintenance work. Pick the one closest to your industry and adapt it to your workplace. -added 29.11.08
Available here


HSE: First Aid changes FAQs. For employer duty holders and first aid training organisations. It considers some common enquiries received by HSE on future changes to the first aid training regime for first aiders in the workplace. -added 29.11.08
Available here


HSE: Violence toolkit. Risk assessments - step by step guide. HSE and local authorities have worked in partnership to develop this toolkit to help you reduce the risk of work-related violence. -added 29.11.08
Available here


HSE: Skin at work guidance. Work-related skin problems are very common, they can happen in most workplaces although they happen more in certain high risk jobs. Some specific advice has been provided for hairdressers and other high risk jobs. -added 29.11.08
Available here


HSE: Working safely with lead website. Guidance on risks and management of exposure to lead. When lead and lead compounds are processed, worked or recovered from scrap or waste they can create lead dust, fume or vapour. This can be absorbed by your body and can lead to a range of medical problems. -added 29.11.08
Available here


HSE: Workplace transport personnel guidance. Focusing on advice for workplace managers who are responsible for; recruiting, training and hiring drivers and operators. -added 24.11.08
Available here


HSE: New chemicals at work web portal. There is a new chemicals portal page to help users navigate quickly to their area of interest. The page provides a simple signpost and direct link to the different parts of the website covering health and safety in chemical manufacturing, marketing and supply, carriage or use of chemicals as well as latest news. -added 14.11.08
Enter portal here


HSE: Working together to reduce stress at work - a guide for employees INDG424. This replaces MISC686. -added 14.11.08
Available here


HSE: Substances of Very High Concern and REACH. This leaflet explains your responsibilities under REACH in relation to Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). -added 06.11.08
Available here
More about REACH here


HSE: Hand-arm vibration advice for employees updated. An updated version of Hand-arm vibration: advice for employees is now available (INDG296rev1). -added 04.11.08
Download advice for employees here
Download advice for employers here


HSE: REACH news updated. REACH is a new European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals. Latest new covers, Advice on pre-registration of carbon and graphite, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) publish proposals for Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) candidate list. -added 03.11.08
REACH news here
Main REACH web page here
REACH information and guidance here


HSE: Health and Safety statistics for 2007/8. New statistics published by the HSE today reveal a reduction in the numbers of people killed, injured or made ill by work during 2007/08. -added 30.10.08
Read press release here
Statistics available here


CAPITA: New gas installers registration scheme starts April 2009. On 8 September 2008, Capita signed a ten year contract with the HSE to operate a new gas installer registration scheme in Great Britain from April 2009. The new scheme replaces the CORGI gas registration scheme which will end on 31 March 2009 in England, Scotland and Wales. This presentation will provide an overview of the new scheme and a timetable for the scheme launch. -added 26.10.08
More information here
FAQs here


HSE: National Stress Awareness Day. HSE is supporting National Stress Awareness Day on 5th November 2008. ‘Don’t Worry Take Action’ is the theme of this year’s International Stress Management campaign. -added 23.10.08
More information here


HSE: European Campaign for Safety and Health at Work for 2008-09 will focus on risk assessment. The European Campaign for Safety and Health at Work for 2008-09 will focus on risk assessment. A resource pack is available to download and covers a range of HSE guidance materials on risk assessment including example assessments. -added 21.10.08
More information here
Action pack available here


HSE: Noise - music and entertainment guidance. Many people working in the live event industry suffer with permanent noise-induced hearing damage, there are simple practical steps you can take to protect your own hearing and that of your employees and colleagues that can help prevent a premature end to a career in the live music industry. -added 21.10.08
'Sound Advice' available here
HSE advice available here


HSE: REACH guidance on waste. New guidance is available on the application of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals) Regulations to substances recovered from waste. -added 21.10.08
Available here


HSE: REACH guidance on biodiesel. New guidance is available on the application of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals) Regulations to biodiesel. -added 21.10.08
Available here


HSE: Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 receives Royal Assent. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) welcomes the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 which received Royal Assent on 16 October 2008. -added 20.10.08
Read press release here


HSE: Preventing accidents to children on farm: revised leaflet. Agriculture has one of the highest fatal injury rates of any industry in Great Britain, but is the only high-risk industry that has to deal with the constant presence of children. Farms are homes as well as workplaces, and visitors, including children, may also be present on farms. -added 20.10.08
Available here


HSE: Involving your workers: A guide for small businesses. By law, you must consult all of your employees on health and safety issues at work and this free leaflet explains how you can do this. This information is aimed mainly at employers in workplaces with fewer than 25 employees. -added 20.10.08
Available here


HSE: Consulting employees on health and safety leaflet revised. This free leaflet ‘A brief guide to the law’, provides an overview of employers’ duties to consult with their employees or their representatives on health and safety matters. -added 20.10.08
Available here


HSE: Updated guidance for worker involvement. HSE has launched new guidance for involving employees in managing workplace health and safety. The guidance has been brought right up-to-date to reflect the current diversity of working arrangements. -added 15.10.08
View press release here
More information here


HSE: National Asbestos Awarness Campaign. HSE’s national campaign; “Asbestos: the hidden killer” launches online on Monday 13th October with a new website. Visit the preview page now to listen to radio adverts that will feature in the campaign. -added 09.10.08
Details here


HSE: Small and medium business owners leadership advice. Advice specifically aimed at small and medium sized business leaders - how to plan, deliver, monitor and review to manage and reduce the risks in your organisation. -added 09.10.08
View advice here


HSE: Office safety checklist. A display screen equipment assessment checklist to help safety reps and other officials to assess the risks to workers from visual display units and comply with legal requirements. -added 09.10.08
Download checklist here


HSE: Organising a firework display? General tips and advice when organising a firework display at home, from preparation before the event and clearing up the morning after. -added 09.10.08
View guidance here


HSE: Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969: A guide for employers. Most employers are required by the law to insure against liability for injury or disease to their employees arising out of their employment. This free leaflet (hse40) is intended to help you to understand what is required. It is not a legal interpretation of the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act and it has no formal legal status. You should be aware that only the courts can authoritatively interpret the law. -added 07.10.08
Download guidance here


HSE: Latest Radiation news e-bulletin available. The latest edition of RP news is out now - covers: EC proposal to recast the Basic Safety Standards (and other Euratom) Directives, UK Radiation Passbook revision and work on ionising radiation equipment in hospitals. -added 03.10.08
Avaiable from here


HSE: Latest Vibration news e-bulletin available. Latest edition out now covers - recent court case and calculating daily vibration exposures. -added 03.10.08
Avaiable from here


HSE: Asbestos website revamped. Launch of the revamped asbestos topic site, with greater focus on campaign and key themes. -added 03.10.08
View website here


HSE/LA: Managing violence in licensed and retail premises website. HSE and local authorities have worked in partnership to develop a toolkit to help you reduce the risk of work-related violence in your licensed or retail premises. -added 03.10.08
View website here
Download leaflet here


HSE: Motor vehicle repair website updated. There have been over 8000 injuries and 24 deaths in the motor vehicle repair (MVR) industry over the last 5 years. MVR covers: mechanical repairs, tyre and exhaust fitting, bodyshops (refinishing), valeting, windscreen repair and replacement MOT garages, SMART operations and roadside recovery. Learn how to work safely, reduce your risk of accident, injury and exposure to harmful substances such as isocyanate paint mist. -added 03.10.08
View website here


HSE: Use your ladder safely step by step guidance. Part of HSE’s Ladder Exchange initiative, HSE has provided a step by step guide to using your ladder safely. -added 28.09.08
Available here


HSE: Practical guidance for schools on working at height . Best practice guidance for kickstool, stepladder, ladder or tower scaffolds users highlighting practical solutions to common tasks, such as hanging displays. -added 25.09.08
Available here


HSE: Asbestos in system buildings - duty holder checklist. A checklist for duty holders assessing the risks from asbestos in some school buildings. -added 25.09.08
Available here


HSE: Changes in health and safety law. Find out about changes to health and safety legislation coming into force on 1 October 2008 and 6 April 2009. -added 25.09.08
Available here


HSE: HSE Enforcement Policy Statement updated . The HSE Enforcement Policy Statement has been updated to reflect the HSC/E merger and to take into account factual changes since their original publication. -added 25.09.08
Available here


HSE: Are you a good health and safety leader? . Use the leadership checklist to assess your status as an effective health and safety leader. -added 21.09.08
Assess your leadership status here


HSE: New CHIP Regulations come in force 1 October 2008. The Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2008 come into force on 1 October 2008. Find out what has changed. -added 21.09.08
Details here


HSE: Skin disease at work website. New to skin disease in the workplace? The skin at work website provides straight-forward information and advice to help you understand and manage the risks. -added 21.09.08
Available here


HSE: Procuring slip-resistant footwear guidance. A new guide sets out advice and top tips when purchasing footwear, taking into account comfort, durability as well as safety features, such as toe protection. -added 21.09.08
Available here


HSE: New and expectant mothers - frequently asked questions. A new question has been added to New and expectant mothers - frequently asked questions: ‘Should an expectant worker become ill and be unable to work, even if her illness results from her pregnancy, what is her entitlement?’ -added 21.09.08
View all FAQs


HSE: Working Time Regulations guidance. Operational circular 1/6 has been updated. The purpose of this guidance is to assist those who enforce the Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI1998 No 1833) (the Regulations). It may also be of use in providing duty holders with guidance on the Regulations. -added 21.09.08
Details here


HSE: Gas installer registration scheme - HSE signs contract with Capita . On 8 September 2008, HSE awarded a 10 year contract to the Capita Group Plc to provide a new registration scheme for gas installers from 1 April 2009.
The current scheme has been in place for more than 17 years. During this time the number of domestic gas related fatalities has fallen significantly. However, a review in 2006 involving gas industry stakeholders (including gas installers and their representatives) and consumer groups identified no room for complacency and a strong case for change. -added 21.09.08
Details here


HSE: Video highlights and storyboard of the major hazards conference. The video highlights include speeches from Health and Safety Executive Chair Judith Hackitt and Chief Executive Geoffrey Podger. -added 21.09.08
available here


HSE: Health and safety in the 21st century. HSE Chair Judith Hackitt spoke at the IOSH Safety Symposium on the 8th September. The speech was titled ”Health and safety in the 21st century - a balancing act” and focussed on the future challenges facing health and safety to hold onto the things that are good, effective and relevant whilst adapting and changing to a changing world and emerging risks. -added 21.09.08
Read speach here


HSE: Sound advice for the music industry. Noise at work in the music and entertainment sectors. Sound advice for concert halls and theatres, covering - What you need to know? What you need to do? and How well are you doing? -added 21.09.08
Available here


HSE: Vehiles at work checklist guidance. The checklist has been prepared as a guide to what employers should consider when trying to reduce the risk from vehicles in the workplace. -added 21.09.08
Available here


HSE: DVD - Signposts for health and safety. A compilation of films for small businesses, Originally broadcast on BBC2 as 10 half-hour programmes. A variety of small businesses show how they have successfully dealt health and safety issues. The content has been updated as much as possible to reflect for example, recent changes to smoking in the workplace and noise exposure limits. -added 21.09.08
Details here


HSE: Asbestos - hidden killer campaign. National campaign starts October 2008, targetting tradesmen at risk from asbestos exposure. -added 28.08.08
Details here


HSE: Risk assessment in printing and publishing website. HSE have put together some information on risk management and risk assessment to help small businesses in the printing and publishing industries. -added 21.08.08
Available here


HSE: Retail industry website. HSE has launched a new website offering advice and guidance on health and safety topics in the retail industry such as slips and trips, manual handling and falls from height. -added 21.08.08
Available here


HSE: Mobile elevating work platforms . A new construction information leaflet, ‘The selection and management of mobile elevating work platforms’ CIS58 is aimed at those responsible for selecting, specifying and managing mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) on site. -added 21.08.08
Download leaflet here


HSE: Food Backs 2008! initiative. During October and November this year food and drink trade associations which are members of the Food Manufacture Health and Safety Forum are facilitating a national ‘Food Backs 2008!’ initiative. -added 15.08.08
More information here


HSE: Check your ladder before you use it -using ladders safely. Help and advice - is your ladder up to scratch? On average 13 people a year die at work falling from ladders and nearly 1200 suffer major injuries. More than a quarter of falls happen from ladders. -added 14.08.08
Available here


HSE: DSE - Online Case Studies . Display Screen Equipment (DSE) case studies provided by organisations, sets out the problems they had and the solutions to them. -added 14.08.08
Available here


HSE: Ladder Exchange starts 1 September 2008 . Don’t let a dodgy ladder shatter your life. Ladder Exchange 2008 aims to highlight the risks associated with using a dodgy ladder and provide employers with the opportunity to exchange their substandard ladder for a new one at a discounted price. -added 13.08.08
More information here


HSE: Asbestos Enforcement Guidance has been updated. The operational circular (OC 265/50 Version 5) ‘Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 - General Enforcement Guidance and Advice’, which provides advice on interpretation of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (CAR 2006) including enforcement benchmarks for licensed and non-licensed asbestos removal work and the management of asbestos in buildings has been updated. -added 11.08.08
Available here


HSE: Vibration e-Bulletin. Latest edition out now, covers: hand arm vibration advice for employers, free hand arm vibrationpresentation. -added 11.08.08
Available here


HSE: How well is your business doing? Benchmark tools for large and small organisations to help you measure how well your business health and safety performance is doing. -added 06.08.08
Available here


HSE: Catering and Hospitality website has been revised with substantial new content including an A-Z of guidance topics. -added 06.08.08
Available here


HSE: Managing Occupational Health in Construction. The information on managing occupational health risks in construction has been updated and includes new information for Construction Design and Mangement (CDM) co-ordinators. -added 04.08.08
Available here


HSE: Scaffolding Information Sheet updated. This information sheet is intended to clarify when scaffold design is required and what level of training and competence those erecting, inspecting and supervising the erection, alteration and dismantling of scaffolding are expected to have obtained. -added 04.08.08
Available here


HSE: A large print leaflet 'Health and Safety for Disabled People and their Employers' is now published on the Disability website. -added 01.08.08
Available here
Disability website


HSE: Young people, especially those new to the workplace, will encounter unfamiliar risks from the jobs they will be doing and from the working environment. Employers what do you need to know? -added 25.07.08
More details here


HSE: Following the merger of Health and Safety Commission with Health and Safety Executive, the 'About Us’ section of the HSE microsite has been reorganised. -added 25.07.08
More details here


HSE/EU: The European Campaign for Safety and Health at Work will this time be a two-year campaign focussing on risk assessment. -added 16.07.08
More details here
HSE campaign pack here


HSE: New Gas Installer Scheme A ‘frequently asked questions’ section is now available relating to the new gas installer registration scheme. -added 14.07.08
Questions here


HSE: Sound advice - Music and Entertainment guidance. HSE, music and entertainment industry representatives have published guidance and launched a website providing guidance on noise at work legislation. HSE has published the website which includes practical examples to help the industry control the risks from noise at work.The website will be helpful for people involved in music and entertainment, including those working in concert halls and theatres, rock and pop venues, pubs and clubs and studios.
The HSE have also published a new priced guidance book 'Sound advice - control of noise at work in music and entertainment'. It contains practical guidelines on the control of noise at work in music and entertainment, including concert halls and theatres, amplified live music venues, pubs/clubs and studios. -added 15.07.08
HSE website here
'Sound Advice' website here
Sound advice - control of noise at work in music and entertainment details here


HSE: REACH presentations updated. The list of Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of CHemicals (REACH) presentations has been updated to included additional presentations from the UK Competent Authority (UKCA) and stakeholders. -added 10.07.08
Available here


HSE: Air Transport website updated. Find out more about health and safety in air transport industry. What the risks are, how others have tackled these issues, case studies, where to get information to manage these risks and how to contact the various organisations that deal with health and safety. -added 10.07.08
Available here


HSE: Ladder Exchange - starts September. Falls from height continue to be the main cause of death in the workplace and one of the main causes of serious injury. Don’t let a dodgy ladder shatter your life. A new Ladder Exchange initiative is due to run in the autumn. -added 10.07.08
Details here


HSE: Skin at work advice for medical and health and safety professionals. Work-related skin diseases (WRSDs) can affect people in a wide range of occupations, this part of the site deals with WRSDs in more technical depth. It includes information on; the causes of WRSDs, details of research and links to training tools. -added 04.07.08
Available here


HSE: Thorough examination of lifting equipment (INDG422) published. This leaflet provides advice on the options you have under Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER), relating to the requirement for thorough examination and inspection of lifting equipment and explains the benefits of having an ‘examination scheme’. However, this does not replace the necessity for operators to carry out checks to lifting equipment and accessories before use. -added 04.07.08
Available here


HSE: The Workplace Transport Checklist, prepared as a guide to what employers should consider when trying to reduce the risk from vehicles in the workplace, has been updated. -added 04.07.08
Available here


HSC/E: HSC Annual Report and HSC/E Accounts 2007/08 have been published. The Annual Report describes delivery of the HSC Business Plan 2007/08 together with other key developments in the organisation during the year. The Accounts include operating costs for the Commission and Executive and a balance sheet for the Executive at 31 March 2008. -added 26.06.08
Available here


HSE: A selection of LEV (local exhaust ventilation) calculators to help designer/supplies of LEV to work out conversions, averages, volume flow, air change rate, air density and air velocity. -added 24.06.08
Available here


HSE: Agriculture Information Sheet No 38, ‘Power-fed Mobile Wood Chippers - Operator Protection at Infeed Chutes’ has been updated. -added 19.06.08
View here


HSE: Consultation on revision of sunbed guidance. Have your say. Your opportunity to comment on the revision of sunbed guidance, responses by 17 July 2008. -added 16.06.08
More details here


HSE: PowerPoint slides for promoting the leadership guidance. These are now available to help promote top-level leadership of health and safety. It covers the (Institute of Directors) IOD/HSE guidance on leading health and safety at work and includes information on the new law on corporate manslaughter/homicide. -added 16.06.08
Available here


HSE: The Health and Safety Executive Business Plan for 2008/09 has been published. -added 16.06.08
Available here


British Standards: New edition of OHSAS 18001:2007 has been published. OHSAS 18001 is the internationally recognized assessment specification for occupational health and safety management systems. It was developed by a selection of leading trade bodies, international standards and certification bodies to address a gap where no third-party certifiable international standard exists. -added 16.06.08
More details here


HSE: The third edition of PUWER Approved Code of Practice published. It has been amended and updated to reflect the latest legislation. -added 05.06.08
More details here


HSE: A new edition of 'A Guide to RIDDOR 1995' published. This new edition contains the same regulations (with minor changes to regulation 2) but brings the associated guidance up to date, particularly in relation to the changes in reporting arrangements and the need to use the Incident Contact Centre. -added 05.06.08
More details here


HSE: Controlling Airborne Contaminants at Work (HSG 258) published. This book provides guidance on the supply of new Local Exhaust Equipment (LEV). It describes the principles and good practice of deciding on, designing, commissioning and testing cost-effective LEV. The guidance will be helpful for employers and managers in medium sized businesses and trade union and employee safety representatives. -added 05.06.08
More details here


HSE: Ionising radiation advice for HSE Inspectors. HSE internal operational circular - advice to Inspectors about the workplace risks from ionising radiation. -added 29.05.08
Available here


HSE: Working in hot and cold environments. Information about how the temperature of the environment you work in can affect you and advice on how to manage it. Key issues and risks include heat stress, cold stress, dehydration, working in the sun and handling food in a cold environment. -added 29.05.08
Available here


Communities and Local Government: A consultation document prepared on the future of Building Control has been published. Closing date for consultation is 10 June 2008. -added 27.05.08
Available here


Royal College of Physicians: Occupational Health Clinical Effectiveness Unit have developed 4 leaflets on Managing Occupational Aspects of Latex Allergies. These include:
Latex allergy: national guideline
Summary leaflet for employers
Summary leaflet for employees
Summary leaflet for healthcare professionals
-added 23.05.08
Available here


HSE: Musculoskeletal disorders - a quick exposure check. Work related musculoskeletal disorders, usually upper limb, neck and back problems - are a significant problem in food and drink manufacture. A Quick Exposure Check (QEC) is a practical tool for individual physical work activities to be assessed in collaboration with the worker. -added 23.05.08
Available here


HSE: New information and guidance for downstream users, distributors and guidance on safety data sheets for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals (REACH) have been made available. -added 23.05.08
Available here


HSE: Guidance sheets for compliance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations in the Microelectronics Industry are now available. -added 23.05.08
Available here


HSE: Local Exhaust Ventilation website launched. It complements HSE guidance on how to apply and use local exhaust ventilation (LEV) to remove airborne contaminants from the workplace before people breathe them in. -added 14.05.08
Available here


HSE: 'Time to Clear the Air!' A simple guide to buying and using local exhaust ventilation (LEV) is now available. -added 14.05.08
Available here


HSE: 'Clearing the Air' A workers’ pocket guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV) is now available. -added 14.05.08
Available here


HSE: The What to Expect when a Health and Safety Awareness Officer calls leaflet has been updated. It explains what a Health and Safety Awareness Officer (HSAO) is and what they do.It also tells you what you can expect when an HSAO calls and what happens following their visit. -added 14.05.08
Available here


HSE: The Asbestos Inspection Pack giving advice and guidance for health and safety Inspectors has been updated. It explains why managing asbestos is a priority and how HSE is tackling the issue through their "Asbestos: Hidden Killer" communications campaign. -added 14.05.08
Available here


HSE: The level of risk from occupational exposure to asbestos: Guidance for HSE and LA staff when responding to enquiries. HSE frequently receives requests from employers, employees, trade unions, other interested parties and members of the public for advice on how to manage the health aspects of such exposure. This gives advice on how to deal with such requests consistently. -added 07.05.08
Available here


HSE: The European Campaign for Safety and Health at Work, formerly known as Euroweek, will this time be a two-year campaign focussing on risk assessment. The UK's campaign, aimed at employers, workers, safety representatives and other stakeholders, will be officially launched in London on 24 June 2008. Full details of activities and downloadable tools and materials will be available on that date. A number of nationwide events are planned for European Week itself on 20-24 October 2008. -added 07.05.08
More information here


HSE: HSE has launced a Podcast service. Free regular audio news and updates from the Health and Safety Executive. In our first episode we spoke to Judith Hackitt, the Chair of the Health and Safety Executive Board about health and safety leadership. -added 01.05.08
Available here


HSE: Manual handling assessment charts updated. The Manual Handling Assessment Charts (MAC) is a tool designed to help health and safety inspectors assess the most common risk factors in lifting (and lowering), carrying and team handling operations. -added 01.05.08
Available here


HSE: Guidance on Pandemic Flu updated. The guidance has been updated for April 2008 and includes areas on what is pandemic flu, what are the signs and symptoms, is bird flu the same as pandemic and general advice. -added 01.05.08
Available here


HSE: HSE organisation chart has been updated. With the merger of The Health and Safety Commission and The Health and Safety Executive, the organisation chart has been updated. -added 01.05.08
Available here


HSE: The Event Safety Guide (HSG 195) has been updated. With changes in legislation and practices over time, it is inevitable that some areas of guidance will become out of date. HSE are currently engaged in revising and updating the Event Safety Guide. However they have recently been asked to clarify the position of paramedics and ambulance technicians. -added 01.05.08
Available here


HSE: VDU / Display screen equipment (DSE) FAQs have been updated. -added 01.05.08
Available here


HSE: Information on employing overseas workers in food manufacture has been collected together in a new webpage. -added 23.04.08
Available here


HMG: The Work and Pensions Committee have published the report 'The Role of the HSC and the HSE in Regulating Workplace Health and Safety'.

The report includes a broad range of recommendations, including:
* introduction of a system of accreditation for health and safety consultants to counter some of the problems caused by over-zealous consultants who encourage employers to be over-cautious in their interpretation of their health and safety duties, needlessly adding to the burden of compliance;
* an increase by HSE in its deployment of resources to front-line inspection. (Evidence to the Committee convinced it that increasing the number of inspections carried out by HSE is the best means of improving workplace health and safety standards and preventing workplace accidents.);
* an increase in current penalties for heath and safety offences;
* renewed effort to cut the number of fatalities in the construction industry, the offshore industry and to protect migrant workers;
* duties on board level directors if HSE/IoD guidance proves ineffective;
* revision of RIDDOR;
* stronger workforce involvement;
* a re-examination of 'reasonably practicable';
* coverage of H&S in MBAs;
* new H&S awards schemes and an H&S element in IIP; and
* embedding H&S in education.

The Committee supports Dame Carol Black's call for a fully developed occupational health service, but it does not believe that this service should be delivered by HSE.

The Chairman of the Committee, Terry Rooney MP, says "HSE needs an effective enforcement strategy to ensure that employers comply with their health and safety obligations. Where duties are not met, penalties must reflect the seriousness of the threat to workers' safety." He adds "At present businesses can expect an HSE inspection just once every 14.5 years; this is not enough to act as a deterrent to those employers tempted to cut corners on health and safety. HSE must increase its levels of inspection to improve protection for workers, particularly in the construction and offshore industries. Increasing inspection rates should be HSE' s primary focus."
-added 22.04.08
Available here in a pdf version
Available here as a browsable html version


HSE: Agriculture Self Assessment software has been updated. The free interactive software to help farmers carry out a comprehensive health and safety assessment of their farms and to raise the levels of health and safety awareness in the industry. It is aimed at all farmers (regardless of whether you employ anyone) and farm managers who are responsible for health and safety. -added 08.04.08
Available here


HSE: REACH case studies published. -added 21.03.08
Available here


HSE: New website has been launched to provide advice and help for people working in Britain from overseas and employers of overseas workers. -added 21.03.08
Available here


HSE: More examples of Risk Assessments published. New risk assessment examples have been added for the following: village hall, road haulage, car parking service, nightclub, food preparation and service. The following risk assessment examples have also been updated: convenience store/newsagents, estate agency, butcher and travel agents. -added 14.03.08
All examples available here


ECHA: The European Chemical Agency has published guidance on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulations (REACH) for downstream users. -added 07.03.08
Available here


HSE: A new Display Screen Equipment (DSE) website has been launched. Find out about working with VDU’s, faq’s, DSE regulations, guidance, check lists, case studies and advice on call centre working practises. -added 04.03.08
View site here


HSE: Examination and Testing of Lifts guidance leaflet published. Simple guidance for lift owners. The lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations (LOLER) introduced new requirements for the safe provision and use of lifting equipment. -added 28.02.08
Download guidance leaflet here


HSE: Control the Risks from Hand-arm Vibration guidance leaflet published. Advice for employers on the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005. You should read this leaflet if you are an employer whose business involves regular and frequent use of hand-held power tools, hand-guided powered equipment, powered machines which process hand-held materials. -added 28.02.08
Download guidance leaflet here


HSE: As part of the going asbestos awareness raising campaign and to mark National Action Mesothelioma Day, HSE has launched a web video, 'Asbestos the hidden killer' featuring Tom King a carpenter by trade, who has been diagnosed with the terminal lung cancer, mesothelioma. -added 28.02.08
Watch video here


HSE: 'Asbestos kills: Protect yourself! ' Guidance leaflet and pocket card produced. These are particularly for electricians, plumbers, heating and ventilation engineers, joiners or those have a similar building or maintenance role. -added 28.02.08
Download guidance leaflet here
Download pocket card here


HSE: 'Shattered Lives' Campaign website launched - find out how to identify hazards and avoid slips, trips and falls accidents in your workplace. -added 28.02.08
View campaign website here



HSE: Benefits of Good Health and Safety website. Maximise the benefits, minimise the costs of health and safety, Addressing health and safety should not be seen as a regulatory burden; it offers significant opportunities. -added 25.02.08
View website here



HSE: The main group of workers at risk from needlestick injuries are those within the healthcare sector, but injuries also occur in other fields of work including the prison service, police, parks constabulary, probation services, customs and excise, social work, youth work, funeral industry, body piercing/body art industry, car-breaking and the construction/demolition industry. Workers may acquire a blood-borne infection if they are exposed to infected blood or body fluids. Where the skin is punctured or scratched by a needle or sharp device that has been used in a medical procedure this is commonly referred to as a needlestick or sharps injury. -added 18.02.08
More information here



HSE: New examples of risk assessments for a poultry farm, plastering company, call centre, private hire and dry cleaners have been added to the HSE's website to help you see what a risk assessment might look like. -added 18.02.08
Available here



HSE: Updated guidance for employers and employees to use if the Chief Medical Officer declares a Pandemic Flu outbreak within the United Kingdom. -added 15.02.08
Guidance available here
Pandemic Flu webpage here


HSE: List of European CEN ‘C’ standards (British standards) for food machinery that are available (except for drafts) from the British Standards Institute. -added 15.02.08
Available here


HSE: The Health and Safety in HSE annual report which summarises health and safety issues within HSE and charts HSE’s performance against the Health and Safety Corporate Plan, is now available for 2006/07. -added 11.01.08
Available here


HSE: Asbestos Hidden Killer Campaign has been launched. HSE is working with key stakeholders (Trades Unions, Trade Associations, Suppliers) to raise awareness amongst tradesmen that they are at risk from exposure to asbestos. During February and March 2008 a campaign will be rolled out to target building maintenance and repair workers (e.g. electricians, plumbers and carpenters and joiners) using the theme ‘You are more at risk than you think!’ that features both national and regional activity. -added 05.01.08
More details here


HSE: Four new information leaflets have been added to the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) web page. -added 22.01.08
Available here


BHSEA: At the Annual General Meeting today
Mr Bob Cole was elected Chairman
Mr Ed Friend Vice Chairman
Mr Mark Hoare, the outgoing Chairman was elected Vice President
Dr Morris Cooke continues as President
Mr Gerry Mulholland continues as Construction Chairman
A full report will be available in the January 2008 News Letter


HSE: Table 1 of the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) workplace exposure limits information has been updated to consolidate amendments to the list made in October 2007. -added 14.01.08
Available here


HSE: ‘Working in the UK from overseas?’ INDG 410 leaflet have been updated. Essential guidance for employers, employment agencies and businesses, gangmasters etc. on their health, safety and welfare responsibilities for temporary (including migrant) workers. -added 09.01.08
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