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HSE: Control of Major Hazards (COMAH) website updated. The site details significant changes to the way HSE, the Environment Agency (EA) and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) enforce COMAH regulations. The COMAH site includes: new strategic management arrangements; improvements in collection and use of information; shorter safety report assessment and increased inspection -added 23.12.09
View site here


HSE: Work place transport leaflets. These are a series of information sheets covering different aspects of workplace transport, such as barriers, parking, height restrictions, reversing etc. The information will be useful to anyone who uses workplace transport or who works where it is used. -added 13.12.09
Available here


HSE: First aid at work assessment tool. The tool is designed to help employers determine the number and type of first-aid personnel to provide in their workplace. To use the tool, you need to enter information on the degree of hazard and number of employees in your workplace. It will then suggest the number and type of first-aid personnel to provide at all times people are at work. A series of questions then highlights additional factors that could influence your overall first-aid provision. -added 13.12.09
Available here


HSE: Diving cylinders: Guidance on their manufacture, inspection and carriage. This is part of a series of information sheets providing guidance on diving at work. The information is also relevant to the recreational diving sector. The new Carriage of Dangerous Goods (CDG) Regulations 20091 have now made it clear that cylinders used for breathing apparatus are not within the scope of these Regulations. This information sheet provides guidance on the manufacture, inspection and carriage of diving cylinders in light of this change. -added 7.12.09
Available here


HSE: Stress video case studies. Work related stress – Individual’s Case Studies see the experiences individuals have had with stress, watch the videos, which are based on real case studies. -added 7.12.09
View here


HSE: HSE Strategy - Interactive Pledge Forum. This is intended as a space for you to talk about what you are doing to improve health and safety in your organisation. We will provide useful tools, case studies and a platform to share your views. What becomes of this space is up to you! -added 28.11.09
Available here


HSE: Standards of PPE revised. In recent years there has been a continued increase in the number of harmonised standards for personal protective equipment. These Regulations are predominantly enforced by trading standards officers, although some aspects are enforced by HSE. The appendices to this circular contain a summary of all the currently available PPE standards. -added 20.11.09
Available here


HSE: Stress at work -causes, signs and symptoms. What is stress? - HSE’s formal definition of work related stress is “The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work.” In these pages we explain what stress is, its causes and the signs and symptoms to watch for. -added 20.11.09
Available here


HSE: School trips guidance. This website is about learning lessons. It is aimed at anyone connected with educational visits, particularly those involving adventure activities. As well as reporting on the tragic ‘plunge pooling’ incident and the lessons learned, the site provides a range of information including a section on ‘Getting it Right' and various useful links. -added 20.11.09
Available here


HSE: Thorough examination of lifting equipment guidance INDG422. This leaflet provides advice on the options you have under LOLER relating to the requirement for thorough examination and inspection of lifting equipment and explains the benefits of having an ‘examination scheme’. -added 20.11.09
Available here


HSE: Human factors and ergonomics website redesigned. The HSE’s human factors and ergonomics website has been redesigned and new document and articles added. The HSE recognises the importance that human factors can play in helping avoid accidents and ill-health at work. In the new designed website we have taken a topic-focused approach to human factors. -added 20.11.09
Available here


AAAL: Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions inspector's guidance. The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) has released a new Inspector Guidance Note as a result of incidents which have arisen because the supervisor was not fully aware of this leadership role and its associated responsibilities. -added 06.11.09
Available here


HSE: Latest podcast. Among the topics covered HSE's Steve Coldrick talks about HSE's Asbestos - the Hidden Killer campaign. -added 06.11.09
Available here


HSE: Common Sense newsletter. Commons Sense is the Health and Safety Executive's newsletter for Westminster Parliamentarians. It keeps MPs up to date on national health and safety policy and issues and on HSE's activity. -added 06.11.09
Available here


HSE: Tractor safety guidance published. Updated, simple, step-by-step guidance (INDG185) on tractor safety is now available for farmers. -added 06.11.09
Available here


HSE: Motor Vehicle Repair Guidance launched. Health and safety in motor vehicle repair and associated industries, this guide replaces two previous publications, Health and safety in motor vehicle repair (HSG67) and Health and safety in tyre and exhaust-fitting premises (HSG62), both published in the early 1990s and reflects changes in the industry since then. -added 29.10.09
Available here


HSE: Tackling work related stress guide (INDG430) revised. How to tackle work-related stress - A guide for employers on making the Management Standards work. Going to work is generally good for us, but only if our health, safety and welfare are protected. Preventing ill health because of work-related stress is part of creating a good working environment for your employees. -added 29.10.09
Available here


HSE: 2008/9 statistics published. Britain became a healthier and safer place to work last year, according to figures released today by HSE. Statistics show there has been a significant reduction in the numbers of people killed, injured or suffering work related ill-health from April 2008 to March 2009. -added 29.10.09
Press release here
Statistics available here


HSE: New Woodworking DVD. This DVD ‘Health and safety in the woodworking industry’, is aimed at managers and supervisors in industry, but will also be useful for training operators, making them more aware of health and safety risks. -added 28.10.09
Available here


HSE: Example assessment and policy statement. This template brings together your risk assessment, health and safety policy and record of health and safety arrangements into one document to help get you started and save you time. -added 27.10.09
Available here


HSE: Guide to the Optical Radiation Directive published. The Optical Radiation Directive was published on 27 April 2006 under the title of "Directive 2006/25/EC on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (artificial optical radiation)". The Directive has to be implemented by 27 April 2010. -added 20.10.09
Guidance available here


HSE/LA: Non slip flooring requirements. A circular providing advice to HSE and Local Authority (LA) inspectors on the application of regulations 12(1), (2) and (3) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 to the prevention of slips incidents, particularly through the installation of slip-resistant floor finishes. -added 20.10.09
Available here


HSE: Risk assessment template available. Use the HSE's free template to create risk assessments and health and safety policies for your organisation. -added 08.10.09
Available here


HSE: First aid at work - new training regime comes into force. New training legislation comes into force from 1 October, this includes revised guidance for employers and revised guidance for first aid training organisations. -added 02.10.09
More information here


HSE: New Training Certificate of Approval for First Aid Training organisations. Revised guidance for first aid training organisations, incorporating the changes to first aid training, is now available. The changes have required revision of the Certificate of Approval issued to HSE approved training organisations so it covers both first aid at work and emergency first aid at work. -added 02.10.09
More information here


HSE: Adventure activities licensing website rebranded. Adventure activities licensing ensures that activity providers follow good safety management practices. These should allow young people to experience exciting and stimulating activities outdoors without being exposed to avoidable risks of death or disabling injury. -added 02.10.09
View site here


HSE: Skin cancer caused by pitch and tar. People who work, or have worked, with pitch and tar sometimes get warts. There are several kinds of tar wart, but one of them is cancer and will not go away unless it is treated. It is however, easily cured by prompt treatment. -added 25.09.09
Available here


HSE: Diving leaflet updated. Are you involved in a diving project at work? This leaflet explains, in simple terms, the main legal responsibilities of anyone who is involved in a diving project. -added 25.09.09
Available here


HSE: Working alone leaflet updated. Updated free leaflet provides advice and guidance on how to keep lone workers healthy and safe, aimed at anyone who employs or engages lone workers. -added 25.09.09
Available here


HSE: Stress inspection pack. Guidance for HSE Inspectors - the Stress Topic Inspection Pack has been updated to include further guidance on enforcement and revised Improvement Notice Templates. -added 25.09.09
Available here


HSE: Hand-arm vibration leaflet updated. Revised free leaflet for employers whose business involves regular and frequent use of hand-held power tools, hand-guided powered equipment and powered machines which process hand-held materials. -added 25.09.09
Available here


HSE: Risk assessment package. This template brings together your risk assessment, health and safety policy and record of health and safety arrangements into one document to help get you started and save you time. -added 25.09.09
Available here


HSE: Ladder exchange, free updates. Launched on 1 September the campaign intends to remove even more dodgy ladders. Keep up to date and subscribe to the eBulletin. -added 25.09.09
More information here


HSE: Do you work with trees? New website. Working with trees can be dangerous. Most injuries happen when using a chainsaw to fell trees, but there are other causes for serious injuries in the arboricultural and forestry industries. This new website from the Health and Safety Executive tells you what the risks are and how to avoid them. The site provides lots of practical advice, videos and case studies for workers and employers. If you are a tree surgeon, forestry worker, chainsaw operator, landowner, estate worker or a forestry works manager, this site is for you. -added 25.09.09
Website here


HSE: Publications now free online. From 1 September, a million pounds worth of publications’ content is freely available to visitors of the HSE website. In a major initiative, HSE is allowing free downloads of some 230 publications containing health and safety guidance for a multitude of industries, in addition to detailed information on regulations and codes or practice. -added 25.09.09
More information here


HSE: Emerging technologies website. New website - HSE’s response to Government plans to introduce alternative (non-nuclear) energy technologies to combat climate change. -added 24.08.09
More here


HSE: New HSE book site. The new HSE Books website will be formally launched on 1 September 2009, but is being made available now to obtain user feedback. The site will help deliver HSE's promise, made in June 2009 at the launch of our new strategy, that we will make the content of our priced publications (those containing guidance and regulation), freely available from 1 September 2009. These mainly include HSE's 'HSG' and 'L' series of publications. -added 19.08.09
More here


HSE: Vibration website re-branded. New design, new features - advice and guidance on the risks associated with hand arm and whole body vibration. -added 19.08.09
Available here


HSE: Diving website re-branded. New design, new features - Advice for people starting a career in diving, specific first aid advice and video highlighting the hazards of CO2 poisoning whilst diving. -added 19.08.09
Available here


HSE: Warehousing chemicals safely - storing packaged dangerous substances guidance. This guidance book will help you keep chemicals and other dangerous substances in your warehouse safe and comply with the law, whatever the size of your storage facility. The updated guide sets out control measures aimed at eliminating or reducing risks to people, at work or otherwise, from the storage of packaged dangerous goods. -added 18.08.09
More information here


HSE: Catering website rebranded. The catering and hospitality industry covers people working in hotels, restaurants, cafes, fast food outlets, pubs and clubs and those working as contract caterers to other industries. The rebranded website incorporates a new design with new features, better navigation, resources, case studies, risk assessments etc. -added 07.08.09
Available here


HSE: Stress -video case studies. How have organisations stress? The new stress video case studies are designed to explain the manner in which other organisations have implemented the changes, where they encountered issues, how these were resolved and the ultimate benefits they achieved. All videos are based on real cases. -added 07.08.09
Available here


HSE: Storing hazardous wastes at household waste recycling centres guidance. As household waste recycling centres often receive a wide range of materials, and in relatively small quantities, this document has been drafted to provide practical guidance, using the principles set out in existing substance-specific guidance. -added 07.08.09
Available here


HSE: Enforcement guide (England and Wales) updated. The Enforcement Guide provides legal guidance to HSE staff in respect of their enforcement powers and duties. It will also be useful to other health and safety enforcement agencies. -added 31.07.09
Available here


LAC: Work related stress policy. This LAC presents current operational policy on work-related stress and guidance on how enforcement officers should deal with the topic. It provides information on the Management Standards for work-related stress, which form the core of LA’s work on stress. An overview of the Stress Programme Plan of work is given with information on how this work links with activity on Managing Sickness Absence and Return to Work. -added 31.07.09
Available here


HSE: COSHH - Working with substances hazardous to health leaflet. This leaflet describes how to control hazardous substances at work so that they do not cause ill health. It will help you understand what you need to do to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 (as amended) which apply to the way you work with these substances. -added 24.07.09
Leaflet available here
Main COSHH website


HSE: Young people's website re-branded. The young people at work website has been relaunched and rebranded, new design, better navigation, includes work experience, risks to young people, the law, guidance for employers. -added 24.07.09
View site here


HSE/LA/CSCI: Working arrangements protocol between HSE, LAs and CSCI. This LAC introduces ‘A working arrangements protocol ’ between the Health and Safety Executive, Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (on behalf of Local Authorities in England) and the Commission for Social Care Inspection to facilitate effective working relationships in areas of mutual interest within England. -added 24.07.09
Availabe here


HMG: Inspector's guide to design management. This SPC is to provide guidance for Inspectors on the management of health and safety at the design stage of projects. This is based on the results of design management reviews previously undertaken by OSD units 3, 4 and 5 under the sponsorship of the Safety Management Systems (SMS) team. -added 24.07.09
Availabe here


HSE: Changes to the training regime for first-aiders in the workplace. These circulars (HES and Local Authority) aims to make inspectors aware of changes to the way first-aiders in the workplace are trained. It explains the implications for employers in ensuring they comply with the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. -added 24.07.09
HSE circular available here
HSE/Local Authority circular available here


HMG: Workplace Health and Safety: follow-up report. The Work and Pensions Committee's Fourth Report of Session 2008-09 entitled Workplace health and safety is available. -added 20.07.09
Volume 1, Report, together with formal minutes
Volume 2, Oral and written evidence


HSE: Cattle and public access - information and advice. Each year there are a number of incidents where members of the public are injured by cattle, sometimes fatally. Two information sheets are available suggesting reasonably practicable measures that can be taken to reduce the risk to the public, particularly where bulls or newly calved cattle are grazed. -added 17.07.09
Available here


HSE: Dealing with my stress - video case studies. Work is generally good for people if it is well designed, but it can also be a great source of pressure. Watch the experiences of others who have suffered and tackled workplace stress. -added 17.07.09
Available here


DWP/HSE: Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act leaflet. A revised edition of the DWP/HSE leaflet ‘Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969: A guide for employees and their representatives’ - brought in line with the revised employers guide (HSE40). -added 15.07.09
Available here


UKLA: Metalworking fluids DVD. A DVD produced by the United Kingdom Lubricants Association (UKLA) Metalworking Fluid Product Stewardship Group, in conjunction with HSE. -added 15.07.09
More details and view sample here


HSE: Ten pin bowling centres guidance. A lack of effective physical safeguards has permitted unfettered access to dangerous parts and tragically in recent years resulting in a number of fatalities, serious incidents and near misses. -added 15.07.09
Available here


HSE: Swine flu guidance updated. The advice for employers for the current situation has been updated, including additional information on use of face masks in certain healthcare settings. -added 08.07.09
Available here


HSE: LEV inspection pack. A topic inspection pack for Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems is now available. -added 08.07.09
Available here


HSE: Managing my asbestos website. A step by step guide to the duty to manage asbestos. This systematic guide takes duty holders through the process of understanding their duties as defined in Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. A set of questions will enable you to identify whether you are a duty holder and take you through a series of steps to help you decide if there is asbestos present and if so, how to manage it. -added 08.07.09
Available here


HSE: Stonemasonry website re-launched. Health and safety issues in the stonemasonry industrywebsite has been rebranded - New design, new features, better navigation, ask the expert, manual handling, hand and arm vibration, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease etc. -added 08.07.09
Available here


HSE/LA: Statement of commitment between HSE and LA representative bodies. This joint statement of commitment, agreed by HSE and local authority representative bodies in June 2009, sets out our commitment to improved standards of partnership working with one overriding aim – to prevent the death, injury and ill health of those at work and those affected by work activities. -added 08.07.09
Available here


HSE: COSHH risk assessment examples. HSE have compiled a set of example COSHH risk assessments for some industries. You can use these to get ideas for completing assessments in your company. -added 08.07.09
Available here


HSE: Temperature in the workplace. Information about how the temperature of the environment you work in can affect you, and advice on how to manage it. -added 08.07.09
Available here


HSE: Changes to COMAH arising from CHIP 2008. This Local Authority Circular (LAC) alerts inspectors to changes to the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999, as amended (COMAH) arising from the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (CHIP 2008), which have the potential to bring sites storing preparations containing relatively low concentrations of strong biocides (including large retail and wholesale warehouses) within scope of COMAH for the first time. -added 08.07.09
Details here


CFAO: Petrol fire and explosion risk Red Guide . The red guide, originally published by the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and available on the WYFRS website, has now been adopted by the Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) and can be found on the CFOA website. -added 08.07.09
Details here


HSE: Musculoskeletal disorders website re-launched. It has a new design, better navigation and now includes new Upper Limb Disorder (ULD) guidance. -added 08.07.09
Available here


HSE: Risk management website re-launched. The risk management website has been relaunched - New design, better navigation, how to make an risk assessment, example risk assessment etc. -added 07.07.09
Available here


HSE: A guide to health and safety regulation in Great Britain published. This guide outlines the occupational health and safety system in Great Britain. It responds to the many requests for information we receive from international visitors, enquirers and researchers, although many in Great Britain will also find it informative. It also describes briefly the work HSE does, in partnership with local authorities, to protect the public from the risks from work activities. -added 07.07.09
Available here


HSE: Carriage of dangerous goods manual updated. The carriage of dangerous goods manual has undergone a major revision. -added 07.07.09
Details here


HSE: New HSE Strategy - The Pledge . As part of our new strategy, we have developed a ‘pledge’. It’s a commitment to improving health and safety that organisations and individuals can sign up to. -added 07.07.09
Details here


HSE: Guidance on the use of glass reinforced plastic vessels and tanks published. HSE has produced this good practice guidance note in consultation with industry. It outlines essential requirements to safeguard against the failure of glass reinforced plastic (GRP) tanks, vessels and scrubbers in service. -added 07.07.09
Available here


HSE: Forms website improved. The forms website has been rebranded, new design, new features, better navigation. The range of forms support legislation under which businesses are required to submit information to HSE. This is a secure and convenient service developed to make HSE forms more accessible for use. -added 12.06.09
Available here


HSE: Notification of work with ionising radiation information. Information on how to make notifications. The vast majority of employers are required to notify the HSE at least 28 days before commencing work with ionising radiation for the fist time. Radiation employers are also required to tell HSE if there has been a material change to the work previously notified. -added 12.06.09
View information here


HSE: COSHH website relaunched. Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people’s health at risk, causing diseases including asthma, dermatitis or cancer. COSHH regulations require employers to control substances that can harm workers health. The COSHH website has been re-launched with lots of additional information. -added 12.06.09
View site here


HSE: Upper Limb Disorders information. Upper limb disorders (ULDs) affect the arms, from fingers to shoulder, and neck. They are often called repetitive strain injuries, ‘RSI’, cumulative trauma disorder or occupational overuse syndrome. -added 12.06.09
View information here


HSE: Back pain information revised. Low back pain is common and can be extremely painful. It can be difficult to cope with the severe pain but fortunately it is rarely due to serious disease. There are things that employers and workers can do to manage back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), in the workplace. People can be helped to remain in work or helped to make an earlier return to work. -added 12.06.09
View information here


HSE: Website is changing. Having listened to your views on the HSE Website – the HSE are keen to keep listening. The new website site has an ‘About you’ page – where, among other things, you can let us know what you’d like to see on our website in future. Every week until March 2010 - they will launch at least one new ‘micro-site’ for a specific industry or health and safety topic. They are also working on better ways to present video, make more of online communities etc. -added 27.05.09
More information here


HSE: Asbestos website re-launched. The single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. Health and safety information on the dangers and management of asbestos in the workplace. The site has been relaunched with a new design, better navigation, working with asbestos guidance, campaign news, resources etc. -added 27.05.09
Available here


HSE: DSEAR (Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations) guidance for inspectors published. Guidance for health and safety Inspectors has been updated to bring it into line with changes in legislation and associated guidance. -added 21.05.09
Available here


HSE: Management of health and safety in care homes guidance published. Circular providing guidance for visiting staff on inspecting the management of health and safety in care homes in 2009/2010. -added 21.05.09
Available here


HSE: Diving qualifications updated. -added 21.05.09
List of qualifications here


HSE: Bakers – time to clear the air! . A pocket card giving advice and guidance on how flour dust can cause asthma and what the symptoms are, as well as advice on how to protect yourself. -added 21.05.09
Available here


HSE: Revised guidance for tanning saloons published. New advice for businesses in England and Wales about the safe operation of sunbeds has been published today by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The revised guidance - which was produced in support of the Department of Health’s Cancer Reform Strategy - provides recommendations about how to safely operate ultraviolet tanning equipment, including advice about potential hazards and risk assessments. -added 01.05.09
View press release here
Guidance available here
Poster available here


HSE: Workers website re-launched. The workers website has been re-launched with a new structure and style as well as the addition of a number of new functions including your rights and responsibilities, your employer’s responsibilities, agency / temporary workers, ask an expert, resources and did you know…? -added 01.05.09
Available here


HSE: April podcast available. In this episode: Jeff Learmann talks about the Gas Safe Register and the implications for gas engineers and consumers. Good news about changes to health and safety legislation, HSE and the Environment Agency relaunch the New Nuclear Power Stations website, and HSE revises the Health and Safety Law Poster. HSE Infoline answer a frequently asked question “Can I work alone under health and safety law?” -added 30.04.09
Available here


HSE: Gas Safe Register video. The Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI gas registration on April 1st 2009. Dr Chris Steele talks about the changes. -added 24.04.09
Available here


HSE: Noise advice at music festivals and outdoor events available. Sound Advice contains practical noise management advice, representatives of music and entertainment industries together with Environmental Health Officers and HSE prepared the guidance. Find out what you can do to avoid the harmful effects of prolonged exposure to noise - for yourself and for the people you employ or work with. -added 21.04.09
Available here


HSE: Induction pack for smaller construction companies available. This presentation has been prepared by Site Safe Scotland with assistance from the construction industry, WWT Campaign and HSE. The slides and speaker notes in this presentation are designed for a short (1/2 to 2 hour) induction session for workers arriving on site. -added 21.04.09
Available here


HSE: REACH registration published. If you have registration duties under Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of CHemicals (REACH), then you need to know what you should be doing and by when. This leaflet is a starting point to help you understand what you need to do to fulfil these duties. -added 21.04.09
Available here


HSE: Standards for personal protective equipment (PPE) published. These provide inspectors and others with practical guidance for interpreting the markings provided on Personal Protective Equipment to comply with the requirements of European Standards. -added 16.04.09
Available here


HSE: Agriculture health carry card updated. This carry card provides information on the health risks associated with your work in agriculture, horticulture and forestry. -added 15.04.09
Available here


HSE: Leptospirosis leaflet updated. Two types of leptospirosis infection can affect workers in the UK, Weil’s disease and the Hardjo form of leptospirosis. Anyone who is exposed to rats, rat or cattle urine or to fetal fluids from cattle is at risk. -added 15.04.09
Available here


HSE: HSE's organisational chart updated. -added 14.04.09
Available here


HSE: Safe waste and recycling website and guidance. This is aimed at clients in control of contracts, those who specify contracts, and employers who operate the services. It will also help managers and supervisors design and operate collection services so that acceptable levels of safety are achieved and maintained. -added 14.04.09
Website available here
Guidance available here


HSE: Moves to simplify health and safety. Moves to make health and safety laws easier to understand and comply with take effect from 8 April 2009. HSE is making four changes to the regulations it is responsible for:
-Introducing a new, easier to read version of the law poster that employers must display.
-Reducing the number of forms that employers must complete.
-Simplifying arrangements for the manufacture and storage of explosives.
-Aligning chemical hazard information and packaging with new EU regulations. -added 14.04.09
More information here


HSE: Removing premises registration and record keeping requirements. From 6 April 2009, employers will no longer have to register the factories, offices and shops in which their employees work with the relevant health and safety authority. -added 14.04.09
More information here


HSE: Guidance for first aid training organisations published. The revised guidance ‘First-aid training and qualifications for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981: A guide for training organisations’ is now available.
Publication will help first aid training organisations prepare for introduction of the new training regime for first aiders in the workplace. Full implementation will take place from 1 October 2009. Prior to implementation, the current guidance for first aid at work training provider still applies.-added 14.04.09
Available here


HSE: Domestic gas FAQs updated. Frequently asked questions for gas engineers and for homeowners on domestic gas have been updated.-added 14.04.09
FAQs for gas engineers here
FAQs for home owners here


HSE: Controlling exposure to poultry dust. People working in poultry houses inhale many different airborne particles which collectively are referred to as poultry dust. This web-only publication gives guidance on controlling exposure to poultry dust. -added 03.04.09
More about the hazard here
Occupational hygene standards here


HSE: Gas Safe Register registration details. As from 6 April 2009, HSE is publishing new versions of its approved health and safety poster and leaflet. To avoid an unnecessary burden on business, HSE has set a five year transition period. The current poster and leaflets must be replaced by the new versions by no later than 5 April 2014.From 1 April 2009, in relation to gas work for which registration is required by law gas engineering businesses operating in Great Britain must be registered with the Gas Safe Register. -added 03.04.09
More information here
Gas webpage here


HSE: New 'Health and Safety Law' poster published. As from 6 April 2009, HSE is publishing new versions of its approved health and safety poster and leaflet. To avoid an unnecessary burden on business, HSE has set a five year transition period. The current poster and leaflets must be replaced by the new versions by no later than 5 April 2014. -added 03.04.09
More information here


HSE: Agricultural web site re-launched. This site covers the main causes of injury and illness. Topic provide information and advice to help improve health and safety on your farm. -added 30.03.09
Web site here


HSE: Preventing falls from vehicle guidance published. Advice and guidance on how to prevent falls from vehicles, includes information sheets, case studies, posters, checklists for managers and vehicle buyers etc. -added 22.03.09
Availabe here


HSE: REACH 'Bitesize' leaflets published. This page provides a set of brief leaflets produced by the UK CA in collaboration with other UK Government Departments. They are intended to cover the key issues of various aspects of REACH. Anyone requiring more detailed information should consult the comprehensive guidance available from the ECHA website. These can be accessed via our information and guidance page. -added 12.03.09
Bitesize information page here
Information and Guidance page here


HSE: Tackle stress initiatve launched. This website helps employees, HR staff and Board Directors discover effective, lasting answers to workplace stress - a problem that costs organisations with 500 employees around 250 working days a year. How many days are lost in your company? -added 12.03.09
Details here


HSE: Risk management of carbon nanotubes information sheets. This information sheet is specifically about the manufacture and manipulation of carbon nanotubes and has been prepared in response to emerging evidence about the toxicology of these materials. However, the risk management principles detailed here are equally applicable to other nanodimensioned bio-persistent fibres with a similar aspect ratio. -added 09.03.09
Information sheets available here


HSE: Work-related stress website re-launched. The website has a range of helpful advice, online tools and guidance to help you manage and prevent occupational stress in your workplace. -added 26.02.09
Press release here
Website here


HSE: Are you property developing? . 38 people died last year whilst working on construction refurbishment, repair and maintenance projects. A new HSE campaign kick’s off on Monday 23 March 2009 targeting property developers with the aim of increasing their awareness of their responsibilities as construction clients under the Construction Design Management Regulations 2007. -added 20.02.09
More information here


HSE: Fit3 worker involvement information published. New information on worker involvement has been added to the Fit3 site. Worker Involvement is an umbrella term used to describe a cooperative approach between employers and workers to the management of health and safety at work, it is a key goal within HSE’s new strategy. -added 20.02.09
Available here


HSE: Tyre handling workshop information sheets published. These information sheets are based on those in pack that was available at the recent workshop. They also have worked examples of Manual Handling Assessment Charts (MACs), which were not in the pack. -added 20.02.09
Available here


LA: Work related stress circular LAC81-4 revised. A revised edition of the Local Authority Circular LAC81-4 is now available. This LAC presents current operational policy on work-related stress and guidance on how enforcement officers should deal with the topic. -added 13.02.09
Circular available here


HSE: 'STEP' -Slips and Trips e-learning package produced. STEP is an eLearning package developed by the HSE, providing slips and trips guidance through interactive learning. It is an easy way to learn about slips and trips, how they are caused, why preventing them is important and how to tackle them. STEP includes quizzes, videos, animations, case studies and interactive sequences to enhance the learning experience. Completing this package will aid understanding of slips and trips, but to reduce accidents you will also need to take action in your workplace. -added 13.02.09
Read press releaase here
STEP package available here
'Shattered Lives' campaign information available here


HSE: Enforcement Policy Statement (HSE 41) updated. A revised version of the Enforcement Policy Statement (HSE41), which sets out the general principles and approach which the health and safety enforcing authorities (mainly HSE and local authorities) are expected to follow is now available. -added 07.02.09
Guidance available here


Ministry of Justice: Safety of burial ground memorials guidance published. The guidelines were developed by representatives across the industry in response to requests for more detailed advice on managing memorial stock. Ministry of Justice guidance only applies to England, but the sensitive and proportionate approach set out in the guidance will be useful for duty holders in Scotland and Wales. -added 06.02.09
More information here
Guidance available here


HSE: 'Shattered Lives'. Raising awareness of workplace slips, trips and falls and how to easily prevent them in: Health, Education, Construction, Food retail, Food and drink manufacturing, Catering and Maintenance, Health Services and Education. The campaign launches interactive online tools to help you analyse and reduce risks. -added 29.01.09
More information here


NASC: A guide to good practice for scaffolding with tubes and fittings TG20:08 launched. After significant investment in both time and money the NASC (National Access and Scaffolding Confederation) has now launched the long awaiting guidance note TG20:08 - A Guide to good Practice for Scaffolding with Tubes and Fittings. -added 29.01.09
More information here


HSE: The new Gas Safe Register opens. Last year, HSE announced changes to the gas installer registration scheme in Great Britain. The scheme currently operated by CORGI will be replaced on 1 April 2009 by the new Gas Safe Register (operated by Capita). The Gas Safe Register opened on Monday 19th January for currently registered gas installers to register in advance with new scheme. -added 27.01.09
More information here
Main HSE Gas webpage here


HSE: Managing offensive/hygiene waste guidance. This guidance has been written for managers of waste management operations that may come into contact with offensive/hygiene wastes. It sets out the principles of how to handle ‘offensive/hygiene’ wastes produced by healthcare (medical care) practices or healthcare workers in the community and those produced in the community from non-healthcare (personal care) sources and sets out controls measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of ill health caused by offensive/hygiene wastes found in the municipal waste/recycling stream. -added 21.01.09
Available here


HSE: Dust control video for cut off saws. Video focussing on the use of water to control dust from cut-off saws used for cutting kerbs and flag paving etc. -added 21.01.09
View and download video here


HSE: Asbestos Liaison Group memos -latest. How to draw up a plan of work (aka method statement)’ - This memo amends the previous version (ALG Memo 01/08), which should be destroyed. This revision has been produced to incorporate changes to the requirement to submit a plan of work. -added 21.01.09
This and other memos here


HSE: The Health and Safety Offences Act 2008 now inforce. The Health and Safety Offences Act 2008 comes into force on Friday, 16 January 2009. This new Act will increase penalties and provide courts with greater sentencing powers for those who break health and safety law. -added 21.01.09
Read press release here
Full text of the Act here


HSE/DHF: Vehicles at work - roller shutter guidance. New HSE endorsed guidance - best practice for restraining roller shutter door barrels, produced by the Door and Hardware Federation. -added 17.01.09
Available here


HSE: Managing skin exposure risks at work guidance HSG262 published. Many materials used at work can affect the skin or can pass through the skin and cause diseases elsewhere in the body. This book provides practical advice to help you prevent these disabling diseases. It covers, the protective role of the skin, ill health arising from skin exposure, recognising potential skin exposure in your workplace and managing skin exposure to prevent disease. -added 17.01.09
Available here


HSE: Genetically modified organisms register updated. -added 17.01.09
View register here


HSE: Top handed chainsaws leaflet revised (AFAG 308). Aborculture and Forestry Advisory Group leaflet (AFAG) 308 - Top-handled chainsaws has been revised. -added 17.01.09
Available here


HSE: Controlling noise in schools and colleges. Practical advice on the control of noise at work in schools and colleges, split into three distinct areas covering: What do you need to know, What do you need to do, How well are you doing? -added 13.01.09
Available here


HSE: Selecting protective gloves guidance updated. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) essentials guidance sheet on selecting protective gloves has been updated. -added 13.01.09
Available here


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