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What's New in 2011

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HSE: Gas safety for home owners. FAQs. -added 21/12/11
Available here


HSE: Workplace exposure limits EH40 updated. This edition of EH40 replaces the previous version, first published in 2005, and takes account of new substances and workplace exposure limits (WELs) introduced in 2007 and 2011. -added 19/12/11
Available here


HSE: Radioactive waste management guidance revised. These have been revised as a result of comments received since February 2010. -added 13/12/11
Available here


HSE: Leptospirosis, are you at risk?. This pocket card explains what leptospirosis is, how you might catch it and ways to prevent it. It also explains what you should do if you do contract the disease. -added 13/12/11
Available here


HSE: Safe use of skip loaders. This leaflet identifies the safety precautions that can be used when loading skips. It covers the safe use of skip loaders and provides a brief checklist of some important things you can do to protect yourself and others. -added 9/12/11
Available here


HSE: Getting specialist help with health and safety. In many cases, businesses can manage health and safety themselves or with the help of in-house advisors. However, there are times when businesses will need to get external help, particularly on more detailed or technical issues. This is often referred to as specialist help. This leaflet, INDG240 discusses the questions employers should ask themselves when seeking specialist help with health and safety in the workplace. -added 9/12/11
Available here


HSE: Explosives -safeguarding plans. Information about safeguarding plans for the storage of explosives on works sites. -added 9/12/11
More here


HSE: Learning from HSE enforcement experience -recent prosecutions. In September and October 2011, 79 companies or individuals were found guilty and fined as a result of being prosecuted by HSE. Six of these prosecutions were related to maintenance work. -added 8/12/11
More here


HSE: School trips case studies. A large number of school visits take place successfully each year. However, misunderstandings about health and safety law can sometimes discourage schools and teachers from organising these activities. Two new case studies focusing on a London trip and a sawmill trip are now available online -added 1/12/11
Available here


HSE: Work at height building maintenance video. The video is for those involved in working at height who carry out building and plant maintenance activities. It aims to make you aware of the steps that should be taken to ensure the work is carried out safely and to demonstrate a number of different types of access equipment in use. -added 1/12/11 Available here


HSE: Working in Britain – Advice for overseas workers. All workers get the same protection under British health and safety law whether they are working here legally or not. Find information on health and safety including your basic rights and conditions of work. -added 1/12/11
More information here


HSE: Everything you need to know about organising construction sites. Site organisation, everything you need to know about organising a safe and healthy construction site. -added 1/12/11
More information here


DWP: The Löfstedt Report and the Government response. Professor Löfstedt's report Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety regulation has been published. The report sets out a number of risk- and evidence-based recommendations that will reduce regulatory requirements on business where they do not lead to improved health and safety outcomes, and remove pressures on business to go beyond what the regulations require, enabling them to reclaim ownership of the management of health and safety. -added 28/11/11
Löfstedt's report available here
Government response available here


HSE: Machinary at Work -UK Supply Law. Brief details are provided on the main UK regulations which implement European Product Safety Directives, regarding the design and construction of products. More detailed information on each set of regulations can be found using the links provided. -added 21/11/11
More information here


HSE: Noise induced hearing loss audio/visual demonstration. Noise induced hearing loss is irreversible damage to the ears caused by exposure to high levels of noise. These recordings demonstrate how hearing is gradually lost over a working life. In the demonstrations you will hear the effects of both noise exposure and ageing on hearing. -added 18/11/11
Available here


HSE: Asbestos case studies. Real life stories are from trades and maintenance workers and their families who have suffered the devastating effects of mesothelioma, an incurable cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. -added 18/11/11
Available here


HSE: Pressure systems, a summary of the law. The main regulations covering pressure equipment and pressure systems are the Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999 (PER) and the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR). -added 18/11/11
Available here


HSE: Asbestos training courses free on-line. Asbestos awareness e-learning courses can be done in sections, and you can sit the training in your own home in the evening or over the weekend. And e-learning courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can sit them whenever suits you. -added 18/11/11
Available here


HSE: Safe management of industrial steam and hot water boilers, ING436. This leaflet provides basic advice on the risks and regulatory requirements for the operation of steam boilers. It sets out the general principles of boiler safety for people with limited technical knowledge of boilers, such as owners, managers and supervisors, who do not have access to industry guidance. -added 1/11/11
Available here


HSE: Straight forward guidance for orgainising a firework display. Firework displays should be enjoyable and spectacular occasions – but they obviously need some responsible planning. The good news is that there is straightforward guidance to help you. -added 1/11/11
Available here


HSE: Machinary at work, the law and your responsibilities. Since 1995 all new machinery in scope of the Machinery Directive has to be designed and constructed to meet common minimum European requirements for safety. -added 27/10/11
More here


HSE: Student gas safe website. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas. Don’t mistake the symptoms for a hangover. According to HSE statistics, every year around 15 people die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Don’t become a statistic; there are things you can do to keep yourself safe. -added 22/10/11
View here


HSE: Logistics website launched. This website will help you manage the risks to health and safety in the logistics industry and provides regular updates on health and safety issues in haulage, distribution and warehousing. -added 21/10/11
View here


HSE: INDG270 – Supplying new machinery. A short guide to the law and your responsibilities when supplying new machinery for use at work. -added 19/10/11
Available here


HSE: INDG271 – Buying new machinery. A short guide to the law and your responsibilities when buying new machinery for use at work. -added 19/10/11
Available here


HSE: European Week for Safety and Health at Work. The Week takes place week commencing 24 October 2011, as part of the European Campaign on Safe Maintenance. Discover ideas and tools to help you get involved. -added 16/10/11
More details here


HSE: Managing contractors: A guide for employers (HSG159). Managing contractors is a guide for small to medium-sized companies in the chemical industry, but it will also be of use to other industries and larger companies. This second edition brings guidance and references up to date. -added 16/10/11
Availabe here


HSE: Frequently asked safety questions. -latest added 11/11/11
Electrical    Gas    Construction    COSHH    Asbestos    CDM    Risk Management    First Aid
Falls from Height    Work equipment & machinary    Air transport    Musculoskeletal disorder
Health and social care    Portable appliance testing    Catering & hospitality


HSE: New accident and incident reporting arrangements in place. Businesses are being reminded about new incident reporting arrangements being introduced from today (Monday 12 September). Only fatal and major injuries and incidents will be able to be reported by phone to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), with all other work-related injuries and incidents reportable under RIDDOR (see notes to editors) to be reported via one of a suite of seven online forms available on HSE's website. -added 23/9/11
More information here


HSE: Fire and explosion advice from dangerous substances. Explosive atmospheres can be caused by flammable gases, mists or vapours or by combustible dusts. If there is enough of a substance, mixed with air, then all it needs is a source of ignition to cause an explosion. -added 8/9/11
More information here


HSE: Revised Control of Asbestos Regulations consultation. This consultation sets out HSE’s proposals to introduce revised Control of Asbestos Regulations to implement the changes required to comply with the European Commission’s reasoned opinion on the UK Government’s transposition of Directive 83/477/EEC as amended by 2003/18/EC on the protection of workers from the risks of exposure to asbestos at work. Closing date 4 November 2011. -added 6/9/11
More information here


HSE: Ladder Exchange Initiative 2011. The Ladder Exchange initiative provides UK businesses with an easy and simple way to replace broken, damaged or bent ladders and trade them in for safe new ones. This year’s programme will run for 3 months from 1 September until 30 November 2011. -added 1/9/11
Available here


HSE: Woodworking – Clean up Your Act video. HSE's wood dust exposure video demonstrates the high exposures you can get sweeping up and blowing down compared to using a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filters. -added 30/8/11
Available here


HSE: Are you a Principle Contractor?. The law requires that principal contractors (PC) must undertake the following actions: Project management, Contractor engagement and Workforce engagement. -added 29/8/11
More information here


HSE: What is legionella?. And what you need to do -added 23/8/11
More information here


HSE: Provide the right workplace facilities. You must protect the safety and health of everyone in your workplace, including people with disabilities, and provide welfare facilities for your employees. Basic things you need to consider are outlined. -added 18/8/11
More information here


HSE: Adventure activities consultation. This is the proposed replacement for the licensing regime for adventure activities established under the Activity Centres (Young Persons’ Safety) Act 1995 in England. This Consultation Document sets out proposals for replacement arrangements for adventure activities. Replacement arrangements are needed to implement the recommendation in the report Common Sense Common Safety to abolish the licensing of four specified adventure activities by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, which will occur following the necessary legislative change at a later date. -added 11/8/11
More information here


HSE: Draft of refreshed HSG65 for comment. Draft of the refreshed version of HSG65 from the HSE's Managing for Health & Safety Project. Section 3 will follow later this month. Any comments you have on the draft, please send them to Roger Bibbings, Secretary, Safety Groups UK. (rbibbings@rospa.com) -added 8/8/11, part 3 added 8/9/11
Available here
Part 3 now available here


HSE: First aid at work – What employers need to do. You must have first-aid arrangements in your workplace. You are responsible for making sure that your employees receive immediate attention if they are taken ill or are injured at work. -added 5/8/11
More here


HSE: Heath and Safety Laboratory centenary. In this special edition of the HSE Podcast, we look at the work of the Health and Safety Laboratory, an agency of HSE. To mark the hundredth anniversary of the laboratories we toured the site talking to the scientists who work there and the Employment Minister Chris Grayling. -added 1/8/11
Available here


HSE: Health and Safety Made Simple – Provide training and information. Everyone who works for you needs to know how to work safely and without risks to health. You must provide clear instructions, information and adequate training for your employees. -added 29/7/11
More here


HSE: What is a First Aider at work? A first-aider is someone who has undertaken training and has a qualification that HSE approves. -added 28/7/11
More here


HSE: Working with asbestos cement roofing and cladding. This information will help employers and the self-employed to comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. It describes good practice when you need to clean asbestos cement (AC) cladding and roofing, either to improve its appearance or to prepare it for a surface coating. -added 28/7/11
Available here


HSE: HSE consultation for extending cost recovery. The HSE recovers the costs for some of its activities. It is looking to extend this and has issued a consultation document. Closing date for replies is 14 October 2011. -added 25/7/11
Consultation document available here


HSE: Changes to incident reporting and Infoline services podcast. This podcast covers the changes to how businesses can report incidents to HSE, the closure of Infoline and improvements being made to the HSE website. -added 8/7/11
Listen here


HSE: Woodworking safe practice videos. There are a number of videos which illustrate safe practice in the use of woodcutting machinery. -added 7/7/11
Available here


HSE: Annual Report. The HSE Annual Report 2010/11 reports on the work HSE has undertaken in the financial year. -added 7/7/11
Available here


HSE: Take the Red Tape Challenge. Tell HSE which health and safety regulations should stay and which should go. Health and safety regulations are designed to protect employees, employers and the public from harm arising from work activities. The Red Tape Challenge is an opportunity for people to directly influence the future of health and safety regulations to help simplify health and safety and support business growth in Great Britain. -added 28/6/11
Take the challenge here


HSE: Vertical spindle moulder safety video. One of the most versatile woodworking machines, it can be used for mouldings, rebates and curved work. However, it can be dangerous if not used correctly. -added 28/6/11
Available here


HSE: Priorities for enforcement of Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 revised. Priorities for enforcement of section 3 HSWA are set out in HSE's priority programmes and HSE's incident selection criteria. -added 17/6/11
More information here


OSHCR: The Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR). The register is now open to the public. It is a register of consultants who can offer general advice to UK businesses to help them manage health and safety risks. -added 17/6/11
More information here


HSE: Drilling holes in asbestos cement and other highly bonded materials. Guidance describes good practice when you need to drill holes in asbestos cement (AC), bitumen products, floor tiles or other highlybonded materials containing asbestos. -added 17/6/11
Available here


HSE: New to the job – Six steps to protect new starters. Workers are as likely to have an accident in the first six months at a workplace than during the whole of the rest of their working life. The extra risk arises due to: lack of experience; lack of familiarity; reluctance to raise concerns; and eagerness to impress. -added 17/6/11
More information here


HSE: Asbestos FAQs – When am I at risk?. You are mostly at risk when: Working on an unfamiliar site, the building was built before the year 2000, asbestos-containing materials were not identified before the job was started, asbestos-containing materials were identified but this information was not passed on by the people in charge to the people doing the work. -added 17/6/11
FAQs available here


HSE: Have your say on the Lofstedt review of health and safety legislation -closing date 28 July. Roger Bibbings, Health and Safety Adviser at RoSPA writes:The Professor and his team are asking for views by the 29th July . I attach the latest DWP press release for information. Also please find attached for information a draft of my monthly ‘Parting Shot’ column in ‘OS&H’ which will appear in July and which will discuss issues that might be addressed by the Review. I also attach some initial rough notes which we have send to Prof Lofstedt. If you are submitting views, we would be glad to receive a copy for information (please e-mail chenderson@rospa.com). -added 20/5/11
Lofstedt review available here
Press release
Preliminary notes
Parting Shot article

HSE: Crane Safety. Following a number of recent failures of lifting equipment, particularly at ports, HSE has produced a paper that deals specifically with recommendations on routine maintenance and thorough examination and testing of lifting equipment. -added 18/5/11
Available here


HSE: Health and Safety Made Simple –Manage the risks in your business. You must manage the health and safety risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what, in your business, might cause harm to people and decide whether you are doing enough to prevent that harm. This is known as a risk assessment. -added 18/5/11
More information here


HSE: Managing and working with manufactured nanomaterials. The existing UK regulatory framework, including the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, is seen as sufficiently covering the safe use and handling of manufactured nanomaterials. The applicable regulations are: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH), The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR), Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals (REACH), Guidance for managing and working with manufactured nanomaterials. -added 18/5/11
More information here


HSE: New to the job? – Six steps to protect new starters. Workers are as likely to have an accident in the first six months at a workplace the extra risk arises due to: lack of experience working in a new industry or workplace; lack of familiarity with the job and the work environment; reluctance to raise concerns (or not knowing how to); and eagerness to impress etc. This guidance is aimed at keeping people safe at this critical time. -added 18/5/11
More information here


HSE: New arrangements for online reporting of RIDDORs. From 12 September 2011, statutory reporting to HSE of work-related injuries and incidents under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) will move to a predominantly on-line system. Revised online forms will make the reporting process quick and easy. People will no longer report incidents by email, post or fax. Fatal and major injuries and incidents can still be reported to HSE's Incident Contact Centre by telephone, as at present. -added 11/5/11
More information here


HSE: Safe use of quick hitch devices on excavators SIM. This SIM aims to describe what a quick hitch is and discusses common failure modes in particular with semi-automatic hitches. It will address key issues that inspectors may wish to consider during inspection and gives guidance on instances where enforcement may be appropriate. Version 3 has been updated to include recent developments in both use and legal requirements. -added 4/5/11
Available here


HSE: Topic inspection packs. Guidance packs that inspectors use when carrying out inspections. Listed by topic. -added 29/4/11
Available here


HSE: Construction Inspection podcast. We follow HSE inspector Luke Messenger as he visits a construction site to make sure that they’re working safely. -added 29/4/11
Available here


HSE: Nanotechnology risk management basics -legal duties. The occupational use of nanomaterials is regulated under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002 (as amended). COSHH requires employers to protect workers from exposure to harmful substances in the workplace. Embodying the principles of proportionality and risk assessment -added 19/4/11
More information here


HMG: Have your say on Health and Safety 'Red Tape'. Your chance to comment. -added 13/4/11
Find out more here


HSE: Asbestos, what does it look like and where is it found?. Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. It was used for a variety of purposes and was ideal for fireproofing and insulation. Image library showing the many forms of asbestos use. -added 10/4/11
Available here


HSE: Decide who will help you with your duties. As an employer, you must appoint someone competent to help you meet your health and safety duties. A competent person is someone with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to manage health and safety. -added 10/4/11
More information here


HSE: Basic first aid at work advice. This leaflet contains basic advice on first aid procedures. Aimed primarily at shop floor workers. It could be distributed in part by voluntary aid societies and other training organisations responsible for first aid training -added 10/4/11
Available here


HSE: MDF frequently asked questions. Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood-based sheet material made by bonding together wood fibres with a synthetic resin adhesive. The atmosphere created by machining or sanding MDF board contains a mixture of softwood dust and hardwood dust (if it is present). -added 10/4/11
Available here


HSE: Appointed doctors guidance launched. This guidance is for established appointed doctors engaged in statutory medical surveillance and registered medical practitioners considering applying to be appointed for this purpose. It explains the relevant legal background, the appointment process and governance arrangements, and responsibilities and rights of appointed doctors. -added 10/4/11
Available here


HMG: Debate on the proposed changes to the health and safety system . Lord McKenzie of Luton asked Her Majesty's Government how their proposed changes to the health and safety system will encourage safer and healthier work places. A debate followed. -added 6/4/11
Transcript available here


HSE: Health and safety made simple podcast. look at a new range of tools designed to make health and safety simpler for small businesses. Employment Minister Chris Grayling talks about a new online directory of health and safety consultants. -added 4/4/11
Available here


HSE: Voluntary organisations - managing low risk. The work of voluntary organisations and individual volunteers makes a valuable contribution to our everyday lives. Health and safety is often wrongly blamed for preventing organisations from running events and people from volunteering. Health and safety law is not a barrier to volunteering activities. Taking a sensible, proportionate approach is the key to making sure things go smoothly and safely and avoiding unnecessary bureaucracy. -added 4/4/11
More information here


HSE: HSE's 2011/12 Delivery Plan. Working with the health and safety system as a whole. Judith Hackitt HSE Chair says "I am pleased to present HSE's Delivery Plan for 2011/2012 which sets out in detail the work HSE will be progressing during the forthcoming year. The Delivery Plan is consistent with our Strategy and provides further focus for our activities in those areas which represent the greatest risks to people at work and those who operate outside the law. Common sense and proportion remain important throughout the whole system - including helping small businesses to achieve compliance simply and easily". -added 4/4/11
Available here


HSE: Forklift truck death prosecution video. Three years ago Swansea man Darren Small was struck by a forklift truck and died. In this video, his mother Barbara and his sister Kelly talk about Darren’s death and the effect it’s had on their family and the wider community. -added 31/3/11
Watch video here


DWP: 'Good Health and Safety, Good for Everyone'. The Government's report on next steps in the Government’s plans for reform of the health and safety system in Britain. -added 25/3/11
Available here


HSE: Asbestos Training. The use of all asbestos containing materials was not banned until 1999. This means any building built or refurbished before the year 2000 could contain asbestos. Any worker liable to disturb asbestos while performing their normal everyday work is required to be trained. Every employer must ensure that adequate information, instruction and training is given to those employees who are liable to be exposed to asbestos during the course of their work. -added 25/3/11
More information here


HELA: Preventing slips and trips in kitchens within catering. This circular contains useful information for local authority enforcement officers when conducting inspections or accident investigations on slips and trips issues in catering establishments. -added 18/3/11
Available here


HSE: Working at height – Building maintenance video. The video is for those involved in working at height who carry out building and plant maintenance activities. It aims to make you aware of the steps that should be taken to ensure the work is carried out safely. -added 10/3/11
Available here


HSE: Vehicles at work –Interactive case studies. Some ‘before-and-after’ interactive case studies to help you think and talk about vehicle safety in the workplace. -added 10/3/11
Available here


HSE: Nanotechnology - Risk management. Information to help you manage the risks when working with manufactured nanomaterials. -added 10/3/11
Available here


HSE: Mesothelioma video –The human face of an asbestos epidemic. A video about mesothelioma (Produced by Forum of Asbestos Victim Support Groups) is now available on the HSE website. The video features mesothelioma victims sharing their story of exposure to asbestos and the cancer it can cause. -added 10/3/11
Available here


HSE: Working safely under motor vehicles being repaired. This leaflet is aimed at owners, managers and supervisors of motor vehicle repair facilities – it may also be useful to employees. It contains excerts from accident reports illustrating the risks involved in working under vehicles in motor repair, which can prove fatal. -added 21/2/11
More information here


HSE: Information on how to raise a workplace health and safety complaint. If you consider that your employer (or someone else’s) work activity is putting your safety at risk or damaging your health, then you should raise your concerns with that employer or person. If no improvement is made and your safety or health continues to be at risk, then you can report your complaint to the relevant enforcing authority and ask them to look into it. -added 18/2/11
Information here


HSE: Information on how to raise a complaint against the HSE. If you have contacted us and are unhappy with the way we have dealt with you, we want to know. Find out how to complain about HSE. -added 18/2/11
Information here


HSE: Information on how to raise a gas safety complaint. If you do not have a current copy of the record of the gas safety check - find out more about what you can do if your landlord will not provide you with one. -added 18/2/11
Information here


BHSEA: Equality Act seminar. The Equality Act passed into law in the final few days of the previous Labour Government and the majority of the Act took effect on 1 October 2010. It revokes key pieces of discrimination legislation, including the Sex Discrimination Act, the Race Relations Act and the Disability Discrimination Act. -added 15/2/11
Presentation here


HSE: Health and safety in the new energy economy. The web pages have been updated and now include links to the Over the next decade and beyond, the UK is set to take significant steps towards a new energy economy. This will be an economy where the technologies meeting our electricity, heat and fuel needs have to deliver against three key criteria: sustainability, security and affordability. -added 14/2/11
Read more here


HSE: Metalworking fluids web pages. The web pages have been updated and now include links to the COSHH Essentials Information Sheets. The advice on how to manage bacterial contamination is now clearer and there are links to the new EEF guide to safe working with metalworking fluid and the UK Lubricants Association Metalworking fluids safe usage DVD. -added 14/2/11
View website here


HSE: Updated guidance on vehicle lifts. HSE has revised some of its guidance in two publications following legal advice from their solicitors. The changes occur in paragraphs 202 and 203 of Health and safety in motor vehicle repair and associated industries (HSG261) and on page 4 of Working safely under motor vehicles being repaired (INDG434). -added 9/2/11
Guidance avaiable here


HSE/OSHCR: Consultants invited to sign up to new benchmark register for health and safety. Health and safety consultants are being invited to sign up to a new independent register from Monday 31 January 2011 that is intended to become a new benchmark for standards in the profession. -added 1/2/11
Press release here
OSHCR register here


HSE: Consultation opens on RIDDOR change. The Health and Safety Executive today opened a three-month consultation (until 9 May) on proposed changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995. -added 1/2/11
Press release here
Consultative document here


HSE: Nanotechnology website. Nanotechnology is a word used to describe a wide variety of different technologies and materials that share one thing in common – their very small size. HSE’s role is to ensure that people are protected from any risks to their health and/or safety arising out of work activities, and, HSE has responsibility for the occupational/worker protection aspect of manufactured nanomaterials. -added 25/1/11
View website here


HSE: Health and Safety Online (HandS-On) Statistics analysis tool. HandS-On is a free-to-use service that allows visitors to view, manipulate, create and export tables from HSE’s injury and ill health data using a powerful analysis tool. It gives you direct access to the data. -added 21/1/11
Available here


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