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HSE: INDG229(rev2) - Using work equipment safely revised -added 10.12.12
This revision incorporates minor changes to reflect the current position with regard to new machinery supply, the need for care if modifying existing machinery, and safety during maintenance of work equipment. References to other guidance have also been updated.
Available here


HSE: Woodworking information sheets revised -added 10.12.12
Selection of respiratory protective equipment suitable for use with wood dust (WIS14) and Toxic woods (WIS30) have been revised.
Available here


HSE: WIS23(rev1) – Wood dust 'Controlling the Risk' -added 10.12.12
This revision contains new information on the use of airflow indicators and dust lamps as well as advice on how to improve dust control on circular saws. It replaces the earlier version of WIS23 as well as WIS24 LEV: Dust capture at sawing machines, WIS25 LEV: Dust capture at fixed belt sanding machines, WIS26 LEV: Dust capture at fixed drum and disc sanding machines and WIS1(rev1) Wood dust: Hazards and precautions.
Available here


HSE: GEIS4 – Conveyor belt workstation design -added 10.12.12
New information sheet replaces waste and recycling industry guidance Ergonomic Considerations for Designing and Selecting Conveyor Belt Systems.
Available here


HSE: GEIS5 – Fragile roofs: Safe working practices -added 10.12.12
This leaflet is for building owners and occupiers, construction businesses and workers in the construction refurbishment and building maintenance sectors. It explains which surfaces present a particular risk, and what you should do as a building owner or occupier. It also explains what a safe system of work is, and gives some examples.
Available here


HSE: e-Safety Bulletins -added 27.11.12
Subscribe for free email newsletters and notifications - news and updates on a wide range of health and safety topics and industries.
Subscribe here


HSE: Local Government FAQs -added 21.11.12
These FAQs help illustrate the nature of some of the issues that HSE routinely gives advice on. The list is not exhaustive and further questions and answers may be added at a latter date.
FAQs


HSE: New office health and safety website -added 9.11.12
The new updated ‘Office health and safety’ website is now live. This site guides employers and employees to information relating to health, safety and welfare in the office.
Website here


HSE: How to control risks at work -Health and Safety toolbox -added 2.11.12
HSE launches the latest in a package of guidance, bringing together everything a small, low-risk business could need to manage health and safety.
Available here
Press release here


HSE: Work related death protocol revised -added 2.11.12
HSE and other regulators involved in investigating any work-related death want to work together as effectively and efficiently as possible. To help to do this protocols and liaison arrangements between the various organisations have been agreed and recorded in Work-related Death Protocols (WRDP).
Available here


HSE: Health and safety statistics 2011/12 published -added 2.11.12
Latest top level statistics on work-related ill health, workplace fatalities and injuries, and enforcement in Great Britain.
Available here


European Health and Safety Week 22-28 October 2012 The theme is Working together for risk prevention through Leadership and Worker participation. -added 25.10.12
More information here
Information from Birmingham City Council


HSE: Consultation on the proposed changes to the First Aid at Work Regulations and ACoP Plans to remove the requirement for first aid training providers to be approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have gone out to consultation. Views are also being sought on whether the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) is useful and provides practical advice on how to comply with the law. HSE is also proposing revised guidance for employers to help them ensure they adopt proportionate first aid arrangements suitable to their workplace. Closing date 3 December 2012. -added 24.10.12
Press realese
Consultation document


HSE: Health and social care FAQs These frequently asked questions help illustrate the nature of some of the issues that HSE routinely gives advice on. Questions cover all aspects of health and social care, including: moving and handling, window restrictors and access to balconies, equipment safety and legionella. -added 12.10.12
FAQs


HSE: Fee for Intervention (FFI) Comes into force with effect from 1 October 2012.These regulations put a duty on HSE to recover its costs for carrying out its regulatory functions from those found to be in material breach of health and safety law. -updated 29.9.12
Website including guidance here
Press release here
BHSEA presentation


HSE: Students -keep gas safe Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas which can kill quickly with no warning. Don’t mistake the symptoms for a hangover. According to HSE statistics, around 15 people die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning every year. Don’t become a statistic; there are things you can do to keep yourself safe. -added 28.9.12
More information here


HSE: Health and safety law for the self-employed – Proposals for exemptions for low risk businesses This consultation seeks your views on proposals to exempt self-employed workers whose work activities pose no potential risk of harm to others from health and safety law. The consultation period ends on 28 October 2012. -added 21.9.12
More information here


HSE: Management of the risks from legionella within water systems -safety warning This safety bulletin draws attention to key aspects of the proper management of the risks from legionella in water systems other than cooling towers and evaporative condensers. -added 20.9.12
More information here


HSE: Worker Involvement – ‘Do your bit’ training materials Following the successful delivery of HSE’s ‘Safe and sound at work – do your bit’ training initiative, HSE has made the training materials available for download via the HSE website. The materials are aimed at training professionals and any employers who have the necessary resources/knowledge and training expertise to deliver the training ‘in-house’. -added 20.9.12
More information here


Ladder Association: Ladder Exchange 2012 launched From 1 September to 30 November 2012 anyone who buys, uses or has the responsibility of supervising the use of ladders, can take advantage of this year’s campaign which enables ‘dodgy’ ladders to be replaced for brand new ones. -added 18.9.12
More information here


HSE: Falls from height – common work at height tasks Common work at height tasks – examples of generic good practice in the planning and assessment of tasks requiring work from height. -added 18.9.12
Examples here


HSE: Working Safely with Nanomaterials in Research and Development guidance This new guidance has been developed by The UK Nanosafety Partnership Group (UKNSPG) and is aimed at employers, managers, health and safety advisors, and users of particulate nanomaterials in research and development. This guidance has been endorsed by HSE and contains a foreword by Judith Hackitt. -added 14.9.12
Available here


HSE: Managing and working with asbestos This information will be of particular interest to employers, asbestos contractors and others with duties under asbestos regulations, together with those workers currently at greatest risk from exposure to asbestos. -added 9.9.12
More here


HSE: Changes to approved methods of roof tile cutting to protect against silica dust From 1st October 2012, contractors will no longer have the option of using a cut-off saw to dry cut valley tiles. In a bid to reduce the risks from silica dust, industry has supported changes to working methods which mean that, should a cut-off saw be used for cutting valley tiles, water suppression as well as the correct RPE will also be expected. This is in line with the controls currently in use for cutting tiles in other sections of the roof. -added 9.9.12
More here


HSE: Gas Safety for Tenants FAQs Questions regularly asked by tenants -added 24.8.12
FAQs here


HSE: Health and safety in roof work, HSG33, fourth edition Roof work is a high-risk activity because it involves working at height, sometimes with fragile materials such as roof lights and asbestos cement roofing sheets. This fourth edition of the construction industry guidance identifies the main causes of accidents and ill health in roof work and ways to prevent or control risks. -added 16.8.12
Available here


HSE: Stress indicator tool The HSE, in association with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Investors in People, have designed a series of tools to allow managers to assess whether they currently have the behaviours identified as effective for preventing and reducing stress at work; its aim is to help managers reflect on their behaviour and management style. -added 13.8.12
More here


HSE: Fairgrounds FAQs Answers to some of your frequently asked questions on health and safety in fairgrounds. -added 10.8.12
FAQs


HSE: Excavation and underground services precautions If you are digging or disturbing the earth you should take care to avoid damaging underground services. Underground electrical cables can be particularly hazardous because they often look like pipes and it is impossible to tell if they are live just by looking at them. -added 10.8.12
More information


HSE: Scaffold work under the safety spotlight in the West Midlands Construction sites in the West Midlands, Worcestershire and Warwickshire will be put under the spotlight over the next three weeks as part of a safety drive to reduce the number of workplace deaths and injuries. -added 9.8.12
More information


HSE: Event safety guidance This website will help organisers run events safely. Others may also find the website useful, eg contractors, health and safety advisers and workers at events. -added 7.8.12
Guidance here


HSE: Consulation of proposals to simplify the RIDDOR reporting requirements HSE is consulting on proposals to simplify and clarify the reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences. This is as recommended in the October 2010 Government Report, Common Sense, Common Safety and by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his 2011 report Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety legislation. The consultation launched today (2 August) and is open until 28 October 2012. -added 2.8.12
Consultaion document available here


HSE: Logistics FAQs Answers to some of your frequently asked questions about the logistics sector covering health and safety in the road haulage, distribution and warehousing industries. -added 2.8.12
FAQs


HSE: Management of the risks from legionella in cooling towers and evaporative condensers safety notice This safety notice draws attention to key aspects of the proper management of the risks from legionella. It is informed by a recently completed review of outbreaks in the UK over the past ten years that shows common failings in control, and a potential risk of further legionella outbreaks, such as that in Edinburgh in June 2012. This notice refers to cooling towers and evaporative condensers but the principles apply to other water systems. -added 30.7.12
Available here


HSE: Events -safe use of temporary demountable structures Information to help those organising events to manage the safe erection, use and deconstruction of temporary demountable structures (TDS) – Stages, seating, marquees etc. -added 26.7.12
Information here


HSE: HSE's Business Plan 2012-15 is published It sets out the ambitious and challenging range of activities HSE will undertake over the next three years to deliver our part in improving the health and safety performance of Great Britain. -added 18.7.12
Available here


HSE: Demolition -what you need to know The law says that all demolition, dismantling and structural alteration should be carefully planned and carried out by competent practitioners. Key issues are: Falls from height, Injury from falling materials, Uncontrolled collapse, Risks from connected services, traffic management, hazardous materials, noise and vibration, fire and Worker involvement. -added 14.7.12
More here


HSE: Occupational asthma There are many things you can do as an employer to reduce the risk of occupational asthma in your workplace, the pages within this site provide top tips for a healthy workforce. -added 12.7.12
More here


HSE: Window cleaning safety This page will help you to: identify the risks involved with window cleaning and choose the right access equipment to do the job. -added 8.7.12
More here


HSE: Lone working FAQs Can a person be left alone at their place of work? There are no absolute restrictions on working alone; it will depend on the findings of a risk assessment. -added 8.7.12
FAQs here


HSE: Ladders -pre use checks Every time you use a ladder you should do a pre-use check beforehand to make sure that it is safe for use. -added 8.7.12
More here


HSE: Cost recovery (FFI) now due to start 1 October 2012 HSE proposes to introduce a fee for intervention cost recovery scheme with effect from 1 October 2012, subject to Parliamentary approval of the proposed Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012. -added 30/6/12
More here
Press release here


HSE: Domestic Gas -landlords' responsibilities As a landlord, you are legally responsible for the safety of your tenants in relation to gas safety. By law you must: Repair and maintain gas pipework, flues and appliances in safe condition, ensure an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue, keep a record of each safety check. -added 28/6/12
More here


HSE: Consultation on proposals to review HSE’s ACOPs HSE is seeking views on proposals to review its portfolio of ACOPs to update and improve them as recommended by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his 2011 independent review of health and safety legislation. The consultation ends 14 September 2012. -added 26/6/12
More here


HSE: Memorandum of guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 updated HSR 25: Memorandum of guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 – Guidance on Regulations. Updated references to relevant regulations, standards and publications, it replaces acknowledgement of the Institution of Electrical Engineers’ IEE Regulations with BS7671. -added 26/6/12
Available here


HSE: Asbestos health and safety basics Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. This site provides health and safety advice and guidance so that those who may be exposed to asbestos at work know what to do to protect themselves and others. -added 19/6/12
More information here


HSE: Falls from height -scaffold checklist This guide is intended to clarify when scaffold design is required and what level of training and competence those erecting, dismantling, altering, inspecting and supervising scaffolding operations are expected to have obtained. -added 19/6/12
Guide avaialable here


HSE: Hand sorting of recyclables (‘totting’) with vehicle assistance This guidance has been revised and updated. It aims to help resolve workplace transport problems and, in particular, prevent accidents to pedestrians involved in totting activities at waste and recycling facilities. -added 19/6/12
More information here


HSE: Work equipment and machinary FAQs Answers to some of your frequently asked questions about work equipment and machinery. -added 19/6/12
FAQs here


HSE: Health and safety in sawmills – HSG172: revised guidance Although standards of health and safety are much improved over recent years, sawmilling remains a high-risk industry. This revised guidance comprehensively updates and expands the original Health and safety in sawmilling published in 1997. -added 19/6/12
Available here


HSE: Surface engineering -what is it? Surface engineering refers to a wide range of technologies designed to modify the surface properties of components for decorative and/or functional purposes. -added 19/6/12
More information here


HSE: Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease Information on Legionella and how to control risks from exposure to Legionella from manmade water systems. -added 19/6/12
Information here


HSE: Asbestos -the Survey Guide HSG264 (second edition) This heavily illustrated publication is aimed at people carrying out asbestos surveys and people with specific responsibilities for managing asbestos in non-domestic premises under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. -added 19/6/12
Available here


HSE: Temperature -outdoor working advice When working outdoors the weather can have an effect on an individual’s effectiveness and this is not readily managed using just engineering controls. In these circumstances some of the most effective ways of managing these environments is by introducing some simple administrative controls.-added 6/6/12
More information here


HSE: Events safety FAQs Answers to some of your frequently asked questions on the topic of event safety, including street parties and small fetes. -added 30/5/12
FAQs here


HSE: Education FAQs These FAQs help illustrate the nature of some of the issues that HSE routinely gives advice on. The list is not exhaustive and further questions and answers may be added at a latter date. -added 28/5/12
FAQs here


HSE: Safe use of tractors and farm vehicles. The law says vehicles (tractors, farm vehicles and workplace transport) should be able to move around safely, be properly maintained and operators should be adequately trained. This web page outlines what you need to do and what you need to know. -added 24/5/12
Read here


HSE: Printing industry preventing fires and explosions. Printing involves flammable materials which create significant fire and explosion risks. This page identifies some printing specific risks, outlines what you need to do and where you can find out more information. -added 19/5/12
More information here


HSE: Work at height Access equipment Information Toolkit (WAIT). If you don't work at height very often or are unsure about which type of access equipment to use, it is important that you assess the risks and select the right equipment for the job. The following table will provide you with some possible solutions. It provides you with details of some of the most common types of access equipment. There are of course, also many other types of access equipment available. -added 19/5/12
Available here


HSE: Welding health and safety -the three most common acccidents Each year over 1000 work related accidents to welders are reported to the HSE, around 300 of these accidents will be classified as major injuries such as fractures and amputations. The three most common types of accidents reported are; Manual handling related, Slip and trips and Being hit by a moving or falling object. -added 11/5/12
More here


HSE: HSE137 Health risk management: A practical guide for managers in SMEs. This guidance draws on information and experience gained by HSE, with actual case studies used to illustrate particular points. -added 6/5/12
Available here


HSE: INDG236rev2 Maintaining portable electrical equipment in low-risk environments. This revised leaflet explains the simple and sensible precautions that need to be taken to prevent danger from portable or movable electrical equipment in low-risk environments such as offices, shops, some parts of hotels and residential care homes. -added 3/5/12
Available here


HSE: INDG231 Electrical safety and you – a brief guide. This leaflet outlines basic electrical safety measures to help you control the risks from your use of electricity at work. The revised version clarifies the advice on maintaining portable electric equipment in low-risk environments. -added 3/5/12
Available here


HSE: INDG223: Managing asbestos in buildings – a brief guide. The leaflet is for people who own, manage or have responsibilities for buildings, which may contain asbestos. This includes all non-domestic buildings, whatever the type of business, and the common areas of domestic buildings, eg halls, stairwells, lift shafts, roof spaces. The guidance does not apply to other domestic properties. -added 26/4/12
Available here


HSE: Proposals to remove fourteen legislative measures. This consultation seeks views on HSE’s proposals to remove fourteen legislative measures covering Celluloid and Cinematograph Film, Construction Head Protection, Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes, Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous Substances, Gasholders (Record of Examinations) Order, Docks, Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing and Metrication. The consultation began on 3 April 2012 and ends 4 July 2012. -added 26/4/12
Available here


HSE: Legionnaires’ disease: a brief guide for duty holders. This new leaflet, INDG458 is aimed at employers and people in control of premises, eg landlords, where man-made water systems are used that could be a potential source for legionella bacteria growth. -added 26/4/12
Available here


HSE: Control of Pesticides Regulations (COPR) new approvals (March 2012). These documents give details, month-by-month, of new products that have gained approval via the Health and Safety Executive and amendments to existing approvals. -added 21/4/12
Available here


HSE: New asbestos regulations have come into force. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 came into force on 6 April 2012, in practice the changes are fairly limited. They mean that some types of non-licensed work with asbestos now have additional requirements, i.e. notification of work, medical surveillance and record keeping. All other requirements remain unchanged. -added 21/4/12
More information here


HSE: Event safety website re-launched. Following the success of HS(G)195 ‘The event safety guide – a guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events’, HSE has launched a new event safety micro-site. This new website contains updated health and safety guidance aimed at helping event organisers comply with their legal duties. -added 16/4/12
Website here


HSE: Electrical test equipment for use by electricians (GS38). This guidance is for electrically competent people including electricians, electrical contractors, test supervisors, technicians, managers and/or appliance retailers. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require those in control of all or part of an electrical system to ensure it is safe to use and maintained. This document provides advice and guidance on how to achieve this. -added 12/4/12
Available here


HSE: Woodworking manual handling advice. Most injuries in the woodworking and furniture industry are caused during manual handling activities. -added 12/4/12
Read more here


HSE: Carriage of Dangerous Goods Prohibition Notices –(latest) September/October 2011 published. Carriage of Dangerous Goods Prohibition Notices issued by Police, Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA) or Department for Transport upto March 2012, now available. -added 31/3/12
Available here


HSE: Workers health and safety FAQs. Answers to some of your frequently asked questions about workers’ health and safety. -added 31/3/12
FAQs here


HMG: Government proposals to de-regulate certain aspects of H&S legislation in the 2012 Budget document under the heading ‘Supply-side reform of the economy’. -added 25/3/12
Availabe here


HSE: GMOs (Contained Use) Public Register updated. An electronic copy of the Genetically Modified Organisms Public Register, updated for February 2012, is now available to view. -added 23/3/12
Available here


HSE: Adventure activities licensing FAQs. This page provides answers to some of your frequently asked questions about adventure activities licensing. -added 23/3/12
FAQs here


HSE: Asbestos FAQs. Answers to some of your frequently asked health and safety questions on asbestos. -added 14/3/12
FAQs here


HSE: Plastics manufacturing – Machine safety information. Information sheets relating to the safe use of different types of plastic manufacturing machines have been produced. These will help you to make sure you have the right safeguards in place to protect your workers. -added 14/3/12
Available here


HSE: Implementation of the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012 delayed. There reculations were due to come into force on 6 April 212. However the HSE have delayed their implementation until at lease 6 October 2012. HSE said that extra time is necessary to conclude ongoing ‘technical discussions’ about the scheme details which are taking place within government. In the interim period the shadow run will continue to operate to familiarise businesses and inspectors with the process. -added 14/3/12
HSE statement here


HSE: Portable appliance [electrical] testing (PAT). Answers to your most frequently asked health and safety questions on Portable appliance testing. -added 14/3/12
FAQs here


HSE: Work at Height and use of tallescopes in theatres. Since the ABTT withdrew its Code of Practice in view of the HSE’s concerns , much work has been carried out by the theatre industry, not only on Tallescopes but also on other methods for working at height in theatres. Involved parties were the Theatrical Management Association (TMA), The Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST), the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), the manufacturer of the Tallescope, Aluminium Access Products (AAP) and a number of other theatre organisations from Scotland and Wales. HSE were also involved. -added 14/3/12
More information here


HSE: Health and Safety FAQs. This webpage provides answers to HSE’s commonly asked questions about health and safety,covering such topics as Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), Personal protective equipment, temperature at work etc. -added 11/3/12
Available here


BHSEA: New BHSEA Secretary announced. This is to notify you that the Management Committee have now appointed Liz Prophett as BHSEA Secretary and Treasurer, with immediate effect. Liz will work along side our current Secretary, Andy Chappell, until he retires at the end of March 2012. -added 6/3/12


HSE: Health and Safety Newsletter -new look. All the latest HSE news, case studies, court stories, and guidance is now available to everyone free of charge - and it's all just a click away. Yes, the long-established Health & Safety Newsletter has had a make-over. The printed version has been replaced with a jam-packed e-version which opens the door to a whole world of health and safety information. -added 4/3/12
Available here


HSE: Manual handling in the printing industry. Manual handling activities such as lifting and carrying, pushing and pulling cause most injuries in the printing industry. The law requires employers to: Avoid manual handling where possible, assess the risks from manual handling, reduce the risk and provide training. -added 4/3/12
More here


HSE: Common FAQs that the HSE get asked. These FAQs help illustrate the nature of some of the issues that HSE routinely gives advice on. The list is not exhaustive and further questions and answers may be added at a later date. -added 4/3/12
Available here


HSE: Worker involvement. The best way to protect your employees and visitors from harm or illness is to involve your workers. This website shows you how. -added 4/3/12
Available here


HSE: Biosafety -infections at work. Infections at work are those created by exposure to harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, internal parasites, and other infectious proteins known as prions. These are called ‘biological agents’ in health and safety legislation. -added 24/2/12
More here


HSE: Nanotechnology -what are nanomaterials?. Nanotechnology involves the creation and/or manipulation of materials at the nanometre (nm) scale. One nanometre is 10-9 m or one millionth of a millimetre. Nanoparticles are also manufactured or produced as a by-product of many long standing processes, such as fires, diesel engines and high energy manufacturing processing such as welding or grinding. -added 24/2/12
More here


HSE: Education case studies -school trips. Three new case studies are now available to illustrate and encourage proportionate responses to the planning and delivery of school visits; Collegiate High School, Blackpool – Sailing through my maths, Making geography real – Managing risks on Advanced Higher Geography field trips, Kaimes School trips to Holyrood Park. -added 24/2/12
Available here


HSE: COSHH – How does it affect you in your industry? How does Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health affect you in your industry? – From this page select your industry to view key messages and how COSHH affects you. -added 15/2/12
More information here


HSE: Stake pointing on a circular woodworking saw. Woodworking is the only industry where machinery accidents cause more injuries than slips and trips. This example illustrates safe practice when stake pointing on a circular saw. -added 14/2/12
More information here


HSE: Control of Pesticides Regulations (COPR) -new approvals January 2012. These documents give details, month-by-month, of new products that have gained approval via the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and amendments to existing approvals. -added 14/2/12
More information here


HSE: Health and safety for disabled people -key points to remember. Health and safety is, on occasions, used as a false excuse to justify discriminating against disabled workers, HSE is committed to tackling this. This guidance is for you whether you are in work or looking for work. -added 14/2/12
More information here


Birmingham City Council: Young people at work information sheet. When you first start work, your surroundings will be strange to you and this can make you vulnerable to new hazards that might cause you serious injury, ill-health or even kill you! For that reason your employer has to take extra care of young persons in the workplace and you have to be extra careful whilst you learn about the dangers around you. -added 14/2/12
Available here


HSE: Printing industry FAQs. Answers to some of the frequently asked questions on maintaining and inspecting hand-fed platen (die cutting) machines in the printing industry. -added 13/2/12
Available here


HSE: Guidance on the amended RIDDOR regulations. This new edition of the guidance includes changes to the over-three-day reporting requirement under regulation 3(2) that becomes law on 6 April 2012. Further details are given in paragraphs 61–67. It also brings the associated guidance up to date, particularly in relation to changes in reporting arrangements and the new online reporting service. Further details are provided in paragraphs 55–90 of the guidance. -added 8/2/12
Available here


HMG: The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (Amendment) Regulations 2012. These new amending Regulations (i.e. Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/199)) amend the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR ‘95) and make consequential amendments to the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 and the Offshore Installations (Safety Representatives and Safety Committees) Regulations 1989.
The amendments will come into force on 6 April 2012. -added 8/2/12
Amended regulations available here


HSE: Vehicles at work – interactive case studies. HSE has put together some ‘before-and-after’ interactive case studies to help you think and talk about vehicle safety in the workplace. They are all based on events that our inspectors have reported. -added 8/2/12
Available here


HSE: Turning concern into action – construction video. This hard-hitting video illustrates the tragic cost in human terms of construction accidents and ill-health. -added 8/2/12
Available here


HSE: Falls from height FAQs. This page provides answers to some of your frequently asked questions about working at height. -added 8/2/12
More information here


Direct Gov: Clearing ice and snow. Don’t be put off by myths – advice and tips on clearing snow and ice from public places is available from Direct Gov. -added 1/2/12
More information here


HSE: Local Government FAQs. The risks in local government arise across the broad spectrum of activities and services delivered by individual councils. These FAQs help illustrate the nature of some of the issues HSE routinely gives advice on. -added 1/2/12
More information here


Heathy Working Lives: RPE selector tool. You can use the RPE Selector Tool to determine what kind of equipment your workers will need for a hazardous substance, task and work area involved. -added 1/2/12
Available here


HSE: Risk assessment – Online interactive tools. HSE has developed these interactive tools to help those working in low risk offices and shops, including charity shops understand what they need to do to assess and control risks in the workplace and comply with health and safety law. -added 28/1/12
Available here


HSE: Respiratory Protective Equipment FAQs. Answers to your frequently asked questions on respiratory protective equipment. -added 26/1/12
More here


HSE: Lung diseases: Silicosis – Major disease risk from RCS dust. Respirable crystalline silica (RCS) is found in stone, rocks, sands and clays. Exposure to RCS over a long period can cause fibrosis (hardening or scarring) of the lung tissue with a consequent loss of lung function. -added 20/1/12
More information here


HSE: Working at height management advice. Managing work at height follows a hierarchy of controls – avoid, prevent, arrest – which begins with the question – can the work be done safely from the ground? Fall restraints and safety netting should only be considered as a last resort if other safety equipment cannot be used. -added 13/1/12
More information here


HSE: Risk assessments: approaches for small businesses. Examples show kind of approach HSE expects a small business or workplace to take and how other small and medium-sized businesses have approached risk assessment. -added 13/1/12
Availabe here


HSE: Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel. Looks into complaints regarding advice given by HSE or LA inspectors about health and safety which you think is incorrect or goes beyond what is required to control the risk adequately. -added 6/1/12
More information here


HSE: What is a 'substance hazardous to health'? COSHH covers substances that are hazardous to health. Substances can take many forms and include chemicals, products containing chemicals, fumes, dusts, vapours, mists, nanotechnology, gases and asphyxiating gases and biological agents. -added 4/1/12
More information here


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