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What's New in 2013

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HSE: Approved code of practice for manageing and working with asbestos L143 revised -added 24.12.13
This revised publication consolidates the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance text for employers about work which disturbs, or is likely to disturb, asbestos, asbestos sampling and laboratory analysis.
Available here


HSE: Approved code of practice for quarries L118 revised -added 20.12.13
This document contains an Approved Code of Practice and other supporting guidance on the duties in the Quarries Regulations 1999. The Regulations aim to protect those working at a quarry and others who may be affected by quarrying activities, eg those living, passing or working nearby, or visitors to the site. The second edition has been revised to update legal references and to clarify the guidance on a small number of issues. The main substance of the guidance remains unchanged.
Available here


HSE: Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) DVD set -added 20.12.13
This three-part DVD will help you – the employer – introduce and manage the use of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) in your workplace.
Available to buy here


HSE: Safe use of skip loaders pocket card INDG378 -added 20.12.13
This pocket card is aimed at workers involved in the movement of skips and containers. It lists the dangers involved in this work and provides a checklist of some important actions workers can take to protect themselves and others.
Available here


HSE: Stoneworkers website -added 20.12.13
This website provides information about the main causes of injury and ill-health to those working in the stone industry. It provides guidance to employers on how to effectively manage the health and safety risks which are common in stone working. The stone industry includes traditional stone mason work as well as the manufacture of stone work tops.
Website here


HSE: The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 Approved Code of Practice and guidance L5 revised -added 12.12.13
Information on controlling substances that are hazardous to the health of workers has been updated to help businesses comply with legal requirements. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised its Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) to clarify and simplify practical advice to help dutyholders comply with the requirements of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH). Contained within an updated document, the revised guidance is aimed at management, supervisory staff, safety representatives and technical specialists (e.g. occupational hygienists, consultants etc). The revisions reflect other ongoing reviews of technical guidance associated with COSHH, e.g. for Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV); and on Health Surveillance, and clarify specialist terminology wherever possible.
Press release here
L5 Available here


HSE: DSEAR ACOP and Guidance L138 revised -added 12.12.13
The consolidated ACOP text and guidance have been clarified, simplified, streamlined and restructured to help the reader. The content has been updated in light of changes to European and domestic legislation, such as substance classification and labelling issues and general fire safety.
Press release here
L138 Available here


HSE: Advice on controlling legionella bacteria in water systems L8 revised -added 26.11.13
Health and safety information on managing and controlling legionella bacteria in water systems has been updated and clarified. The HSE has revised the Legionnaires’ disease Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) (L8), removing the technical guidance which has been published separately online.
More information here
Revised ACOP L8 here
Technical guidance HSG274 here


HSE: Gamekeeping and deer farming INDG177 revised -added 22.11.13
This guidance is for employers and others whose work involves moorland and lowland gamekeeping (including deer stalking and the work of water bailiffs and ghillies) and deer farming.
Available here


HSE: Workplace health, safety and welfare: ACOP and guidance revised -added 22.11.13
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 cover a wide range of basic health, safety and welfare issues and apply to most workplaces (except those involving construction work on construction sites, those in or on a ship, or those below ground at a mine). This revised and updated version takes account of changes to legislation since the previous edition was published.
Available here


HSE: Safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances (L56) updated acop -added 15.11.13
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated guidance to help individuals using and installing gas appliances to operate safely. Following a process of extensive consultation, HSE has updated the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) covering safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances (L56).
Available here


HSE: Working with cobalt (HSG442) -added 2.11.13
This revised leaflet is for people who work with benzene. It tells you about the possible health effects – short-term and long-term – and explains what you and your employer should do to control the risks.
Available here


HSE: Working with beryllium (HSG311 revised) -added 2.11.13
This revised leaflet is for people who work with benzene. It tells you about the possible health effects – short-term and long-term – and explains what you and your employer should do to control the risks.
Available here


HSE: Working with benzene (HSG329 revised) -added 31.10.13
This revised leaflet is for people who work with benzene. It tells you about the possible health effects – short-term and long-term – and explains what you and your employer should do to control the risks.
Available here


HSE: Safety in electrical testing at work (HSG354) revised -added 24.10.13
This leaflet is aimed at people who manage or carry out electrical testing, and gives guidance on controlling risks and preventing or reducing danger arising from these activities.
Available here


HSE: HSE Management standards analysis tool updated -added 24.10.13
There are a number of tools associated with the Management Standards process provided across this website which are free for you to use or share with your colleagues. Our analysis tool has recently been updated.
Available here


HSE: Farmwise (second edition) -added 3.10.13
This updated second edition is for employers, employees and the self-employed. It covers the management of health and safety, as well as outlining the specific risks of agricultural and horticultural work, giving easy-to-follow, practical advice to keep you safe and healthy at work.
Available here


HSE: Maintaining portable electrical equipment HSG107 (third edition) -added 3.10.13
This revised guidance is for managers, electricians, technicians and users and gives sensible advice on maintaining portable electrical equipment to prevent danger. The table of suggested frequencies has been updated as well as guidance to clarify what the legal requirement for maintenance of portable electrical equipment means in practice.
Available here


HSE: Busy Builder leaflets -added 23.9.13
The HSE have published four 'Busy Builder' leaflets covering site organisation, protection of the public and fragile roofs.
Protecting the Public
Keeping your Site Organised
Fragile Roofs for Contractors and Maintenance Workers
Fragile Roofs for Owners, Occupiers and Clients


HSE: Chemical classification updated website -added 16.9.13
Updated guidance and information on GHS, CLP Regulation and CHIP now available on the HSE website.
Available here


HSE: New first aid guidance -added 7.9.13
From 1 October 2013, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 will be amended, to remove the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications. copies of 'The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981', 'Regulations and Guidance (L74)' and 'Selecting a first-aid training provider (GEIS3)' are now available.
Press release here
GEIS3 available here
L74 available here


HSE: Electricity at work (HSG85): Safe working practices (third edition) -added 30.8.13
The guidance covers the key elements to consider when devising safe working practices and is for people who carry out work on or near electrical equipment. This third edition updates the guidance and provides sources of further information.
Available here


HSE: Consultation on proposals to consolidate and modernise the legislative controls for acetylene -added 9.8.13
This consultation seeks views on HSE’s proposal to consolidate and modernise the Acetylene legislative framework in GB. The consolidation will update the current legislative arrangements for acetylene making them easier to understand. HSE is also reviewing the supporting guidance and seeks views on the information currently available. The review of Acetylene is part of the wider Explosives Legislative Review. The consultation ends on 24th September 2013.
Consultation document available here


HSE: New guidance to help with health and safety -added 9.8.13
The Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched new guidance to help make it easier for larger organisations and businesses to understand how to manage health and safety. This includes the completely refreshed and enhanced ‘Managing for Health and Safety’ guidance (also known as HSG65) which is now available online.
Press release here
Managing for Health and Safety guidance


HSE: Construction dust revised information CIS36(rev2) -added 19.7.13
Regularly breathing in construction dust over a long period of time can cause life-changing lung diseases. This sheet tells employers what they need to know to prevent or adequately control construction dust risks. It also provides advice for safety representatives and workers.
Available here


HSL: Research identifying the human factors associated with the defeating of interlocks on computer numeric control (CNC) machines published -added 16.7.13
HSL were commissioned by HSE to carry out research which sought to identify reasons why operatives defeat interlocks on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, and to obtain an understanding of the extent of this behaviour across the UK engineering industry. The findings from this research provided a number of valuable insights about the frequency of defeating interlocks and the influences upon this behaviour.
Available here


HSE: Preventing accidents to children on farms leaflet -added 16.7.13
HSE has published revised and improved guidance aimed at reducing child deaths on farms and providing essential information on keeping children safe. The leaflet, INDG 472, contains practical advice and guidance on how to comply with the law. It replaces leaflet AS10.
Available here


HSE: Proposed changes to RIDDOR published -added 12.7.13
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published details of proposed changes that will simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses.
Available here


HSE: Provisional accident statistics 2012/13 published -added 4.7.13
The number of workers killed in Britain last year has fallen, official statistics published today show. Provisional data released by HSE reveals that 148 workers were fatally injured between April 2012 and March 2013, compared with 172 in the previous year.
Available here


DWP: Review of the Health and Safety Executive -added 4.7.13
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced a Triennial Review of the Health and Safety Executive. Closing date for replies 26 July 2013.
More information here
Call for evidence


HSE: Simplified Young People guidance for employers -added 21.6.13
HSE have published revised guidance for employers with health and safety responsibilities for young people, and in particular those on work experience. The simplified guidance provides clarity, particularly in the areas of risk assessment and clearly sets out what work experience organisers do and do not need to do.
Available here


HSE: Consultation on changes to COSHH ACOPs -added 7.6.13
Public consultation on revisions to ‘Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH)’ ACOP ends 23 August. The proposed revisions make it easier for duty holders to understand and comply with their legal duties, take account of the introduction of the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP) and emphasise the principles of good control practice.
More information here


HSE: Consultation on changes to DSEAR ACOPs -added 7.6.13
Public consultation proposes to consolidate and revise existing ‘Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) ACOPs, ends 23 August. The five existing ACOPs are consolidated into a revised L138, with updated content and features.
More information here


HSE: Consultation on changes to 'The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems' ACOP -added 7.6.13
Public consultation on revisions to ‘The control of legionella bacteria in water systems’ ACOP ends 23 August. The revised ACOP gives practical advice on the legal requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act and the COSHH Regulations and applies to the risk from exposure to legionella bacteria.
More information here


HSE: Health surveillance guidance for employers website -added 31.5.13
Clear and simple guidance to help employers to understand what they need to do to check and protect their workers’ health.
Availabe here


Local Authority: Enforcement Code published -added 31.5.13
A new code has been launched to improve the targeting of health and safety inspections – ensuring that local authority checks are more focused on serious risks and poor performers. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published the National Local Authority Enforcement Code following a public consultation.
Availabe here


HSE: Safety Climate Tool improved -added 23.5.13
Safety culture is typically measured through questionnaires that explore employees’ attitudes and perceptions regarding safety. HSL’s improved, online Safety Climate Tool uses advanced survey methods to understand the health and safety culture in your organisation. It provides powerful data that allows benchmarking against similar organisations and identifies examples of good practice and areas needing improvement. .
Availabe here


HSE: Consultation on the revised Safe Installation and Use of Gas Systems and Appliances ACOP (L56) -added 8.5.13
This consultative document invites views on the revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L56 – 'Safe installation and use of gas systems and appliances'. The revised ACOP and guidance has been prepared by HSE in consultation with representatives from across the gas industry The consultation began on 7 May and will close on 30 July.
More here


HSE: Consultation on the new version of Workplace Regulations ACOP -added 8.5.13
This consultative document invites views on the revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L24 – 'Workplace health, safety and welfare'. The consultation aims to establish if the changes make it easier for employers to understand and meet their legal obligations. The consultation began on 7 May and will close on 30 July.
More here


DfE: Managing asbestos in schools guidance -added 21.4.13
Asbestos management guidance, published by the Department for Education (DfE), providing information and advice for those who manage schools or oversee the maintenance and repair of school buildings. The guidance is aimed at head teachers, governors, and other members of the school management team, but will also be of interest to school staff.
Available here


HSE: The Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Repeals, Revocations and Amendments) Regulations 2013 have come into force -added 5.4.13
The Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Repeals, Revocations and Amendments) Regulations 2013 come into force on 6 April (subject to Parliamentary approval). These Regulations remove thirteen measures that have either been overtaken by more up to date Regulations, are redundant or do not deliver the intended benefits.
More information here


HSE: Nanotechnology guidance and website updated -added 27.3.13
HSE has produced new guidance aimed at employers, health and safety managers and SMEs who use or manufacture nanomaterials. The guidance is based on the generic principles of COSHH and good control practice and includes information on a range of nanomaterials. The nanotechnology website has also been updated and now includes information on the toxicological agents.
Available here


HSE: Protecting your lungs using cut off saws guidance INDG461 -added 27.3.13
This guidance has been produced by HSE and the Highways Agency. It is aimed at workers in highway paving construction or maintenance work. Workers who use a cut-off saw (also known as a disc cutter, a con saw or a 'whizzer') while cutting kerbs, paving or blocks can produce enormous amounts of dust. The dust will contain some very fine dust called respirable crystalline silica (RCS). Exposure to RCS dust can cause serious health problems. The leaflet explains how RCS dust exposure can affect health and what to do to control the risks.
Available here


HSE: HSIS 7 – Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 information sheet -added 27.3.13
This information sheet is for healthcare employers and employees. It will help you understand your legal obligations under the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 (the 'Sharps Regulations'). It explains under what circumstances the Regulations apply, and provides practical advice on: the safe use and disposal of sharps, training requirements and procedures for responding to a sharps injury.
Available here


HSE: Pressure equipment toolbox -added 25.3.13
When things go wrong, pressure systems can cause serious injuries and even fatalities. The health and safety toolbox gives advice on assessing the risks and putting proper precautions in place to minimise the chances of accidents occurring.
Available here


HSE: Control of exposure to silica dust -guidance INDG463 -added 22.3.13
This leaflet explains what employers and employees should do to prevent lung disease caused by exposure to silica at work. Silica is a natural substance found in most rocks, sand and clay and in products such as bricks and concrete. In the workplace these materials create dust when they are cut, sanded, carved etc. Some of this dust may be fine enough to breathe deeply into the lungs and cause harm to health. The fine dust is called respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and is too fine to see with normal lighting. The leaflet explains how RCS can damage health and what to do to prevent harm.
Available here


HSE: Workplace transport toolbox -added 21.3.13
Every year there are accidents involving transport in the workplace, some of which result in people being killed. The health and safety toolbox is easy to use and will tell you what you need to do to work safely.
Available here


HSE: New online guidance makes it easier to understand health surveillance -added 21.3.13
New online guidance has been launched to make it easier for employers to understand what they need to do to check and protect their workers’ if there is a risk that workers could be exposed to chemicals or other hazardous substances likely to harm their health. The new online guidance replaces HSG61 Health Surveillance at Work.
Guidance available here
Press release


HSE: Is your mask protecting you? INDG460 -added 21.3.13
Do your workers wear a face mask at work? Do they always wear their mask when they should? Do they check it and look after it properly? This easy to follow pocket card is aimed at workers. It covers the key points about wearing a face mask to make sure it is effective.
Available here


HSE: Fork lift trucks -advice and guidance for employers and employees -added 15.3.13
L117 Rider-operated lift trucks: Operator training and safe use (Revised) is aimed at employers and those responsible for the safe operation of lift trucks, as well as those in control of worksites, the self-employed, managers and supervisors. It includes an outline of the main legal requirements relating to lift trucks; the Approved Code of Practice text (unchanged from the previous edition) and guidance on operator training for stacking rider-operated lift trucks. It also includes the some of the guidance from HSG6 Safety in working with lift trucks (and replaces HSG6), for example, information about lift truck features; guidance on the safe use of lift trucks and how to protect pedestrians; and guidance on the maintenance and thorough examination of lift trucks.
Available here

INDG457 Use lift trucks safely -A brief guide for operators This pocket card is aimed at lift truck operators. It aims to help operators and those they work with to stay safe while working with lift trucks. It covers operating, people, loads and slopes.
Available here

INDG462 – Lift-truck training: Advice for employers This leaflet about lift-truck training is aimed at employers of lift-truck operators. It includes information about the law in relation to lift-truck operator training and on the Approved Code of Practice on lift-truck training.
Available here


HSE: H&S Toolbox – Working at height -practical measures to reduce the risk -added 12.3.13
Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries – the health and safety toolbox shows how employers can take simple, practical measures to reduce the risk to workers.
Available here


HSE: H&S Toolbox – Ignore any hot air on gas safety -added 4.3.13
Health and safety toolbox keeps gas safety straightforward for your business.
Available here


HSE: H&S Toolbox – Get a simple starter for 10 on PPE -added 27.2.13
This health and safety toolbox gives easy, straightforward advice on the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work.
Available here


HSE: Draft guidance unveiled on workplace first aid changes -added 21.2.13
HSE has published new draft guidance to help employers get to grips with proposed changes to workplace first aid. Two pieces of guidance have been published on the HSE website following a consultation on proposals to amend the First Aid Regulations (1981) and remove the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training providers.
Available here


HSE: Straightforward machinery maintenance advice -added 21.2.13
Using machinery and maintaining plant and equipment in the workplace? Visit the health and safety toolbox for advice on how to control the real risks.
Available here


HSE: Protect your workers’ hearing -added 14.2.13
Loud noise at work can cause hearing damage that is permanent and disabling. Visit the health and safety toolbox and find out if you have a noise problem.
Available here


HSE: Chainsaws at work -revised guidance, INDG317(rev2) -added 9.2.13
This updated leaflet gives guidance on using portable, hand-held, petrol-engine chainsaws at work. It is aimed at employers, the self-employed and those who control the use of work equipment. It includes basic information on safe working practices for operators to follow.
Available here


HSE: Manual handling toolbox -added 6.2.13
Manual handling causes over a third of all workplace injuries – visit the health and safety toolbox for straightforward advice
Available here


HSE: Oxygen use in the workplace, fire and explosion hazards guidance INDG459 -added 1.2.13
This leaflet provides guidance for anyone using oxygen gas cylinders in the workplace. It describes the hazards from using oxygen and the precautions to take when using oxygen equipment. If you are an employer, it will help with your risk assessment. Issues covered include the causes of oxygen fires and explosions, preventing oxygen enrichment, maintenance of oxygen service equipment, and what to do when working in confined spaces.
Available here


HSE: Get switched on to Electrical Safety -h&s toolbox -added 28.1.13
Focus your attention on real risks in your business; take simple precautions when working with or near electricity and electrical equipment.
Available here


HSE: Responses from the consultation on proposals to review HSE’s ACOPs -added 23.1.13
The consultaion period was 25 June 2012 and ended on 14 September 2012. This is a summary report of the outcome.
Available here


HSE: Hot cutting an oil drum containing residual vapour video -added 16.1.13
Flammable liquids and vapours such as petrol, diesel, fuel oil, paints, solvents, glue, lacquer and cleaning agents are found in many places of work. If a welding torch or powered cutter is used on a tank or drum containing flammable material (solid, liquid or vapour), the tank or drum can explode violently. This film shows the serious consequences of hot cutting an oil drum that contains residual vapour.
Available here


HSE: Temperature at work advice -added 16.1.13
Advice on thermal comfort including heat stress and cold stress for employers and employees when working indoor or outdoors.
Available here


HSE: Gas safety case studies -added 16.1.13
If gas appliances, such as ovens, cookers and boilers, are not properly installed and maintained, there is a danger of fire, explosion, gas leaks and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Employers need to comply with the relevant regulations to help ensure worker and public safety. You can do this by following our advice on maintaining and servicing gas appliances, by using a Gas Safe registered engineer or a competent person.
Available here


HSE: Review of work at height guidance -added 11.1.13
HSE is in the process of revising work at height guidance and would welcome feedback on proposed revisions to the following two key guidance documents:
INDG401 ‘Work at Height - A brief guide to the law’
INDG455 ‘Safe use of Ladders and Step Ladders – An employer’s guide’ (formerly INDG402&3).
HSE’s intended target audience is smaller business and those who undertake occasional 'low level' work at height (eg retail and warehousing) and use ladders, stepladders and steps etc. To provide feedback, please complete the short online questionnaire via the above link to the community webpage. The closing date for completing the questionnaire is Friday 25th January 2013 and HSE aim to publish the revised publications by April 2013.
Draft versions of both documents and a form to comment on available here


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