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What's New in 2014

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HSE: L101 – Safe work in confined spaces: ACOP and guidance (3rd edition) published.
This publication is for those involved in work within confined spaces, those who employ or train such people and those that represent them. It explains the definition of a confined space in the Regulations and gives examples. This edition brings the document up to date with regulatory and other changes.
Available here

HSE: L113 – Safe use of lifting equipment: ACOP and guidance (2nd edition) published.
This publication is for those that work with any equipment provided at work and those who employ such people. It sets out what you should do to comply with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). This edition brings the document up to date with regulatory and other changes.
Available here

HSE: L122 – Safety of pressure systems: ACOP and guidance (2nd edition) published.
The aim of PSSR is to prevent serious injury from the hazard of stored energy (pressure) as a result of the failure of a pressure system or one of its component parts. The revised PSSR ACOP and guidance is aimed at dutyholders under PSSR who are involved with pressure systems used at work.
Available here

HSE: Unloading petrol from road tankers: ACOP and guidance (2nd edition L133) published.
This publication is for those involved in the delivery and unloading of petrol at filling stations, including petrol station site operators and road tanker operators and drivers. This edition brings the document up to date with regulatory and other changes. The guidance has been simplified to clarify what is already required in law by DSEAR.
Available here

HSE: Updated diving ACOPs published.
A revised set of ACOPs for the diving industry has been launched, providing practical advice on how to comply with the Diving at Work Regulations 1997. Each ACOP has been updated to provide greater clarity, reflect changes in technology and industry practice, remove inconsistencies and to replace references that have become outdated.
Available here

HSE: Safe use of woodworking machines: ACOP and guidance (2nd edition) (L114).
This publication is aimed at anyone who has responsibility for the safe use of woodworking machinery and includes tasks involving wood, corkboard, fibreboard and composite materials. Since the last edition, the guidance material has been revised and updated and small changes made to some ACOP paragraphs to clarify and update information.
Available here

HSE: Safe use of power presses: ACOP and guidance (2nd edition) (L112).
This Approved Code of Practice and guidance is aimed at employers, dutyholders and anyone who has responsibility for the safe use of power presses, such as managers and supervisors. It gives advice on precautions that can be taken to ensure the safe use of power presses. It contains information on thorough examination and inspection and on reports and the keeping of information.This Approved Code of Practice and guidance is aimed at employers, dutyholders and anyone who has responsibility for the safe use of power presses, such as managers and supervisors. It gives advice on precautions that can be taken to ensure the safe use of power presses. It contains information on thorough examination and inspection and on reports and the keeping of information.
Available here

HSE: Safe use of work equipment: ACOP and guidance (4th edition) (L22).
This publication sets out what is needed to comply with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Since the last edition, the guidance material has been revised and updated, and small changes made to some ACOP paragraphs to clarify and update information. This edition updates references to legislation and links to further guidance.
Available here

HSE: The selection, management and use of mobile elevating work platforms (GEIS6).
This information sheet is aimed at those who select, specify, manage and operate mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). It tells you what you should consider before selecting a MEWP to gain access to work at height and the risks that need to be assessed and managed while the MEWP is in use.
Available here

HSE: Consulting workers on health and safety L146 (second edition).
This book gives you the law and guidance on how to consult and involve your employees and their representatives on health and safety matters at work. This second edition has been subject to some minor amendments and corrections to reflect changes to linked HSE guidance and revisions/revocations to other related pieces of legislation.
Available here

HSE: A guide to workplace transport safety HSG136 third edition.
This guide provides advice for employers on what they need to do to comply with the law and reduce risk. It is shorter and more streamlined than the previous edition and has been updated to take account of new advice on workplace transport safety and to reflect changes to relevant legislation.
Available here

HSE: Safe use of Acetylene – new regulations come into force (ASR 2014).
The Acetylene Safety Regulations 2014 (ASR 2014) came into force on 1 October 2014. The hazards posed by acetylene gas is not fully addressed by DSEAR and so additional legal requirements for its safe use is provided by the ASR 2014 to consolidate and modernise existing legislation.
Available here
Revised guidance available here

HSE: Storing and selling fireworks safely: advice for anyone selling fireworks (INDG407 rev1).
This leaflet is aimed at anyone who sells fireworks. It outlines the risks and the main legal requirements that apply. It also includes a helpful list of dos and don'ts for dutyholders. This revision updates references to legislation and links to further guidance.
Available here

HSE: Storing and selling fireworks safely: advice for anyone selling fireworks (INDG407 rev1).
This leaflet is aimed at anyone who sells fireworks. It outlines the risks and the main legal requirements that apply. It also includes a helpful list of dos and don'ts for dutyholders. This revision updates references to legislation and links to further guidance.
Available here

HSE: Explosives Regulations 2014 (ER2014).
The new Explosives Regulations 2014 (ER 2014) came into force on 1 October 2014. HSE has worked with stakeholders since 2010 to review existing health and safety related explosives legislation. ER 2014 consolidates and therefore revokes a number of existing explosives regulations.
Available here

HSE: Explosives Regulations 2014: Security provisions – Guidance on Regulations (L151).
The Explosives Regulations 2014 came into force on 1 October 2014. The guidance in this publication now applies. It is for anyone who has duties under the security provisions of the Explosives Regulations 2014, particularly employers, private individuals and other people manufacturing explosives, storing larger quantities of explosives or storing explosives that present higher hazards.
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HSE: Explosives Regulations 2014: Safety provisions – Guidance on Regulations (L150).
The Explosives Regulations 2014 came into force on 1 October 2014. This guidance now applies. It is for anyone who has duties under the safety provisions of the Explosives Regulations 2014, particularly employers, private individuals and other people manufacturing explosives, storing larger quantities of explosives or storing explosives that present higher hazards.
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HSE: L29 – The Genetically Modified Organisms Regulations 2014: Guidance on Regulations.
The Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014 came into force on 1 October 2014. Changes have been made to the fifth edition of L29 to reflect the legislative changes to the 2014 Regulations, to simplify and clarify the text and to take account of advances in technology.
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HSE: Seward: The preventative role of portable appliance testing -added 25.9.14
This year (20140 the Electricity At Work Regulations 1989 are 25 years old. Introduced to improve workplace safety, the EAWR 1989 have become the main driving force behind the development of electrical safety preventative maintenance programmes among organisations of all types and have had a considerable impact in reducing risks in the workplace. To mark this milestone, electrical test specialist Seaward has produced a special white paper looking at the impact of the EAWR 1989 and how electrical safety measures have developed over this period. The special document (a copy of which is attached) provides an overview of electrical portable appliance testing and looks at the relationship of the regulations with the HSE guidance notes and the IET Code of Practice. Also included are relevant statistics on the progress made in reducing workplace injuries linked to electricity and on the contributory role of faulty electrical appliances in commercial and industrial property fires. Perhaps most important is a discussion of the principles involved in a establishing common sense approach to achieving compliance with the EAWR.
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HSE: Working safely with acetylene revised guidance INDG327 -added 12.9.14
This leaflet provides guidance on the fire and explosion hazards of acetylene. It is for people who use acetylene for welding, cutting and similar processes and will help them comply with their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations..
Available here

HSE: Consultation on draft Approved Code of Practice L122 Safety of Pressure Systems -added 4.9.14
This consultation document seeks views on the revised Approved Code of Practice to the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 - L122 (PSSR ACOP). The ACOP has been reviewed and updated. The initial consultation responses (in 2012) proposed minimal changes as the ACOP was felt to be fit for purpose, so HSE has acted accordingly. The consultation asks specific questions on the new format of the ACOP, for example where material has been moved from the introduction to an appendix. The Regulations are unchanged, so there are no new requirements for compliance. Consultation is from 1 September to 13 October 2014.
Read more here

HSE: Health and safety made simple -the basics for your business INDG449 (rev1) -added 1.9.14
This leaflet is for employers and those who want some basic information on what they must do to comply with health and safety law. The revised version has brought the advice up to date and clarified some of the key messages but the guidance on complying with the law has not been fundamentally changed.
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HSE: A brief guide to controlling risks in the workplace INDG163 revised -added 1.9.14
HSE has revised and simplified the 5 Steps. INDG163 ‘Risk assessment – A brief guide to controlling risks in the workplace’ clearly outlines what businesses need to do to assess their workplace risks without creating mountains of meaningless paperwork.
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HSE: Amendments to the lifting equipment ACOP proposed -added 28.8.14
The proposed amends will make the understanding and use of the document easier, particularly with clarifying which equipment is subject to the provisions of the regulations and the role of the competent person. Have your say – consultation runs from 20 August to 14 October 2014.
Read more here

HSE: Amendments to the confined spaces ACOP proposed -added 28.8.14
Public consultation runs from 20 August to 30 September 2014 – have your say on the revised version of the ACOP relating to the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997. The amends proposed will make the use of the document easier, particularly with clarifying the definition of a confined space.
Read more here

HSE: Chemical reaction hazards and the risk of thermal runaway NDG254 revised -added 28.8.14
This leaflet is for small and medium-sized companies in the chemical manufacturing industry. It identifies the main hazards of carrying out chemical reactions, provides guidance on how you can ensure a safe operation, and identifies some sources of further information and advice.
Read more here

HSE: Waste compaction equipment: managing user and public safety Waste08(rev1) -added 28.8.14
This guidance gives advice on the main safety issues at compactors and how the risks can be controlled. It is aimed at employers, managers and supervisors at premises where compactors are used and also focuses on the risks to members of the public, as these units are often placed in areas open to the public.
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HSE: Regulation of health and safety at work HSE51 -added 28.8.14
HSE has published a document that explains the main features of the regulatory approach taken by HSE and local authorities to improve standards in health and safety performance. The document will be of interest to businesses regulated by HSE and local authorities, as well as others working in health and safety.
Read more here

HSE: The Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014 -added 28.8.14
The regulations come into force on 1 October 2014. The 2014 Regulations will consolidate and revoke the 2000 regulations and its three sets of amending regulations (2002, 2005 and 2010). Information on what you need to do, plus a table detailing the legislative changes, is now available.
Read more here

HSE: Introduction of new Petroleum Regulations -added 5.8.14
The legislation on storing petrol is changing. On 1 October 2014 the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 will come into effect and replace existing petrol storage legislation. An information sheet is now available providing details on how the new regulations will affect your workplace and the storing of petrol at home.
More information here

HSE: Health and Safety at Work Act -40 years and beyond -added 30.7.14
It is 40 years since the Health and Safety at Work Act received Royal Assent, providing a new regulatory framework for work place health and safety in Great Britain. This has helped make Britain one of the safest places in the world to work, saving thousands of lives, preventing many more injuries at work and reducing the economic and social costs of health and safety failures.
More information here

HSE: Sensible health and safety management in schools -added 18.7.14
Are you responsible for managing health and safety in a school? To help you strike the right balance in managing the real risks, HSE has published new, straightforward guidance which highlights common health and safety myths, advises on a sensible and proportionate approach, and clarifies which activities are covered by health and safety law.
More information here

HSE: Explosives Regulations 2014 and Guidance -added 15.7.14
The Explosives Regulations 2014 will come into force on 1 October 2014, and the Approved Code of Practice to the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 will be withdrawn. From 1 October 2014 the guidance in L150 will apply.
Available here

HSE: Health and safety in care homes HSG220 revised guidance -added 1.7.14
This guidance is intended to help those providing and managing care homes – to give them a better understanding of the real risks and how to manage them effectively. It has been extensively rewritten, with a number of new topics, and brings together key messages on risks to both workers and residents.
Available here

HSE: Hand-arm vibration INDG296(rev2) guide for employees -added 20.6.14
This pocket card is for employees who regularly use hand-held powered equipment. It explains what hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is, what the symptoms are and how to reduce the risks of developing the disease.
Available here

HSE: Healthy workplaces manage stress -get involved in the campaign -added 20.7.14
You or your organisation can participate in the campaign by accessing downloads of the European campaign guide as well as leaflets, flyers and posters – all for free.
More information

HSE: Public consultation – Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP) -added 13.7.14
This Consultative Document seeks views on the proposals from HSE to align domestic legislation with the EU direct acting Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP). This consultation began on 12 June and ends on 5 August 2014.
More information

History of Occupational Safety and Health -added 29.4.14
The site provides a wealth of information tracking the development of occupational safety and health. The website includes a brief history of health and safety law, written by David Eves CB, the HSE’s former deputy director general and chief inspector (and past Vice President of SGUK); a timeline; details of government reviews, legislation, standards, inspectorates and notable people/organisations; lectures; a reading list; training; and related museums. Some full texts, including some that are more than 100 years old, can be accessed via the website.
The website has been developed thanks to Sheila Pantry, of Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd, a member of RoSPA’s National Occupational Safety and Health Committee who has led the ‘History of OSH’ project.
View website here
Press release

HSE: HSE publishes local government sensible risk web pages -added 15.4.14
HSE has published new web resources on sensible risk management for local government. These web pages build on HSE’s approach to dealing with health and safety myths through the Myth Busters Challenge Panel.
More information here

HSE: Proposals to amend PUWER ACOPs -added 5.4.14
This is a review of the approved codes of practice (ACOP) on the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) (L22); Safe Use of Power Presses (L112) and Safe Use of Woodworking Equipment (L114), with the aim of removing time-limited material and simplifying text. Consultation runs from 31 March to 23 May
More information here

HSE: Consultation on the replacement of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 -added 5.4.14
Public consultation runs from 31 March to 6 June 2014 – have your say. Key changes include the replacement of the CDM co-ordinator role with a principal designer role within the project team and introducing a duty on information, instruction, training and supervision to replace the duty to assess competence.
More information here

HSE: Electrical safety at places of entertainment GS50 (third edition) -added 28.3.14
This guidance contains advice on preventing electrical danger at places of entertainment. It is primarily for managers of places of entertainment, and for people who provide facilities for entertainers. This edition updates references to legislation and links to further guidance.
Available here

HSE: Electrical safety for entertainers INDG247 revised guidance -added 28.3.14
This leaflet is for entertainers who use electrical equipment for sound, lighting or other effect and sets out basic measures to help control the electrical risks from the use of such equipment. This edition updates references to legislation and links to further guidance.
Available here

HSE: New guidance on paint spraying -added 15.2.14

HSG276 Isocyanate paint spraying: Safely managing spray booths and rooms
This guidance is aimed at vehicle bodyshop owners, managers and supervisors, their employees (particularly paint sprayers) and suppliers. It will also be useful to industries other than motor vehicle repair where there is spraying of isocyanate-containing paints and lacquers. This replaces the previous HSE publication Controlling isocyanate exposure in spray booths and spray rooms (WEB36).
Available here

INDG473 SMART paint spraying: How to control health and safety risks
This guidance is aimed at SMART (small and medium area repair technique) repair sprayers using isocyanate-based and other paints and who generally operate as a mobile unit. It is also useful for franchisees, managers and operators in motor vehicle repair bodyshops. It replaces the HSE publication WEB33, Motor vehicle repair: Good practice for SMART sprayers.
Available here

INDG388(rev2) Safety in isocyanate paint spraying
This guidance is aimed at owners, managers and supervisors of vehicle bodyshops. It outlines the risks in using isocyanate paints in motor vehicle repair and how you can minimise them by taking the right precautions. It is also relevant to isocyanate paint spraying in other industries.
Available here


HSE: Manual handling solutions for the food and drink industries HSG196 -added 5.2.14
This book is aimed at employers and dutyholders within the food and drink industry. It discusses manual handling risks and solutions specific to the industry. The introduction in this new edition has been revised but the case studies remain unchanged.
Available here


HSE: Repair to fork arms of fork lift trucks guidance -added 5.2.14
This guidance provides information regarding the repair of fork arms of fork-lift trucks (FLT), and alerts all to certain bad practices which may cause FLT arms to fail.
Available here


HSE: Work at height micro-site -added 31.1.14
This new site shows what you, as an employer, need to do to protect your employees when they work at height. It replaces the guidance previously available in our Falls microsite.
Available here


HSE: Safe use of stepladders INDG455 -added 31.1.14
This leaflet gives advice to employers, employees and self-employed people on simple, sensible precautions to take when using ladders and stepladders to work at height. This leaflet replaces INDG402 Safe use of ladders and stepladders: An employers’ guide, INDG403 A toolbox talk on leaning ladder and stepladder safety and INDG405 Top tips for ladder and stepladder safety.
Available here


HSE: Work at height Regulations 2005 (as amended) guide INDG401 -added 31.1.14
This recently revised brief guide describes what employers need to do to protect their employees from falls from height. Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries.
Available here


HSE: Working at height guidance overhauled -added 29.1.14
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has overhauled its guidance for working at height, setting out in clear, simple terms what to do and what not to do – and debunking common myths that can confuse and mislead employers.
Press release
Working at height guidance
Working at height myths
Working at height do's and dont's


HSE: Health and safety law poster –reminder to display new version by April 2014 -added 23.1.14
The new 2009 health and safety law poster replaces the version published in April 1999 and must be displayed from 5 April 2014. As well as a download, the new 2009 leaflet is also available as a pocket card and replaces the leaflet published in 1999.
Available here


BHSEA: New Chairman and Construction Chairman elected -added 14.1.14
At the Annual General Meeting held on the 13 January 2013 Mr Tim Prestage was elected BHSEA Chairman, taking over from Mr Dalvinder Masaun and Mr Neil Boon was elected Construction Chairman, taking over from Mr Gerry Mulholland.


DWP: Triennial review report: Health and Safety Executive 2014 -added 10.1.14
This independent review lead by Martin Temple has concluded that the functions performed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are still required and that it should be retained as a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB). The report sets out the review process, an analysis of HSE’s functions, measures to improve for the future and considers arrangements for corporate governance.
Available here


HSE: Managing health and safety in civic amenity sites -added 10.1.14
This guidance gives advice about health and safety management at civic amenity (CA) sites, also known as household waste and recycling centres. Its is aimed at designers, managers, supervisors and site operators. It gives guidance on reducing health and safety risks in the design and operation of a CA site; how to assess hazards and reduce risk; and reception, handling and storage of household hazardous wastes, such as asbestos, batteries, gas cylinders and paints.
Available here


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