Archive June 2012

HSE Overhaul of Approved Codes of Practice

The HSE appear to be following recommendations put forward by Professor Löfstedt in his review of health & safety legislation. Professor Löfstedt (who spoke at our Health and Safety Conference earlier this year) stated that Health and Safety legislation required a complete overhaul. Lord Young, in his 2010 report 'Common sense, common safety' (PDF), also suggested that reforms were needed. The HSE has embarked on a huge consultation exercise aimed at revising, consolidating, or withdrawing...
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Republic of Ireland - Latest Health & Safety Report

The Safety & Health Practitioner (SHP) reports that Martin O'Halloran, chief executive of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), has published his annual report. While the regulatory focus in the Republic of Ireland - as in the UK - has shifted from proactive inspection and enforcement to advice and support, the number of work-related deaths in the country rose last year by 15%, to 55 - the second annual increase in a row. Agriculture and construction accounted for more than half of this total,...
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£60k Payout to Family of Asbestos Victim

The Swindon Advertiser reports that British Rail has paid £60,000 in compensation to the family of a former Swindon railway worker who died from asbestos related cancer. The victim Philip Smith, worked for British Rail for 26 years at its Swindon works and for much of that period was continuously exposed to asbestos. He died in November 2010. Recently the same newspaper ran a special report into the illness, dubbed the "Swindon Disease" because the building material was so prevalent at the...
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Progress on Health and Safety Reforms

Employment minister Chris Grayling has published a report on the progress regarding the implementation of the Government's health and safety reforms. In the report, he states that getting rid of regulations won't undermine the UK's good record on health and safety but will improve its bad record on red tape. Referrence is made to the progress so far on implementing the recommendations of both Professor Ragnar Löfstedt and Lord Young of Graffham in the wake of their recent reviews of the health...
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Mouchel to cut another £3m in costs

The Construction Enquirer stated that Mouchel are to cut another £3m in costs. The consultant was originally looking to save £18m during the economy drive but that figure has been revised upwards to £21m. The business has been reorganised into two divisions – Mouchel Infrastructure Services and Mouchel Business Services managed by ex BT man Craig Apsey. This news reflects the effects of the current financial climate. For more on this story see the Construction Enquirer
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Government Cannot Leave Safety to Businesses

A new report published in the safety journal Hazards Magazine stated that the government's insistence that workplace safety laws hold back the economy, and that safety enforcement is a diversion businesscould and should do without, is 'a cynical - and ultimately deadly - lie'. The report examines the government's safety strategy and notes: 'Your life just got a little bit cheaper. Safety regulations and enforcement are out of favor, and for more and more workers, this could mean they are out of...
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Ban Asbestos Globally

The National Asbestos Helpline (NAH), which represents the victims and their families of asbestos-related disease, is adding its support to the growing number of global organisations calling for a total ban on the use of the material. The NAH, which represents the victims and their families of asbestos-related disease, is adding its support to the growing number of global organisations calling for a total ban on the use of the material. For more on this article "Ban Asbestos Globally" calls the...
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Newsletter - June 2012

The June 2012 edition of the Ai Solutions Newsletter is now available: June Newsletter.
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UK Construction Slowed in May

A recent article on the BBC web site states that the UK Construction sector has continued to slow to a low in May this year. The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) for construction fell to 54.4 last month, from 55.8 in April. However, the reading indicates that the sector is still growing, as a figure above 50 implies expansion. If you would like to know more please see www.bbc.co.uk/news/business
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Free Health & Safety Events

The British Safety Council is holding a series of free health, safety and environmental seminars at the Health & Safety Midlands show at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. The free seminars provide an update on key developments concerning health, safety and environmental policy, law and management. They are delivered by expert speakers at the cutting edge of health and safety, for more information visit www.hse.gov.uk/events
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