Archive January 2016

The Pitfalls of Asbestos

Despite many Asbestos Management campaigns by the HSE, and the high profile it has within the construction industry, we are still seeing some very high fines in regard to Asbestos. Whether it is refurbishment or demolition the client has a duty to manage. Where duty holders are falling fowl is in the production of up to date asbestos surveys so that construction can be carried out safely by contractors and their workers. Some of the fines are pretty hefty, and rightly so, we all know the effects...
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Environment Agency clamping down on illegal waste carriers

Interesting press release from Environmental Agency regarding illegal waste carriers. Waste vehicles have come under the spotlight across Essex, South London and Hertfordshire in a multi-agency stop-and-check operation. The Environment Agency has been working with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, local councils and HMRC on Operation Salamander stopping vehicles carrying waste in Thurrock, North Greenwich and Bushy in Hertfordshire today (13 January). All waste carriers have a Duty of Care...
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HSE Chair made a Dame in New Years Honours

We note that Judith Hackitt, the Chair of the HSE, has been made a dame in the New Year's Honours list. The award recognises her contribution towards Health and Safety. Judith has been instrumental in steering the HSE through 'a period of significant change' and she was praised in particular for her introduction of the 'myth busters challenge'. Judith worked in the chemicals and manufacturing industry for 25 years before being appointed in 2007 to lead the Health and Safety Commission which subsequently...
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