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Control of Lead at Work, Help from the HSE

For those of you who would like further help with the hazards of lead within the construction industry the HSE have published an Approved Code of Practice, L132. This document has accompanying guidance which is aligned to the regulations. As we all know Lead has been a major hazard for some time now however it is one danger that is far too often ignored on our construction sites. With many refurbishments being carried out on older premises the risk to workers is quite high. If you have concerns...
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HSE Making The Case For BIM

The HSE have published a report in conjunction with researchers for the Health and Safety Laboratory and with input from the BIM 4 Health and Safety Workgroup which details how digital engineering could make a difference to Health and Safety. We note that the report includes several case studies. These case studies show how digital modelling has saved either time and/or cost, provided better end product visualisation, facilitated better collaboration and, most importantly, cut down on hazards and...
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Temporary Works Management

There are particular risks associated to temporary works within the construction industry, in fact this is where a lot of accidents/near misses happen.  The HSE define Temporary Works as:- "a widely used expression in the construction industry for an "engineered solution" used to support or protect an existing structure or the permanent works during construction, or to support an item of plant or equipment, or the vertical sides or side-slopes of an excavation, or to provide access. The construction...
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PPE Overkill?

One of the things that keeps popping in in conversations is PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Often used at the 'cure all' for any risk assessments PPE is habitually used as the 'bootstrap and braces' approach. Don't get us wrong, PPE has its place and can be highly effective. The HSE states that making the workplace safe includes providing instructions, procedures, training and supervision to encourage people to work safely and responsibly. Even where engineering controls and safe systems of...
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Ill-Health Still a Major Issue in Construction

The HSE has recently published their latest health and safety statistics. It is very apparent from the stats that, although we are killing less people within construction, there are still a lot of ill-health issues that need to be addressed. The 2017 statistics show several key facts including 31.3 million working days are lost due to ill-health and non-fatal workplace injuries. This will be costing Construction Companies many millions of pounds. Along with this they have estimated that the Annual...
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HSG248 Analysts Guide

The HSE has produced another helpful guide, HSG248, which is an Analyst's Guide for sampling analysis and clearance procedures. We particularly liked the section on sampling and analysis of materials as it reminds us about the use of safe systems of work, after all, even though this is part of the analyst's day to day work we must remember that taking samples can also be hazardous! We also liked the bulk sampling strategy where the sample must truly represent the location (and material sample) from...
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HSE Fees for Intervention - Review

The FFI Scheme was introduced in October 2012 as a method to allow the HSE to recover investigation costs directly from a business found to be in material breach of health & safety legislation. There has been mush to do about these 'fees' as many feel they are unwarranted and are seen as a 'way of making money' for the HSE. However an independent review of the FFI process has now taken place. The outcome is that, as of September 2017, the panel reviewing disputed invoices under the Fee For Intervention...
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Asbestos Found In Welsh School

An investigation has begun in a school in Wales where construction work was carried out.  It is thought that some ceiling tiles were disturbed during some initial construction work. When new work was subsequently planned it was noted that some asbestos insulating ceiling tiles in the kitchen area of the school had already been disturbed. This lead to the employment of a licenced contractor, who could remove the asbestos safely, being employed by the council. The licenced contractor then notified...
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HSE - Strategies and Plans

Earlier this year, the HSE published its strategies and plans going forward. 'Helping Great Britain Work Well' outlines their continuing influence on health and safety and includes:- Acting Together Tackling ill health Managing risk well Supporting small employers Keeping pace with change Sharing their success Because of their involvement the HSE has proven that, with care, planning and consideration, we can minimise worker deaths and injuries. ToolKit CS can also aid those who manage...
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Housing Crisis

We are still seeing a lot of news regarding the housing crisis. It is hoped that now the new housing minister, Alok Sharma, is on board things will start to improve. The construction industry will all be keen to see what progress the government will make in regard to its white paper, which was published earlier this year. The white paper was part of a plan to 'fix' the UK's broken housing market and it sets out reforms to boost the supply of new homes in the England. However, our new government...
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Election 2017 - What Changes in Health and Safety?

With the election looming, all the major parties have produced their manifestos. These manifestos all include health and safety, so what can we look forward to after the elections in regard to health, safety and employment? Labour Party Pledged to work with the Health and Safety Executive Committee to introduce mandatory workplace risk assessments for pregnant workers and review the support offered to women in work who have suffered miscarriage. Say they will "crack down on unscrupulous...
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Reckless Asbestos Failure / CDM regulations fine

The SHP has reported that 40 workers were put at risk by being exposed to Asbestos. A hearing was carried out at Canterbury Crown Court and a fine of £750,000 was ordered plus payment of costs totalling £14,874.68. "The company's failings in this case has put many workers at risk to the exposure of asbestos", commented HSE inspector Melvyn Stancliffe. "It was clear there was an endemic failure to effectively manage the construction work on the site in a way which ensured that asbestos...
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Essential Advice for Working with Asbestos in Construction

Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc.) and causes around 5,000 deaths every year.  Therefore if you are working on minor jobs your workers may well be in danger. It is called the silent killer for a reason. Hidden in dust and breathed in it can take many years for it to finally take its toll. The HSE has a lot of information regarding working with Asbestos. Today we would like to remind you about how to safely carry...
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Free Health & Safety Guidance in Construction

For those of you that are new to construction there is a lot of health and safety issues that you need to consider, however there is help and guidance out there. Ai Solutions can help you with your duties under the CDM2015 regulations, just give us a call on 01525 850080 or visit our web site for more information. Additionally the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has a lot of information available. One document in particular gives guidance on work preparation, setting up your...
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New Guidance on Working with Asbestos in Soil and C & D Materials

Industry body, CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments) has recently published the JIWG (Joint Industry Working Group) guidance titled Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012: Interpretation for Managing and Working with Asbestos in Soil and Construction and Demolition (C&D) materials or CAR-SOIL™ for short. CAR-SOIL™ is described as "the authoritative document interpreting the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 ... as applied to working with ground materials...
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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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HSE "Beware Asbestos" Campaign

HSE have been running a campaign about asbestos safety - "Beware Asbestos" - argeted at tradespeople and have asked for your feedback. HSE would be grateful if you could spare no more than 15 minutes to complete a simple on-line survey. The survey is designed for any tradespeople who will have seen either the campaign leaflet or reference cards, whether by hard copy or digital copy e.g. online or via a link in an email or article. Your feedback will help HSE understand how effective the campaign...
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CDM 2015 - Another Milestone Met

The long-awaited CDM2015 Regulations have eventually been published in their final form, although the guidances that were published in 9 January 2015 are still in draft, but unlikely to change significantly. The Regulations can be viewed/downloaded from: Draft guidance on the Regulations The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE's) guidance L153, Draft Guidance on The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, including the draft regulations,...
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Construction Initiative 2014

The health of individuals on construction sites seems to be at the top of the agenda for the HSE's latest round of impromtu visits. Last year, more than 1,100 sites failed to come up to standard and makes the outcome of this years inspections even more interesting.  From the 22nd September to the 17th October, Inspectors will be visiting sites where there is refurbishment or repair works underway.  So, what are they are they looking for this time: risks to health from exposure to dust...
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CDM 2015 Consultation Update - HSE Board Meeting 13th August, 2014

The HSE are due to consider the outcome of the CDM Consultation Document on the 13 August 2014, which produced more than 1,400 responses and much debate. The paper informs the HSE Board of the outcome of the consultation, outlines proposed amendments to the intial CDM 2015 document and examines the 'next steps'. In light of this information, the HSE will be asked to consider the results of the consultation and any proposed amendments. Click through to the Outcome of the public consultation on...
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Spot Checks and the £124 per hour Fee for Intervention

In October, 2012 the Fee for Intervention was introduced by the HSE. This has been applied to those who have broken a Health and Safety Law. It means that law breakers are liable for all HSE related costs which happens to work out at £124 per hour. This includes inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action. Let's put this in perspective. In 2012 - 2013: 7,345 enforcement notices were issued by the HSE. With 8,810 overall in Great Britain in the same period of time. Following a...
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Occupational Health and Safety - Past, Present and Future

Occupational Health and Safety is a recent development. Labour movements in the wake of the industrial revolution lead to workers being able to freely express their views and concerns about safe and healthy working practices. The first piece of legislation that created the first Health and Safety Inspectors (or then known as Factory Inspectors) was the Factories Act 1833. This initially focussed on children and had considerable power to change children's working environments. By 1871, the inspectors'...
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HSE UPDATE - Electricity at Work: Safe Working Practices

The HSE has recently published an updated version of Electricity at work: Safe working practices. 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. It includes advice for managers and supervisors who control or influence the design, specification, selection, installation, commissioning, maintenance or operation of electrical equipment. This third edition updates the guidance and provides sources...
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Be aware - be prepared!

Be aware! The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have launched a month long initiative aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health in the construction industry. In particular Britain's building sites will be targeted with unannounced checks at sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway. HSE inspectors will visit construction sites to ensure high-risk activities, such as working at height, and work which could result in exposure to harmful dusts, are being properly managed.
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HSE Event - The Dangers of Dust

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is inviting representatives of the construction industry to a free seminar about the dangers of dust. Every year 500 workers die from the effects of inhaling dust from materials such as concrete, wood, mortar, gypsum or sandstone. The half day event, organised by the Working Well Together group, takes place in Coalville, Leicestershire, on Friday 20 September. It aims to raise awareness among managers, supervisors and operatives of the health problems caused...
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Draft Guidance on NEW RIDDOR

The HSE has published details of planned changes to RIDDOR 1995, which aim to clarify and simplify the injury-reporting requirements for businesses. The changes follow a recommendation by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his report 'Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety legislation'. Although the process for implementing the changes is on track for implementation from October 2013, they remain subject to Parliamentary approval. See more at October 2013...
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HSE - The Challenges Ahead

The HSE has published their annual report. Interestingly it identifies several plans and challenges that lie ahead for them for the rest of 2013 and going forward into 2014; these include:- implementation of the National Code for local authority inspections complete our programme of work to reform the health and safety system make it easier for people to understand and do what is required enable economic growth to take place in new and existing industries with good risk management in place continue...
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Health & Safety Event in Bangor

For those Health and Safety professionals that live in Wales the HSE will be speaking at an event at Bangor University on 13th September 2013. The HSE want you to listen and engage with the speakers, who are all very experienced and experts in their fields, to learn how changing behaviours and attitudes in ourselves and others: from Leaders to shop floor makes good safety sense. The event is open to all who have an interest in influencing health and safety behaviour. Understanding change and leading...
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Health Surveillance Guidance from the HSE

The HSE has a useful web site regarding health surveillance. Health surveillance allows for early identification of ill health and corrective actions can be implemented. If your staff are exposed to noise, vibration, solvents, fumes, dust, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health or work in compressed air you need to be aware of the hazards involved. For further information visit
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Waste Industry Health & Safety (WISH)

Following on from the industry summit in February 2013 the Waste Industry Health and Safety (WISH) Forum has launched its blueprint for actions - written by the industry, for the industry. Your industry needs you - check out the Blueprint [PDF], review early progress and get involved. For more information about the work of the Waste Industry Health & Safety visit WISH
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Free 'Working At Heights Seminar - Bradford'

The HSE are offering a FREE working at heights seminar in Bradford on 25th June. The event will provide information on working at height, it offers employers and workers advice and guidance to comply with the law and work safely at height. It is very important that all work at height is planned, organised and carried out by competent persons and the correct equipment used. For more information and online booking visit Working at Heights Seminar - 25 June 2013
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Construction Company Fined for Maintenance Failings

The HSE has fined an Essex construction company for putting workers at risk after neglecting to check and maintain a potentially dangerous piece of lifting equipment. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out on 23 June 2011 found that when the truck was eventually examined only six items out of 24 that formed the basis of the report were marked "satisfactory". The remaining 18 items were classed as "repair needed". All these lead to the poor management of the machinery...
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HSE's Independence Undermined by Government?

An interesting article issued by the TUC states that a decision by the government to impose an 'employee interests' representative on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) board who did not have the support of trade unions has led to serious concerns about the independence of the official safety watchdog. Their concern is that the government wants a 'compliant board' with no real emphasis on what is really needed. They state that a board made up of old or retired members would be 'out of touch'.
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Hard Hats Guidance

The HSE has stated that the Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989 and the Notification of Conventional Tower Crane Regulations 2010 have now been revoked. However they insist that being safe is crucial and the wearing of hats saves lives. With this in mind they have published some guidance on Hard Hats; for more information visit
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HSE Under Review

Employment minister Mark Hoban has announced a review of the Health and Safety Executive, as part of the Government's commitment to reform the public sector, reports the SHP (Safety & Health Practitioner). There is a substantive review at least every three years to ensure that their functions remain necessary, and should be delivered independently of the Government.  The review will assess whether there is a continuing need for the HSE's functions, as well as whether it is complying with...
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Basis of new CDM Regulations Explained

Update April 2015: For an explanation of the CDM 2015 Regulations now in force and what they mean for you, see our CDM Knowledge Base. On March 13th 2013 the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) received a presentation from HSE on the revision to the CDM 2007 Regulations. The presentation has now been published on the HSE website - CDM Revised Regulatory Package Update. The declared objectives of the new regulations are: Implementation - current law 'under-implements' since...
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PPE & Tower Crane Message From The HSE Forum

You may wish to note that The Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Repeals, Revocations and Amendments) Regulations 2013 came into force on 6 April 2013.  These Regulations have removed thirteen measures that have either been overtaken by more up to date Regulations, are redundant or do not deliver the intended benefits. Further information is available on HSE's website. The measures removed include: Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989 The Construction (Head Protection) Regulations...
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Firms fined for asbestos exposure risk at scrap yard and naval training base

The HSE has published details of a recent case regarding asbestos. A number of workers and Royal Navy personnel were exposed to asbestos after pipes lined with the dangerous material were left on a roadside before being put in an open skip and transferred to a salvage yard, a court has heard. The pipes, lined with asbestos insulation, were removed from HMS Sultan naval training base in Gosport in September 2009 as part of works to replace a hot water system. The subsequent HSE investigation identified...
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Mesothelioma Occupation Statistics

The HSE has published a fact sheet on Mesothelioma Occupation Statistics. The fact sheet provides updated mesothelioma mortality statistics by last recorded occupation of the deceased within Great Britain from 2002-2010. Mesothelioma is directly linked to those works that were exposed to Asbestos fibres while at work and it remains one of the biggest killers. If you want to make sure your workers are safe them you need to be managing your asbestos; at Ai Solutions we can assist you in this process...
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HSE Issue Guidance On Health Surveillance

The HSE has issued new guidance which it hopes will provide employers confidence that they are doing what they need to do to protect their workers' health. Health surveillance is needed where, even after all precautions are taken, there is still a risk that workers may be exposed to chemicals or other hazardous substances Visit for more details.
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The Health and Safety Toolbox - PPE Guidance

For those of you interested in PPE there is help and guidance in the health and safety toolbox. This gives easy, straightforward advice on the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work; for more information visit  How to control risks at work: PPE on the HSE website. Some believe that PPE is taken to the extreme on some building sites however, PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include items such as safety helmets,...
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New Chief of Construction for HSE Announced

The SHP reports that The HSE has announced today (8th March 2013), that its new chief inspector of construction is Heather Bryant. Ms Bryant takes over from current chief inspector Philip White, who leaves at the end of March after four years in the post. The HSE's chief inspector of construction heads a division of 260 specialist inspectors, policy officials and support staff.
Despite significant improvements in recent years, construction remains one of Britain's most dangerous industries...
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The Real Cost of Fees for Intervention

We are beginning to see the results of the HSE's Fee For Intervention (FFI) cost recovery scheme, which came into effect on 1 October 2012. Under The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, those who break health and safety laws are liable for recovery of HSE's related costs, including inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action. For some this has been a costly introduction, not just the fees themselves but the damage to reputations and an increase in insurance costs. Additionally,...
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LA National Code Consultation - Closes 1st March 2013

There are just a few days left to take part in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) consultation on proposals to ensure LA health and safety inspections are targeted at workplaces with the most serious risks or where there is evidence of poor risk control. The LA National Code aims to ensure greater consistency and a tighter focus in the enforcement of health and safety. The HSE are inviting those with an interest in LA health and safety regulation and the businesses they regulate to provide their...
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Update on the Amendment to the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981

The Löfstedt recommendations and the cross-cutting nature of the proposed changes to the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 - that they will affect every workplace in Great Britain - the HSE Board have requested further time to consider proposals following the consultation. In light of this, the proposed changes are now expected to come into force on 1 October 2013, subject to Parliamentary agreement. Until 1 October 2013 employers should note that first aid training for the purposes...
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New Government Initiative in Clydesbank

Apprentice tradespeople across Clydebank are set to benefit from a new e-learning package to help them better understand the risks from asbestos. Those who train apprentices are being offered the opportunity to find out how they can use the interactive resource at a free event at Clydebank College, Queens Quay Campus, Clydebank on Wednesday, 6 March, 1-4.30pm. The event has been organised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in partnership with Clydebank College, the Federation of Master Builders...
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Builder fined for illegally removing asbestos

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Birmingham builder after he illegally removed and broke up asbestos panels from a home in Castle Bromwich. HSE inspectors visited a house on Rover Drive on 19 July 2012, following a call from a Solihull Council environmental health officer about possible unlicensed asbestos removal work. The subsequent HSE investigation found that, during works, the builder had been wearing only a dust mask for protection as he removed a number of Asbestos...
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Managing My Asbestos

For those among you who would like more information about managing the asbestos in your own building(s) the HSE has published a web site detailing 'how' you should do this. The web site is a step by step guide to all the duties regarding best management of asbestos Additionally Ai Solutions has help and guidance regarding Asbestos and the CAR12 regulations on our web site; this includes an extensive knowledge base that has been written by experts in the field. Come and visit...
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Hospital trust failed in their Asbestos Management duties

The HSE has recently issued a press release regarding a hospital trust failing in their duties in regard to asbestos management. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust had an asbestos survey that clearly showed there was asbestos in the door surrounds but, despite several site meetings between the Trust and the contractors, no information on the location or condition of any asbestos was given to the contractors. For more...
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Most Fatalities Happen In Uninspected Sectors

Professor Rory O'Neill, a researcher at the University of Stirling, made several Freedom of Information requests and analysed more than 20 HSE reports to map fatality statistics against a list of sectors excluded from proactive inspections. The professor stated that there are now at least 37 "sectors without inspectors", including agriculture, quarries, plastics, electricity generation and supply, and other industries acknowledged by the HSE to be "higher risk". The professor believes that the government...
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Swansea Contractor Orders Workers to Tie Plastic Bags Around Exposed Asbestos

The HSE are prosecuting a Swansea engineering firm and contractor after recent investigations revealed several breeches, one included the failure to appoint a competent CDM-C. It was also noted that during the demolition works an asbestos insulation board (AIB) covering a steel column was damaged, and a Wall Colmonoy employee was told to tape plastic bags around it. Work continued in the building for several months with the AIB debris left lying on the floor until an unannounced visit was carried...
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2012 - What a Year

Judith Hackitt, Chair of the HSE, has published her end of year statement. She stated that "It's been a busy and a challenging year for everyone involved in health and safety. The challenges never stop so it's good to look back at some of the really great things which have been going on and which I hope we can build on in 2013 and beyond." For her full statement visit Judtith Hackitt's blog
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Lancashire builder risked lives on scaffolding

A Lancashire builder has appeared in court after he ignored a formal warning to stop working at the top of a dangerous scaffolding tower. The HSE Inspector could see there were no handrails or toe boards around the platform at the top of the tower to protect the workers from falling some seven metres to the ground. He immediately issued a Prohibition Notice ordering the men to come down from the unsafe scaffolding. For more on this article see HSE Press
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Firms fined after crane crashed down on building site

The HSE have prosecuted two companies after a serious failure in communications led to an 80 tonne mobile crane toppling over, narrowly missing workmen and a busy road. The incident happened on a building site in Fernbrook Road, Gillingham, on 18 August 2009 during construction of a new nursing home. The HSE's investigation found the lift itself was carried out unsafely as the crane was overloaded and being operated on poor ground. As a result the 80-tonne crane overturned and its extended 50 metre...
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HSE Online F10: What are your views?

Our customers and other readers will be interested to know that we have been discussing the online F10 Notification form with the HSE recently. We have approached them as we believe that, based on feedback from our customers and readers, the online form has its downsides. We have offered them some feedback which was well received and now we would like to involve our readers in the debate. The HSE Online Forms team are in the process of reviewing their current forms and would like further feedback.
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Scaffolding Serious Hazard

After recently reading about a scaffolder that has, very sadly, lost part of brain in fall from a scaffold we thought we would remind our readers about the serious hazards regarding scaffolding. The HSE has an FAQ about scaffolding on their web site and there are guidelines available that you can follow. Although it is too late for this unfortunate man we need to understand the seriousness of allowing untrained staff access to such dangerous structures. If not competent the worker should be supervised...
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Illegal Asbestos Removal

Once again the HSE is fining an organisation in regard to illegal asbestos removal. A demolition firm has been prosecuted after exposing its own workers to dangerous asbestos fibres and illegally removing asbestos waste from a property in Gloucester. The firm undertook an asbestos survey before demolishing the building showing it contained a quantity of Asbestos Insulating Board. The company did not hold the necessary licence to carry out the asbestos removal and failed to take adequate steps to...
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HSE Latest Figures for Ill Health and Injury

The HSE has now published the latest figures for ill-health and injury on their web site. The figures show a slight fall in key areas between April 2011 and March 2012. So is this good news? Judith Hackitt believes so and states that "Any reduction in the number of people being injured or made unwell by their jobs should be welcomed. Given the challenging economic conditions which many sectors have faced in recent years it is particularly encouraging to see continued reductions in levels of injury...
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Waste & Recycling Deaths

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning the waste and recycling industry to renew efforts to improve worker safety, following a spate of deaths over the summer. In the light of this report and with the Waste Regulations under the cosh at the moment it would seem prudent to re-evaluate their relevance. For more on this story visit HSE warning over waste and recycling summer death toll.
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HSE Cost-Recovery Scheme Now In Force

The HSE's much-publicised cost-recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), came into force on October 1st 2012. Many contractors and clients are concerned about the impact it will have on their businesses. However the HSE is defending its introduction by saying that the scheme is designed to shift the cost of health and safety enforcement from the public purse to businesses that contravene health and safety laws. Under the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, the HSE has a duty to charge...
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Safe & Sound at Work - do your bit

For those of you who like to keep abreast of things this may be of interest to you. 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'. Please visit Safe & Sound at Word - Do Your Bit.
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HSE Legionella Safety Notice

This month the HSE is encouraging companies to re-check and ensure hot and cold water systems are not a legionella risk. In particular Leisure Centres with spa pools, and Care Homes are among the businesses being urged to do more to protect workers and members of the public from legionella risks. For more on this story visit Companies warned to ensure hot and cold water systems are not a legionella risk.
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"Sharp Rise" in Enforcement Notices in Scotland

We read recently in the SHP (Safety & Health Practitioner) that the number of Improvement and Prohibition Notices issued to Scottish organisations in the first half of this year is on course to increase by around 38 per cent compared with the corresponding period last year. Why is this the case? Are HSE officers starting to act more on poor standards leading to serious heath and safety shortcomings? Others have suggested that the introduction of the HSE 'cost recovery' scheme has impacted...
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Asbestos Prosecutions in Bolton

Once again the HSE has come down hard on those not adhering to the Asbestos regulations. Two companies have been prosecuted after workers were exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres at a mill in Bolton. It is sad to hear that even with all the press and coverage situations like these are still occurring. For more on this story visit Firms prosecuted over asbestos danger at Bolton mill
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Asbestos - Fraudsters Collude To Trick Independent School

An interesting story on the HSE web site; Two men colluded with each other to commit fraud by falsifying a record stating that a school in Abingdon had been properly cleaned of asbestos. So why would they do such a thing? Well apparently excuses like 'last day at the company' and 'it was a Sunday' came out at the inquest along with the temptation of finishing work early. A very unusual case, but at what cost to those using the building? For more on this story visit Fraudsters collude to trick...
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Putting The Record Straight

For those of you that don't already know the HSE has a web page where they respond to various news articles that are critical of health and safety. If you would like to know more visit HSE: Putting the Record Straight
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RIDDOR Consultations Begin

The HSE has opened two separate consultations on proposals to exempt certain self-employed people from health and safety law and simplifying the RIDDOR reporting requirements. The proposal to relieve certain self-employed people of health and safety legal obligations addresses one of the most controversial aspects of Professor Löfstedt's review. Since launching his report in November last year, the professor and the HSE have been at pains to stress that the exemption will not extend to those...
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What if you didn't notify the HSE about a notifiable project?

There is an interesting discussion on the HSE Construction Forum. With the lack of HSE 'to cover' all the works happening at the moment a query was raised that if you were undertaking a fairly low risk project and the works went over the threshold to make it a notifiable project but a CDM-C was not appointed what would the HSE do – even if the works completed without accident or injury? If there was a major accident then the situation is obvious and the Client would be prosecuted accordingly.
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Safety failings led to asbestos exposure at Dorset school

A school in Dorset has recently been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the unsafe removal of asbestos insulation boards which lead to several people being exposed to asbestos fibres. Sherborne School and Peter Eldridge, the director of a company responsible for the refurbishment project, have been fined after an investigation found they had failed to identify and prevent the risk of asbestos exposure at the school. For more on this story visit HSE Media Centre
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Judith Hackitt To Take Part in Live Twitter Chat

The Health and Safety Executive's Chair, Judith Hackitt, will take part in a live Twitter-chat on Wednesday 11 July. The hour-long session will start at 3pm under the hashtag #askHSE. HSE is on Twitter as @H_S_E
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HSE Cost Recovery Scheme Starts October 2012

The cost recovery scheme introduced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - Fee for Intervention (FFI) - will start on 1 October 2012 subject to Parliamentary approval. New detailed FFI guidance has been published on HSE's website setting about how the scheme will work in practice. Developed in consultation with representatives from industry, it explains how FFI works and includes examples illustrating how it would be applied. Will this new scheme aid the HSE recover costs? It is hoped...
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Latest Statistics on Fatal Injuries 2011/12

The HSE has now published the provisional data regarding fatal Injuries for the period April 2011- March 2012. The data suggests a leveling-off in the previous downward trend over the last four years. Is this down to better health and safety activity or the lessening on construction work happening at the moment? For a full review see
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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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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
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1 In 5 Construction Sites Fail Safety Checks

We read that nearly one in five construction sites failed safety checks during a national initiative to improve construction site safety. This is a slight improvement on previous years which is good news, but is this trend down to less construction work being carried out? The investigation was carried out by HSE staff and concentrated on high-risk activity including working at height and ensuring sites were in 'good order', being clean and tidy with clear access routes. If you would like Ai...
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HSE Pledge for Queen's Jubilee

The Health & Safety Executive is lending its support to the various events, street parties and commemorations that are taking place up and down the country by emphasising that there is nothing in health and safety law to prevent anyone from celebrating. Further details, as well as information for celebrations organisers is available on the HSE website
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Leading Health & Safety at Work

There is advice from the HSE's web site about 'leading health and safety at work'. The team at Ai Solutions believe that the art of good Health & Safety is having a 'top down' approach, meaning senior management must buy-in to the process, setting standards, being seen to follow those standards and working towards improvement. The HSE web site offers guidance for all directors, governors, trustees, officers and their equivalents in the private, public and third sectors. This applies to organisations...
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Safety Event for Scottish Construction Firms

The HSE has teamed up with the construction industry's Working Well Together campaign to organise an event focusing on safety issues for construction workers, especially during the ground-works phase. This free event has been organised to get to grips with health and safety in one of Britain's most dangerous industries, especially within the smaller and medium sized construction companies. For more information see HSE Press
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Myth Busters Challenge Panel

"Health and Safety" is often incorrectly used as a convenient excuse to stop what are essentially sensible activities going ahead. HSE has set up an independent panel – the Myth Busters Challenge Panel - to scrutinize such decisions. This Panel will look into complaints regarding the advice given by non-regulators such as insurance companies, health and safety consultants and employers and quickly assess if a sensible and proportionate decision has been made. The state: "We want to make clear...
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Legionella & Legionnaires

A reminder about Legionella & Legionnaires disease has been published on the HSE web site. The site provides information on Legionella and how to control risks from exposure to Legionella and how to control risks from exposure to Legionella from manmade water systems. If you would like to know more visit
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Pedestrian Hit By Falling Hoarding

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after she was hit by a metal site hoarding which fell from a new academy site in Kidderminster yesterday. The main contractor at the site is Thomas Vale who are converting the historic Piano Building into a new academy for Kidderminster College and Birmingham Metropolitan College. For more on this story see Woman hit by falling site hoarding from academy job.
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Verwood Builder Fined - Asbestos Risk

The Bournemouth Echo reports that a local builder has been fined after carrying out demolition work on a house. He negated the requirement to carry out an asbestos survey before commencing work. Self-employed Stuart Pearson was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for not having a pre-demolition survey to check all asbestos had been removed from the building. This type of work is very dangerous, along with this the removal of the asbestos must be carried out by professional removers.
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Free Olympics Health & Safety Event

The HSE will be running a free half-day seminar hosted by the TUC, focusing on the health and safety lessons learned from the London 2012 construction project in relation to leadership and worker involvement. The event will be held at the Congress Centre, London, 24 May 2012. If you are interested in attending visit for more information.
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Local Contractor - Dumper Truck Fine

A local contractor in Northamptonshire has been fined after a six-tonne dumper truck ran over a worker's foot. Lincoln Magistrates' Court heard that Maypine Construction was main contractor on the job where Ross Smith (23) and a colleague were filling the roadway with stone, in preparation for surfacing. The HSE said: "Many construction transport incidents are usually the result of inadequate separation of pedestrians and vehicles, and by inadequate control of vehicle movements on site." For more...
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Public Consultation - Removal of 14 legislative Measures

The HSE are proposing to remove fourteen legislative measures (reference CD239) as they believe that some are either redundant, have been overtaken by more up to date Regulations or do not deliver their expected benefits. The consultative document has been divided into annexes, with Annex 2 covering Construction (Head Protection) Regulations and Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes Regulations. To view this information and to have your say visit
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HSE Campaign Could Cost Industry £1.5m+

The HSE's annual enforcement initiative could cost the construction industry more than £1.5m. The HSE intends to introduce a system for recovering the cost of enforcement activity from those who contravene regulations from October 2012. The scheme, known as Fees for Intervention (FFI), is aimed at ensuring those who contravene the law pay for the cost of HSE enforcement activity. For more on this, see the consultation document (PDF). In the HSE's proposal for extending cost...
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New HSE Publication: Managing asbestos in buildings

INDG223 has now been published. This is a revised leaflet for the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. It combines two leaflets: A short guide to managing asbestos in premises and Manage buildings? You must manage asbestos. 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.
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Electricity Testing Myth

The HSE has republished their advice on 'electricity appliance testing'. Firms are urged to pull the plug on £30m of wasted electrical safety tests. It is a myth that every portable electrical appliance needs to be tested once a year. A vast amount of money is wasted doing these unnecessary tests each year; we are all looking for savings at the moment! See for further details.
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Dorset contractor sentenced over worker death

A building contractor has been fined over serious safety breaches after a worker was killed by a piece of falling cob wall being demolished by his son. Two agency workers Jamie Ford 24 and his father, Stephen Ford, 50, were working under the control of Do It All to demolish a barn at Dunbury Farmhouse in Winterbourne Houghton near Blandford in November 2008. The court heard no plan of work for the demolition was in place and Alaister Copland had no experience in demolition work of this kind. The...
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Judith Hackitt's Risk Assessment

At the Ai Solutions Health & Safety Conference in April it was suggested that Health & Safety awareness should start in schools so that young people have a 'good underpinning' to their knowledge. Health & Safety is always bottom of the list and, in some cases, it is not tabled as part of the standard cirriculum for some of the more 'technical' courses you would expect it to be part of (i.e. Built Enviornment). Many round the table at the conference stated that CDM and Health & Safety...
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Scaffold Collapse: Portsmouth

Strong winds are believed to have brought down the five storey scaffold at The Royal Beach Hotel in Southsea, Portsmouth. The scaffold was up because of renovation work being carried out on the hotel. Nobody was killed during the collapse, however six cars were badly crushed. Our readers will be aware that Milton Keynes also suffered a large scaffolding collapse back in 2009. This recent news re-highlights the importance or correct set up of scaffolds. The HSE has some frequently asked questions...
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Judith Hackitt introduces the Healthy Workplaces Campaign

For those that are interested there is a new video available from the HSE - Judith Hackitt introduces the Healthy Workplaces Campaign. [Unfortunately this video is no longer available on the internet] If you are having issues viewing the video, please try going to> EU-OSHA's Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2012-2013 'Working together for risk prevention' focuses on the twin concepts of management leadership and worker...
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HSE Latest Figures

The HSE have published the latest fatal injury figures (based on RIDDOR) for the period up to December 2011 for deaths to workers and members of the public in the workplace. Showing the continuance of a 'downward trend' - does this mean we are getting better within construction? Many think not as the amount of construction work continues to fall.
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RIDDOR Reporting Change

Many of our readers will want to note the changes in RIDDOR reporting. As of 6 April 2012, the reporting requirement in RIDDOR for over-three-day injuries has changed. The trigger point has increased from over three days' to over seven days' incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened). There is a supporting leaflet available from the HSE.
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New Asbestos Regulations Come into Force

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 will come into force on 6 April 2012, updating previous asbestos regulations to take account of the European Commission's view that the UK had not fully implemented the EU Directive on exposure to asbestos (Directive 2009/148/EC). In practice, the changes are fairly limited and 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...
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CD237 - Proposals on Revised Control of Asbestos Regulations

The HSE has published the results of the consultation on the 'CD237 - Proposals on Revised Control of Asbestos Regulations'. For those of you involved in asbestos management or who are interested in the responses go to CD237 responses.
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Construction Company Fined: Roof Fall

A construction company has been fined £30,000 this week for breaking work at height regulations after a man was injured in a seven metre fall from a roof. The incident happened to Romanian worker Vasile Ionel Vatca whilst he was employed on the refurbishment of a property in Belgravia, London. The work being carried out on the site included a roof replacement. Read more London construction company fined after worker badly injured.
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HSE Clampdown: Month Long Campaign

Be aware that construction sites are being targeted between 20th February and 16th March 2012 as part of an intensive inspection initiative. They will be targetting high-riskactivity and working from height to mention a few. The aim is to reiterate the need for better awareness for all parties, clean and tidy sites, clear access routes, as well as evidence of site waste management. For more on this go to HSE campaign targets refurb sites.
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Asbestos Inspections Planned: Huntingdonshire

Huntingdonshire District Council's Environmental and Community Health team will be targeting businesses across Huntingdonshire; their planned Asbestos Inspections are being done to ensure that businesses are not exposing employees to potentially harmful asbestos fibres, and are complying with their duty to manage any asbestos present in their premises. Will this mean other Local Authorities will soon be doing the same? For more on this story see Asbestos Inspections for Businesses in Huntingdonshire.
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School Asbestos 'National Scandal'

Some of you may have read in the Telegraph and other news sources, that a report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health, looked into official figures showing more than 75% of state schools are exposing children, teachers and other staff to the carcinogenic material. It comes after more than 140 teachers died from the rare asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma in the past 10 years, with research in the US suggesting over 100 people will die every year in the...
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Changes to RIDDOR Reporting

Subject to Parliamentary approval, the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) is to change on the 6 April 2012. From April 2012 the trigger point will increase from over three days to over seven days of incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened). Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work. New guidance that explains the change...
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Large & Costly Asbestos Decontamination

Wales Online reported recently on a story that has shocked a lot of people. The HSE were called anonymously to investigate a Welsh factory that makes knitwear for the Royal Family. The contractor, Paul Hart who is a specialist in the safe removal of asbestos, was called in to decontaminate the factory. He found "clumps and clumps" of the material - which can cause lung cancer and other serious health problems - lying around the premises of Corgi Hosiery Ltd at New Road, Ammanford. It has taken...
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HSE Establish Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is supporting a new independent panel to consider challenges to health and safety regulatory advice. The new panel, which will look into issues raised by business where they believe a HSE or local authority health and safety inspector has given advice that is incorrect or disproportionate. The panel will not look at issues where other independent appeals processes exist, such as for enforcement notices or prosecutions. For more detail on this see HSE News.
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400% Increase in Prosecutions: Senior Management

An interesting article in SHP (Safety & Health Practitioner) states that there has been a substantial increase in the number of prosecutions under the HSWA 1974 last year. These are the unofficial figures recently released by the HSE. The figures indicate a 400% increase in prosecutions over the last 5 years, which is enough to ring alarm bells for those who see Health and Safety regulations as a burden on their time, resources and funding. A wake up call indeed! For more on this story see...
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HSE Update on Occupational Risk: Asthma

The HSE have provided details on the jobs with the highest rates of occupational asthma. Follow the relevant link on HSE's website to find top tips and advice on how to protect yourself in the workplace. Remember that everybody has a role to play - employers, employees, government, industry and unions.
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HSE: Plan of Work 2012

On the HSE web site we found an interesting document which outlines their plan of work from 2011 through 2012. In particular we noted their target sectors include:- Asbestos Small Sites/Projects Refurbishment Major clients/projects We think that covers most of our readers! it will be interesting to see how they will achive this. If you are interested in reading more about the HSE's plan go to HSE Work Plan 2011-12.
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HSE Updates: Asbestos

At a meeting in early December it was announced that the HSE has been given government clearance to recommence the Health and Safety Executive's award-winning 'Hidden Killer' asbestos campaign which was put on hold due to a freeze on government-funded campaigns. This is good news for 2012; we believe this particular campaign was excellent, warning construction workers, particularly those involved in maintenance and refurbishment work, of the dangers of asbestos. For more on the HSE and other updates...
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Major Retailer: Asbestos Fine

Once again the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are making an example of those who put members of the public and their staff at risk during construction works. Marks and Spencer, the well-known retailers, has been found guilty and fined £1m as recent construction works put people at risk of asbestos exposure during a facelift at its Reading store. They were also ordered to pay £600,000 costs on having been found guilty at an earlier hearing in a case brought by the HSE. The HSE's...
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Newsletter - September 2011

The September 2011 edition of the Ai Solutions Newsletter is now available: September Newsletter.
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Construction: Falls From Height Still a Common Occurence

We have noticed that there are still a lot of 'falls from height' being reported within the construction industry. Much of this occurs because of bad planning and lack of proper and detailed risk assessments. Is this lack of risk asessments because we are all being too lazy, or that due to a lack of resources at the HSE, we think we can 'get away with it'? We would hope not! Even so, the fact that someone can, and does, get injured should make us realise how the 'good practice' of doing a risk...
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Shell's "Neglect Of Basic Maintenance" Costs £1.2 Million

The SHP (Safety & Health Practitioner) reports that energy giant Shell UK is to pay £1.24 million in fines and costs following an explosion and fire at its Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk on 28 February 2008. The incident was investigated by both the HSE and the Environment Agency (EA). HSE inspector Steve Johnson said: "The fact no one was seriously hurt in this incident was solely down to good fortune". This was acknowledged by the company's internal report and it also stated that Shell...
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White Asbestos: Definitely Top-Level Carcinogen

The Safety and Health Practitioner has reported that the Government's chief scientific advisor has reaffirmed the status of chrysotile (white) asbestos as a Class 1 carcinogenic substance, and has concluded that there is no valid reason to demote it to a less-serious category. Last year, Sir John Beddington, head of the Government Office for Science, was approached to consider whether any evidence exists that would "justify an imminent change to the 'international scientific consensus on the classification...
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RIDDOR Change is Bad News, Lawyer Warns

SHP (Safety & Health Practitioner) has reported that a proposed change under RIDDOR 1995 to report incidents that lead to a worker being incapacitated for more than seven days rather than three days, as is currently the case, has been described as a potential retrograde move for health and safety. A recommendation first made by Lord Young last year in his report - Common Sense, Common Safety - Steffan Groch, explained that the Conservative peer had identified a less-than desirable...
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Construction Deaths Rise As Cuts Come In

SHP reports that the number of deaths in the construction industry rose by around 15 per cent last year, fuelling concerns that the cost-cutting measures being implemented by the HSE will reverse the downward trend of recent years. The regulator's head of construction, Philip White, revealed the increase at a conference in London on April 5th on Safety Schemes in Procurement, indicating that competence - or lack of it - was "clearly a feature" in many of the fatalities. We would wholeheartedly...
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RIDDOR Changes - Chance to Respond

We are currently in a three month period of consultation on proposed changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995. Changes to RIDDOR were recommended in Lord Young's report on health and safety published last year, which among other issues contained a proposal to increase the threshold for reporting workplace injuiries to seven days. The consultation paper is available online at CD233 - Proposed amendment to RIDDOR and the deadline for responses...
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HSE Announce Plans For Cost Cutting in Recessionary Times

At the recent IOSH Conference Judith Hackitt addressed the delegates to outline plans for cutting costs after the review carried out by Lord Young. Her message was that the HSE will continue to look for opportunities to improve its efficiency and make cost savings - but not at the expense of inspection and regulation of high-hazard sectors. Describing the 35-per-cent cut in the Executive's budget as "no more harsh than that applied to other bodies within the DWP", Ms Hackitt also pointed out that...
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UK Asbestos Law not up to EU Standard

The TUC February newsletter reports that the government has been told that the UK version of a European Union-wide law on asbestos safety is illegally lax and must be amended. The UK legislation currently focuses on the measurement of exposure to asbestos and not enough on the how the material will be affected by the work itself, while the directive deals with both exposure and the material. TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said "this is another nail in the coffin of the myth that the HSE has...
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UK Firm Fined Over Asbestos

A UK demolition firm has been fined over Asbestos say the Demolition News. The Yorkshire-based firm was the principal contractor on a demolition project and they were fined for failing to manage and monitor asbestos removal work at a site in Nottinghamshire. A number of buildings on the site contained notifiable asbestos, the removal of which should be declared to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and carried out by a licensed asbestos contractor. The main issue was that they did not record...
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HSE February Blitz - Construction Site Visits

The HSE is starting a month long blitz on the construction industry by carrying out surprise visits to hundreds of sites across the country. The inspectors will be concentrating on refurbishment, repair and maintenance sites which they say accounted for nearly three-quarter of deaths last year. For more on this see The Construction Enquirer
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Have Your Say On Amending RIDDOR

SHP reports that the consultation on amending the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) in line with the proposals made by Lord Young last year is now live. All interested parties are invited to submit their views on the proposed amendments by visiting the 'current consultations' area of the HSE website and clicking on CD233 - Proposed amendment to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). The consultation...
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Working at Height: Cherry Picker Struck by Overhead Crane

A very serious accident recently occured when a crane hit a cherry picker and the basket was knocked to the ground leaving Alexander Struthers, a steel erector, with multiple broken bones. Following the case being heard at Lanark Sheriff Court, Health and Safety Executive Inspector Eve Macready said: "This completely avoidable incident has had an enormous impact on Mr Struthers' life. "Duty holders have an obligation to ensure all work at height is properly planned and a proper risk assessment...
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HSE - Falls From Height Prosecutions

The HSE has prosecuted two companies after three workers fell through skylights on three separate occasions at an industrial unit in Warrington. The SHP reported that, on three separate occasions, three similar incidents were allowed to happen. An astonished HSE officer stated that "A man was sent on to a roof without safety equipment, despite two caretakers falling through skylights less than a month earlier" As we all know, more workplace deaths are caused by falls from height than anything else...
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Fire Safety In Construction

This is not new but we thought a very valuable resource from the HSE. The second edition of 'Fire safety in construction' explains how everyone involved in construction projects can comply with their legal duties relating to fire risks. It is aimed at all those with a role for developing and managing construction sites, including clients and designers, and is relevant to all construction projects, including small refurbishment sites. Much of what is contained in the guidance is not new, but the...
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Charges dropped in first Corporate Manslaughter Trial

The SHP (Safety & Health Practitioner) has stated that the charges against the director have been dropped in the first corporate manslaughter trial. This has raised concerns as Sally Roff, partner and head of the safety, health and environment group at law firm Beachcroft LLP, believes that the Corporate Manslaughter Act has been tainted by the latest delay in court proceedings. The long-awaited trial of Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings Ltd under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide...
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HSE & Environment Agency Under Threat

SHP (Safety & Health Practitioner) has reported that the positions of the HSE and Environment Agency are still to be decided, according to a leaked Cabinet Office document on reform of public bodies. The coalition government has pledged to slash the number and cost of public bodies primarily, it claims, to increase accountability. But the programme is also designed to cut costs and supports the aims of David Cameron's Big Society plans by encouraging alternative, devolved, or non-state models...
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HSE: Open Forums on CDM Regulations 2007

The HSE are running 8 free, open forums across Great Britain to get a broad range of views from large audiences on the extent to which the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) have met HSE's aims for the regulations which came into force in April 2007. Frontline has been commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to evaluate the impact of these regulations on the construction industry in Great Britain. If you wish to register to attend one of these forums...
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Paper - a Whymsical View

Watching the BBC News recently, I saw a family discussion about homework and how parents 'can no longer help their children' because they don't understand the teaching method now used for maths being taught to infants. A young girl, maybe a five year old, playing at a computer screen, stated whimsically that 'in the olden days, people used to work things out on paper'. Well, I can resonate with a number of issues there! In the not-so-olden-days, only some 16 years ago, I well remember presenting...
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Regulation Updates

Update 1: From 6 April 2010, if you are responsible for ensuring that conventional tower cranes used on construction sites are thoroughly examined, you must give the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) certain information about these cranes. Businesses responsible for ensuring that conventional tower cranes used on construction sites are thoroughly examined by a competent person must give the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) information about such cranes. Click to read more about this Tower Crane...
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Rail Deaths Fine

Carillion Construction and Network Rail have been fined £1.1m and ordered to pay £100,000 costs between them, following the deaths of two railway maintenance staff. David Pennington, 46, from Burnley, and Martin Oakes, 38, from Sheffield were hit by a reversing road rail vehicle (RRV) while laying new track near Hednesford, Staffordshire in the early hours of a night in September 2004. The two firms were successfully prosecuted by the British Transport Police and Crown Prosecution Service.
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Asbestos Fines

It is sad to see that demolition of buildings without proper controls to manage asbestos is still happening. The HSE has recently taken two companies to court after an unlicensed contractor was appointed to remove 3,000 sqm of asbestos insulating board from a warehouse. A&T Roofing had been awarded the contract for the work in November 2005 by Noble Gift Packaging Ltd. Enfield-based contractor A&T Roofing pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(1) of the Asbestos (Licensing) Regulations 1983, and...
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Corporate Manslaughter - first case

Our colleagues at Callsafe report in their latest newsletter that the first Corporate Manslaughter case to be brought to court is to be tried in February 2010. The case against Gloucestershire-based Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings is due to the death of one of their Junior Geologists in September 2008. He was killed when a pit in which he was taking soil samples as part of a site survey collapsed on him. The company has been charged under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Killing Act 2007...
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HSE Update: Milton Keynes Scaffold Collapse

Whilst accident rates may be improving, breaking news of another tower crane collapse, this time in Liverpool (6 July 2009), suggests we still have opportunities for improving site safety. In the Liverpool accident the driver escaped with his life. In the Milton Keynes scaffolding collapse on 11 April 2006, one worker tragically died and two were badly injured. The HSE has announced its decision to bring criminal proceedings against named parties involved. All parties were summonsed to appear before...
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Goals for the Health & Safety of Great Britain Strategy

Management Summary Delegates generally agreed with the goals, listed below, except to argue that the first two should be reversed, thus emphasising the importance and need of strong leadership. During detailed discussion communication was, inevitably, the main feature seen to require constant attention. Communication of a 'safety culture' in which the workplace wanted to comply was mentioned time and again. There was a preference to this rather than one in which the workforce are compelled to conform...
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HSE Mock Trials

With the new HSE's Health & Safety Offences Act 2008 to contend with how about visiting a Mock Trial to see how you measure up! ++ Mock trial - Guilty or not guilty ++ Three events: Ipswich 11 February, Huntingdon 25 February and Dereham 2 March. See Construction: Diary of Events for more information.
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Site Safety Under New Scrutiny from HSE

We understand that the relationship between Building Control Regulations and for health & safety and the Construction Design and Management Regulations has changed. The Building Control will be supporting the HSE on site inspections. A joint inspection regime is being trialled by the HSE's Luton Office (which covers Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire and includes the Milton Keynes, Luton and Aylesbury areas). Building Inspectors will report and photograph dangerous...
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New Electronic F10

The HSE is planning to introduce an interactive electronic F10 form. [HSE Construction Infonet - April 2008] We have been in conversation with Andrew East who says that the new form is unlikely to be made available until the end of June and that in the meantime original forms can be used. The important thing is that the relevant information is given. There are a number of people who are under the wrong impression that the new form should be used now. Users should continue to use the 'old' one....
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Company fined £20,000 for asbestos breach

Bedford magistrates have fined a company £20,000 for exposing workers to asbestos. Galamast Ltd, based in Bromley, Kent, was convicted last Thursday of two breaches under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The company was carrying out a 'strip-out' of the old Littlewood's store in Bedford's Harpur Centre in March 2006 when verbal instructions were misunderstood, leading to its employees, sub contractors and health and safety inspectors being exposed to the dangerous substance. Galamast Ltd...
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HSE looks to industry

Although a long-term downward trend is still clear, the rate of decrease has slowed over the last 15 years and there has been very little change in the overall rate over the last five years. In construction there were 77 fatalities, equivalent to 3.7 deaths per 100 000 workers. Over the last 15 years there has been a statistically significant downward trend in the rate of fatal injury to workers; on average a 3.9% year on year decrease. However, the higher number and rate for 2006/07 changes a pattern...
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Construction company fined £43,000

The company admitted at Salisbury Crown Court to failing to ensure the safety of its employees, after 62-year-old George Rogers was killed when he was thrown from a dumper truck, which then ran over his body. The delay in bringing the matter before the court was due to a lengthy investigation by police and the Health and Safety Executive. Though he had not been authorised to drive a dumper truck, Mr Rogers had helped tidy up the site before it closed for the day by driving a dumper truck filled...
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HSE investigates two fatalities from falling bricks

Reece French, a worker on a Kier Western site at Cattedown Enterprise Centre, was hit on the head by a skip or pallet of bricks. It is believed that he was walking under a telehandler carrying the bricks when the accident happened. A Kier Western spokesperson said: "We confirm that a fatality occurred early this morning at our Cattedown Enterprise site in Plymouth when an employee was struck during an operation involving a telescopic handler. We are co-operating with the authorities in trying to...
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One third of refurbishment sites dangerous

He continued, "We stopped work on site immediately during 244 inspections because we felt there was a real possibility that life would be lost or ruined through serious injury. It is completely unacceptable that so many lives have been put at risk. Our inspectors were appalled at the apparent willingness to ignore basic safety precautions. "The simple fact is that despite knowing what they should be doing, too many people are prepared to allow bad practices to continue, even though last year 39...
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HSE Advice - Working at Height & using ladders safely

On average 13 people a year die at work falling from ladders and nearly 1200 suffer major injuries. More than a quarter of falls happen from ladders. HSE's key message is that that ladders should only be used for low-risk, short-duration work. What do I need to know? The Work at Height Regulations (2005) came into force in April 2005. Employers have a duty to assess the risks, plan and supervise all workers who work at height. You will find guidance about the regulations in the working at height...
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HSE's explanatory memorandum

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM TOTHE CONSTRUCTION (DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT) REGULATIONS 2007 NO. 320 Objectives CDM 2007, together with the supporting Approved Code of Practice (ACoP), have been developed in line with Better Regulation principles and aim to reduce construction accidents and ill health by: being flexible and accommodating the wide range of contractual arrangements to be found in the construction industry; emphasising the need...
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Construction Awareness

We are continuing to support HSE, by publicising their Health & Safety in the Construction Industry pages. This is part of our remit to improve health & safety in the construction industry with audited management information systems. Summary of Proposed Changes May 2006 Callsafe Services have provided the following summary of the proposed changes to the CDM Regulations for you to download.  Summary of Proposed Changes to the CDM Regulations (53KB) Principal Changes The main changes...
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CDM2007 Regulations final approval

The final draft of the Regulations and ACOP have been submitted for approval to the October meeting of the HS Commission. Subject to approval the Regs will be launched in April 2007. With the finalising of the Regs and ACOP attention now turns to realising the benefits that this revision will bring. My team are looking at the operational implementation of CDM. This is an important period to ensure that the new messages from the regulations are understood. The revised regulations will require a major...
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Asbestos Awareness Campaign

We are continuing to support HSE, by publicising their Asbestos Awareness Campaign. This is part of our remit to improve health & safety in the construction industry with audited management information systems. The article "The Duty to Manage Asbestos", written by the HSE, contains much advice and guidance for everyone involved in the subject. A key issue is that many buildings managers are both unaware that they have responsibilities for Asbestos and are not briefed on how they should approach...
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Health and Safety Commission go-ahead for revision of CDM & CHSW

I thought that you would like to know that HSC have agreed that we should proceed with the revision of the CDM and CHSW regs. The ambitious aim is to publish a consultative document next Spring. As far as possible I want to move forward by consensus, involving as many interested parties as possible. The high level objectives for the revision, agreed with CONIAC and endorsed by HSC, are to improve the management of risk by: simplifying the regulations to improve clarity and so making it easier...
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HSE Questionnaire

Control of Asbestos at Work Regulation 4 Duty to Manage Asbestos The HSE is seeking the views of duty holders on progress of the new duty as part of HSE's one-year review of the operation of the new duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises. As you may be aware the Government gave a commitment during the House of Lords debate in December 2002 to review the new duty by the end of this year, though it does not become law until 21 May 2004. HSE has therefore prepared a short questionnaire...
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Slightly More Radical Rethinking Construction

As suggested in the HSE Discussion Document Revitalising Health and Safety in Construction. "To make a real difference in health and safety, we must identify and tackle all relevant factors. We need to think widely and not restrict our ideas to those traditionally perceived as health and safety issues." (DD para. 12) Over recent years, a great number of initiatives have focused in general on improving the industry and in particular its appalling health and safety record with very mixed results.
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Asbestos Awareness - Introducing the Legislation

New legislation was signed on the 24 October 2002 by the Minister of Work to create an explicit duty to manage asbestos in premises. Implementation of this duty will make a major contribution to protecting people at work in the building - including maintenance workers - as well as members of the public potentially at risk. Under the new legislation, employers, for the first time, will have a specific legal duty to identify asbestos-containing materials in their buildings, and to assess the condition...
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Asbestos Awareness Campaign - Question To RICS

Following an enquiry by a RICS member who stated that 'the RICS' had advised them not to proceed with the management of asbestos in their practice because they could not be insured through the RICS, we asked the RICS for their comment. This is their reply; Contrary to what you may have been led to believe we see the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations as a potential market opportunity for members who wish to carry out type 1 or 2 inspections. However, as with all the work that RICS members...
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Asbestos Awareness Campaign - Ten Key Facts

"A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Asbestos in Premises" lists the following 10 Key Facts; If you don't manage asbestos in your premises, you could be putting your employees and other peoples health at risk. Exposure to asbestos occurs when you or others disturb it, releasing fibres into the air we breathe. Asbestos in good condition should be left in place and managed. Most work on asbestos requires a license, but some minor work on asbestos can be done without a license if the correct precautions...
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Asbestos Campaign News - July 2002

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Asbestos Campaign News - May 2002

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Asbestos Campaign News Special

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Asbestos Campaign News - February 2002

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Construction Industry Seminar Welcome Address

Welcome Good morning!! Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to our first Construction Industry Seminar! I recently read a quotation from a certain software provider who said: "Our biggest competitor is the status quo"; it took me a moment to work it out ... I don't believe they were talking about the aging pop group; simply 'indifference'. By coming here today, you have each demonstrated that you want to hear about change in the construction industry and I am sure you are not going to be disappointed...
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Asbestos Campaign News - August 2001

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Guidance on How To Survey Buildings for Asbestos

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance on how to survey workplace premises for asbestos [containing materials] and how to record the results. "Surveying, sampling and Assessment of Asbestos Containing Materials" has been produced as a standard for people carrying out - or commissioning - asbestos surveys in buildings. The guidance (known as MDHS 100) will form an important element in HSE's overall strategy to prevent people from dying from asbestos related disease, and will...
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Asbestos Awareness Campaign

THE DUTY TO MANAGE ASBESTOSAN AWARENESS CAMPAIGN Setting the Scene Asbestos is the biggest occupational health problem ever encountered in the UK, and it is a problem that is set to get worse over the coming twenty or so years. The fifteen year plus latency period of asbestos means that positive efforts made now to reduce the effect of this killer disease will not be realised for some time. However, to do nothing is not an option. Asbestos was used extensively in building materials in the UK...
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Asbestos Dust Kills

Guidance for employees on wearing respiratory protective equipment for work with asbestos Why is asbestos dangerous? Breathing in asbestos fibres can lead to asbestos-related diseases. These are mainly cancers of the chest and lungs and they kill more people than any other single work-related cause. There is a long delay between first exposure to asbestos and the start of disease. This can vary between 15 and 60 years. The vast majority of people now dying from asbestos-related diseases...
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Working with Asbestos in Buildings

Essential advice for workers carrying out: Building maintenance Building repair Building refurbishment Building services Asbestos: The hidden killer! Are you at risk? What does this leaflet tell you and who is it for? This leaflet tells you where you are most likely to find asbestos and how to protect yourself when working with it. It will be particularly useful for anyone involved in building maintenance, repair or refurbish-ment work, for instance, plumbers, carpenters and electricians.
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Managing Asbestos in Workplace Building

Managing asbestos in workplace buildings : the hidden killer! Are you putting others at risk? Managing asbestos materials in workplace buildings If you own, manage or have responsibilities for a workplace building which may contain asbestos, you need to think about the risk of exposure to workers and others who may use the building. It is your job to manage that risk. A sound management strategy will help to ensure that you do not put others at risk. This guidance will help you decide how you...
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