News Updates March 2012

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REFURBISHMENT INSPECTIONS

HSE Construction inspectors will be carrying out an intensive inspection initiative during February and March 2012.  These inspections will focus on the refurbishment/building site risks that make construction one of Britain’s most dangerous industries – working at height safely, good order on site, and the risks associated with the removal of asbestos. HSE will not hesitate to take action if we find poor practice that is putting the lives of workers and the public at risk. Many incidents are completely avoidable by taking simple commonsense precautions. Find out what you can do to improve health and safety on your site before an inspector calls.

RIDDOR CHANGE 6THAPRIL 2012

 From 6 April 2012, subject to Parliamentary approval, (RIDDOR) Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, over three day injury reporting requirement will change. From then the trigger point will increase from over three days’ to over seven days’ 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. Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all over three day injuries – if the employer has to keep an accident book, then this record will be enough. The deadline by which the over seven day injury must be reported will increase to 15 days from the day of the accident.

 NHS HEALTH FOR WORK ADVICELINE

The Health for work advice line provides free advice and information for your organisation on all health issues affecting your employees.

Call the free advice line   0800 0 77 88 44

LANCASTER LANDLORD SENTENCED FOR PUTTING LIVES AT RISK

A landlord in Lancaster has been sentenced for putting the lives of a family at risk by failing to arrange an annual gas safety check.Ms M, 57, was prosecuted by the HSE after she failed to arrange for a registered engineer to visit a property. Lancaster Magistrates’ Court heard Ms M had been renting the house out to a couple and their two young children. An investigation was launched on 27 April 2010 when it was discovered that gas appliances at the house had not been checked since 6 February 2009. Ms M, was fined £750 and ordered to pay £2,250 in prosecution costs.

HSE SETS NEW DATE FOR FEE FOR INTERVENTION SCHEME

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today announced that its cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention, is going ahead but will now not start in April 2012. The scheme sets out to recover costs from those who break health and safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends on helping to put matters right – investigating and taking enforcement action. Law-abiding businesses will be free from costs and will not pay a penny. “The Government has agreed that it is right that those who break the law should pay their fair share of the costs to put things right – and not the public purse.

“Discussions are still taking place on the technical details of the scheme, which we expect to conclude soon. “Therefore, FFI will not be introduced in April but at the next available opportunity, which is likely to be October 2012.” HSE is taking advantage of the extra time to work further with businesses to improve their understanding of the scheme and how it will affect them.

 

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The Health and Safety
Executive (HSE) is Britain’s
national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce death,
injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice,
promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and
working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and
enforcement.

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