Tags: HSE

UK told to stand up to EU health and safety bureaucracy

Health and safety reforms that deliver a simplified legislative framework that is evidence based, risk informed, fair and consistent were called for by Ragnar Löfstedt, director of the King’s Centre for Risk Management at Public Service Events Health and Safety Reform 2013 conference. Reforms should help businesses comply with their duties and protect their employees…

Ann McCracken: Respect, trust and advanced communication to improve the bottom line

Ann McCracken, Managing Director AMC2 and a Vice President of the International Management Association (ISMAUK), will be chairing the Health @ Work Summit on the 20th June 2013. The 2013 Health @ Work Summit has the title – Understand how to deliver a healthier workforce to improve your bottom line.  For some time now there have been articles…

New online guidance makes it easier to understand health surveillance

New online guidance has been launched to make it easier for employers to understand what they need to do to check and protect their workers’ health. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidelines on health surveillance, which is needed where, even after all precautions are taken, there is still a risk that…

HSE appoints new chief inspector of construction

A new chief inspector of construction has been appointed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Heather Bryant, who is currently HSE’s divisional director for London, the East and South East, will replace Philip White at the end of March. After four years in post, Philip moves to lead another key division at HSE. The…

Employers urged to focus on well-being of staff

According to the 2013 Wellness at Work Survey, the UK workforce is under pressure and is not being given sufficient support by their employers. The survey conducted by OnePoll for The Best You magazine questioned workers from across the UK about mental health and well-being at work, and discovered that only 29% of employees polled…

IOSH calls for action on work-related traffic accidents

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has stated that it believes work-related road traffic accidents should be reported by employers to help cut the number of people killed or injured while driving for work. In the midst of Road Safety Week 2012, IOSH has urged the Government to include work-related road traffic accidents…

Concrete firm in court after worker hit by forklift

A Shropshire concrete firm has been prosecuted after a worker suffered serious leg injuries when he was hit by a forklift truck. Tomasz Kosmacz, 38, of Hadley, was responsible for removing excess concrete from moulds at Elite Precast Concrete Ltd’s Telford factory. Mr Kosmacz was putting the excess concrete in a bucket and then onto…

Could new HSE scheme be dangerous?

Following an initial pilot, today sees the roll-out of the new Fee for Intervention (FFI) guidelines (1 October 2012), which are set to have significant financial implications for businesses. The highly debated FFI regime will allow the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to recover its investigation costs from businesses. This fee will apply when a…

HSE spot checks reveal sites failing most basic precautions

HSE safety spot checks discovered almost half of refurbishment construction projects in North East London were failing to meet even basic health and safety requirements. A day-long inspection initiative by the HSE last week (3 July) saw a small team of Inspectors visit 22 construction sites across North Hackney and South Tottenham, Haringey. The Construction…

HSE confirms October launch date for cost recovery scheme

The HSE has today confirmed that its cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), will start on 1 October 2012 subject to Parliamentary approval. FFI recovers costs from those who break health and safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends helping to put matters right such as, investigating and taking enforcement action, but…