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Director jailed for failing to protect workers from asbestos exposure A company director has been jailed for eight months after failing to protect workers from exposure to asbestos at a student development project in Winchester. Stephen Davies, 59, had set up Cavendish Winchester Ltd with the sole purpose of refurbishing the Winnall Close commercial unit into student rental accommodation.…

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News and Insights – Health and Safety News March 2024

What are the latest updates to publications on first aid at work? Insights & News – Complisafe HSE has made recent updates to 2 publications on first aid at work: First aid at work: The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. Guidance on Regulations L74 (hse.gov.uk) This document provides guidance on: managing the provision of first aid (first-aid kit, equipment, rooms etc) requirements and training for first-aiders requirements for appointed persons making employees aware of first-aid arrangements first aid and the self-employed cases where first-aid regulations do not apply The third edition was reissued with minor amendments in 2018 to: further clarify the significance of the 2013 amendment to regulation 3(2), which ended HSE’s approval of first-aid training providers update guidance on the use of automated external defibrillators, and blended learning in first-aid training incorporate some additional amendments to take account of other previous legislative changes The third edition has been further updated with minor amendments in 2024 to: emphasise employers’ responsibilities to take account of employees’ mental health in their first-aid needs assessment change the term ‘catastrophic bleeding’ to ‘life-threatening bleeding’ with more guidance on what employers should do if they identify this as a risk in their workplace simplify guidance on how to decide what first aid to provide How to go about selecting a first-aid training provider: A guide for employers GEIS3 – Selecting a first aid training provider – A guide for employers (hse.gov.uk)…

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Equalities Watchdog Highlights Employers’ Legal Obligations in New Menopause in the Workplace Guidance

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published new guidance on menopause in the workplace to help employers understand their legal obligations relating to women who are going through the menopause as well as details on the support they should provide affected employees. This includes advice on making reasonable adjustments for women who are experiencing the menopause so they can continue to contribute to work and encouraging positive conversations about this personal issue to help create a safe and supportive work environment.…

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Legislation – a small selection of key Health and Safety legislation and how we can help with compliance…

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is a key piece of legislation in the United Kingdom that sets out the fundamental principles and framework for health and safety regulation in the workplace. It places a legal duty on employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety, and welfare of their employees, as well as others who may be affected by their work activities, such as visitors and members of the public.…

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TEEN WORKER’S DEATH CAUSED BY LACK OF VEHICLE/PEDESTRIAN SEGREGATION

On 12 April 2021, Ben Spencer was only two weeks into his job at Sunrise Poultry Farms – his first proper job since leaving school – when he was fatally crushed between an HGV and a wall. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector Alex Nayar, who investigated this extremely sad case, explained how such a tragedy could occur.…

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HSE has been made aware of a potential issue regarding the testing of boots to an American Standard; ASTM F2412-18A.  

The ASTM Standard contains a single test procedure representative of a very restricted working environment. In many cases, these limitations have not been made clear on the packaging or the product instructions.

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Investigating the impact of behaviour change techniques on break taking at work

IntroductionMusculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) remain a major health problem, with insufficientpostural change at work implicated in their prevalence. Self-report data suggest thatoffice workers sit for long periods without getting up1.The Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) outlines a number of factors thought toimpact on intention to behave in a certain way, highlighting (though not addressing) agap between intention and behaviour.…

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Sole trader jailed after man crushed under van at Bootle garage

4th August 2023 The partner of a man who got stuck and crushed under a vehicle at a motor repair company and later died has spoken of her struggles coping with her loss. Kenneth (Kenny) McCord, 56, died following an incident on 16 July 2020 at JJ Tyres & Recovery based in Bootle, Merseyside.…

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School fined £35,000 after child severely burned at carol concert

A London primary school has been fined £35,000 after a child received 45 per cent burns to their body at a carol concert. The school was found guilty after a trial following an incident at a church on 11 December 2019. During the carol concert, 60 Year 3 children from the school were waiting in costume, in a narrow corridor, holding 10-inch lit taper candles.…

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