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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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Lorry loaders crush risk from powered tilting stabilisers

Health and Safety Executive – Safety notice Department name: Engagement and Policy Division (EPD)Bulletin number: EPD04-2023Issue date: 12/23Target audience: Lorry loader operators, owners and hirers, service and repairers, installers, manufacturers, Appointed Persons and sites receiving lorry loaders.  Issue On some lorry loaders with powered ‘tilting’ (also known as ‘swing-up’ or ‘rotating’) stabilisers people can be crushed against the bodywork of the vehicle when the stabilisers are being retracted.…

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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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Health and Safety E-Learning: The Benefits of Online training

E-learning provides employees with the opportunity to learn at their own pace, and at a time and place that is convenient for them. This means that they can fit their training around their work and personal commitments, reducing the impact on their productivity.

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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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Portable Appliance Testing

The below is taken from the the HSE guidance and may help you with how to keep your portable appliances safe at work in terms of checks and inspections. Essentially it is down to you to use this guidance and assess the frequency of checks and inspections required. PA testing is not specifically a legal requirement but certainly makes sense to protect people and premises from faulty equipment and fire that is part of existing legislation.…

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