All work premises, with few exceptions, are subject to the Fire Safety (Regulatory Reform) Order 2005 and a suitable and sufficient fire safety risk assessment must be undertaken and reviewed on a regular basis to help safeguard both staff and visitors from fire.
LRB Consulting has noticed an increase in the number of new inquiries we are receiving relating to visits from Fire Officers wishing to inspect their fire safety risk assessments. In particular a number of these calls are coming in from Leicestershire businesses, which leads us to believe that businesses in Leicestershire need to make sure their fire safety risk assessments are up to date.
Starting today and for the next month, construction sites across the country will be visited by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) as part of an intensive inspection initiative aimed at reducing death and injury in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries.
During 2009/10, 42 workers died while working in construction, nationally, and nearly three quarters of these occurred during refurbishment, repair and maintenance activities. These will be the main focus of the latest inspections by the HSE.
During the inspection initiative, HSE inspectors will be looking at whether:
Recently, I attended one of our regular Health & Safety in the Workplace Level 3 courses, helping out one of our trainers, Peter, with heavy lifting and being a general dogsbody, but also taking part in the course. The course lasted three days long and the number of delegates was just under ten, so we all got a lot of attention and guidance from Peter.
This is the third course I have been on with LRB Consulting, and it was by far the most interesting, with Peter letting us have a bit of fun, but throwing us questions all the time making sure we knew what Health & Safety was all about. Day two was perhaps the most interesting, with a practical risk assessment exercise around the site where the training course was held looking for hazards and methods to control them.
‘In a field where much of the advice available seems to be vague, generic and impractical, we have found LRB Consulting’s advice to be clear, relevant and practical. Their reports have provided authoritative guidance tailored to our particular business and ad hoc work has always been dealt with in a prompt, efficient and friendly manner.’
Ian Conyers, Senior Manager, Clear & Lane Chartered Accountants
Melton Road, Leicester
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently started its 3 month consultation on proposed changes to RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995). These proposed changes derive from recommendations in Lord Young’s Review on health and safety (Common Sense, Common Safety – published at the end of last year). One of the proposals was for an increase in the threshold for reporting workplace injuries from 3 days up to 7 days.
Currently under RIDDOR, when an employee is absent from work for more than 3 days following an incident the employer is required to report the injury to the relevant enforcing authority (that is the HSE or the Local Authority). The proposed amendment to RIDDOR increases this “over 3 day” period to “over 7 consecutive days”. The proposed change would serve to align the RIDDOR incident reporting threshold with that for obtaining a “fit note” from a GP for sickness absence. This would have the potential benefit of ensuring that someone who has suffered a reportable injury has had a professional medical assessment.
09 May 2011 is the deadline for submission of responses to this RIDDOR consultation and a copy of the full HSE consultation document (CD233) is available by clicking here.