HSE seeks views on changes to First Aid regulations

Plans to remove the requirement for first aid training providers to be approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have gone out to consultation.

The proposal to amend the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (1981) was made in the independent Löfstedt report into health and safety, and accepted by the Government.

The HSE is now seeking views in a six week consultation and its Board will make a recommendation to ministers about how to proceed after considering the responses.

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Finger guards, do you need to install them?

It is established practice to install finger guards on doors where vulnerable adults or young children use your premises. But how do they prevent accidents, and when should they be fitted?

When a door closes into its frame, there are a number of points where fingers may become trapped, these include the latch, the hinge and the hinge cavity. Because it is established practice, finger guards should always be fitted in crèches, nurseries, indoor play areas for young children, and areas used by the first two year groups in primary and infant schools. Most local authorities insist upon it, and they can be attained for about £10, and they are relatively easy to fit.

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Personal, practicable and rigorous approach

‘Mike Ellerby was appointed on an interim basis to manage Health and Safety Services at the University of Sheffield. Mike’s personable, practicable and rigorous approach to health and safety was extremely helpful at a time when the University was in a period of transition for this key role.

Mike did a great job for the University in ensuring continuity of service and properly examining the issues which faced the organisation.’

Keith Lilley, University of Sheffield, 11 October 2012

Michael Ellerby, Health and Safety Director

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Sound advice and practical solutions

“Michael is a detail-oriented manager who knows his field of Health & Safety, giving sound advice and practical solutions to problems, he also keeps sight of the strategic objectives.”

Barry Whittles Head of Engineering & Maintenance at University of Sheffield

HSE cost recovery scheme starts today

The Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) new cost recovery scheme — Fee for Intervention (FFI) — comes into force today (1st October 2012) in England, Scotland and Wales.

Under the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, those who break health and safety laws are liable for recovery of HSE’s related costs, including inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action.

Under FFI, the HSE will only recover costs from dutyholders in material breach of the law. Those who are compliant, or where a breach is not material, will not be charged FFI for any work that the HSE does with them.

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