The Head of Field Operations for the HSE (Mr David Ashton) addressed the IOSH Conference in February 2013 and presented an update on Fee for Intervention (or FFI). It seems that somewhere between a quarter and a third of inspections carried out by the HSE since the cost recovery scheme came into force on 01

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There are several programmes across the UK to support a month-long drive to improve standards in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries: the Construction Industry. Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will visit sites across the county where refurbishment or repair works are taking place. For a four week period from 18 February

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The original Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1988 (COSHH) came into force in October 1989, it was implemented to protect those who may be exposed to hazardous substances in the workplace: not as some cynics had said “to place an unnecessary burden on the employer ie to cosh them over the head. The

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Lots of people put out small fires in their homes or at their businesses quite safely. Some people, however, are killed or injured as a result of tackling a fire that is beyond their capabilities. Here are some simple rules to help you decide whether you should tackle a fire:  Only tackle a fire when

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Although lifting equipment is useful for moving heavy and awkward loads and reducing the risks associated with the manual handling of loads, it is not without its risks. These include crushing injuries from the movement of heavy loads, injuries from falling loads and injuries arising from the failure of equipment in use. The use of lifting

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A lot of businesses potentially expose workers to the risk of falls from height. Some do this by the nature of their work (lightning protection systems inspection, window cleaning, etc) while others don’t realise that they are doing it. The picture below is an example of a task that may well involve work at height:

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What do you do, as a contractor, if you discover asbestos (unexpectedly) on a site that you are working on? The first sensible step is to stop work and warn others of the potential presence of asbestos and then inform the site manager and your supervisor and manager. It is essential that you do not

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The HSE have a “myth busting” panel – a group to consider the validity of some of the statements or myths that circulate the world of health and safety. The panel considered: Non-licensed contractors working with Asbestos need annual refresher courses Their decision was to let common-sense have its rightful place: Employees carrying out non-licensed

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Here is this week’s round up of things spotted when doing fire safety visits. I have started with something fairly mundane but, nevertheless, important: wedged fire doors. On many occasions, people tell me that they need to have the door wedged open because ___________ (fill in the blanks with a plausible, if not well thought

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From a fire safety point of view, there are many things that we find on site that can make you shudder when you stop and think about it. How about smoke detectors that are really only ceiling decorations because they have been covered for the temporary works (that finished months ago): The principle is fine,

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