WHICH INSPECTOR IS CALLING?

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The HSE are making a particular effort to carry out as many spot checks and inspections as possible during the Coronavirus pandemic with a particular focus on making sure that workplaces are Covid-secure. In order to do this they have announced that in addition to their normal inspectors they are using approved providers to carry out the spot check calls … Read More

CHEMICALS AND NORTHERN IRELAND POST BREXIT

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The Northern Ireland Protocol was introduced as part of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU, to avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland, whilst ensuring that the UK, including Northern Ireland, could leave the EU as a whole. Therefore, it included a number of special provisions which apply only in Northern Ireland from 1 January … Read More

REVISED GUIDANCE FOR WORKING ON ROOFS

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Falls from height are a frequent cause of death and serious injury. Working on roofs presents a number of risks including falls from unprotected edges and falls through fragile materials. These risks don’t just affect construction workers, others who may be at risk include people carrying out repair, cleaning and maintenance work, surveyors and others. The HSE have published and … Read More

PAVEMENT PARKING BAN CONSULTATION

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Parking on pavements can cause real problems for pedestrians, especially for wheelchair users, people with visual impairments and those with prams or buggies. However in many narrow streets pavement parking is necessary to maintain free-flowing traffic, including for emergency services and it is not always easy to get the balance right. Currently in most of England parking on pavements and … Read More

UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR CONTROLLING EXPOSURE TO METALWORKING FLUIDS

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Various fluids can be used to provide lubrication and cooling when machining or shaping metal objects they may be applied in a number of ways including continuous jets or sprays of fluid or by hand dispensers. Exposure to these fluids can cause adverse health effects including dermatitis and irritation of the skin from direct contact with the fluid or breathing … Read More

HIGHWAY CODE CONSULTATION LAUNCHED

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The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the Highway Code which are intended to make roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and other vulnerable users. The main changes that are being proposed include: • introducing a hierarchy of road users. This will give greater responsibility for reducing risk to others to those road users … Read More

HAND ARM VIBRATION: AN INSPECTOR CALLS

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Power tools and work processes are a common source of exposure to hand arm vibration in many industries. Regular and prolonged exposure can lead to long term serious disabling health effects for exposed individuals. Conditions include hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 establish exposure limits and action levels and … Read More

DRAFT BUILDING SAFETY BILL PUBLISHED

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The Government published a draft Building Safety Bill on 20th July. This is a large and complex document and has been published as a draft in order to allow initial scrutiny before it is introduced to Parliament. The Bill creates a new Building Safety Regulator which is being established by the HSE and will oversee the safe design, construction and … Read More

CHANGES TO DRIVERS’ HOURS AND TACHOGRAPH RULES

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Some changes to the EU drivers’ hours and tachographs rules came into force on 20th August 2020. These changes include: • a requirement for drivers to ‘return home’ every 4 weeks, that is to their base or country of residence • a ban on taking regular weekly rest periods in the driver’s vehicle. Such rest periods must be taken in … Read More

TYRED OUT

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The department for Transport has announced that it will soon be made illegal to fit tyres aged 10 years or older to the front wheels of lorries, buses and coaches and to any wheels of minibuses. Legislation is expected in the autumn. Legislation will also make it mandatory for tyres to show a clearly visible date of manufacture, this will … Read More