Health and Safety Update

Here are some useful Health & Safety and Environmental resources, regulations and best practice which you should be aware of.

Health and Safety Newsletter

All the latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) news, health and safety advice, case studies, court stories, and guidance is now available free and it’s all just a click away.

The long-established printed Health and Safety Newsletter has been replaced by a jam-packed e-version which opens the door to a whole world of health and safety information. Sign up to receive this free quarterly newsletter at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/newsletter.htm

New CDM Regulations

The new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. There is a new guidance document ISBN:

9780717666263, this publication provides guidance on the legal requirements for CDM 2015 and is available to help anyone with duties under the Regulations. A hard copy can be purchased for £15 or it can be downloaded for free, it describes:

  • the law that applies to the whole construction process on all construction projects, from concept to completion
  • what each duty-holder must or should do to comply with the law to ensure projects are carried out in a way that secures health and safety

CDM 2015 is subject to certain transitional provisions which apply to construction projects that start before the Regulations come into force and continue beyond that date.

Health and Safety Law Poster

Are you displaying the correct Health and Safety Law Poster?

Employers have a legal duty under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER) to display the approved poster in a prominent position in each workplace or to provide each worker with a copy of the approved leaflet (available as a free download in alternative formats) that outlines British health and safety law. The leaflet is useful for staff such as assessors and other staff that do not access premises (peripatetic employees).

The 2009 poster replaces the version which was published in April 1999. As well as a download, the 2009 leaflet is available in a more convenient format as a pocket card. The new poster has been a requirement since 5 April 2014.

Advice and Guidance

There are numerous agencies that provide information and guidance on health and safety in the work place, please find below some key organisations and guidance available. This list is not exhaustive and there may be other useful organisations available.

Health and safety Executive (HSE)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a non-departmental public body and is responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in England and Wales and Scotland. The HSE is sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions. As part of its work HSE investigates industrial accidents, small and large. http://www.hse.gov.uk/

HSE Advice on Safety in Offices

The HSE website guides employers and employees to information relating to health, safety and welfare in the office. It will help office staff to save time on managing health and safety by using streamlined guidance with links to supporting material that mean in many low risk offices, health and safety can be managed adequately in-house. http://www.hse.gov.uk/office/index.htm

Frequently Asked Questions on Risk Assessment

Using these FAQs will help you to understand risk assessments, what in your business, might cause harm to people and to help you assess whether you are doing enough to prevent that harm. Once you have decided that, you need to identify and prioritise putting in place, appropriate and sensible control measures. http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/faq.htm

Advice on Fire Safety

HSE is mainly concerned with process fire precautions required in any workplace including the storage of articles, substances and materials relating to work processes. They are to prevent or reduce the likelihood of a fire breaking out and if a fire does occur, to reduce its spread and intensity. This site explores examples of process fire precautions. http://www.hse.gov.uk/fireandexplosion/workplace.htm

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. (Rospa)

Rospa are a registered charity and have been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK and around the world for almost 100 years. Rospa promote safety and the prevention of accidents at work, on the road, in the home and through safety education. http://www.rospa.com/

British Safety Council

The British Safety Council is dedicated to making sure nobody is injured or made ill at work.
They help organisations achieve the very highest Health and Safety standards required by law. They achieve this by teaching courses to the people who need them. They utilise global network of Health and Safety professionals, and ceaselessly campaign and influence in the cause of better Health and Safety. http://www.britsafe.org

Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

IOSH is the Chartered body for health and safety professionals. As the world’s biggest professional health and safety membership organisation, they are the voice of the profession, campaigning on issues that affect millions of working people.
IOSH set standards and support, develop and connect their members with resources, guidance, events and training. http://www.iosh.co.uk/

International Institute of Risk and Safety Management. (IIRSM)

The IIRSM is a professional membership body that provides recognition, information, support and enhancement for health and safety professionals and specialist members related to the health and safety field. The IIRSM was established as a professional body for health and safety practitioners, in order to advance professional standards in accident prevention and occupational health throughout the world. http://www.iirsm.org/

Guidance on the Responsibilities of Directors

This guidance sets out an agenda for the effective leadership of health and safety. It is designed for use by all directors, governors, trustees, officers and their equivalents in the private, public and third sectors. It applies to organisations of all sizes. Protecting the health and safety of employees or members of the public who may be affected by an organisations activities is an essential part of risk management and must be led by the board. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg417.pdf

Reducing your Environmental Impact

At learndirect, we are aware of how our activities and that of our supply chain partners have an impact on the environment, historically, we can all take steps to reduce our environmental impact by:

  • Encouraging recycling
  • Reducing our electricity consumption
  • Reducing company miles
  • Introducing a bike to work scheme

Our main environmental impacts are from:

  • Utility use
  • Paper and printing
  • Transport
  • Waste storage and disposal

All of us can help to reduce our impacts, our targets are focussed in these areas, and you and your staff can help your business reduce impacts and costs by:

Utilities

  • Switching all lights off when not needed
  • Switching heaters off when not needed- don’t have heaters on and windows open!
  • Switching computers and monitors off when not being used (e.g. over lunchtime)
  • Switching printers, photocopiers and fax machines off overnight
  • Make sure you turn taps off when you have finished
  • Report faulty or leaking taps

Paper

  • Only print off when you need to
  • Try and print double sided when you can
  • Be careful when printing- try not to print pages with one line of text you don’t need (e.g. at the end of emails)
  • Use scrap paper when you can
  • Throwing away paper should be your last option

Transport

  • Can you car share?
  • When travelling, could you use trains, buses etc.?
  • Is travel necessary?  Could you use video/teleconferencing, WebEx, emails etc.?
  • Plan your visits and your route
  • Phone ahead to make sure the visit is necessary and they are ready for you

Waste

  • Make sure you put your rubbish in the right bin
  • Don’t put any hazardous wastes into the general waste bin e.g. batteries, fluorescent tubes, ink cartridges, ICT equipment
  • Don’t throw anything away if you could use it again
  • Can ICT equipment be repaired?

Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is now a mandatory requirement in the UK, requiring all non-SME’s to undertake regular energy audits. If you employ more than 250 employees, or have a turnover more than £38,937,777 and a balance sheet exceeding £33,486,489, you will need to undertake an ESOS Assessment.

For more information see: https://www.gov.uk/energy-savings-opportunity-scheme-esos