Health and safety

  • Engineering services confident

    Chris Bielby MBE, chair of the Electrical Safety Roundtable, examines the progress being made on monitoring and enforcing Part P of the Building Regulations, and asks what more could be done

  • Online non-compliance rife in lighting sector

    EucoLight, the European WEEE lighting trade association, is hosting a half day workshop on 17 Oct in Brussels to discuss the scale of the online non-compliance problem. 

  • Who would work in the waste recycling industry?

    On 4 July 2018, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published the provisional statistics concerning fatal injuries that occurred in 2017/2018[1]. The HSE noted: “a total of 144 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2017/18 … In statistical terms the number of fatalities has remained broadly level in recent years – the average annual number of workers killed at work over the five years 2013/14-2017/18 is 141.”  

  • Rospa recognition

    Four M Group Services businesses have been presented with Occupational Health & Safety Awards by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). 

    Morrison Utility Services (MUS) was named Winner of the Commercial Industry Sector Award. It is the eighth year in which MUS has won the Sector Award.

  • Components group achieves upgraded ISO accreditation

    Magnetic components specialist ETAL Group has achieved accreditation for power and signal applications to the latest ISO9001:2015 quality standard, well ahead of the deadline for compliance. 

  • Designing safety with Electrical Safety First

    Safer by Design, the fifth Product Safety Conference hosted by Electrical Safety First, will be held at Church House, Westminster, on 17 November.

    The conference will offer presentations on topical issues, including methods of identifying foreseeable misuse, using relevant data and intelligence sources to improve recall effectiveness and the dramatic increase in the number of fake electrical products being sold online. It will also consider the government’s review of the UK recall system, which is due to report sometime this autumn.

  • Roundtable launches new website and resources

    The Electrical Safety Roundtable is making new strides to help reduce hazards in the home.

    The growing industry forum is cementing its reputation for building consensus and developing industry led solutions to longstanding issues with the launch of a new website and guidance portal designed to raise consumer awareness of home safety matters.

  • Electrical Safety First briefs new intake

    The 182 new MPs who recently entered Parliament might well be shocked at the briefing they have received from Electrical Safety First.

    The Charity, which is dedicated to reducing deaths and accidents caused by electricity, has written to the ‘class of 2015’ to explain why electrical safety needs to be urgently addressed.

  • Scottish bill loses weapon and shield

    The charity, Electrical Safety First, is worried the government’s proposed Scotland Bill, which will devolve further powers to the Scottish Parliament, has forgotten consumer protection - and a weapon to curb the tide of counterfeits entering the UK.

  • Newey & Eyre backs new wiring regs saying preparation is key

    Electrical wholesaler Newey & Eyre has pledged its full support to Amendment 3 of the wiring regulations while asserting that it is vital for installers to get up to speed now.

    The third amendment to the Wiring Regulations includes a number of new requirements, covering consumers units, wiring in escape routes and protective devices, all designed to optimise fire safety in the home. The industry consensus is that the vital changes will be life-saving.

  • Rogue spark narrowly avoids jail for misuse of Elecsa logo

    An electrician narrowly avoided jail after falsely claiming to be registered with Elecsa.

    Steven Mitchell who traded as CCC Electrical was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on 17 April 2015 to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years.

  • Webinar aids compliance with health and safety requirements

    There is often much confusion in the workplace as to what we should and shouldn't be doing in order to fulfil our obligations to current safety legislation.

    In order to try and bring all of the relevant subjects together, and to clarify what is required from the user's and designer's perspectives, Wieland Electric, in association with Electrical Review, will present an essential guide to complying with health and safety requirements when using and designing machinery. The briefing will take place at 2pm on Thursday 20 March 2014,

  • Webinar aids compliance with health and safety requirements

    There is often much confusion in the workplace as to what we should and shouldn't be doing in order to fulfil our obligations to current safety legislation.

    In order to try and bring all of the relevant subjects together, and to clarify what is required from the user's and designer's perspectives, Wieland Electric, in association with Electrical Review, will present an essential guide to complying with health and safety requirements when using and designing machinery. The briefing will take place at 2pm on Thursday 20 March 2014,

    The webinar will look at the following areas:

    •    Risk assessment
    •    CE marking
    •    Technical files
    •    Regulations and machinery directive
    •    Compliance
    •    Training and competence

    The webinar will also feature a live audience Q&A session with the panel of experts.

  • Health and safety award for commitment to safe working

     

    Electrical safety specialistBender UK is celebrating achieving industry’s flagship standard for occupational health and safety best practice at its headquarters in Ulverston which houses product testing facilities and delivers, sales, service, project management and technical support.

  • Businesses urged to adopt a ‘common sense’ approach to health and safety

    Figures released by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) are said to show businesses are wasting millions of pounds each year by over-maintaining electrical appliances with unnecessary annual tests. By adopting a common sense approach, the IET estimates businesses could save over £30m annually and £120m over the next four years.

  • Health and Safety Midlands 2012

    Taking place on the 12 and 13 this September at The National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, will be the inaugural Health and Safety Midlands, providing visitors with the latest information on legislations, the opportunity to meet the industry’s most highly and respected organisations and also the chance to network with other professionals.

  • Double health and safety award for Murphy Power

    The North East Power Division of J. Murphy & Sons received a double award at Northern Powergrid’s Annual Health & Safety Conference for customer service and safety performance throughout 2011.

    Murphy has been working with Northern Powergrid for the last three years as a principal contractor on the framework for fault repairs. Covering an area equal to approximately one sixth of the land mass of England, from the Scottish borders to the Lincolnshire Wolds, the framework is split into five zones to include work for major conurbations and 31 local authorities.

  • Exhibition preview - Health and Safety 09 - register now to guarantee your place

    Now in its third successful year, the latest in a series of regional exhibitions and conferences, sponsored by DuPont, will take place at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey on the 24 and 25 February 2009. The event combines a seminar programme, organised by the British Safety Council, with an exhibition supported by the industry's major manufacturers and service providers

    One of the most popular elements of Health and Safety 09 - South is its free seminar programme  which for the first time will this year be organised by the new official educational partner, the British Safety Council. Elements which the organisation has said it will concentrate on in regards to the seminar programme include focusing upon ‘health' as well as safety. As Nina Wrightson, Chairman of the BSC says "With the epidemiology of health being a less straight forward issue than safety, as exposure is not as easy to predict as it takes place over the long-term, it is often ignored and we intend to tackle this problem."
    The educational programme takes place on both days of the event and seminar highlights on the first day, 24 February 2009, include Corporate Manslaughter/Homicide - The Impact, by Kevin Bridges of the law firm Pinsent Masons LLP. This seminar will introduce the Act and the new statutory offence of corporate manslaughter/homicide for those that are unfamiliar with its content and its anticipated impact on corporate and personal liability. Bridges will also look at how the Sentencing Advisory Panel has suggested that those convicted under the act (which came into force on 6 April 2008) should face a substantive fine - between 2.5 and 10% of their annual turnover.

    Also taking place on the first day is Asbestos - The Hidden Killer presented by Stephanie Beach of the Health and Safety Executive. Beach's presentation will provide an update on current asbestos issues and recent initiatives including a summary of the HSE's recent, national, media campaign designed to raise awareness amongst tradesmen of the risk of exposure to the substantial amounts of asbestos still contained in many buildings. 
    Seminars on the second day of the event, 25 February 2009, include Working at Height by David Thomas of William Hare, the structural engineering company. David will cover all aspects of safety when working at heights, setting out the simple hierarchy for managing and selecting equipment for work at height and outlining some of the fundamental measures required for a safe system of work as required by The Work at Height Regulations 2005 that apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury.
    As well as the busy educational schedule, more than 100 exhibitors are represented in the continually expanding exhibition area. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is an area which is well supported with the show's main sponsor being DuPont, with Ansell Healthcare Europe and Aearo Technologies as event partners. Other PPE suppliers such as BM Polyco and Marigold Industrial also have stands and the breadth of PPE covered includes everything from specialist protective clothing and gloves, to eye wear, ear plugs, high-visibility garments and more.

    For those interested in working at height solutions, helping maintain safety and compliance in this area requires specialist equipment and advice which at Health and Safety 09 - South is available from the likes of A-Plant, Scafftag and Pammenter & Petrie.

    Another element of the event which is provided free by event partner Principal People is the fire safety demonstration. Here, fire safety professionals give regular demonstrations throughout the two days about how visitors should deal with certain types of fire from the classic chip pan blaze to more complex fires. The team will be demonstrating the use of extinguishers and inviting visitors to bring a blaze under control with hand held extinguishers.

    Health and Safety 09 - South also provides visitors with a the opportunity to talk to key industry bodies, professional and trade associations such as the Health & Safety Executive, the Asbestos Control and Abatement Division (ACAD) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and IOSH all of who are exhibiting. For a full list of exhibitors visit: www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk

    Registering for the event or a seminar is free. However, visitors are advised to do so in advance to guarantee a place. Registration is via: www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk or for those without internet access registration can be completed by calling the exhibition helpline on 0870 4866816. 

  • National health and safety service

    Health and safety accreditation and compliance company, Exor Management Services, is reminding businesses of all sizes working in the construction sector that health & safety must be a priority. It is launching an innovative health and safety service, designed to both protect and help grow the business of contractors working in the sector. This comes as the government's independent inquiry into construction site fatalities is published with a key recommendation for directors to be obliged by law to plan, deliver, monitor and review good health and safety management systems.

    "The independent inquiry highlighted the level of fatalities in the industry - and the low profile these achieve", confirmed Ian McKinnon, managing director, Exor Management Services. "Yet those of us who work in the industry know that health & safety is an issue that doesn't always get the attention it requires, leaving workers vulnerable. 

    "Exor already works with a number of major names in the construction sector, giving them the ability to ensure that the contractors they use comply with Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and their own business's health and safety standards. Our new comprehensive range of health and safety services capitalises on this experience and is designed to both protect the interests of workers and the construction companies employing them, as well as giving contractors the ability to tender for work without having to go through time-consuming compliance forms each time."

    Exor believes that key to businesses in the construction sector, especially smaller ones, being able to embrace all aspects of health and safety is ensuring that the right processes are in place to assess and monitor standards. 

    Exor's national health and safety service incorporates both the Exor Safety Qualified standard and access to an online database of safety qualified suppliers for buyers of construction services, which is recognised under the Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) umbrella.

    Exor's safety qualified standard provides construction service providers with:
    * Full health and safety assessment by Exor including onsite validation
    * Confirmation of the company's health and safety qualification to a recognised standard for both public and private sector work - further reducing time and cost in the pre qualifying process
    * The ability to ‘passport rights' to other compliance databases that are members of SSIP, eg CHAS, Constructionline, NHBC
    * Visibility of the company's services amongst public and private sector organisations who can access Exor's national health and safety database

    "Businesses that utilise our health and safety service will benefit in a multitude of ways" concluded Ian McKinnon.  "For obvious reasons, the optimisation of health and safety policies is of utmost importance to this industry.  It is the sign of a trustworthy and conscientious business to have the necessary health and safety accreditation.  And it assures buyers and contractors that a business will provide the highest quality service whilst remaining fully aware of employee health and safety procedures. And that is absolutely paramount for anyone involved in this business.

    "It also gives contractors and other service providers operating on construction sites the ability to tender for new contracts in a time and cost-effective way, enabling growth in the sector as a whole as we come out of the recession. As such, we are really pleased to be working alongside the SSIP, and are confident that through this partnership and the implementation of this service, we will be raising the bar of health and safety in the construction industry as a whole."

    Exor
    http://www.exorms.co.uk/health-safety/index.php

  • Firms warned of tough new regime for health and safety breaches causing death

    A North West law firm is urging engineering firms to review their health and safety polices after tough new sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter offences came into force.

    Mace & Jones dispute resolution specialist Ken Salmon said under the new rules set out by the Sentencing Guidelines Council (SGC), businesses convicted of the criminal offence of corporate manslaughter can be fined millions of pounds with a £500,000 minimum. For other health and safety offences that cause death, fines from £100,000 up to hundreds of thousands of pounds could be imposed.

    Salmon urged companies to lock down on their health and safety policies as well as ensuring all staff are fully aware of the potentially ruinous effect, conviction may have for the business: "Directors can be left in no doubt that the range of penalties for health and safety breaches causing death are now very tough indeed," he said. "This is a clear statement of intent from the SGC which is reacting to a groundswell of opinion that punishments for corporate manslaughter offences have been too lenient. In addition there is also the threat of up to two years in prison for individual directors, managers or employees convicted of serious health and safety breaches. The message is very much review your policies and critically ensure they are rigorously and consistently enforced. And the drive to enforce it must come from the very top of the organisation."

    Salmon said the SGC has made it clear when deciding on fines that judges should not be influenced by the impact on shareholders and directors, but should consider the potential effects of innocent employees and the effect the fine may have on the provision of services to the public: "There are mitigating factors that the court must weigh up in terms of how serious the offence is and the overall size and financial status of the defendant company will still have to be considered," he said. "But fines will be increased where there is evidence that the business could have foreseen the accident and where breaches of rules were widespread in the organisation."

    Salmon said in addition to financial penalties, publicity orders are likely to be appropriate in most cases as part of the punishment. The order will specify the place where the public announcement will be made and consider the size and prominence of the notice or advertisement. The organisation may also be compelled to make a statement on relevant websites, ensuring that the information is brought to the attention of shareholders and members of the public.

    The implementation of the new guidelines will soon come under the spotlight with the first corporate manslaughter prosecution against Cotswold Geotechnical Limited already underway.

    Corporate Manslaughter was introduced as a specific criminal offence in the Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007, which became law in 2008. The new sentencing guidelines apply from 15 February 2010.

     

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