Health and Safety News
We scour the Internet for Health and Safety related news items on an almost daily basis.
The news articles and clippings, curated by MD Safety, highlight the requirements for compliance with UK Health and Safety Legislation and best practice across all industry sectors.
The majority of the information and cases will apply to a greater or lesser degree to our broad range of Clients and lessons to be learned will be able to be gained.
The UK government does not intend to follow France's decision to make face coverings compulsory in all shared spaces in offices and factories, health secretary Matt Hancock has said. His comments came after France’s Ministry of Labour announced on Tuesday that face masks would be mandatory from the beginning of September in the workplace, with the exception of private offices.Read More
Conformity assessment and accreditation, along with standards, are important ways to give confidence in goods, services, management systems and people. They make a significant contribution to the economy, health and safety, and environment. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is responsible for conformity assessment and accreditation policy. This information is for businesses and other government departments (OGDs) that are looking for tools to:
- provide assurance to customers that their products or services meet specified requirements
- help them win contracts where conformity assessment and accreditation are required
As lockdown measures continue to ease across the UK, more employees are returning to the workplace. Employers have a duty to protect their employees’ health & safety and to take appropriate measures to make the workplace “COVID secure”, which has led some to question whether they can, or should, compel employees to take COVID-19 tests as part of their updated health & safety measures. So could a compulsory Covid-19 test become part of our working routine? It is a complex question that employers would be wise to think through carefully.Read More
A powder coating company has been fined after a worker in a factory in Poole, Dorset suffered shattered lumbar vertebrae and had to be kept in a lying down position on his back for two weeks in hospital. Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard how on 27 July 2017, the worker was checking the straps on a wheeled A-frame trolley containing ten 6m long twin wall polycarbonate sheets weighing 34kg each, when the load unexpectedly toppled onto him pushing him to the ground. Colleagues had to lift the sheets off the worker and call for an ambulance.Read More
A Building Contractor was sentenced after a subcontractor sustained significant head injuries in a fall from height
Brebner and Williamson Limited has been fined following an incident where John Niven, a self-employed subcontractor fell 15 feet from a youngman board, which had been used to create a temporary platform. He sustained multiple fractures and a brain injury.
Perth Sheriff Court heard that on 29 July 2016 Mr Niven was working on a new build at Plot 1, Station Road, Crook of Devon, Kinross. A youngman board was used to create a temporary platform to give access to the roof in an area without scaffolding. Mr Niven was standing on the youngman board when it slipped, causing him to fall onto a concrete floor slab below
Employers must, by law, ensure an adequate supply of fresh air in the workplace and this has not changed. Good ventilation can help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, so focus on improving general ventilation, preferably through fresh air or mechanical systems. Where possible, consider ways to maintain and increase the supply of fresh air, for example, by opening windows and doors (unless fire doors).Read More
David Armstrong, Managing Director of security firm, Centurion, explains how technology can automate COVID-19 processes. It is no exaggeration to say that COVID-19 has turned the world upside down. Businesses who care about customer retention, staff happiness and compliance need to take the threat of Covid-19 seriously. Different environments require differing levels of procedures and processes – coined outbreak management. These business continuity arrangements are often implemented by people.Read More
Concrete manufacturer Treanor Pujol Ltd was sentenced for safety breaches following two separate incidents including the death of an employee and series injuries to a second worker. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigators also identified several electrical safety failings. Leeds Crown Court heard how on 5 June 2014 Treanor employee Mathew Fulleylove, 30, was operating a mobile saw unit on Line 12 at the factory in Stourton, Leeds, while another employee was operating a mobile bed cleaner on Line 11. Mr Fulleylove was standing on the footwell of the saw unit as the other machine passed on the adjacent production line. As the bed cleaner came past, Matthew’s head was crushed between the frames of the two machines and he was killed instantly.Read More
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is contacting businesses in Greater Manchester to make sure workplaces are COVID-secure to help tackle the local outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. HSE is working alongside Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and local public health authorities to support the understanding of any patterns in the confirmed coronavirus cases in the area. Inspectors are out checking workplaces across Greater Manchester, putting duty holders and employers on the spot and ensuring that they are complying with the latest Safer Workplace guidance relevant to their sector.Read More
How to realise more gender-balanced workplaces was the theme of the latest IOSH Covid-19 webinar. Hosted by IOSH Vice President Louise Hosking, the panel explored the pandemic’s effect on women in OSH and ways to build back better. Lockdown has exposed the gender divide and Anne Gardner-Aston, Group Health and Safety Director of Places for People, shared her experiences.Read More