Dust

The HSE has a campaign in full swing regarding the generation and protection from dust.  This means that in nearly all cases the sweeping up of arising’s that causes dust is forbidden

Additionally if RPE is specified to be worn for the task the user must be face fitted, to ensure the mask fits them correctly

All power cutting equipment must now be fitted with an extraction system of some sort to collect dust and chips at source

As ever, if in doubt give us a shout

 

have a safe period, Ian and the team

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Safety fines up 450%

A report highlighting the outcomes of safety prosecutions has shown that fines have increased dramatically since the introduction in Feb 2016 of the new sentencing guidelines

In the ten months prior to Feb. 2016 the average fine was £40,500.00(GBP) in the ten months following Feb 2016 fines had risen by nearly 450% to an average £221,700 (GBP)

This does not include the drive to recover Fees For Intervention monies that HSE inspectors now seem to be engaged upon

 

Our customers have little to worry about but SHEF matters should stay top of your agenda

 

Have a safe period.  Ian and the team

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Working time and Breaks

A recent tribunal win by Network Rail clarifies the need for employers to provide twenty minute breaks after six hours of work.  This is good news for common sense and in a nut shell as long as staff are provided with alternative breaks to make up the twenty minutes all is well.

We have spoken to customers having issues with this point but if you want more detail please give us a ring

 

Have a safe period.  Ian and the team

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HSE Hikes Its Rates

The HSE has increased its charges for FFI, on the 6th April 2019 they rose by 20% to £154.00 per hour, which in an eight hour day is a charge of £1,232.00.  The reason for this rise is the HSE has been unable to fund itself from its FFI revenue, despite charging businesses £15 million in 2017/18 it didn’t hit its £17million target

As the HSE is under pressure to pay for itself expect their inspectors to be keen on billing every time they turn up to your site.  Material breaches are now not what we were promised when this scheme was introduced in 2012 and are now mostly found in paperwork and systems so your paperwork and systems need to be up to speed

It seems that the average charge levied to inspections / visits is £2,500.00

 

Have a safe quarter.  Ian and the team

  

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Changes to the HSE accident reporting site

The HSE has changed its RIDDOR reporting site, there is no change to the legislation but the site has been “updated”

The biggest change is that the e mailed reporting number and PDF copy will now not be e mailed to you after you submit the form

Make sure you take a copy of the form before you submit or it is lost in the system and you will not be able to retrieve a copy

Have a safe month

 

Ian and the team

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Pre start medicals

A number of customers have been having problems with claims for hearing, eyesight and HAVS

To enable employers to defend themselves against spurious claims it is important that all new starters have a pre employment medical check

This will set a medical start standard for the new employee at your company

Should in the future an employee claim against you as employer with an allegation of injury to hearing for example whilst employed with you the claim is easier to verify if there is a value to check any alleged hearing deterioration against  

For customers that carry out health surveillance, ensure that sight and hearing is included on the list of annual checks

 

have a safe month

 

Ian and the team 

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New Welding Risk controls

The HSE has published new guidance on the control of welding fumes.  These have now been classified as a Group one carcinogen, i.e. we think it gives you cancer.

As a result of this RPE is to be used for all outdoor welding operations, LEV must be used for indoor welding work.

There was no guidance for burning and cutting work 

Have a safe one

 

Ian and the team

 

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Does your Fire Risk Assessment Require Annual Reviews

The answer is…. It depends on the assessment

Most Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs) are on an annual review and this is due to the nature of the premises and or the work carried out there

We at Green Dragon do have bi annual FRAs but these are usually in very low risk establishments

If you are an annual customer with us it should not be a problem for you.  As after the initial assessment if you renew with us for your general SHEF service we will conduct your FRA audit  at the same time as the general audit so you don’t incur any additional cost

Have a safe one.  Ian and the team

 

 

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Unnecessary SSW documents

Having defined the work practices at your place of work it is wise to produce a SSW for procedures that are hazardous

The crux is defining hazardous! 

General office work, photocopying, making tea and toast, organising the coffee swindle and going to the shop for milk, will not crop up in the hazardous category

If your staff can’t make a cup of tea for themselves without injury or major drama,  you should look at your selection process, as you may be recruiting the wrong type of people

 

Teas up!

 

Have a safe month

 

Ian and the team

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