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Case 390 – Undertaker tells family deceased cannot be placed in coffin wearing shoes

Friday, March 11, 2016

A family arranging a funeral were told by the undertaker that health and safety regulations prevent the wearing of shoes in a coffin by the deceased.

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RR1073 – The provision of breathing gas to divers in emergency situations

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The report examined the diving industry guidance provided to divers and supervisors in the amount and method of determining how much emergency gas a diver can require.

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Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘Risk Assessment’ – We just get on and do it

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

If you really want something to happen and you have the vision and the will – it really isn’t difficult.

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Case 389 – Tequila shot salt and lemon ban

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Bar manager refused to serve salt and lemon with tequila shots to customers in a club due to health and safety.

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Safety notice – Use of barrier glands in potentially explosive atmospheres to meet IEC 60079-14:2013 (edition 5)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The current International Standard allows the use of a ‘standard’ Ex certified flameproof gland as opposed to a Ex certified ‘barrier gland’ without the requirement to apply the previous flowchart used in the British Standard. There is evidence this approach creates a fire and explosion risk. This notice provides information on what action to take.

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Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘Risk Assessment’ – A means to an end – doing things right is good management

Monday, January 25, 2016

Risk assessment is part of a process not an end in itself. The idea is that you assess the risks and do what you can to control them.

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L154 – The Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc) Regulations 2015: Guidance on Regulations

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

This guidance is for anyone who has duties under the Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc) Regulations 2015 (SCR 2015), for example licensees, production installation operators, non-production installation owners and well operators. It provides advice and explains the regulatory requirements to those who may be affected by SCR 2015.

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CD278 – Consultation on the revision of the Freight Containers Regulations 1984

Monday, January 18, 2016

This document sets out proposals to amend the Freight Containers (Safety Convention) Regulations 1984 to give effect to amendments made to the International Convention for Safe Containers 1972. In the main, the amendments introduce significant physical changes to the Safety Approval Plates on freight containers and additional safety tests. Consultation closes on 26 February 2016.

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Glasgow hosts first event on the health and safety system strategy for Great Britain roadshow

Monday, January 18, 2016

Leaders of Scottish business and supporting organisations are meeting today in Glasgow to discuss the development of Britain’s new strategy for workplace health and safety. 

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Case 388 – Refuse collectors Christmas hat ban

Friday, January 15, 2016

Refuse collection workers in Colchester were banned from wearing Christmas hats or anything Christmassy on the grounds of health and safety.

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Farming SHADs – dates for February 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Safety and Health Awareness Days (SHADs) are half-day events which include practical demonstrations covering the daily hazards faced by farmers. Attendance is free of charge: 18 February – Biggleswade, 19 February – Maidenhead & 25 February – Newport.

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CD279 – Proposed HSE Innovation Plan

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

This consultation invites views on HSE’s proposed Innovation Plan. The aim of the plan is to find out whether the UK regulatory framework is set up to support innovation and disruptive business models. Consultation began on 11 January 2016 and closes on 31 January 2016.

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HSL/HSE CDM 2015 Training – London, 2 February 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

This event provides an introduction to the new role of the Principle Designer (PD) and is aimed at designers, clients, contractors and/or individuals who may take on, or want to understand the PD function.

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RR1053 – Development of an intervention toolbox for common health problems in the workplace

Monday, January 11, 2016

The aim of the research was to look at the feasibility of developing a toolbox for the management of common health problems in the workplace. Reliable and valid evidence identifies the two most common health problems at work as musculoskeletal disorders and psychological ill-health (stress, anxiety and depression).

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CDM 2015 and the entertainment industry

Friday, January 8, 2016

This website provides guidance to help those in the entertainment industry understand what they need to do to comply with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015).  

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HSE/HMRC joint webinar to help growing businesses – 9 February 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

HSE and HMRC are working together to deliver a live webinar about the typical situations businesses are likely to face.

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York scientist handed MBE in New Year Honours

Thursday, December 31, 2015

York scientist Paul Hamey, who was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list, says the accolade is as much a thank you to talented and supportive colleagues as to him.

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HSE Chair made a Dame in New Year’s Honours List

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Judith Hackitt CBE, the Chair of the Health and Safety Executive, has been made a Dame in the New Year’s Honours List for 2016.

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Plastics industry – updated information sheets

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The plastics processing series of HSE information sheets have been revised and updated. They give advice on safe use of machinery, reducing hand knife injuries and controlling fume during plastics processing.

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RR1072 – Investigations into the immediate and underlying causes of failures of offshore riser emergency shutdown valves

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Riser emergency shutdown valve (RESDV) failures, whether arising from a test or a real demand, are reportable to HSE under RIDDOR and a preliminary survey found approximately 180 cases of failure. Given the criticality of RESDVs to offshore safety, it was determined that the reasons for these occurrences should be investigated.

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