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HELA Meetings – Papers

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

HELA is the Health and Safety Executive/Local Authority Enforcement Liaison Committee. The agenda and papers for the HELA 15 meeting on 1 August 2013 are now available.

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Have your say on proposed acetylene regulations

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a public consultation on new regulations that will simplify the safety legislation for acetylene.

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Biocides – The EU Biocides Regulation 528/2012 (EU BPR) published

Monday, August 5, 2013

The EU Biocides Regulation 528/2012 (EU BPR) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 27 June 2012 and applies in UK (and the rest of the EU) from 1 September 2013. Information about the requirements of EU BPR is now available on the biocides website.

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Gloucestershire engineering company fined for interlock failings

Friday, August 2, 2013

A Forest of Dean engineering company has been fined after an employee injured his hand on a machine where a safety lock had been deliberately disabled.

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Company and director sentenced for house collapse failings

Friday, August 2, 2013

A Buckinghamshire construction company and its managing director have been fined for multiple safety failings following the total collapse of two large properties in Westminster.

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Judith Hackitt’s ‘Risk Assessment’ – Half baked or overcooked?

Friday, August 2, 2013

HSE Chair Judith Hackitt discusses the problem of over interpretation and over application of health and safety regulations.

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Case 197 – School sports day postponed due to dew on grass

Friday, August 2, 2013

The school had planned to run a sports day for 3-4 year old pupils in the morning – followed by activities for older pupils in the afternoon. The morning event was postponed due to dew on the grass.

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RR977 – Occupational Hygiene implications of processing waste at Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFs): Exposure to bioaerosol and dust

Friday, August 2, 2013

This report presents the findings of a study to investigate exposures to dust and its microbiological components amongst workers employed at Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFs).

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Case 194 – Restaurant bans fried eggs due to health and safety issues

Friday, August 2, 2013

A department store chain stops the sale of fried eggs in all of its restaurants due to health and safety issues following a fire at one store when a pan frying eggs overheated.

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Tyre services company prosecuted for safety failings

Thursday, August 1, 2013

A Somerset tyre services company has been fined after a labourer was injured when his trousers became entangled in an unguarded lathe.

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Two firms fined after workers injured at construction site

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Two firms have been fined after a brick archway weighing two tonnes collapsed and injured two workers during a major refurbishment project.

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New guidance to help with health and safety

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched new guidance to help make it easier for larger organisations and businesses to understand how to manage health and safety.

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Consultation on proposals to consolidate and modernise the legislative controls for Acetylene

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Views sought on HSE’s proposal to consolidate and modernise the Acetylene legislative framework in Great Britain.  The consolidation will update the current legislative arrangements for acetylene making them easier to understand. The consultation period began on 30 July and will end on 24 September 2013.

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Case 192 – Repairs to college desks and chairs must be carried out by a contractor

Thursday, August 1, 2013

In-house maintenance personnel at a college are not permitted to undertake repairs to desks and chairs owing to risk of being sued.

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RR975 – Assessment of subjective and objective measurement systems of earplug attenuation on an individual

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The work detailed in this report aimed to assess the performance and test the reliability of two types of commercially available systems that measure earplug attenuation for individual wearers. Both systems investigated were found to have benefits and limitations; a number of recommendations are presented.

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Case 190 – School will not allow grass roller on cricket pitch due to health and safety

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The bursar of a school will not allow a cricket club to use their own mechanical roller on the school’s grass wicket on the grounds of health and safety.

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Companies sentenced for major blaze failures

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Two major companies were responsible for a major blaze in Leeds that led to the evacuation of six homes, the closure of a major road and gas supplies being cut off, a court heard today (31 July).

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Case 189 – Table tennis table banned at work due to health and safety

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A table tennis table, previously available for staff to use, has been removed by management due to its health and safety risk.

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Changes to HSE contact arrangements

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has changed its contact arrangements to better direct those wishing to report an incident, notify workplace concerns or seek interpretation of guidance.

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Case 188 – Hotel toilet brush ban

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A hotel does not provide toilet brushes in bathrooms because of health and safety.

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