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Global companies save over £100m through energy efficiency

Energy efficiency has saved a number of major global companies £107 million according to new research from The Climate Group.

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Serious concerns over asbestos report

NASUWT has highlighted that asbestos in schools is still not being managed safely.  

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Europe’s untapped onshore wind could power the entire world

Europe could power the entire world up until 2050 if it installed onshore wind farms on all its suitable sites.

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Companies reach agreement on plastic waste gasification plants

Peel Environmental have signed an agreement for the development of up to 11 new plastic waste gasification plants.

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Will the EA’s attempts at halting illegal waste exports work?

The Environment Agency (EA) has set out new plans with the intention to toughen the regulation of waste exports and tighten checks at ports.  

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Safety notice to act as a reminder of the phenomenon of condensate induced water hammer

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is issuing a safety notice to remind duty-holders about condensate induced water hammers.

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Carbon offsetting in transport: a call for evidence

The Department for Transport is seeking views on carbon offsetting in transport.

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Environment Bill policy statement key points

DEFRA has set out further details of its progress towards the introduction of the Environment Bill.

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HSE and Local Authority co-operation to strengthen health standards

IOSH has urged local authorities (LAs) to commit to working closely with regulatory bodies to strengthen safety and health standards across Britain.

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HSE Statistics for annual workplace fatality figures

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2018/19.

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UK set to miss renewable energy target despite breaking records

The UK’s target for supply of renewable energy is set to be 20% by 2020.

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Ammonia pollution harming UK land

Ammonia and nitrogen pollution from agriculture is harming more than 60% of the land in the UK.

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Motorists warned against driving in lanyards as they can cause serious injury

Police have advised motorists not to wear their staff identity tag around their neck while driving.

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UK government commits to 2050 net zero emissions target

The UK government has announced that the UK will set a legally binding target to eliminate its net carbon emissions by 2050.

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New requirements on RoHS are coming

Four new substances to be restricted under Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

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HSE launches new round of dust inspections

High risk sectors where workers are exposed to a range of different dusts that are linked to respiratory diseases are being targeted for inspection.

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Health agency launches air quality review

Public Health England (PHE) has kicked off an in-depth review of the health burden of air pollution.

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Customers at risk due to confusing allergen labelling

The research highlights confusion around existing food allergen labelling.

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FSA urges vigilance in light of food hygiene rating scam

Three local authorities in Wales and one in England have received reports of a person claiming to be from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) or the local authority.

 

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New Risk Assessment Tool launched, included as part of a Health & Safety legal register subscription

Identifying hazards and linking these to your compliance obligations has never been easier. 

 

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MPs demand ‘Paris Agreement for the sea’

The UK government must develop a legally binding ‘Paris Agreement for the sea’ to protect marine life from climate change, overfishing and pollution.

 

 

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Council reduces size of recycling containers to minimise musculoskeletal disorders

South Lakeland District Council has reduced the size of its recycling containers to reduce the risk of its refuse collectors developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSD).

 

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Clean Air Strategy 2019

The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has issued The Clean Air Strategy 2019.

 

 

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What to expect when the Health and Safety Inspector calls

Inspectors visit thousands of work locations every year to carry out inspections or to do investigations.

 

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Budget 2018 – Environmental highlights

The Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, presented his 2018 Budget to Parliament on 29th October 2018. The main points of the budget relating to the environment are highlighted in this article.

 

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ISO 45001:2018 Migration Webinar

Book onto our free 1 hour webinar that will provide an introduction to the key differences between OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 45001:2018 and will focus on the new and amended structure, terminology, concepts and themes in the Standard.

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Business fined after claiming food could prevent cancer

A Spa in Leamington which falsely claimed foods it sold could treat and prevent cancer, fight diabetes, lower blood pressure and protect against heart disease has been prosecuted. 

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HSE inspectors will be visiting construction sites as part of the DustBuster campaign

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that inspectors will be visiting construction sites across Great Britain to see if businesses have measures in place to protect their workers’ lungs from substances such as asbestos and wood dust.

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E.on & Siemens fined after falling roof panel causes worker neck and spine injuries

On 11th March 2013, an overhead travelling crane was being used to lift parts of the turbine out of the chamber when a roof panel fell onto the head of a Siemens employee. He sustained neck and spinal injuries. 

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Could ending the clock change have health and safety benefits?

The European Commission has published results from a recent consultation on clock change in Europe.

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Company fined for exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Nordam Europe Limited, who maintain and repair aircraft components, have been fined £400,000 after 100 workers developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) over a period of 22 years. At least 30 workers were exposed to risk of significant harm. 

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HSE updates EH40/2005 Workplace Exposure Limits guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have updated EH40/2005 Workplace Exposure Limits. The latest version includes 31 new and revised Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) introduced by the 4th Indicative Occupation Exposure Limit Values Directive.

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Under new guidelines jail terms for gross negligence manslaughter will increase

The Sentencing Council has published new Manslaughter Definitive Guidelines. Under the new guidelines employers or managers convicted of gross negligence manslaughter after a workplace fatality are likely to face longer prison sentences.

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ISO 45001:2018 Migration Training Course – Full Day Course

This 1 day course will provide a comprehensive overview of the key differences between BS OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 45001:2018, to enable delegates to understand the key changes, evaluate the impact of those changes and provide guidance on how to begin migration to the new Standard.

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Fencing manufacturer fined after worker sustained significant injuries

A £260,000 fine has been issued to a security fencing manufacturer after a worker sustained significant injuries on site. 

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Banning the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings

Two consultations, one in England and one in Wales, have been launched on banning the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise buildings.

 

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Preventing unauthorised access onto scaffolding and other work platforms

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a safety alert regarding the prevention of unauthorised access onto scaffolding and other work platforms.

 

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Report reveals 21 fatal accidents during the construction of 2018 World Cup stadia

There have been 21 fatal accidents at stadium construction sites for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, according to a report published by the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI).

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New safety rules to be introduced for drones in the UK

The Department for Transport has announced new safety rules regarding the use of drones in the UK.

 

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BS 7671:2018 – Requirements for Electrical Installations, IET Wiring Regulations published

The 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations has been published. The updated Standard will come into effect on 1st January 2019. 

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Kendal care home fined £40k for preparing out of date sandwiches

A care home in Kendal has been fined £40,000 for preparing out-of-date sandwiches to serve to its residents.

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Company fined £1.6m for Legionnaires’ outbreak and explosion

A car parts manufacturer has been fined £1.6 million after a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak and an explosion occurred at the same factory within a year.

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New voluntary plastic-free trust mark introduced on food and beverage products

Campaign group, A Plastic Planet, have introduced a new voluntary ‘trust mark’ which indicates plastic-free food and beverage packaging.

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Groundworks company fined £23,000 after employee crushed by dumper

A groundworks company has been fined after an employee suffered serious injuries while working in an excavation at Ghyllgrove Junior & Infants School in Basildon.

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Prince William to launch website to support wellbeing in the workplace

Prince William will launch a mental health website and online training project aimed at supporting wellbeing in the workplace.

 

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European Commission proposes new exposure limits on workplace carcinogens

The European Commission is proposing to include new exposure limit values for five chemicals in the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive.

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Demolition contractor and two of its managers fined for asbestos fraud

A demolition contractor and two of its managers have been prosecuted for forging documents needed to obtain an asbestos licence.

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Approved Document B (fire safety): amendments to statutory guidance

This consultation is seeking views on proposed amendments to Approved Document B (statutory guidance on fire safety) that would restrict the use of desktop studies.

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New Personal Protective Equipment Regulation

On the 21st April 2018, Regulation (EU) 2016/425 on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will come into force and replace the old PPE Directive 89/686/EEC.

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Meat producer fined £90k for shelf fall injury

A meat production company has been fined £90,000 after a worker was injured whilst adjusting storage racking.

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Company fined £120k for unsupervised driver’s circular saw injuries

A company has been fined £120,000 after an employee sustained severe injuries to his right hand when instructed to operate a circular saw with no supervision.

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ISO 45001 due for publication in March

ISO 45001, international standard for occupational health and safety management systems, will be published in March 2018.

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NEBOSH and HSE launch new certificate

A new NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management has been launched.

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ISO 45001 has reached the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) stage

ISO 45001 has reached the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) stage and is still on track for final publication in March 2018.

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Breakfast Briefings 2018 – Legislation updates

Due to the success and popularity of last year’s Legislation Update Briefings, Newground is pleased to announce new dates for 2018 in Birmingham and Preston

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Major contractor fined £1.8m after worker was fatally struck while working on roadworks

Fines totalling over £1.8 million have been issued to construction business, Kier, and its road building subcontractor, after a worker was fatally struck by a vehicle while repairing a road near Lidgate in Suffolk.

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Fit for Work scheme to end in 2018

The DWP and the Department for Health have announced that from 31stMarch 2018 in England and 31st May 2018 in Scotland the government-funded Fit for Work occupational health service will cease to take on new cases due to low take-up.

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Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017

This month the government published new regulations on Ionising Radiation which will come into force on 1st January 2018.

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Three companies fined after contractor sustains life changing injuries from fall

Fines, collectively totalling more than £240,000, have been issued to three companies after a contractor to BBC Studioworks Ltd fell more than 10 metres.

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Health and safety fines rose 80% in first year of new sentencing guidelines

HSE's 2016/17 injury and ill health stats show fines handed to duty holders found guilty of H&S offences increased by 80% in the first full year that the new sentencing guidelines were in place.

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Lorry drivers exceeding hours limit face £300 fines

DVSA has announced that lorry, bus and coach drivers could be fined more than £300, prosecuted or even have their vehicle immobilised, if they exceed the number of hours they are allowed to drive or if they have not taken enough breaks.

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Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers

The Government has published a long awaited review into the management of mental health at work. ‘Thriving at Work’ sets out what employers can do to better support all employees.

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Two separate companies have been issued with large fines following incidents involving forklifts

Two separate companies have been issued with large fines following incidents involving forklifts overturning.

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Standard for fire detection and fire alarm systems revised by BSI

The British Standards Institution has revised its standard for fire detection and fire alarm systems.

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19 industry sector plans published by the HSE

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published 19 industry sector plans which outline its strategy for regulation and engagement over the next three to five years.

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Company fined £140,000 after a worker suffers flash burns

Pyronix Limited has been fined £140,000 after a worker suffered flash burns to their face, neck, chest and both arms.

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BSI launches consultation on ISO 45001 guidance

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has launched a consultation on ISO 45001 draft guidance.

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New Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations and withdrawal of ACoP

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 will come into operation on 31st October 2017.

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FSA publishes plans for regulatory change

The Food Standard Authority has published the department’s plans to change the way food businesses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are regulated.

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Second draft of ISO 45001 approved

The second draft of ISO 45001 has been approved in an international ballot.

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FSA survey shows further reduction in levels of campylobacter in chicken

The latest survey results published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have shown reductions in levels of campylobacter in fresh shop-bought UK-produced chicken.

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BOHS launches new Breathe Freely II campaign

The second phase of the ‘Breathe Freely’ campaign has been launched by the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). The new campaign seeks to raise awareness of illnesses associated with welding fumes and controls that can be put in place to protect welders.

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Safe levels for nitrites and nitrates added to food confirmed by EFSA

Pressure to limit or even ban the use of nitrates and nitrites in processed meat looks set to ease following two new reports from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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The Management of Health and Safety at Work: Approved Code of Practice

The HSENI has taken the decision to develop an Approved Code of Practice to the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000.

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Mandatory food waste target should be introduced in England, MPs conclude

Following a report issued by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee, MPs have concluded that targets for reducing food waste should be introduced in England.

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HSE concludes asbestos regulations are ‘fit for purpose’

The Health and Safety Executive has concluded that the regulation of asbestos in Great Britain is fit for purpose and needs little change.

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Second draft of ISO 45001 published for public comment

BSI has published the second draft of ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements.

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ECHA report finds data gaps in majority of chemical registrations

Important information was missing from 91% of applications to register the most harmful chemicals under the EU’s REACH regulation.

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Mates in Mind scheme launched to reduce mental illness in the construction industry

HCLG and the British Safety Council have launched Mates in Mind which aims to raise awareness of poor mental health, anxiety and depression in the construction industry.

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Road safety campaign to re-launch with an aim to improve driver safety

A new campaign to raise standards for safer driving is due to be launched in the spring by a coalition of road safety organisations.

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Cost recovery dispute process to become fully independent of the HSE

It has been announced that the Health and Safety Executive is to consult on proposals to make its cost recovery scheme dispute process fully independent.

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Commission publishes new initiative aiming to improve safety and health of workers

The European Commission has published a new Communication entitled “Safer and Healthier Work for All – Modernisation of the EU Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Legislation and Policy”.

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European Commission to tighten carcinogen exposure limits

The European Commission has announced proposals to amend the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive.

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ECHA to set up nanomaterials safety body

A new body is being set up by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to provide independent information on the safety of nanomaterials.

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Autumn Statement 2016 summary

Phillip Hammond delivered his first Autumn Statement as chancellor on Wednesday 23rd November.

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ISO 45001 delayed further

ISO 45001, the new international audit standard for occupational health and safety, has been delayed further. The final publication is now due in December 2017, according to the International Standardisation Organisation website.

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New website launched to tackle work-related cancer

A new website has been launched which aims to enable workers to find out more about cancer risks at work and the dangers of exposure to carcinogens. The site highlights the need to limit exposure to carcinogens.

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Transport for London set to announce new high vision design for HGVs

Transport for London (TfL) is set to announce a number of proposals designed to improve visibility for HGV drivers.

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HSE seeks views on revision of hazardous substances regulations

The HSE has published a survey asking businesses for their opinions on how it should revise three major sets of regulations which govern the management of hazardous substance in the workplace.

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HSE reviews equipment inspection regulations

The HSE is reviewing the requirements in health and safety legislation for the inspection or thorough examination of work equipment.

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What does the law say on employee rights during a heatwave?

Although many enjoy mini heatwaves when they are on holiday it can often be uncomfortable for those in work.

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Online self-assessment tool launched to measure and define safety ‘competency’

IOSH has launched a new innovative online system for defining competency in occupational safety and health.

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Possible solvent and lubricant restrictions under REACH

A submission has been made to ECHA proposing the restrictions on the industrial use and manufacturing of N,N-dimethylformamide, commonly known as DMF.

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Three new first aid qualifications launched

Three new first aid qualifications have been launched by the BSC in a bid to help employers consider the vital importance of first aid skills in the workplace.

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ECHA sets out registration requirements ahead of 2018 deadline

Ahead of the REACH Regulation’s upcoming substance registration deadline ECHA is encouraging industries to check whether substances critical to their production will be registered by manufacturers or importers.

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HSE to review guidance for new and expectant mothers

The HSE is to review its guidance on managing the risks for pregnant women at work following a major report and survey from EHRC and BIS on pregnancy discrimination.

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European Commission proposes changes to Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive 2004/37/EC

Although the causes of cancer are complex with many factors, it is clear that cancers caused by work can be prevented by reducing or eliminating the exposure to these chemicals.

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HSE decides CDM 2015 will not be supported by an ACoP

The Health and Safety Executive has decided that the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) will not be supported by an Approved Code of Practice (ACoP).

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ECHA launches new tools for submitting information to poison centres

Under a draft CLP Implementing Regulation, importers and downstream users placing hazardous mixtures on the market will be responsible for submitting information to poison centres in the relevant Member States.

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Businesses save money by chemical substitution

According to a report from non-profit body ChemSec, substituting hazardous chemicals for less hazardous ones as required under the REACH Regulations is economically beneficial for many companies.

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Health and safety framework for waste sector launched in Scotland

The Scottish Waste Industry Training Competency and Health & Safety (SWITCH) Forum has launched a new health and safety framework for the waste management industry in Scotland.

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UK leading the way against modern slavery

The UK has demonstrated that it is taking action against modern slavery through the passing of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which is the first such legislation to be introduced in Europe and one of the first in the world.

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Damages awarded to portion of blacklisted construction workers

£5.6 million of compensation has been awarded to some members of the construction trade union UCATT who were blacklisted by major construction firms for raising health and safety concerns or for union activism.

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New sentencing guidelines introduce unlimited fines

Large companies and organisations could face unlimited fines for the most serious health and safety breaches following the coming into force of new sentencing guidelines on the 1st February.

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55 people died at work in 2015 according to HSA figures

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has released figures showing that 55 people died in work-related accidents in Ireland in 2015.

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Gangmasters Licensing Authority to regulate all sectors

The remit of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority is to be extended into every sector, including construction, and its licensing regime reformed as part of Government plans to clamp down on the exploitation of vulnerable workers.

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Treasury assigns more money for Fit for Work Service

Chancellor, George Osborne, has pledged to spend more money to help people with health conditions remain in work.

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Proposal to scrap CDM code of practice rejected by the Trade Union

Trade Unions have rejected the Health and Safety Executive’s proposal to scrap the planned approved code of practice (ACoP) for the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM).

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ISO 45001 finalised

The future international standard on occupational health and safety management is taking shape. ISO 45001 standard for occupational health and safety management systems has reached its final leg on its journey to publication.

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Site welfare in the spotlight following revised CDM regulations

Revised Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) which came into force in April 2015 have placed much greater emphasis on the requirements of welfare facilities on construction sites.

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Number working more than 48 hours increased by 15%

Analysis of data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) by Trade Union Congress (TUC) showed the number of people working more than 48 hours a week has increased by 15% since 2010.

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European court rules that mobile staff’s journey time counts as work

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the time spent travelling to and from first and last appointments by workers without a fixed office should be regarded as working time.

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New Fit for Work support service available

A new support service is now available across the whole of England to help employees who have been on long-term sickness absence to have a much quicker and smoother return to work.

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Greater Health and Safety training needed in the waste collection sector

Over 200 people are killed each year in accidents at work, over one million people are injured and a further two million suffer illnesses caused by or made worse by their work, according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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New sentencing guidelines for H&S offences expected

By the end of this year it is expected that new sentencing guidelines are going to be introduced for health and safety offences.

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HSE releases annual workplace fatalities

Provisional annual data for work related fatal accidents in Great Britain have been released showing small changes from previous years.

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ISO 45001 set to progress to next development stage

ISO 45001, a newly proposed worldwide health and safety standard, is set to progress on to the next stage of development. With this progression, ISO 45001 is well on target to meet its intended publication date of October 2016.

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Home working on the rise despite risks

New research has highlighted the risks, as well as popularity, of working from home.

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Health and Safety Laboratory launches footwear slip resistance rating scheme

The Health and Safety Laboratory has introduced a new scheme called ‘GRIP’ that rates the slip resistance of footwear, which aims to reduce slips in the workplace; one of the most common causes of major workplace injuries.

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Biocides update – approved active substances

The active substances listed below have been approved for use in biocide products, which are placed on the EU market from 1st July 2015, following their evaluation under the EU Biocides Regulation 528/2012 (EU BPR).

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HSE still considering CDM guidance only approach after promise to keep ACoP

As the construction industry waits in earnest for the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations ACoP to be published, the Head of Construction Policy at the HSE has hinted the new ACoP may never arrive.

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Deregulation Act – Health and Safety issues

The much talked about Deregulation Bill has now been passed into an Act of Parliament coming into force from 26th March.

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Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Act (SARAH)

The much criticised Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism (SARAH) Act has received royal assent and will come into force on 13th April 2015. It applies to England and Wales.

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Budget 2015

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivered his sixth budget, the last of this Parliament on the 18th March.

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Government publishes new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

The new Regulations replace The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 with the aim of making the Regulations shorter and less bureaucratic.

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Government launches Fit for Work service

Following several delays, the Government has now launched its new Fit for Work service (previously named Health and Work Service) providing advice and information on a variety of health and work issues.

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Occupational cancer risks highlighted campaign

IOSH are running a campaign called ‘No Time To Lose’ which aims to highlight work cancers and to help businesses and other organisations identify and overcome risks to employees.

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Scottish HSE plans to be ‘considered’

Following the Scottish referendum debates in September last year which resulted in a ‘No’ vote, the British Government made a promise to set up a Commission to discuss transferring more powers to the Scottish Government at Holyrood.

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Biocides Update

This article explains several updates around the EU Biocides Regulation 528/2012 (EU BPR).

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Autumn statement

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivered his last Autumn Statement of this Parliament today.

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Health and safety statistics 2013-2014

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published its annual health and safety statistics for Great Britain.

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Lords back controversial exemption from safety law for self-employed

The Government’s Deregulation Bill, which plans to exempt some self-employed people from duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act, has been backed by the House of Lords.

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FFI set to stay following report by Independent FFI Review Panel

The latest report looked at the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) Fee For Intervention (FFI) scheme and concluded that there is “no viable alternative”.

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One in three premises still in breach of the Fire Safety Order

Inspections by Fire and Rescue authorities have found that 1 in 3 premises failed to be compliant with the Fire Safety Order which came into force in 2005.

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Get involved in EU Health and Safety Week

European Health and Safety Week will take place from Monday 20th October until Sunday 26th October 2014.

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HSE U-turns on construction design management ACoP following consultation

HSE has u-turned on its proposal to scrap the ACoP for the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM Regulations) and replace with guidance, following their consultation which ended on 6th June.

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Report recommends commercialising HSE and charging for consultancy and inspections

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) triennial review could see the HSE charging for consultancy.

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Magistrates to be given unlimited power to fine offenders of H&S and environmental breaches

The Ministry of Justice proposes to give magistrates unlimited sentencing powers for certain breaches including environmental and health and safety laws.

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Workplace compensation claims down 50% in last decade

A report – ‘The Compensation Myth’ by the TUC and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), based on Government statistics, shows that workplace compensation claims have fallen by 50% in the last ten years.

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Heroism Bill to cut health and safety red tape

Justice secretary Chris Grayling has announced new legislation that aims to reassure ‘good Samaritans’ that they will not be successfully sued for accidents that happen whilst they are acting ‘for the common good’.

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Queen’s Speech outlines Government’s new legislative programme

The Queen’s Speech set out the coalition’s new legislative agenda, during which she announced several green measures and emphasised that her ministers would ‘champion efforts to secure a global agreement on climate change' in the run up to next year’s UN summit.

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IOSH helps to develop new global ISO 45001 H&S standard

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) have begun work in partnership with representatives from around the world on developing a new global health and safety management system – ISO 45001.

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Self-employed exemption from health and safety law ‘confusing’

The Government has removed a clause from the Deregulation Bill, which required self employed people to be covered by health and safety law if they pose a potential risk of harm to others.

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Sickness absence rates reverse 2012 upturn

UK Sickness absence rates for 2013 fell to 4.4 days per worker, bringing the level of sickness absence back down to 2011 figures after an upturn in 2012.

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Agency job cuts on hold, but for how long?

The Environment Agency job cuts, as reported in last month’s newsletter, look to have been put on hold due to the flooding in England and Wales and the increased scrutiny that the Agency has come under.

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Reminder to display new health and safety law poster

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have reminded businesses that the transitional period for displaying the new health and safety law poster, issuing new leaflets or pocket cards ends on the 5th April this year.

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HSE triennial review report published

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has undergone its first triennial review, which looked at the HSE’s position as a public body, how its functions are being delivered and the way that it’s governed.

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Chemicals evaluation list extended

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added to the list of substances to be checked for health and environmental risks under the EU REACH Regulations between 2014 and 2016.

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HSE publish annual workplace major injury statistics

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have published their annual workplace major injuries figures, which show an 11% drop from 2011/12.

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Further CDM Regulations delays expected

Long-awaited changes to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007) look set to be pushed back again after further delays to the release of the HSE’s consultation.

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UK report calls for ‘one in, one out’ for new EU laws

A new report from the Government’s Business Taskforce contains a series of recommendations for reducing European bureaucracy along with 30 specific calls for changes to existing or planned policy, of which seven are environmental.

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Important changes to first aid

Due to the recent amendment of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 (as amended), from 1st October 2013 first aid training and qualifications will no longer need to be approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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Further changes to RIDDOR

The second set of changes to the RIDDOR regime in two years have now been approved and are set to come into effect from 1st October 2013.

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Progress report on Health and Safety law reforms published

The DWP has published a progress report from Professor Ragnar Lofstedt on the implementation of the health and safety reforms he recommended in his 2011 “Reclaiming health and safety: An independent Review of health and safety legislation”.

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IOSH appeals for slowdown in health and safety reforms

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has urged the Government to rethink the implementation of its health and safety reform proposals in light of fears that standards could be falling.

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One-in, one-out replaced with one-in, two-out

The Government’s ‘one-in, one-out’ rule which was introduced under its Better Regulation regime is not working quickly enough so is being replaced with ‘one-in, two-out’.

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Civil liability to be dropped in Health and Safety law reform

The House of Commons has voted in favour of an amendment to the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 which will change the ‘strict liability’ regime that makes companies automatically liable for some workplace injuries.

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Businesses fearing increased costs under FFI

A recent survey has shown that over 65% of organisations expect to incur higher health and safety costs under the HSE’s ‘Fee for Intervention’ (FFI) scheme.

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HSE begins cost recovery

The HSE’s new Fee for Intervention (FFI) cost recovery scheme is now in force.

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Call for public inquiry into Legionnaires’ outbreak as HSE issues new Safety Notice

In June 2012 an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh resulted in the deaths of three people and more than 100 individuals were treated as confirmed or suspected cases.

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Judge issues biggest corporate manslaughter fine

Lion Steel Limited, of Hyde, Greater Manchester, has been fined £480,000 and ordered to pay £84,000 prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a charge of corporate manslaughter.

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Minimum consultation period to be scrapped

New guidance from the Cabinet Office will remove the default minimum 12-week period for formal consultations run by Government and public bodies, a move which could result in fewer consultations, running for as little as two weeks.

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Minister unveils progress report on health and safety reforms

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published a progress report on its implementation of the recommendations from the Lofstedt and Lord Young reviews into the UK’s health and safety regulatory system.

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HSE Fee-For-Intervention generates £1million in 2 months

Latest figures show that the HSE’s Fee-For-Intervention (FFI) scheme brought in over £1million in February and March of this year, indicating a further increase in the amount businesses are being fined by the HSE.

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The New RIDDOR Regime

The reporting requirements in relation to accidents at work changed on 6th April 2012. It therefore seems a good time to review when workplace accidents must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (‘HSE’).

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HSE Fee for Intervention scheme is delayed

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have announced that its new ‘Fee for Intervention’ (FFI) cost recovery scheme, which was due to begin in April, has been delayed.

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Government to cut Health and Safety beyond Löfstedt recommendations

In one of his first public appearances of 2012, David Cameron targeted the UK’s ‘health and safety monster’ and claimed that 2012 would be the year it was ‘killed off for good’.

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Compliance Traffic Light System Launched

Thanks to our first product development of 2012, Legislation Update Service subscribers will now be able to use our new Traffic Light Tool which provides an instant visual indication of compliance with relevant legislation.

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Löfstedt health and safety law report released

Professor Ragnar E Löfstedt’s eagerly-awaited report on the UK’s health and safety law has been published, with the author recommending that the self-employed be exempted from health and safety law.

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Consultation on changes to Asbestos Regulations

The HSE has released a consultation setting out it’s proposals to introduce revised Control of Asbestos Regulations.

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