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February 2018

ISO 45001 is due to be published this month. Although businesses certified under British Standard OHSAS 18001 will have three years to transition to the new standard, plans to do so should be put in place as soon as possible as the changes will require adaptation of current management systems.

See: out-law.com


The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has recommended adding seven substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (REACH) list for authorisation.

See: ioshmagazine.com


Tata Steel has been fined £1.4m after a maintenance electrician was crushed to death by an overhead crane in April 2010. Tata pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 and Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £1.4 million with costs of £140,000.

See: HSE


The Environmental Services Association (ESA), has launched a new health and safety report examining the “contrasting performance” across the waste industry. Recent HSE statistics revealed fatalities in the waste and recycling sector to be around 15 times higher than the all-UK industry average, with 39 worker fatalities recorded since 2012.

See: ciwm-journal.co.uk


Total Lindsey Oil Refinery (LOR), the owner of the Lindsey Oil Refinery in Killingholme, North Lincolnshire, has been sentenced after tonnes of flammable butane gas escaped from the plant in March 2015. Total LOR pleaded guilty to breaching reg 4(1) of the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999, and was fined £400,000 plus £15,975 costs.

See: ioshmagazine.com


Booking is now open for the British Safety Council’s The Health & Safety Event to be held on 10 - 12 April 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham. Attendance is free.

See: healthandsafetyevents.co.uk


Belper-based RMB Contractors has been found guilty of breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and fined £75,000 plus £24,483 in costs after a worker was crushed to death in December 2014.

See: ioshmagazine.com


The GMB, Britain’s general union, has called on the Prime Minister to reconsider the appointment of Esther McVey as Work and Pensions Secretary which gives her ultimate responsibility for the HSE.

See: gmb.org.uk


Dr. James M Melius, a nationally-recognised advocate for US workers’ safety and health rights, has died. Dr. Melius was one of the architects of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which established an extensive programme of medical monitoring and healthcare services for first responders, volunteers and survivors of the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks.

See: ioshmagazine.com


Cisco is to work with startup Cortexica in an Innovate UK-funded project to improve physical safety in the workplace through the use of artificial intelligence.

See: computerweekly.com


A useful overview of health and safety sentencing for organisations under the Definitive Guideline is provided here by Pinsent Masons LLP:

out-law.com


Shell UK has been issued with an improvement notice by the HSE over a gas leak on the Brent Bravo North Sea platform in November 2017 which was caused by lack of maintenance on valves. The company has also been granted an extension to the date by when it must improve safety procedures at its St Fergus gas plant in Aberdeenshire.

See: BBC and ioshmagazine.com


January 2018

A useful round-up of the most popular health and safety articles of 2017 from Safety & Health Practitioner:

shponline.co.uk


Personnel Today’s January round up of occupational health research studies includes research on good line management and sickness absence among younger workers, and discrimination against mentally disabled workers during vocational rehabilitation.

See: personneltoday.com


The British government may have breached a major “environmental democracy” law by failing to consult the public when drawing up Brexit legislation. A UN-backed committee has confirmed it is considering a complaint from Friends of the Earth that the government’s EU withdrawal bill breached the Aarhus convention, which requires public consultation on any new environmental law.

See: unece.org


Rodent Service (East Anglia) Ltd of Lowestoft has pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 after storing non-approved biocides and pesticides. It was fined £100,000 plus costs of £10,000.

See: HSE


The environment secretary Michael Gove has acknowledged that China’s restrictions on the import of secondary materials will “cause some issues” for recycling in the UK and noted that affected businesses are now exporting plastics and paper to other markets including Turkey, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia.

See: mrw.co.uk


Spanish firm Porvi Construcciones y Contratas, appointed by Befesa Salt Slags as principal contractor to demolish redundant processing machinery at a salt slag recycling facility in Wales, has been convicted in absentia and fined £3m after one of its workers died in a crush incident.

See: ioshmagazine.com


‘Speaking the truth to power’: an interview with the British Safety Council’s Lawrence Waterman in which he states “I want the British Safety Council to discover its campaigning zeal again”.

See: shponline.co.uk


Birmingham-based Mercian Recycling Ltd has pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been fined £80,000 plus costs of £2,498.34 after an employee was paralysed by being trapped inside a moving conveyor.

See: HSE


The Government has scrapped its Fit for Work service, blaming “low referral rates”. The service will come to an end in England at the end of March and in Scotland at the end of May. The announcement in December came as part of the government’s response to its Work, health and disability green paper consultation.

See: personneltoday.com


The Health & Safety Event (exhibition and conference) will be held at the NEC, Birmingham from 10th-12th April. It is free to attend. For visitor and exhibitor details, and to register, see:

healthandsafetyevents.co.uk


Countrystyle Recycling Ltd of Maidstone has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and to breaching Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 after a worker suffered life threatening head injuries. The company has been fined £666,700 plus costs of £8,424.

See: HSE


The “Assessing the impact of Brexit on the UK waste resource management sector” (July 2017) Report funded by Cardiff University aims to discuss potential policy pathways for the waste sector after Brexit.

See: brexitenvironment.co.uk


The number of people aged 25 and under studying health and safety qualifications has more than doubled in the last five years according to the latest information from NEBOSH, the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health.

See: hrnews.co.uk


October 2017

Any company subject to REACH needs to be aware of the implications of Brexit. Following the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into the future of chemicals regulation post-Brexit, Peter Newport, Chief Executive of the Chemical Business Association (CBA), comments on the Committee’s findings.

See: Reach and Brexit – Select Committee provides a reality… - www.chemicalindustryjournal.co.uk

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has published the results of its inquiry into the future of chemicals regulation post-Brexit.


Explore Manufacturing Limited, of Worksop, and Select Plant Hire (both wholly-owned subsidiaries of Laing O'Rourke) have been jointly fined £3.8 million plus costs in excess of £27,000 for health and safety failings after the death of an employee crushed by an 11-ton concrete panel in July 2014 while working on a mobile elevating working platform (MEWP).

See: Worksop firm fined £2 million after death of Bolsover man… - www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk

The devastated mum of a Bolsover man crushed to death at work in a Worksop factory has said it was “an accident waiting to happen”.


The HSE’s Sector Plans, covering 19 industry sectors, contain: a plan covering its health and safety performance; the top three strategic priorities for the next three to five years; and actions the HSE propose to take.

For all 19 plans see: HSE


Horley-based waste collection and recycling company United Grab Hire has pleaded guilty to breaching ss 4(1) and 17(1) of the Workplace (Health and Safety Welfare) Regulations after the death of a worker hit by a reversing telehandler in July 2016. The firm was fined £500,000 plus £5,968 costs.

See: www.ioshmagazine.com


Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has promised to ensure the health and safety of offshore workers remains “paramount” after a suspected leak shut down production on BP’s Glen Lyon floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel at the end of September. The Glen Lyon is currently the biggest oil production ship in the world and works on the Schiehallion field west of Shetland.

See: www.energyvoice.com


The 5.4 million people in the UK who have asthma should be aware of air quality on a daily basis according to Asthma UK. The issue has been highlighted by the Saharan dust driven across parts of the UK by Hurricane Ophelia. Anyone concerned about air pollution should check uk-air.defra.gov.uk/forecasting


Swindon-based scaffolding company Boundary Scaffolding Limited has pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £80,000 plus costs of £1415.10 after a scaffolder was electrocuted by 33KV overhead power lines. The electrocution led to severe burns and the subsequent amputation of the employee’s left arm above the elbow, right arm below the elbow and both of his feet.

See: HSE


Three companies, Sembcorp Utilities (UK) Limited, Central Industrial Services (Northern) Ltd and R & A Kay Inspection Services Ltd, have pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after an employee suffered serious fractures to his leg which led to amputation after a boiler pressure test at a Biomass power station in Cleveland in December 2013. Fines and costs to all three companies combined were in excess of £1.5 million.

See: HSE


The final ISO 45001 international standard for occupational safety and health management systems is likely to go to a final draft before publication next year, following a meeting to discuss comments on the current draft. ISO 45001 is expected to replace the British Standard OHSAS 18001. A three-year transition period is anticipated after publication of the final standard.

See: www.ioshmagazine.com


Spanish construction company Porvi Construcciones y Contratas has been found guilty of two health and safety charges following the death of a worker near Whitchurch in July 2015 during demolition work at an aluminium recycling plant. The company did not attend the trial nor was it represented by lawyers. Fines have not yet been specified.

See: www.leaderlive.co.uk


More support is needed for employees returning to work after suffering from mental health problems, according to new research published by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The report “Return to work after common mental disorders” provides insights and resources for employers, health professionals and workers.

Download the report here: www.iosh.co.uk/rtwmentalhealth


Contractors who cut through a pipe at Stanlow Oil Terminal in Cheshire and caused an explosion in an oil treatment tank in January 2015 had been issued a permit to work copied from the previous week’s, although the hazard profile had changed.

See: www.ioshmagazine.com


Chevron has been served with an improvement notice after a worker suffered a serious injury on the Alba Northern installation on 6 May this year during lifting operations.

See: BBC


September 2017

The Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes on his mission to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has been released - with a damning assessment of the current situation and the risks of Brexit. To download the report see:

www.srtoxics.org


According to new estimates from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other bodies, published in “Global Estimates of Occupational Accidents and Work-related Illnesses 2017”, there are 2.78 million annual work-related fatalities. These result in the loss of 3.9% of GDP, at an annual cost of roughly €2 680 billion.

See: www.ioshmagazine.com


Vinyl Compound Ltd of High Park, Derbyshire has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 after an employee died when his fork lift truck overturned. The company has been fined £450,000 and ordered to pay costs of £71,778.20.

See: HSE


The British Safety Council is holding its Annual Conference ‘Health and safety: Preparing for the future’ on Wednesday, 4 October 2017 at The King’s Fund, London.

See: www.britsafe.org


Food manufacturer Greencore Grocery has pleaded to breaching s 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act after a contract electrician sustained fatal injuries after falling from a stepladder. It was fined £1m plus £30,000 costs.

See: www.ioshmagazine.com


Stricter legislation might help reduce noise levels at work, according to the latest Cochrane Review “Interventions to prevent occupational noise-induced hearing loss”. The review covered 29 studies of interventions to prevent occupational hearing loss. To download the review see:

onlinelibrary.wiley.com


Thomas Panels & Profiles Limited of Southern Avenue, Leominster has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after an employee was fatally crushed. It has been fined £285,000 and ordered to pay costs of £29,961.48.

See: HSE


The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) has published a new document, “Occupational health: the value proposition” which brings together the available evidence to show why Occupational Health stacks up in business, financial, legal and even moral terms. To download the report, see:

www.som.org.uk


Shell was ordered to shut down the Armada platform, 132 miles east of Aberdeen, by health and safety inspectors in June over concerns that corroded pipework in the flare system could cause an explosion. Production was resumed on 9th July. The company has been served with six safety notices for incidents in the North Sea since May.

See: BBC


To celebrate its centenary, RoSPA has launched a new level of award to recognise organisations achieving 25+ years of gold awards. For a full list of the 2017 RoSPA Award winners see:

www.rospa.com


Heathcoat Fabrics Limited of Tiverton, Devon has pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 after an employee had to have four fingers partially amputated in a rotating roller incident. It was fined £300,000 plus of £2862.30.

See: HSE


More than one in three UK employees say they are working with anxiety, depression or stress, according to research by consultancy PwC.

See: www.personneltoday.com


August 2017

The HSE’s July 2017 report “Fatal injuries arising from accidents at work in Great Britain 2017 - Headline results” is available here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/pdf/fatalinjuries.pdf. It shows a total of 137 people killed at work during 2016/17, plus 92 members of the public were killed due to work related activities in the same period.


Three companies working in a consortium on London's Crossrail project have been fined a combined £1m for three separate failures, plus costs of £42,337.28. One of the incidents led to the death of a construction worker who was killed in 2014 by a tonne of wet concrete being poured onto him. Bam, Ferrovial and Kier (BFK) admitted the health and safety breaches at Southwark Crown Court on 28th July.

See: IB Times


The HSE’s Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit will be held on 22nd November 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London SW1P 3EE. Until 1st September, registration costs just £350; thereafter, it will cost £425.

See: HSL


Oil & Gas UK has revealed an improvement in performance in the latest annual health and safety data report into the UK offshore industry operating in the UK Continental Shelf. The Health & Safety Report 2017 highlighted the collectively lowest level for dangerous incidents such as oil and gas releases, dropped objects, fires, and explosions.

See: offshore-technology.com


Signature Flight Support, which handles private jets at London Luton Airport, has pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act after an employee was crushed by a hangar door on 28th April 2015. The company was fined £250,000 penalty plus costs of almost £20,000. The employee remains in a vegetative state.

See: ioshmagazine.com


Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, has warned that individuals responsible for the Grenfell Tower disaster could face gross negligence manslaughter charges. The crime carries a maximum life term and, under sentencing guidelines, a “starting point” of at least 12 years for offenders with a “very high” level of culpability.

See: standard.co.uk


The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has stated that a new report, “The Need for Standardized Sustainability Reporting Practices” by the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS), demonstrates the need to improve corporate reporting practices for occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities.

See: IOSH


The value of fines collected for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities has doubled in a year, according to a research report from global law firm Clyde & Co. The report is available here as a PDF:

clydeco.com


The business benefits of maintaining a healthy and happy workforce will be the focus of IOSH’S 42nd National Safety and Health Conference which will be held at the Nottingham Belfry on 14th September.

See: IOSH


New shocking statistics have been released by the HSE which is working on the ‘Breathe Freely’ initiative with BOHS (The Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection) to raise awareness of the deadly risks to manufacturing industry workers. Out of the 190,000 workers undertaking welding activities each year, 150 of them die from cancer caused by welding.

See: connectingindustry.com


Soft toy filling company The Stuffing Plant Ltd (TSP) of Mexborough has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and has been fined £35,000 with £2,486 costs after a worker lost his left hand in an unguarded carding machine on 8th March 2016.

See: HSE


Avon Joinery Limited of Rugby has pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9 (1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations after an employee severed the first finger and thumb tip on his left hand with a circular saw at the company base in Rugby on 3rd February 2016. It was fined £230,000 plus costs of £1,779.70.

See: shponline.co.uk

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