HSE Weekly Bulletin - issued 12 Nov 20
Welcome to the HSE Weekly Digest eBulletin
This week's digest contains information on any actions your business will need to take ahead of the UK transition period ending on 31 December.
There are also details and advice around COVID-19 spot checks and inspections, downloads for the construction industry, news of recent enforcement action taken by HSE and links to our latest job vacancies.
For all the latest updates visit our website.
HSE is continuing to conduct spot checks and inspections on workplaces.
We are carrying out spot checks by calling and visiting workplaces, often unannounced, putting employers on the spot to make sure they are following government guidelines on being COVID-secure.
In order to reach as many workplaces as possible nationally and to support the core work of our inspectors, we are working with trained and approved partners to deliver the spot check calls and visits.
Officers that visit premises will be carrying identification from their business and a letter of authorisation from HSE. If you wish to verify who it is calling you or the officer at your door is working for HSE, please call 0300 790 6896.
HSE is supporting businesses proving advice and guidance on how to manage the risks posed by the virus in the workplace. Most of the checks HSE undertakes indicate that businesses are making workplace adjustments in line with the recommended COVID-secure guidance.
For all the latest information and advice on health and safety during the pandemic, please visit our coronavirus website.
The UK has left the EU and new rules for business with the EU start in January 2021.
The transition period will end on 31 December 2020 and will not be extended. While the government continues to negotiate with the EU, there are actions your business can take now.
HSE will also be hosting a series of podcasts in the coming weeks to provide more information on the changes to how chemicals will be regulated from 1 January 2021. Subscribe here for free access.
You can also stay up to date with the latest developments by signing up to receive a weekly email bulletin from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
A company and an individual have been fined after a worker suffered life-changing injuries while dismantling an external platform lift.
The worker was injured when a heavy component of the lift toppled to the ground and he fell with it. The injuries sustained resulted in him being paralysed and confined to a wheelchair. For more details, read this press release.
Other recent enforcement news includes:
- Company fined £160,000 after scaffolding collapsed
- Logistics company fined after a worker was injured in explosion
- Cheshire Council fined after child falls from height
The Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) advises HSE and relevant stakeholders of emerging health and safety developments and risks in the construction industry.
Drawn from industry bodies, representatives and trade associations, CONIAC's Managing Risk Well Working Group has produced the following documents, which can be downloaded by following the links:
- 'Safety Steps' working at height guidance
From toolbox talks to checklists, providing a structure for training material content to informing flowcharts, Safety Steps has a wide range of uses for designers, clients, managers, supervisors and operatives.
- The Construction fire safety: Responsibility and competence matrix
Identifying and outlining the roles and responsibilities of those involved in fire safety and prevention on construction projects.
Get more advice and guidance around the construction industry on HSE's website.
Develop a career at HSE and help to protect lives. We have a number of exciting job opportunities currently available.
For details of selected posts, follow the links below:
- Customer Service Apprentice
(closes 15 November)
- Pay and Reward Specialist
(closes 22 November)
- Senior Risk Assessment and Process Safety Specialist
(closes 29 November)
View our full list of current vacancies
You can get all the latest news and updates from HSE across a range of industries and topics.
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Posted: Thu, 12 Nov 2020 16:41 by Jon Chitty