On the Line

The injury rate in the food and drink manufacturing sector is double the manufacturing sector average and the HSE estimate that 25% of these injuries are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). However, despite these figures, HSE’s enforcement relating to MSDs remains low.

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Tough Sentencing of H&S Crime

In November 2014, proposed sentencing guidelines were published that will assist sentencers dealing with corporate manslaughter, health and safety, food safety and hygiene offences.

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Safe Digging Is Not Enough

It has been declared in front of around 125 construction leaders by Terry Morgan, Crossrail’s chairman; Paul Sheffield, Kier’s former chief executive; and Dennis Curran, Barhale’s executive chairman, that the amount of injury and damage occurring from working around underground services is unacceptable, unnecessary and cannot go on. They have launched a free-to-download “safe digging is not enough” toolkit to demonstrate their commitment to raising safety standards.

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Health & Safety Law Poster

The HSE updated the Health & Safety Law Poster in 2009, but gave employers five years to replace the old ones – you have until 5 April 2014 to replace 1999 posters with the 2009 one, or issue the relevant leaflet to employees.

Further information can be found here http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/lawposter.htm