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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/pubns/books/lawposter.htm  

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Work Related Dermatitis

Work related dermatitis can be caused by exposure to chemical agents and wet work (hands repeatedly wet for long periods). Other agents can be biological (e.g. plants or bacteria), physical (e.g. vibration) and mechanical (e.g. abrasion). Hands are most at risk, but other parts of the body can be affected.

Portable Electrical Equipment

The HSE have issued new guidance for maintaining portable electrical equipment. The guidance is for managers, electricians, technicians and users and gives sensible advice on maintaining portable electrical equipment to prevent danger.

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RIDDOR

From 1st October 2013 the requirements to report accidents to the HSE under RIDDOR have changed. The main changes will be to simplify the reporting requirements in the following areas: The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’ The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease to […]

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Manslaughter

North Eastern Maritime Offshore Cluster Ltd (NEMOC) hired Allan Turnbull trading as A&H Site Line Boring & Machining to dismantle structural steelwork on the roof of a shipyard in Wallsend, Newcastle.

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Student Work Experience

The HSE has issued revised guidance to employers considering offering work experience to students. The Department for Education has worked with Ofsted to publish guidance on how Ofsted will inspect Health and Safety and the Association of British Insurers is reassuring employers that they don’t have to take out special insurance policies to cover students […]