Monthly Archive 30th October 2019

Health and safety statistics

Key figures for Great Britain (2018/19)

  • 1.4 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
  • 2,526 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2017)
  • 147 workers killed at work (2018/19)
  • 581,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
  • 69,208 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
  • 28.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • £15 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2017/18)

SCoRSA Road Safety Seminar

St Andrew’s Seminar 2019, Tuesday 5th November 2019, Perth Racecource

Perth Racecourse

Hear the latest on changes in drug driving procedures at @ScORSAMorr St Andrew’s Seminar on 5th November, Perth Racecourse. Free to attend for members. Join ScORSA at  – for free resources, advice and network opportunities

Chaired by Dr Karen McDonnell, Head of RoSPA Scotland, speakers will include: 

  • George Henry, National Operations Manager for Road Safety Policy and Education, Transport Scotland
  • Heather Ward – Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University College London
  • Alan Craddock – Head of Transport and Public Services Unit, HSE
  • Anne-Marie Penny – Senior Programme Manager, Road User Safety, DfBB Programme, Highways England
  • George Cairns – Glasgow City Council
  • Inspector Vincent Fisher, Police Scotland
  • Andy Cathro – LOcHER Project
  • Liam Gallagher – City Facilities Management Holdings

Booking form available from

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day 2019

Today is World Mental Health Day and this years theme is suicide prevention, the hope is to raise the issue so it will be given priority in public health agendas around the world.

In the next week, 15,120 people will end their life through suicide.

One person every 40 seconds.

Suicide doesn’t stop the pain, it just passes it on.

This years SCoS Conference is focussed on improving mental health in the workplace. In the 3rd session of the day we will be showing the video #nostigma.

stonemasonry dust

Controlling exposure to stonemasonry dust consultation

As many of you will be aware, the HSE HSG201 guidance document ‘Controlling exposure to stonemasonry dust’ was published in 2001 and is out of date (e.g. it mentions MEL of 0.3 mg/m3 for RCS). 

HSE has been working for some time on replacing this document and would like your comments on the replacement draft (Word, 11Mb).

The new HSG201 is designed to provide practical information and controls for stone dust and that it will provide duty holders with simple to understand guidance. The document will eventually be both a priced HSE publication and a free to download pdf.

Please note the following points:

  1. Each appendix contains additional detail on key matters such as types of LEV, health surveillance programmes etc.
  2. The document makes reference to the revised ST series CoSHH essentials sheets which have not yet been published but hopefully will be soon.
  3. In section 5, machinery is discussed in the order of what might expect to be seen more commonly in stone work manufacturing.
  4. The document should also be useful for construction site applications.

Comments must be sent directly to both Susan Hambling and Sarah Palfreyman by the 11th of October 2019.