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Managing Risk: From Assessment to Control. Bringing your Risk Assessment to Life

10:30am 25 May 2021 – Block it out in your diary now!

Effective risk management systems allow an organisation, large or small, to meet its legal requirements in protecting workers by not only identifying risk but putting in place measures to ensure adequate risk controls. Too often risk assessment becomes a tick-box exercise but it’s vitally important that the organisation is mindful of the risks that are identified and takes ongoing action to monitor and manage them. This strong focus on worker health and safety, in turn, benefits organisational performance.

This webinar will feature a panel of experts from HSE including HM Health and Safety Inspectors, and NEBOSH who will discuss current guidance and principles in tackling risk. We’ll be taking questions during the webinar and highlighting resources, products and services that can help you build a successful risk management programme that protects employees from harm.

All attendees will earn CPD points.

1st Aid

First aid refresher training and certification extension

Updated guidance for extensions to first aid and other related qualification certificates during the Covid-19 outbreak has been published by HSE.

  • First Aid at work (FAW) and Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020 can be extended until 31st October, or 6 months from expiry date, whichever is later. Criteria set out in the guidance must be met to qualify for an extension. All requalification training for these certificates must be completed by 31st March 2021.
  • Offshore Medic (OM) and Offshore First Aid (OFA) certificates can be extended until 31st October 2020 only.
  • Flexibilities previously allowed in Scotland and Wales have now ended, (as lockdown restrictions are now more frequently targeted at specific geographical areas rather than nations), and the updated guidance will apply to all of GB.

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)

http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/overall/hssh1819.pdf

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 susan.hambling@hse.gov.uk and Sarah Palfreyman sarah.palfreyman@hse.gov.uk by the 11th of October 2019.