Save the Management Regs ACoP

Unfortunately, the Government plans to cut important guidelines that help employers to comply with health and safety laws. Organisations use the ‘Management of Health and Safety at Work Approved Code of Practice’ (ACoP) to manage risk and prevent accidents, injury, illness and death in the workplace. But the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wants to replace this with non-approved guidance that lacks the same authority and assurance. This would be a mistake that could potentially cost lives, SCoS and many others strongly urge the DWP to improve and retain this much-valued ACoP.

IOSH have posted an e-petition on the Government’s website and if it reachs 100,000 signatures, it triggers consideration and a possible debate in Parliament. Such a debate would draw attention to the issues and supporting MPs would get the opportunity to make the case for retention. To help secure 100,000 signatories, we’re encouraging our membership and all interested parties to sign-up. More information about e-petitions is available on the website.

SCoS would like to encourage all groups and any interested family and friends to sign this e-petition. Signing is quick and easy and can be done by visiting It just requires your name, address and email address, please take two minutes to support this petition.

Health Risks at Work – do you know yours?

In 2007 while speaking at the SCoS Conference in Hampden, Stewart Campbell ex Director of HSE challenged the Scottish health & safety community to continue their position at the forefront of health & safety, they must help improve health and wellbeing. After the conference, Claire Walsh SCoS, Robert Aitkinson SCHWL, Karen McDonnell RoSPA, Bob Rajan HSE, Norman Stevenson SCOS, John Cairns SGWS, Sarah Jones HSE formed a working group to produce a toolkit of simple easy to implement items for the

In May 2012 the toolkit was passed on to SGUK to roll out across the rest of the UK.

Estates Excellence

Estates Excellence (EE) is a collaborative (non-enforcement led) approach by regulators and partners to support SMEs to improve safety and health in specific areas. The first area in Scotland to benefit from the support of many organisations is the Bellshill and Righead industrial area in North Lanarkshire.  SCoS is proud to help roll out this initiative in Scotland along with HSE, Healthy Working Lives, North Lanarkshire Council and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue who will all be working together to offer support and guidance to businesses in the area.

The initiative will take place in through September 2012 with the emphasis on leadership within business and worker involvement in safety and health initiatives.  Workplace visits, free training sessions and occupational health support will be available free to all participants in the EE area.  A number of activities are being planned to ensure a lasting legacy of improving in health and safety standards and the initiative should be rolled out further across Scotland in the coming year.

Health & Safety Scotland

Health and Safety Scotland, 7 & 8 September at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston is dedicated to helping you control risks to health and safety in your workplace. If you are responsible for the health and safety of your workforce in Scotland and NE of England, this is the event for you. Health and Safety Scotland provides industrial, commercial and public sector organisations with a truly cost and time effective educational experience. With support from The British Safety Council in providing a comprehensive educational conference program the entire event is FREE to attend. More information and registration is available at the Health & Safety Scotland website.

Free Driver Seminars

RoSPA Scotland provides road safety training on a variety of topical issues relevant to contributing to the delivery of Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020. These training seminars are for those involved with young drivers or managing driving at work. More information and booking details can be found here:

HSE introduces new arrangements for online reporting

Businesses will still be able to notify fatal and major incidents and injuries by phone following changes to reporting arrangements, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirmed today.

From 12 September 2011, all other reportable work-related injuries and incidents under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) will move to a predominantly online system, with a suite of seven forms available on HSE’s website to make the statutory reporting process quick and easy.

Read the full article here.

Conference a great succcess!

The Scottish Chamber of Safety Annual Conference was a great success, bringing together safety professionals from all over the country to debate, discuss and learn about key issues facing our profession. Pictures and reactions from the day will be posted when available.

Champions and Safety Groups Discount

If you are a Health Risks at Work champion or a member of your local safety group, you qualify for a reduced rate to attend the conference. For more information contact Healthy Working Lives or your local safety group.

Safe, Healthy and Fit for Purpose

24th February 2011

Registration from 08:45 – 09:30, conference closes at 16:00.

A conference and exhibition for everyone working to improve health, safety and wellbeing in Scotland.

  • Keynote address from Roger Bibbings (RoSPA, IOSH Lifetime Achievement award holder)
  • Debate session with Dr Paul Stollard (HSE) and Ian Tasker (STUC)
  • Presentation of the Lord Cullen Awards by Lord Cullen of Whitekirk
  • Drama presentation by “Acting Up

Register online now

The conference will provide an opportunity for practitioners and interested parties to improve their working knowledge of current safety issues, update on the national implications of Lord Young’s review and take part in a discussion on the implications.

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