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June 2021

Safety & Health Expo Connect (1-30 June 2021) will bring together the global H&S community through an online marketplace and virtual meetings, while the in-person event – Safety & Health Expo and the co-located Workplace Wellbeing Show – will return to London’s ExCeL in May 2022:

shponline.co.uk


The number of people who have died of work-related Covid-19 is being “massively under-reported” by employers, according to a new TUC report. ‘RIDDOR, Covid and under-reporting’ highlights a huge discrepancy between Covid work-related deaths reported by employers and data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Public Health England:

theguardian.com and tuc.org.uk


As part of the Government’s commitment to move towards a circular economy and net zero emissions, Defra is consulting on how to increase consistency in the collection of recyclable materials from domestic and non-domestic premises in England with the aim of raising recycling levels to an overall rate of 65%:

iwfm.org.uk


Ineos Chemicals Grangemouth Ltd has been ordered to pay £400,000 after a leak from a cracked pipe put 97 workers at risk when c. 17 tonnes of ethylene was released at its Grangemouth plant on 2 May 2017. The company pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 5(1) of the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015 and section 33(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act:

ioshmagazine.com


LED strip-light specialist Mineglow has launched what it says is the world’s first IECEx-certified explosive-proof LED strip light designed to improve safety in high-risk areas:

tunnelsonline.info


Nic Paton from “Personnel Today” examines the implications of ‘hybrid’ ways of working for occupational health practitioners:

personneltoday.com


It is essential that employees suffering from Long Covid symptoms are provided with personalised and early support if their health issues are not to be unnecessarily prolonged:

thehrdirector.com


A new three-part IOSH free webinar series is in preparation to prepare OSH professionals for the new risk environment. The first – What comes next? Dealing with communicable diseases in a world of uncertainty – is on Thursday 15 July (12.30-13.30 BST):

iosh.com


Young's Seafood Ltd in Grimsby has admitted breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act after a workers’ thumb and two fingers were severed in a mixing machine in October 2017. The company was fined £787,500 plus costs of £33,443:

ioshmagazine.com


The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Protection from Detriment in Health and Safety Cases) (Amendment) Order 2021 (SI 2021/618) has been made and came into force on 31 May 2021. It protects workers who leave or refuse to attend the workplace in circumstances they reasonably believe are a serious and imminent danger, and which they cannot reasonably be expected to avert:

personneltoday.com


May 2021

The EU Commission has issued three new amendments to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH):

ioshmagazine.com


DVV Media is running a FREE 60-minute Webinar "CPD: Workplace trauma post-pandemic " to address how companies can assist with the stress and trauma experienced by key frontline and public-facing workers. The Webinar is on Tuesday, May 18th 2021 - from 2:00 PM (BST):

https://app.livestorm.co/p/f18fd296-760c-49f2-8b83-5de38d3e26ef


A new study by the University of York and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science has revealed that household aerosols now emit more harmful volatile organic compound air pollution than all UK vehicles:

news-medical.net


Safety and Health Practitioner’s legislation update eBook, published in April 2021, is free to download and covers the latest progress on the Fire Safety Bill, Building Safety Bill, Environment Bill, The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021, Modern Slavery Act, Mental Health Act Reform, Environment and Energy, UK REACH, and ISO45003:

shponline.co.uk


On May 4th, World Asthma Day 2021, the HSE announced it would be targeting businesses whose workers undertake welding and use metalworking fluids to check that they are complying with the welding fumes guidance and metalworking fluid guidance:

projectscot.com


The HSE’s Annual Science Review 2021 has been launched, focusing on ways science and evidence is being used to prevent death, injury and ill-health in Great Britain’s workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic:

HSE


The Good Law Project has renewed its application for a judicial review against the government’s refusal to hold an urgent public inquiry into the hundreds of frontline NHS staff who lost their lives to Covid-19:

goodlawproject.org


The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimate that 2.78 million workers die every year from work-related injuries or diseases. Now, the UN’s Guiding principles on business and human rights: implementing the United Nations ‘protect, respect and remedy’ framework (UNGP) aim to set a global standard for curbing the adverse impacts from business on human rights:

ioshmagazine.com


Official workplace fatality figures are hiding thousands of COVID deaths, said the GMB Union on 28 April, Workers’ Memorial Day, and the official statistics should reflect this in all forms, regardless of whether a RIDDOR notification was made or not:

gmb.org.uk


The pandemic has brought occupational safety and health from the margins to the centre and should provide the context for a reinforcement of OSH and greater investment, not least because every euro invested in OSH pays back more than double for an organisation:

socialeurope.eu


April 2021

HSE Chair Sarah Newton reflects on the past year:

hse.gov.uk


Important material on the six key areas where the UK must increase research scale to maintain resilience against Covid-19 - the National Core Studies:

healthdatagateway.org


In relation to CSR, the most important of the six is Transmission and Environment, looking at how Covid-19 is spread on transport and in the workplace:

sites.manchester.ac.uk


Sanofi has announced several major projects to increase the impact of its Corporate Social Responsibility. These include environmental conservation, and the creation of Sanofi Global Health, a global non-profit unit to provide 40 of the world's poorest countries access to essential medicines:

biospace.com


Does the equality maxim of ‘gender neutrality’ put women at greater health and safety risk, asks Lorenzo Visentin, Group Head of Environment, Health and Safety at Arriva.

shponline.co.uk


Hosted by IOSH magazine, EcoOnline are running a Webinar on “Best Practices of Storage and Segregation of Packaged Chemicals and Dangerous Substances” on Tuesday, 13 April 2021 at 13:00 BST:

ioshmagazine.com


Lancashire-based Enterprise Managed Services Ltd (EMSL), owned by Amey, has been fined £1,020,000 plus costs of £60,476 after a worker was killed by tripping or falling under the reversing waste lorry in April 2016. The company pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974:

mrw.co.uk


The TUC’s latest biennial survey of more than 2,100 workplace safety representatives has found many employers failing to follow Covid-secure rules on risk assessments, social distancing and PPE during the pandemic:

personneltoday.com


Although the UK has left the EU, guidance from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) can be immensely helpful, i.e. their latest material on chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) in the workplace as working populations grow older and retirement ages rise:

osha.europa.eu


In June 2020, Culture Change specialists Tribe published a report on how c. 125 mostly large organisations in many different sectors could develop more resilient health, safety and wellbeing cultures out of the Covid-19 crisis. Now they have released an update with more evidence on crisis culture insights and outcomes. Both reports can be downloaded here:

tribeculturechange.com


The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded £2m to a project that will use satellite technology to detect methane emissions. The technology has already revealed dramatic increases in large methane leaks around the world. In related news, a new study has revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is underestimating methane emissions from oil and gas production by up to 90%:

airqualitynews.com


March 2021

More than ever, it is important for all types of businesses to have authentic Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives that are not a publicity spin. A new book demonstrates that CSR is the future of business:

pressat.co.uk


Managing ‘return to work’ is about much more than just health and safety and ‘Covid-secure’ environments, argues Craig Jackson, Professor of occupational health psychology, Birmingham City University, and a member of the Society of Occupational Medicine:

personneltoday.com


New guidance has been published by the UK Hearing Conservation Association, in conjunction with the Institute of Acoustics, the Association of Noise Consultants, IOSH and BOHS to help employers commission competent technical advice on noise exposure control:

britsafe.org


A useful Q&A on chemical safety legislation post-Brexit from dangerous goods expert Sarah Ingle of EcoOnline, which arose from a recent IOSH magazine webinar:

ioshmagazine.com


Roofing company R4 Industrial Roofing Cladding Systems Ltd of Wickford, Essex has pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and fined £165,000 plus costs of £20,957 after a worker died falling through an industrial roof light in February 2018:

HSE


The British Safety Council has launched a new Safety Management app, which allows readers to browse news on the go and keep abreast of the changing UK and international health and safety landscape:

politicshome.com


An international group of scientists are backing the creation of an international body to oversee chemicals and waste:

chemistryworld.com


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is seeking scientific and technical experts in chemical risk assessment and socioeconomic analysis to join its new multidisciplinary REACH Independent Scientific Expert Pool (RISEP):

HSE


Stephen Wood, Professor of Management, University of Leicester, and a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Science and Academic Fellow of the CIPD, outlines some of the ways working from home has impacted people's wellbeing:

rsph.org.uk


Check out the IOSH Magazine podcast with regulatory lawyer Rhian Greaves on the impact the pandemic has had on the service safety, health and environmental regulatory agencies are providing:

orlo.uk


February 2021

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for 7 March to 28 December 2020 reveal that the mortality rate from COVID-19 in the UK working age population peaked in manual workers in processing plants, security guards and those in ‹elementary occupations› including construction and care work:

ioshmagazine.com


In correspondence published in the Lancet on 23 January, academics from De Montfort, Manchester and Nottingham universities recommend “restoration of an adequate health and safety inspectorate”… with the wherewithal to fulfil its mandate:

thelancet.com


Safety & Health Expo, the UK's largest dedicated event for health and safety professionals, has been scheduled to take place from 12-14 July 2021 at ExCel London. You can now register your interest in attending:

safety-health-expo.co.uk


The EU’s Occupational Safety and Health Agency (EU-OSHA) report, Workforce diversity and musculoskeletal disorders: review of facts and figures and case examples, shows the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and associated physical, psychosocial, individual and organisational risk factors in women, migrants and LGBTI workers.


Although the UK has left the EU, sector-specific guidance from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) helping employers and workers to stay safe and healthy on their return to work during and after the pandemic is immensely helpful:

osha.europa.eu


Hazardex 2021, the conference and exhibition for those in the high hazard and process industries, will be held on June 16th & 17th at the Hilton Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. There will also be a virtual access option to all streams for any delegates unable to attend in person:

hazardex-event.co.uk


Safety and Health Practitioner has published its Top 10 health & safety prosecutions of 2020. The year saw some huge fines for the likes of Leadec Limited, who were fined £2m, Tesco, Phillips 66 Ltd and Costain:

shponline.co.uk


Working remotely: How to spot signs of struggling employees by Dr Nick Zygouris, consultant clinical psychologist and director of mental health at Maximus UK:

covermagazine.co.uk


Pontrilas Sawmills Limited of Pontrilas, Hereford has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after a worker was fatally crushed in December 2017. The company was fined £200,000 plus costs of £22,016.

HSE


Migrant workers are more than twice as likely to be killed or suffer injuries in the workplace due to poor English skills. To address this, Make UK and the FlashAcademy have developed a workplace app to deliver health and safety technical training and general English skills in 20 languages:

personneltoday.com


January 2021

The Supreme Court has changed long-accepted coronial law and practice concerning the ‹standard of proof› that is needed to reach a conclusion of suicide or unlawful killing in inquests. This judgement could have significant repercussions for inquests arising out of workplace fatalities:

ioshmagazine.com


The HSE are providing free podcasts to help SMEs that make, use or supply chemicals understand what actions they need to take now that GB chemical regimes are in place for e.g. Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) and Prior Informed Consent (PIC) regimes, Plant Protection Products (PPP) and Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals (REACH):

HSE


Hazards magazine looks at the impact of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) keeping a safe distance from enforcement activity as Covid-19 raged in the workplace:

hazards.org


Chemical company Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Ltd of Kingston upon Hull has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 after a worker had an arm crushed in September 2017. The company has been fined £200,000 plus £8,261.28 in costs:

shponline.co.uk


According to research by Bupa Global, two in five (38%) business leaders in the UK have turned to alcohol or drugs to cope with mental ill health during the pandemic:

bupaglobal.com


A fifth of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 are still exhibiting symptoms five weeks or more after being infected with the virus, with a tenth suffering from “long Covid” for three months or longer, according to research from the Office for National Statistics:

personneltoday.com


The European Commission has launched Re-open EU mobile app to provide regular updates on coronavirus health, safety and travel measures across Europe:

eureporter.co


Dublin-based Doyle Shipping Group has been fined €850,000 following a fatal incident in June 2018. It pleaded guilty to Section 8(2)(a) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 contrary to Section 77(9)(a):

shponline.co.uk


IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign is raising awareness of occupational cancer, which kills 742,000 a year globally. Free resources here on asbestos, silica dust, solar radiation and diesel exhaust emissions:

notimetolose.org.uk (sign-up required). IOSH also provide COVID support materials and webinars: iosh.com/coronavirus


Safety and Health Practitioner has produced a guide to help home workers beat the “January Blues”:

shponline.co.uk


Food manufacturer Müller UK & Ireland LLP has pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision of Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 after an agency worker at its Shropshire site required finger amputations in July 2016. The company was fined £66,000 plus costs of £5,024.20:

shponline.co.uk


Sellafield Ltd has been fined £320,000 plus £12,079 in costs after an electrician suffered 15-20% burns while working without adequate training or supervision on high voltage equipment in April 2020:

ioshmagazine.com


December 2020

A new report on the Environment, Health and Safety Market, Revenue, Global Prospects by Future Growth, Cost, Key Participants and Emerging Trends predicts robust growth between 2020 and 2027:

industrytoday.co.uk


The oil and gas industry has committed to the new Oil and Gas Methane Partnership 2.0 (OGMP) framework to monitor, report and reduce anthropogenic methane emissions:

edf.org (PDF)


Richard Vann, CEO of specialist engineering consultancy RVA Group, looks at waste and asks whether some demolition professionals could raise their environmental game:

khl.com


Waste recycling company Enva Scotland Limited has pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act after a fatal accident at its Paisley site in March 2018. The company was fined £264,000:

HSE


Food factories could be Covid-19 “super spreaders” this Christmas. TUC demand that Ministers update health and safety guidance and place a legal duty on employers to publish their risk assessments:

tuc.org.uk


The European Commission has reported on the implementation of Directive 2013/30/EU on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations:

uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com (requires signing up for a free trial of Practical Law).


Rhian Greaves of Pannone Corporate outlines how to help the clinically vulnerable remain safe at work from COVID-19 after research by disability charity Scope found that 22% of disabled employees have had their requests to alter working patterns declined:

ioshmagazine.com


A look at how wearable and smart technologies can improve safety, including exposure to hazardous environments:

utilityweek.co.uk


A whitepaper from Third Pillar of Health entitled ‹Sleep and fatigue in UK working populations› looks at the extent, impact and causes of tiredness and fatigue in different worker groups:

shponline.co.uk


The UK’s Health and Safety Event has once again been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will now take place on 7-9 September 2021 at the NEC, Birmingham. Registrations are open:

healthandsafetyevent.com/faqs

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