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December 2021

Marking Human Rights Day on 1 December, Richard Jones CFIOSH, former head of policy at IOSH, highlights key public policy developments:

ioshmagazine.com


The Essar Stanlow Manufacturing Complex at Ellesmere Port has maintained its ‘Gold’ status in the renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards:

chesterstandard.co.uk


Personnel Today magazine has published what it considers the 10 most important employment law cases in 2021, counting down from ten to one:

personneltoday.com


The UK government’s chief medical adviser Professor Chris Whitty has told businesses to invest in better ventilation to improve workers’ health in general, help to protect against future health emergencies, as well as aid recovery from the pandemic:

facilitatemagazine.com


The HSE has released new guidance on managing home workers’ health and safety which specifically includes hybrid working and risk assessments, managing stress and mental health and display screen equipment (DSE) assessments:

hse.gov.uk


IOSH and the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO) have signed an agreement to enable joint activities that improve working conditions and protect workers around the world:

iosh.com


Royston Lead Ld. of Barnsley, South Yorkshire has pleaded guilty to breaching two charges of Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and fined £80,000 after a worker had to have a finger partially amputated after trapping it in an unguarded lead billet stamping machine in January 2018:

shponline.co.uk


Research by the insurer QBE reveals that senior leaders fear claims as a consequence of Covid-driven decisions. Other concerns include financial turmoil and health and safety:

insurancetimes.co.uk


The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board has approved two final reports on accidents that killed six workers. The reports concerned AB Specialty Silicones of Waukegan, Illinois, and an Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Canton, North Carolina. As the CSB’s board had only one member, and another 18 unfinished accident investigations stretching back 5 years, President Joe Biden nominated three more people to the board:

cen.acs.org


A report by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has found that chemical recycling of plastic waste currently covers different technologies with varying potential for contributing to a circular economy. Following REACH registration requirements for recycled materials and finding ways to eliminate substances of concern from plastic waste streams are key to achieving non-toxic recycling:

shponline.co.uk


RoSPA has welcomed the government’s announcement on its ban on using handheld mobile phones for any purpose whilst driving. Drivers holding their phone are four times more likely to crash. In 2020, there were 368 collisions of all severities where use of a mobile phone was a contributory factor:

bdcmagazine.com


Finally, we wish all our customers and website visitors a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year.


November 2021

The UK government’s plan for managing COVID-19 through the winter is available in full here:

assets.publishing.service.gov.uk


Consultancy Dekra has made available a Focus Article, Optimising Safety for the Renewable Energy Sector (sign-up required):

dekra-uk.co.uk


A reminder that by 27 October 2021, GB-based legal entities that had been purchasing substances and mixtures from EU registrants or whose imports had been covered by EU Only Representatives in accordance with Art. 8 of EU Regulation No. 1907/2006 (REACH) will need to submit a Downstream User Import Notification (DUIN) to the HSE:

HSE


Industry accounts for almost 40% of the world's energy consumption and still overwhelmingly uses fossil fuels. The InfluenceMap think tank's "A-List" assessed the climate ambitions of hundreds of companies, but found just 15 were sufficient:

ednh.news


The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) in the UK is calling for universal access to occupational health (OH) provision by a) increasing the proportion of employers providing access to OH, and b) providing an NHS offer to ‘mop up’ those who do not those who do not have access through smaller employers (16m) and self-employed workers (4.4million):

som.org.uk

SOM recently held an online Summit on the topic, and the recordings and accompanying slide presentations are available here:

som.org.uk


The HSE has issued an improvement notice to Ensco Offshore UK Limited, part of Valaris, following an incident in September on one of its jack-up rigs in which a 2.3-tonne object fell from a drill pipe elevator, posing risk of “serious injury” to rig workers. The company has until 30 November 2021 to comply with the notice:

energyvoice.com


A helpful article reminding employers that reasonable adjustments can significantly improve the chances of meeting the needs, and maximising the potential of, those with disabilities:

ioshmagazine.com


Professor Jin Xuan, director of the UK Research and Innovation (URI) Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Chemical Economy, explains the centre’s ambition to transform the UK’s £32bn chemical industry into a fossil-independent circular industry by developing sector-wide solutions for efficient recycling and recovery of chemical resources, such as olefins:

theengineer.co.uk


Hereford Galvanizers Limited of Hereford has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £266,000 plus costs of £14,635.29 after a worker died in February 2019 following the explosion of a tubular steel brace during galvanizing:

HSE


October 2021

Almost a million people in the UK are suffering from Long Covid, which has potentially huge implications for Occupational Health staff. The Society of Occupational Medicine has launched a new Podcast series and provided other resources which may prove valuable:

som.org.uk


Chemical company Briar Chemicals Ltd of Norwich has been fined £1 million plus costs of £10,967 after a maintenance contractor died in a Toluene vapour explosion in July 2018. The company admitted breaching regulation 5 of the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations:

ioshmagazine.com


The 2021 SHP Awards are open for entry until Friday 29 October, with seven categories: Most Influential Individual; Rising Stars in the UK and internationally, in construction, and in manufacturing; Trailblazer in workplace wellbeing; and Trailblazer in Health & Safety:

shponline.co.uk


After a bumper 2021, when nearly 2,000 entries from 49 countries were received, the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2022 are open for registrations. A key change is that entrants will be asked to reflect on how they have managed health and safety issues connected to COVID-19. Also new is the “Inspiring Women in Safety Award”, sponsored by L’Oréal:

bdcmagazine.com


A report on a workshop organised by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (HSE Report number: RPS/20/03) to evaluate the impact of climate change on establishments subject to the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH Regulations), in preparation for the new UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) published in June 2021:

documents.manchester.ac.uk


76% of UK utility, telecoms engineering and construction companies have experienced an incident involving a lone worker in the past three years, with a fifth of these incidents described as severe or very severe. Lone worker solution provider StaySafe have produced a useful report on this under-researched subject:

staysafeapp.com


Open burning of waste is a neglected issue with global implications for human safety and climate change:

theengineer.co.uk and ednh.news


Andrea Fried, Associate Professor in Business Administration at the Linköping University, Sweden, and author of “Understanding Deviance in a World of Standards” Why do companies deviate from standards and what shall we do about it?

blog.oup.com


If your organisation is part of a supply chain, it is likely that the Modern Slavery Act 2015 affects you. Private companies with a turnover of more than £36m a year fall under the Modern Slavery Act and it is advisable to be familiar with the issues, and of the risks involved if you fail to act:

ioshmagazine.com


September 2021

The results of a new YouGov survey show that the majority (59%) of people in the UK who had to work from home at least some of the time due to coronavirus want to continue to do so. A separate survey of London workers found that 66% want to be able to work from home once the crisis is over, including 19% who want to do so full-time:

yougov.co.uk


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its advice on keeping workplaces safe. This section covers ventilation and air conditioning:

HSE


Lincolnshire-based potato processor AH Worth Ltd has been fined £300,000 plus c. £10,000 in costs for breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 after several employees were exposed to sulphur dioxide (SO2) gas:

foodmanufacture.co.uk


Researchers at Airotect have developed a new personal air-sampling system that can detect more than 100 different compounds in one device that is worn as a badge:

technologynetworks.com


The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has a range of resources to help OSH professionals perform their role in identifying and managing the risks of suicide in the workplace:

iosh.com


Medical and safety technology company Dräger Safety UK, which assesses the impact of COVID-19, Brexit and workplace culture on health and safety in UK workplaces, warns of a rising use of drugs and alcohol:

hsmsearch.com


Royal Dutch Shell, which employs 86,000 workers in more than 70 countries, is considering making it mandatory for workers in some operations to have COVID-19 vaccinations or risk being fired:

reuters.com


The HSE intends to prosecute Drax Power for failing to properly control the exposure of its workers to wood dust from the biomass pellets used as fuel at its Selby power station:

execreview.com


Useful guidance on managing the risks associated with fatigue, particularly important for safety- critical work in sectors such as aviation, petrochemicals, road transport and the emergency services:

shponline.co.uk


According to a report from the WHO, traffic noise alone is responsible for the loss of more than one million healthy life years annually in Western Europe as a result of noise related disability and disease, including cognitive impairment such as dementia:

bmj.com


Air pollution is likely to reduce the life expectancy of about 40% of Indians by more than nine years, according to a report released by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC):

reuters.com

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