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September 2020

Professor David Coggon of MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, and others have developed a risk model to provide estimates of personal vulnerability to Covid-19 according to sex, age, ethnicity, and various comorbidities. Employers can explore using the model to determine the ‹covid-age› of their workers and assess their fitness for a return to the workplace. A paper on the model can be downloaded here:

medrxiv.org (PDF)


Adhesive tape manufacturer Scapa UK Limited of Ashton Under Lyne, Manchester, has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and fined £120,000 plus costs after a worker was fatally injured while operating a rewind slitting machine in April 2018:

HSE


The Environment Agency has published an update on its consultation on draft technical guidance for permitted facilities that transfer or treat chemical waste:

consult.environment-agency.gov.uk


A public consultation on the international standard ISO/DIS 45003, ‘Occupational health and safety management - Psychological health and safety at work: managing psychosocial risks - Guidelines’ is open until 3 October 2020:

standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com


Biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plastic products like shopping bags, packaging or drinking cups are being increasingly promoted as greener solution than traditional plastic products for consumers. But how environmentally-friendly are they:

eea.europa.eu


Leeds and Bradford Boiler Co Ltd of Stunningly, Leeds, has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and been fined £120,000 plus costs after a worker suffered crush injuries while using a vertical borer machine in November 2018:

HSE


The UK government has released its proposals for new Environmental Targets which will be set through the Environment Bill in four priority areas: Air Quality, Resource Efficiency and Waste Reduction, Biodiversity and Water. It is unclear how these new ‘targets’ will relate to the existing statutory limit values contained in the Air Quality Standards Regulations 2010:

gov.uk

The latest ‹Risks› newsletter for safety reps from the TUC:

tuc.org.uk


The Environment Agency has urged businesses and organisations to sign up to a virtual panel to help shape the UK’s first comprehensive digital waste tracking system:

letsrecycle.com


Research company WorkBuzz has released a free report on how Coronavirus is driving organisational change programmes, digital transformation and flexible working initiatives:

personneltoday.com


August 2020

COVID-19 is driving worldwide change. Will industrial Environment, Health, and Safety Change as well?

blogs.idc.com


DeltaNet International, which specialises in health and safety and compliance, reports on the eight health and safety laws businesses could be breaking now, many carrying the potential of an unlimited fine or jail sentence:

bmmagazine.co.uk


Emma Hammett, founder of training company First Aid for Life, talks through reducing the risks of COVID-19 infection while administering first aid - including CPR:

blogs.bl.uk


Despite one in six workers suffering from a mental health condition, a poll conducted by HSE Network has found that 55.7% of people working in UK businesses lack access to mental health support, or even know if their business has policies to support workers with mental illness:

ioshmagazine.com


Perrys Motor Sales Ltd of Northamptonshire has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 8 of The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013 after a worker developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS):

shponline.co.uk


Brett Hill, distribution director at insurance firm Towergate Health & Protection, urges employers to exercise caution with Covid-19 testing as part of their plans to support employees returning to work:

personneltoday.com


The British Safety Council is providing a downloadable Return to Work Guide framework to enable organisations to develop robust protocols and arrangements, plus a new COVID-19 Assurance Assessment Service, and access to the “COVID-19 Workplace Protocols: Managing return to work” webinar (recorded 11 June):

britsafe.org


Bruce Craig, partner, litigation & health and safety expert at Pinsent Masons, asks whether Brexit will hamper the UK’s health and safety. The answer, it seems, is that it depends on the sector:

scotsman.com


Social distancing is making public transport worse for the environment than cars but researchers at the University of Cardiff have created a new app to help fix the problem:

airqualitynews.com


July 2020

Latest, provisional, figures for the 12 months to the end of March from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) show the UK recording the lowest number of workplace fatalities to date at 111. This number potentially shows the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy:

HSE (PDF)


A package of changes to Britain's health and safety system designed to support the Government's growth agenda and to ease regulatory burdens on business have been announced by employment minister Chris Grayling. The TUC has expressed grave concerns over the proposals:

hsmsearch.com


New research into injury incidents in the UK conducted by law firm Fletchers Serious Injury has revealed that 27.6% of people have suffered a serious injury from an accident in the workplace in the last five years:

fletchersseriousinjury.com (PDF)


Exposure to air pollution is likely linked with the occurrence or severity of COVID-19 infection, according to a report published by Defra, the Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG), and the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution (COMEAP):

uk-air.defra.gov.uk (PDF)


The HSE has issued a warning over the use of KN95 masks as PPE as some are known to be counterfeit and non-compliant with standards. The safety alert does not relate to N95 masks which are manufactured to a US standard and have been given permission for use specifically in UK healthcare settings:

personneltoday.com


A special 75th Birthday edition of IOSH Magazine May/June is available to view online:

www.ioshmagazine.com


The HSE has issued new guidance to set out how the manufacturing industry can return to work safely during the pandemic:

HSE


The Health and Safety Event and its co-located shows have once again been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will now take place on 27-28 April 2021 at NEC in Birmingham:

hsmsearch.com


Safety & Health Expo and its co-located shows have been rescheduled for 18–20 May 2021 at ExCeL London:

shponline.co.uk


June 2020

The UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published eight guides to help employers, employees and the self-employed in England understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic:

gov.uk


“Lessons from the crucible of crisis”, a timely article from Marcia McNutt, president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, USA:

science.sciencemag.org


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England's director of people, Sarah McIntosh, offers OSH professionals advice on how to manage workers' mental health during the lockdown:

ioshmagazine.com


American startup Strongarm Tech has developed wearable technology to track social distancing and contact-tracing to assist employers with return to work planning:

strongarmtech.com


IOSH are seeking the views of its members on its recommended changes to IOSH membership grades. The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete:

iosh.com


Post-Grenfell regulation aims to transform fire safety in buildings, initially to all multi-occupied residential buildings of at least 18 metres, or more than six storeys:

shponline.co.uk


Oil giant BP has been handed an improvement notice by the HSE following an incident on February 18 which led to the evacuation of 66 workers from ETAP, its Central North Sea asset:

energyvoice.com


UK industry bodies AXIS Network and Step Change in Safety are partnering to develop guidance for operators and the supply chain on inclusive offshore working practices:

rigzone.com


Resource management company Veolia has introduced new COVID-19 PPE treatment services to safely collect, contain and treat potentially contaminated items such as gloves, safety goggles, and masks:

pandct.com


Details released by the Scottish Greens following a Freedom of Information request revealed the HSE had serious concerns over the running of the ExxonMobil Ethylene plant complex at Mossmorran, Fife in August 2018. The Party is calling for the closure of the site:

thecourier.co.uk


Scientists have warned of the risks associated with the widespread use of antibody tests by employees and the wider public, saying that the tests must not be seen as a green light to reduce PPE and other protections:

personneltoday.com


May 2020

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has issued comprehensive guidance to employers about working with COVID-19:

See: HSE


The HSE and the Police are considering prosecution of employers who have failed to provide proper protection for key workers, including corporate manslaughter prosecutions:

theguardian.com

The British Safety Council is providing free online resources to assist businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, including checklists, courses and webinars

britsafe.org


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance on the circumstances requiring RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19:

hse.gov.uk


A report on research undertaken by the Institute for Employment Studies and Shell on the physical and psychological health among workers in safety-critical sectors such as maritime, aviation, nuclear and construction:

shell.com


In a message marking her first International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28th April, HSE Chief Executive Sarah Albon reiterated the HSE’s mission that no-one should get ill, be injured or die because of work in Great Britain:

press.hse.gov.uk


It may not be necessary to have worked for decades in mines to develop coal workers' pneumoconiosis:

thelancet.com


Figures compiled by the House of Commons Library for Labour show that the number of health and safety inspectors has dropped by a third under successive Conservative governments. Funding was slashed from £239m to £136m between 2009/10 and 2017/18:

mirror.co.uk


Due to Covid-19 RoSPA have extended the 2020 RoSPA Awards registration deadline to June 1, 2020:

rospa.com


A useful feature on the Legionella risks posed by low occupancy premises:

shponline.co.uk


EGL Homecare Ltd of Shoeburyness, Essex, has been fined £80,000 plus £5,314 in costs for breaching regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations after an agency worker had his arm caught in unguarded press rollers:

press.hse.gov.uk


The latest IOSH Covid-19 webinar, The role of the OSH professional – supporting your business throughout the Covid-19 crisis, which took place on 23rd April, is available to view in full on YouTube:

youtube.com


April 2020

Find UK Government guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) for health professionals and other organisations here:

www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance


SHP Online are also providing useful articles on the current pandemic: Coronavirus advice for employers, A guide to home working and self-isolating, COVID-19: Can employers be prosecuted if employees are exposed?, Responding to COVID-19 – What does your organisation need to do to stay on the right side of the criminal law? and Download: A guide to home working:

shponline.co.uk


Personnel Today’s 90 minute Coronavirus webinar for employers, first broadcast on Thursday 19 March, is now available on-demand. Register here:

personneltoday.com


The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has prosecuted contractor Renown Consultants Ltd of Milton Keynes after two men suffering with fatigue died in a road traffic accident in June 2013. This is the first time that ORR has prosecuted in relation to failures of fatigue management:

ioshmagazine.com


The shortlist has been announced for the Safety and Health Excellence Awards and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 22 September 2020:

hsmsearch.com


Blackburn-based haulage specialist Speed Drop Logistics has admitted breaching regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations in May 2019 after failing to provide fall protection for workers replacing the roof of its premises. It was fined £80,000 plus costs of £1570.60:

HSE


Safety & Health Expo 2020 and its co-located events, which were originally scheduled to be staged in May 2020, will now be held at ExCeL London on 8–10 September 2020:

safety-health-expo.co.uk


T M Telford Dairy Ltd of Telford has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and fined £600,000 plus costs of £14,379.45. In January 2016, two employees sustained serious injuries after a faulty valve blew off under pressure, releasing 1% nitric acid solution at 650°C:

hsmsearch.com


The UK Government has announced that the Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 will amend the Working Time Regulations 1998. Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement this year due to the coronavirus will be able to carry it over into the next two leave years:

personneltoday.com


Health and Safety Laboratory tests on three tool systems designed to reduce workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) have revealed large variations in their effectiveness. Download the summary report Assessment of dust extraction system solutions on hand-held electric diamond cutters to BS EN 50632:

hilti.co.uk


The UK will leave the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on December 31, when the transition period ends for the country’s departure from the EU. This dashes the hopes of the UK’s aviation industry, which has collectively expressed a strong preference for staying within the EASA's jurisdiction:

ainonline.com


March 2020

The UK government has declared coronavirus a “serious and imminent threat” to public health. Safety & Health Practitioner has published useful Coronavirus advice for employers:

shponline.co.uk


Multinational logistics company Kuehne + Nagel Drinks Logistics Limited (KNDL) of Dagenham has been fined £800,000 plus £25,000 costs for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act after one of its workers was run over by a forklift truck in July 2017:

cieh.org


The Health & Safety Executive is running a course on “Human Factors in Accident and Incident Investigations” on 17th-18th March (and other 2020 dates) in Buxton. With an estimated 90% of incidents involving Human Factors causes, effective investigation of the Human Factors within accidents and incidents is an essential part of improving human performance, personal safety, management systems and loss control:

HSL


Informa Markets is making available a free e-book “Courage, resilience and breaking the mould – Key trends and insights from the health and safety sector” which shares material from the seminars at Safety & Health Expo 2019. The aim is to “introduce you to new strategies for coping with an increasingly complex and global health and safety landscape”:

shponline.co.uk


More than 600 Amazon workers have been seriously injured or narrowly escaped an accident in the past three years, prompting calls for a parliamentary inquiry into safety at their UK warehouses:

theguardian.com


Following the conviction of a small business director for corporate manslaughter, Waltham Forest Trades Council spoke out about the lack of convictions for directors of larger organisations:

unisonwalthamforest.org.uk


Free tickets are available for the Safety & Health Expo 2020 to be held at ExCel, London on 19-21 May:

registration.n200.com


London-based Peter Norris (Haulage) Ltd has pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 after an agency worker suffered lower leg amputation:

HSE


Personnel Today is running a FREE 60-minute webinar on organisations’ mental health provision and strategies to support the health and wellbeing of their workforce. “Mental health: why employees don’t ask for help” is on Wednesday 1st April at 2:00 PM BST:

personneltoday.com

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