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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:

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):


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:

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:

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:

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:

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

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):

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: (sign-up required). IOSH also provide COVID support materials and webinars:

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

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:

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:

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:

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: (PDF)

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

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:


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:

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

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

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:

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:

November 2020

Ambitious new measures to strengthen the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to ensure that large businesses and public bodies tackle modern slavery risks in supply chains have been announced by the UK government:

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas to ensure they are COVID-secure. As well as participating in the phone calls and visits, take a look at the HSE guidance on ensuring a COVID-secure workplace:


The draft Chemicals (Health and Safety) and Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 were laid before Parliament on 15 October 2020:

On 29 October 2020, the European Commission adopted a Roadmap announcing the adoption in Q2 of 2021 of a Communication on a new EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work for the period 2021-2027: (requires signing up for a free trial of Practical Law).

Work-related cancer claims 742,000 lives a year worldwide. The No Time to Lose campaign from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), aims to explain the causes of occupational cancer and help businesses take action:

The HSE has provided guidance on RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19:


38% of UK employees have been struggling with their physical health according to a survey by employee engagement firm Inpulse, highlighting the need for employers to communicate with staff about building physical and emotional resilience:

In the Access Group’s latest webinar, governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) specialist Chris Chappell discusses the unique and unprecedented health and safety challenges faced by organisations across the nation in the current climate – and how to overcome them:

The HSE says its investigation into the deaths of five workers at a metal recycling site in Nechells, Birmingham, in July 2016 has been delayed by the pandemic and it is doing “all it can” to conclude the case:

Safety and Health Practitioner (SHP) Webinar Wednesdays brings you weekly free health and safety interactive webinars from October until early December. Sign up for one, several or all of them:

Some 440,000 UK manufacturing workers with health conditions that can be exacerbated by poor air quality are being exposed to potentially dangerous levels of airborne pollution, according to research by the environmental charity Global Action Plan and Zehnder Clean Air Solutions:

October 2020

A UK government COVID-19 prevention strategy based on an assumption the disease was transmitted by close contact with viral-loaded droplets was wrong, latest Public Health England (PHE) guidance suggests:

Leadec Limited of Warwick has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £2,000,000 plus £30,000 in costs after a specialist industrial services company worker suffered a fatal injury in June 2017:

COVID-19 testing company The Doctors’ Laboratory (TDL) has been found guilty of multiple health and safety breaches. The firm, part of Sonic Healthcare and the largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic services in the UK, is a key provider of COVID-19 testing and couriers to the NHS and the Department for Health and Social Care:

As working lives have changed significantly as a result of COVID-19, IOSH is encouraging businesses to invest in mental health programmes on World Mental Health Day (10 October 2020):

The government has launched a new call for evidence on which public bodies should assist local authorities to cut air pollution. Under this new approach, public bodies who carry out duties of a public nature, are responsible for a local source of pollution or who are able to take actions to cut local air pollution, could become designated Air Quality Partners:

Dunbartonshire-based Emtelle UK Limited, a manufacturer of plastic tubing and blown fibre tubing, has found guilty of breaching Regulations 11(1) and (2) of the Provision and Use of work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 after an employee suffered serious injuries to his left hand in November 2016:

As the world seeks a safer, better life, the Vision Zero global movement that believes all accidents, diseases and harm at work are preventable is announcing an exciting training package in collaboration with IOSH to make workplaces safer and healthier:

A multifaceted array of COVID-19-related return-to-work challenges will face Occupational health practitioners this autumn, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ‹Health and safety in a post-COVID world: what have we learned?› webinar:

Andrew Willis, Head of Legal at Croner, offers legal guidance on what to do if employees refuse to socially distance at work:

The Health and Safety Executive is reminding employers and others in control of premises, such as landlords, to identify and control the risks associated with legionella when a building has been closed or had reduced occupancy:


Digital safeguarding of physical workspaces can help employees return to ‹normal› - and health and safety is the prime accelerator towards its adoption:

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: (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:


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

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:

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:

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:


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:

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

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:

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

August 2020

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

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:

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:

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:

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):

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:

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):

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:

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:

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:


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:

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: (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): (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:

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

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


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:

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

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:

“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:

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:

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

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

May 2020

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

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

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

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

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:

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:

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

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:

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

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

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:

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:

April 2020

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

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:

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

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:

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:

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:


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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:


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”:

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:

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:

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

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:


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:

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