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June 2022

More hot weather is forecast. Employers are advised to refresh their understanding of their obligations under The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 which deal with the control of temperature and ventilation, and with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which place an obligation on the employer to carry out a risk assessment of the workplace and act accordingly:

businessmag.co.uk


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published its 10 year strategy ‘Protecting People and Places: HSE strategy 2022-2032’ which sets out its objectives with regard to enforcement for the next decade:

hse.gov.uk/aboutus/assets/docs/the-hse-strategy.pdf.

This was supplemented by the publication of the HSE Business Plan 2022/23 which covers the first transitional year of the strategy:

hse.gov.uk/aboutus/assets/docs/hse-business-plan.pdf


Long Covid is a disability under the Equality Act, a tribunal has ruled in what employment experts say could result in a “significant increase” in the number of claims brought by people suffering with the syndrome. Terence Burke, who was dismissed from his job as a charity caretaker, has been given permission to bring a case of disability discrimination against his former employer Turning Point Scotland. Figures released in May showed more than two million people in the UK are thought to be living with long Covid:

msn.com


The senior managers of UK food waste recycling site Greenfeeds Ltd, which is now in liquidation, have been jailed and the firm fined £2mn after being found guilty of two counts of corporate manslaughter following the deaths of two workers in a tanker of pig feed in December 2016:

feednavigator.com/Article/2022/06/20/Owners-of-Greenfeeds-Ltd-jailed-after-two-employees-drowned-in-pig-feed


The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has expressed disappointment about the lack of engagement and collaboration from the HSE with its key regulatory partners, particularly local authorities, as the HSE developed its new 10-year strategy to help cultivate safer workplaces:

facilitatemagazine.com


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. High quality resources are available on asbestos, silica dust, solar radiation and diesel exhaust fumes notimetolose.org.uk. Here’s an example, on occupational skin cancer which is responsible for over 60 worker deaths a year in the UK shponline.co.uk


The HSE has published its Annual Science Review. This year’s review illustrates the mix of activities that has helped to ensure that HSE’s response to the pandemic was informed by the best available evidence. It has also assisted HSE as an enabling regulator, and to secure justice against those who breach the law:

hse.gov.uk


A study by the Co-Op and New Economics Foundation found that loneliness costs UK employers more than £2.5 billion a year: from increased sick days and time off to care for others, to lower productivity and staff retention levels. Three in five employees admitted to feeling lonely at work:

ioshmagazine.com


The HSE has warned TotalEnergies over a series of failures in its maintenance processes on the Gryphon Alpha Platform, leading to risks of “fire and explosion”:

energyvoice.com


In the year since Amazon pledged to become “Earth's Safest Place to Work,” the serious injury rate at the company's American warehouses rose 15%:

businessinsider.com


Seafood processing company QA Fish Ltd of Scalloway, Shetland has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and fined £80,000 after a worker died following injuries sustained when she was run over by a forklift truck in January 2018:

press.hse.gov.uk


April 2022

A brief run-down of April’s changes to employment legislation, including increases to National Minimum Wage, National Living Wage, SSP, maternity, adoption, paternity, shared parental and parental bereavement pay; the gender pay gap reporting deadline; the right-to-work checking process for biometric residence card holders; new limits on employment statutory redundancy; and IR35 checks:

hrmagazine.co.uk


The European Commission’s long-awaited proposal on corporate sustainability due diligence has been published. Under the draft law, companies with more than 500 employees will be required to prevent and mitigate harm to people and planet – such as child labour and pollution – throughout their global value chains:

iosh.com


A case study on Brisko Scaffolding in Ipswich, which pleaded guilty to multiple safety failings and was ordered to pay more than £515,000 after an employee sustained a life-changing crush injury in November 2019 while using a forklift truck to move a bundle of steel weighing around 1.1 MT:

ioshmagazine.com


Innovations in health and safety training is the topic of the first in a new series of free webinars offered by IOSH and the European Network of Safety and Health Professional Organizations (ENSHPO). It is on 7 April at 1 p.m:

iosh.zoom.us


BW Offshore has been served an improvement notice by the HSE after crew on the Harbour Energy’s Catcher field floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel were put in serious danger of exposure to lethal levels of toxic gas:

energyvoice.com


Research shows that women are more susceptible to burnout caused by the stresses of coping with the COVID pandemic, and one in three women has considered downshifting or leaving the workforce in the past year. Occupational health professionals need to work proactively to support women to thrive in the workplace:

ioshmagazine.com


On 7 March, the UK Government became the 11th country to ratify the International Labour Organisation’s Violence and Harassment Convention. This is the first international treaty to recognise everyone’s right to a workplace free from violence and harassment, including that which is gender-based:

shponline.co.uk


The Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has taken an important step towards the possible inclusion of occupational safety and health as a fundamental principle and right at work. The matter will be discussed at the 110th International Labour Conference in June:

ilo.org


Able UK Limited of Cleveland has pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 2(1) of The Health and Safety at Work act 1974 and been fined £200,000 with £20,991.24 costs after a contractor suffered life threatening injuries in a fall during the dismantling of the Brent Bravo, a former North Sea oil and gas platform:

gazettelive.co.uk


A quick look at five serious books for HR and Occupational Health professionals - with subjects ranging from tackling stress with mental resilience, creating successful hybrid workplaces and tackling worker isolation, confronting racism by encouraging anti-racist leadership, and how to embed purpose as a business ‘must-have’ at a deep level into organisations:

hrmagazine.co.uk


Darlington-based Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd has been found guilty of breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 8(b)(i) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 after a worker suffered a fatal fall from an overhead crane walkway. The company was fined £1.5mn plus costs of £29,239:

shponline.co.uk


ACAS have published useful advice on Long-COVID for employers and employees.

Firstly, advice on sickness and absence because of Long-COVID: acas.org.uk and, secondly, whether Long-COVID is treated as a disability: acas.org.uk


New mobile phone laws, making it illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving under virtually any circumstance, came into force on 25 March:

shponline.co.uk


Scientific evidence from Dr Theo Compernolle explains that since our thinking brain can only focus on one thing at a time, for work that requires sustained attention and concentration, all task-switching and distractions should be eliminated – especially those coming from walkie-talkies, phones and screens:

ioshmagazine.com


Regulations have been published which will amend the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPEWR). Certain self-employed workers not previously entitled to free PPE will need to be provided with it by the business that they work for:

legislation.gov.uk


A & S Metal Recycling Limited of Stourport-on-Severn has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, fined £66,000 plus costs of £8,192.55 after a 15-year-old employee suffered 22% burns following an explosion and flash fire:

press.hse.gov.uk


International SOS, the world's leading health and security services company, and the Workforce Resilience Council, commissioned Ipsos MORI to survey c. 1,000 risk professionals across 75 countries on health, security, and COVID-19 risks in 2022:

internationalsos.com/risk-outlook


A study of a million individuals in Rome over a 15-year period identified a positive association between long-term exposure to air pollution (NO2, PM10 and PM2.5) and risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism:

ehjournal.biomedcentral.com


A systematic review and meta-analysis of 16 studies identified that people residing less than 5 km from a petrochemical facility (refinery or manufacturer of commercial chemicals) had a 30% higher risk of developing Leukaemia than residents from communities with none:

ehjournal.biomedcentral.com


January 2022

Experts warn that post-Brexit UK rule changes on chemicals would change the way ‘substances of very high concern’ are dealt with by the regulator:

theguardian.com


The Policy paper “Approach to including substances of very high concern on the UK REACH candidate list”, which was published on 9 December 2021, is available here:

gov.uk


Manchester-based hazardous waste treatment company Lanstar Ltd has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 after an employee was crushed to death when his forklift truck overturned in April 2017. The company were fined £126,000 plus £17,664 in costs:

HSE


AeraMax Pro AM3 and AM4 air purifiers manufactured by Fellowes have been proven to be effective in eliminating aerosolised concentration of SARS-CoV-2 by 99.9999% through a single air pass test of the purifier:

specificationonline.co.uk


Employers need to consider any additional risks to water hygiene arising from adopting hybrid working:

ioshmagazine.com


The world’s first menopause awards have been launched by GenM to celebrate the organisations improving the menopause for the 15.5 million plus women in the UK, in the workplace, at home and in society:

shponline.co.uk


Safety & Health Practitioner present their annual video round-up of the 10 biggest health and safety prosecutions of 2021:

shponline.co.uk


The Society of Occupational Medicine have a large number and range of free recordings and slides of previous Webinars on key topics of interest to occupational health professionals:

som.org.uk/som-webinars


There remains no removal plan in place for the cold-stacked oil rig “Ocean Princess” in the Cromarty Firth which has been boarded by thrill-seekers posting videos on YouTube:

energyvoice.com


More than 20 past and present employees of PSV Glass and Glazing Ltd of High Wycombe diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) have instructed specialist lawyers after the HSE brought criminal proceedings against the company for breaching the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005:

irwinmitchell.com


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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