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HSE cuts

Posted on 6 April, 2016 at 9:25 Comments comments (0)





I am genuinely concerned that contiunous cuts in enforcement have a real impact on thr public safety and the reputation of businesses

the good will always have support, the unscrupulous will be allowed to get away with it, yet those in need will get no advice ?

HSE faces 12% grant cut




4 April 2016





The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) government funding is due to be cut by more than 12% over the next three years, according to the regulator’s business plan. Taxpayer funding is forecast to fall from £140.9 million in 2016/17 to £123.4 million in 2019/20. The reduction comes on top of a 35% cut in the HSE’s grant in aid since 2010/11.










Public funding will account for 60% of the HSE’s £235 million budget in 2016/17. The remaining £94 million comes from income from the executive’s activities, including the fee for intervention charging scheme, up from £86 million in 2015/16.


The executive’s recently published strategy Helping Great Britain work well places emphasis on industry bodies’ and dutyholders’ responsibility for helping improve national injury and ill health statistics. The plan commits the HSE to reviewing its sector strategies and publishing updated versions aligned with the UK strategy by the end of the year. It will also identify at least three significant industry initiatives to support by the middle of the year.


The plan identifies challenges from economic, technological and sectoral changes, particularly in oil and gas. “More than half of the UKCS (UK Continental Shelf) offshore installations are operating beyond their original design life,” Noting that it will begin to publish offshore inspection scores within[RE1] its Offshore Statistics Report in the coming year.


The executive also plans a complete review of oil and gas major hazard sites’ safety cases by April 2017 and to intervene at the 52 highest hazard offshore installations, “ensuring the key elements of leadership, competence, worker involvement and asset integrity are at the heart of the work”.


The plan says the regulator is increasingly aware of potential cyberthreats that could affect the risk profiles of major hazard sites.


Other areas the HSE says it is monitoring are the growth of the biosciences sector and the shift from high-volume, low-margin chemicals manufacturing in the UK to specialised lower-volume manufacture and more imports.


The HSE says it will review how it communicates with smaller businesses this year and produce an evidence-based intervention plan for regulating SMEs.


It will also publish an ill-health strategy by the end of the year. The strategy will be a long-term project that will incorporate partners such as the NHS and aim to raise awareness and promote behavioural change, the strategy will aim to prioritise its future activities by the beginning of 2017.


The business plan says the HSE will “Sustain inspector focus on major health risks, specifically those linked to legionella, silica dust, carcinogens and asthmagens in woodworking, welding fumes, and musculoskeletal disorders in food production”.


The HSE plans to review and simplify chemicals health and safety regulations, specifically the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002, and the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations 2002.


It will also publish draft guidance this autumn to take forward a proposal to place less emphasis on written risk assessments “without reducing standards”.


By April 2017 HSE wants to conduct 20,000 proactive workplace inspections in addition to those prompted by injury reports by dutyholders.


The HSE says it will aim to influence the forthcoming EU review of the “acquis” of European health and safety law.




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Accident at work

Posted on 5 April, 2016 at 5:05 Comments comments (1)

Hi I am curious has anyone at work had an accident that could have been prevented by proper planning ? #Manchester #Cheshire #lancashire



sixteen year old falls through skylight

Posted on 16 March, 2016 at 0:35 Comments comments (2)

Sixteen year old worker falls through skylight

Date:23 February 2016


A Stoke on Trent roofing company has been fined after an employee suffered serious injury when he fell through a roof skylight at Northwood Lane, Clayton, Newcastle under Lyme.


Newcastle under Lyme Magistrates’ Court heard how the young worker accessed an unprotected roof and fell through the skylight. He was working for his uncle during the summer vacation when the incident occurred. He suffered three cracked vertebrae.


An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident that occurred on 7 July 2014, found that there was poor supervision and training.


Storm Roofing Services Limited, of Brindley Ford, Stoke on Trent, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 6(2) and 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,919.


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Notes to Editors:

1.The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.

2.More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: link to external website and guidance at

3.HSE news releases are available at


Is it needed ?

Posted on 15 March, 2016 at 11:20 Comments comments (1)

The labelling rules in European Directives 2003/89/EC and 2006/142/EC ensure that people with food allergies can identify ingredients they need to avoid.

The legislation lists 14 food allergens that must be declared whenever they are used at any level in pre-packed foods, including alcoholic drinks.

The 14 ingredients are:




Crustaceans (e.g.  crab, lobster, crayfish, shrimp, prawn)

Molluscs (e.g.  mussels, oysters, squid)


Tree nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, Brazils, pistachios, macadamia nuts, Queensland nuts)

Sesame seeds

Cereals containing gluten (i.e.  wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt, kamut, or their hybridised strains)


Celery and celeriac



Sulphites at concentration of ten parts per million


will it make a difference

Posted on 15 March, 2016 at 11:20 Comments comments (2)

Substantial changes to fines that can be imposed for Health & Safety Offences



How do we change this ?

Posted on 15 March, 2016 at 11:20 Comments comments (0)

Childs Death

Hugo Boss fined £1.2 MILLION after tragic child killed by 18-stone mirror in one of their stores. The company admitted offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Oxford Crown Court, Judge Peter Ross said "it would have been obvious to the untrained eye" that the mirror posed a risk, saying it was "nothing short of a miracle" that it had not fallen before.

At Oxford Crown Court, Judge Peter Ross said "it would have been obvious to the untrained eye" that the mirror posed a risk, saying it was "nothing short of a miracle" that it had not fallen before.



Posted on 14 March, 2016 at 17:40 Comments comments (0)