Posts Tagged 'HSE'

Here’s One For Insomniacs Everywhere

Revised health and safety legislation takes effect

Yes I am indebted to the Health and Safety Executive for reminding me of the following changes that came into force on 1st October.

Two revised health and safety regulations came into force on 1st October 2013. The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 have been amended to remove the requirement for workplace first aid training providers to be approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In addition, changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995, require fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ to be reported and the list of 47 types of industrial disease has been replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness. The changes are based on recommendations made in the Löfstedt review of health and safety published in 2011.

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HSE Simplify Guidelines for SMEs

As part of a package of guidance to be offered by HSE they have launched an online Health and safety toolbox.  The idea is to make it quicker and easier for us who operate “low-risk” businesses to find useful health and safety information.

Employment minister Mark Hoban has stated, “Small and low risk businesses should be focusing their time on growing and becoming a success not having to waste precious time and money on unnecessary bureaucracy.”


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Health and Safety Hope For Self-employed

Here’s some hopeful news for those of us who are self employed. The HSE is looking into reducing some of the H&S red tape following the Löfstedt Report published last year. A three-month consultation is looking to exempt self-employed people whose work poses no potential risk of harm to others from health and safety law.

A separate consultation on plans to simplify  RIDDOR has also been launched. Under these proposals, self-employed people will no longer be required to report their own injuries or illness.

This all looks like pretty sensible to me.  I’m only surprised it has taken HMG this long to work it out…

Read more about the consultations at:


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Changes to RIDDOR

I am grateful to my frinds at Workplace Law who have reminded me that today marks a change to the rules on reporting workplace injuries, as, from 6 April, employers will no longer have to report injuries that keep workers off normal duties for seven or fewer days.

This change to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 will see a fall of around 30% in the number of incidents that must be reported by law – an average of around 30,000 fewer reports a year. Employers will also be given a longer period in which to report, increasing from 10 to 15 days from the time of the incident.

By increasing the reporting threshold from three to seven days, the change will also align with the ‘fit note’ system which ensures that someone who is off work because they suffered a reportable injury has a professional medical assessment.

Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all over three day injuries, for example through an accident book.

More information from Workplace Law


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