A Manchester based company has been fined £3,000 after a HSE inspector noticed unsafe scaffolding on a house renovation as they happened to be driving past.
Risk assessments and method statements are two types of safety documents that are often referred to as RAMS. The documents serve different purposes but are both integral to the process of creating safe working environments.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently issued a safety bulletin in relation to the use of ladders and stepladders in the workplace. Falling from height is one of the main causes of death and injury in UK workplaces, accounting for a quarter of worker deaths and eight per cent of non-fatal injuries every year according to the HSE.
The use of powered hand tools for prolonged periods of time can lead to Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), a painful disabling disease of the hands affecting blood vessels, nerves and joints.
The HSE has generated a dashboard showing data visualisation of 3,050 RIDDOR records relating to construction over the period 2011 to 2017 (http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction-dashboard/).
From 1 October 2018 there will be changes to the mandatory licensing for Housing in Multiple Occupation (HMO) regulations.
The European Agency for Safety and Health (EU-OSHA) has launched the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign to increase the awareness of the risks associated with using hazardous substances. There are health risks associated with many commonly used substances, including some that are known to be carcinogens.