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HSE executive criticised by farmers for choice of words Posted 23/07/2019

HSE executive criticised by farmers for choice of words

At a National Farmers Union Council meeting in June 2019, Rick Brunt, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) head of operational strategy, was accused of being offensive when he said that farmers “killed” people. He replied to his critics by saying:

 

“I take your point that some incidents are completely unavoidable, but it is so rare for me to see that. “In the past five years I have seen over 160 fatalities and the absolute vast majority of those I can see how they could have been avoided.

UK work-related death rate well below EU average Posted 16/07/2019

UK work-related death rate well below EU average

The latest Health and Safety Executive report has revealed that 147 workers died as a result of injuries at work in the period 2018/19 in the UK. At 0.53 deaths per 100,000 workers, this puts the UK significantly below the European Union average of 1.23.

 

The agricultural sector had the highest number of deaths, with 9.21 per 100,000 workers, followed by the waste management industry with 6.05 deaths per 100,000. The most common form of death was caused by falling from heights, followed by heavy machinery and moving vehicles. Though protective workwear can prevent some injuries and even deaths, they have limited protection when falling from heights or being struck by a moving vehicle.

ISEA stresses importance of good-fitting workwear Posted 12/07/2019

ISEA stresses importance of good-fitting workwear

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has warned that a “one size fits all” approach to PPE (personal protective equipment) puts workers at risk.

 

The ISEA claims that some employers order only a couple of sizes of PPE without considering the physical differences between employees. Protective workwear that is too loose can get trapped in machinery, and clothing is uncomfortable when too tight, causing many workers to resist wearing them for long periods of time.

Severely injured worker delivers motivational health and safety talks Posted 08/07/2019

Severely injured worker delivers motivational health and safety talks

James Gorry, who was badly injured in an accident 14 years ago, was the guest speaker at an early June seminar organised for the employees of MJM Marine in Newry, Northern Ireland.

 

Gorry’s workplace accident resulted in his right leg being amputated, and today he uses his experience to talk about health and safety issues to businesses all over Ireland. He reminds workers that they have to take personal responsibility for their own safety and abide by their company’s health and safety policies and that although a business may have robust safety procedures, individual decisions and choices impact the safety of workers.

North Wales case highlights high cost of ignoring HSE notices Posted 04/07/2019

North Wales case highlights high cost of ignoring HSE notices

A recent case at Mold Crown Court has highlighted the consequences of ignoring HSE safety notices.

 

When the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found out that a building firm was not protecting employees working on roofs with safety equipment or the correct PPE (personal protective equipment), it gave the owner of the business, Leonard Hamilton, a notice ordering that work on the roof must stop. Hamilton ignored the notice and two men continued working on the roof of a semi-detached house in Wrexham without scaffolding.

More than one in twelve workplaces has no toilet Posted 01/07/2019

More than one in twelve workplaces has no toilet

 

A poll of 1,000 workers carried out by Bunkabin found that many businesses do not comply with the Workplace (Health and Welfare) Regulations 1992 that require employees to provide the right number of toilets for the number of employees that use them.

 

The survey found that more than one in four workplaces (28%) did not have separate lockable toilets for men and women and 11% had fewer toilets than required. A total of 8% of workplaces had no toilets at all, and around 6% of staff toilets had no clean water access. Around two in five (40%) of the businesses do not have rooms for staff to rest in.

Call for Malaysian tax rebates on personal protective equipment Posted 24/06/2019

Call for Malaysian tax rebates on personal protective equipment

 

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Malaysia has called on the government to provide tax rebates for manufacturing or importing PPE (personal protective equipment). This would make PPE more affordable and encourage employers to buy top grade workwear.

 

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thy, the chairman of NIOSH, said: “I would like to propose to the government to consider granting tax rebate for imported PPE to make it more affordable and encourage employers to acquire quality PPE for their employees.

HSE investigates after James Bond film set explosion Posted 20/06/2019

HSE investigates after James Bond film set explosion

 

An explosion on the set of the new James Bond film at Pinewood Studios has halted production whilst a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation is being carried out.

 

A controlled explosion powered by gas was part of the special effects on the film, but it was thought that too much gas was used, resulting in an explosion that caused thousands of pounds’ worth of damage to the set and saw a crew member sustained minor injuries.

Brexit could mean quicker decisions on dangerous chemicals Posted 17/06/2019

Brexit could mean quicker decisions on dangerous chemicals

 

The government says that after Brexit, Britain will act faster than the EU to phase out or restrict some harmful chemicals. Some substances may need to be banned, while others will require the use of PPE (personal protective equipment) to prevent workers from being harmed by exposure to them.

 

On June 5, Therese Coffey MP, of the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), addressed the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee enquiry on how toxic chemicals affect everyday life. She explained the government's approach to dangerous chemicals post-Brexit.

British Safety Council calls for immediate action on air pollution Posted 13/06/2019

British Safety Council calls for immediate action on air pollution

 

Matthew Holder, the Head of Campaigns for the British Safety Council, has urged the government to act urgently on reducing air pollution.

 

The British Safety Council has launched its Time to Breath campaign, which draws attention to steps that can be taken to reduce the exposure of workers to harmful emissions. As part of this campaign, it has developed the Canairy app for outdoor workers to record data on their air pollution exposure and use this information to drive change.