HSE’s Fee For Intervention Delayed

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today announced that its cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention, is still going ahead but will now not start in April 2012. The scheme sets out to recover costs from those who break health and safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends on helping to put matters right – investigating and taking enforcement action. Law-abiding businesses will be free from costs and will not pay a penny. Gordon MacDonald, HSE’s programme director, said: “The Government has agreed that it is right that those who break the law should pay their fair share of the costs to put things right – and not the public purse.” “The Government intends to proceed with the FFI scheme as recommended to ministers by HSE’s Board in December in respon... »

20-Minute Risk Assessment Tool for Shopkeepers

Shopkeepers can quickly check the potential hazards in their stores, following the launch of an online health and safety risk assessment for retailers, by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The HSE Shop risk assessment tool has been launched to spare low-risk retailers the unnecessary paperwork of completing a full health and safety risk assessment. The aim of the tool is to take the mystery out of risk assessments, giving retailers the means to be confident that they have identified the key risks in their premises and how to minimise them. “The new 20-minute risk assessments make it clear that the assessment of low-risk shops can be done quickly and easily,” said HSE chair, Judith Hackett. “There is no need for long, detailed documents covering very minor and highly ... »

HSE Shortens First Aid Training

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reduced the length of the first aid training course that businesses with a nominated first aider are required to take, in an attempt to save firms time and money. Since 1st October, the mandatory training course for first aid certificate holders has been reduced from four to three days. The change, brought in following consultation with employers, is intended to make it easier and cheaper for firms to comply with health and safety obligations — particularly small businesses owners reluctant to lose staff over a four-day training period. The HSE has also introduced a one day first aid course aimed specifically at small businesses. Employers with qualified first aid staff do not need to immediately retrain employees following the course changes... »

Businesses Urged to Part-Exchange Broken Ladders

Businesses Urged to Part-Exchange Broken Ladders

Employers who have staff working at height are being given the chance to obtain new ladders, as part of a new safety initiative launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Under the HSE’s 2009 Ladder Exchange scheme, employers are urged to make sure that all ladders used in the workplace are safe, by checking to see if they are broken, bent or battered.  Businesses are also being encouraged to trade in their old ladders, in part-exchange for new and potentially safer alternatives. Discounts of up to 50 per cent are available from a number of HSE trade partners, including HSS Hire and ladderstore.com. Details of which firms are taking part in the scheme are available at http://www.hse.gov.uk/falls/get-involved.htm According to the HSE, ladders account for more than a quart... »

New Guidance to Cut Workplace Stress

A new guide to managing workplace stress offers managers a checklist to determine whether their behaviour is increasing or relieving employee tension. Line management behaviour and stress, published jointly by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), lists a range of management approaches that are likely to influence stress levels among employees. By saying whether the approach is positive or negative, the guide aims to help managers work out what effect their behaviour scenarios might be having on their employees. For example, acting as a mediator in conflicts is considered positive; simply keeping the peace is labelled negative â?? because it can lead to stress. Stress is the leading cause of long-term absence for non-manual w... »