Health And Safety Changes in September – October 2013

As we’ve previously mentioned Health and Safety training is a legal requirement and is essential for any business. Health and Safety policies constantly change and in order to comply with new changes SME’s must keep abreast of the latest policy information and updates. To this end this month we are reporting on a number of changes that have recently taken place or are due to change shortly.

Electricity At Work: Safe Working Practices, HSG85 (third edition)

The HSE has revised its guidance on Electricity at work: Safe working practices (third edition). This new edition contains updated guidance and further information and can be downloaded from the HSE website. The guide is for anyone, including the self-employed, who carry out work on or near electrical equipment. It also includes advice for managers and supervisors who control or influence the design, specification, selection, installation, commissioning, maintenance or operation of electrical equipment. Organisations that already have industry-specific rules or guidance for safe working practices should ensure that all aspects addressed in this guidance are adequately covered. Those that have no such internal rules should use this guidance to devise safe working practices relating to their own specific circumstances and activities.

Successful Health and Safety Management HSG65

The HSE is updating its guidance on how to successfully manage health and safety. The revised ‘Managing for Health and Safety‘ guidance, known as HSG65, aims to help all organisations manage their health and safety more effectively and includes:

  • core elements of managing for health and safety.
  • delivering effective arrangements.
  • resources.
  • deciding if you are doing what you need to do.

The guidance moves away from its original structure of the ‘Policy, Organising, Planning, Measuring performance, Auditing and Review’ (POPMAR) model towards a ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ approach. The aim is to achieve a balance between the systems and behavioural aspects of management. To be kept updated on when the guide is published sign up at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/subscribe.htm.

Changes to RIDDOR.

Changes to Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) are on track for implementation from 1 October 2013, however it’s important to note that they still remain subject to Parliamentary approval.

These changes come following a recommendation by Professor Ragnar L√∂fstedt in his report ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety legislation’.

Changes are being introduced to simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries in the following areas:

  • The classification of ‘major injuries’ to workers is being replaced with a shorter list of ‘specified injuries’.
  • The existing schedule detailing forty seven types of industrial disease is being replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness.
  • Fewer types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ will require reporting.

There are no significant changes to the reporting requirements for:

  • Fatal accidents.
  • Accidents to non-workers (members of the public).
  • Accidents which result in the incapacitation of a worker for more than seven days.

Simplified web based guidance has been developed to support the changes and help duty holders understand what they need to do to comply.

A draft quick start guide is also available.

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