January 2015 NEWSLETTER

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Blunders leading to Fire Risk

Improper guidance during the construction of a new timber frame care home in Hemlington, resulted in a firm of architects being fined!

A routine HSE inspection of the work found that the separation distance between the new timber frame building under construction and an adjacent occupied care home was insufficient.

Gas safety neglect lands property company in court

Lives have been put at risk by repeated failings to ensure that the gas boilers in the homes, rented by a property firm in Richmond, were safe and free from dangerous defects.

Barclay Ltd, of south west London were investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a complaint from a registered gas engineer discovered that a gas boiler in a rental in Hampstead had not been properly maintained.

Myth-busting by the HSE

The HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel provides a mechanism to independently challenge potentially disproportionate or inaccurate advice or decisions, made in the name of health and safety.

“We think that communicating these decisions will help all our clients with a better insight into the ongoing ‘perception v’s reality’ arguments which appear in the media from time to time”.

Phil Jones

Chippy would not allow customer to put salt and vinegar on their fish and chips

Enquirer asked to put their own salt and vinegar on their take-away fish and chips (to get the amount right) but was told that customers could not put their own salt and vinegar on meals due to “Health and Safety”. Inquiring further they were told that they could not be sure where customers’ hands had been.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

School risk assessments to be re-done every year

An Educational Visit Coordinator has been told to re-do risk assessments for all school activities every year, as it is a health and safety requirement.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

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Legislation Updates

HSE has announced the publication of revised ACoPs & Guidance on the following topics: Pressure systems (L122) Lifting equipment (L113) Confined spaces (L101)

 

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