Elf and Safety – July 2014 Newsletter



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5 Year Old Girl Crushed

Swansea based company fined

A five-year-old girl was crushed to death by an electric gate in Bridgend on July 3rd 2010 and a Swansea installation firm and a Cardiff maintenance company have been sentenced for serious safety failings. Karolina Golabek was killed when she became trapped between the closing edge of the gate and the gate post outside flats near her home.

Ministry of Justice announce a Bill to curb ‘elf and safety’ culture  

The Secretary of State for Justice has announced a bill that intends to reduce the health and safety ‘jobsworth’ culture .

In a blog for Conservative Home, Chris Grayling reveals that The Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (SARAH), is intended to remove the bureaucracy that can deter people from doing good deeds.

Mr Grayling argues that people are often put off from doing the “right thing” out of fear that they will end up facing a lawsuit for negligence.  The Justice Secretary argues that the idea behind SARAH is to protect people who act in the interests of society.

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IOSH Conference

Took place on the 17th + 18th June.

The UK’s foremost health and safety conference took place in June.

It’s goals and aims were to provide strategic global insights, influential case studies and featured 80 internationally renowned speakers and 36 hot sessions themed around ‘inspiring leadership’.  This year a lot of focus was on providing practical knowledge and advice that can be put straight into action in the workplace.

Prior to the conference, Mr Chmiel, CEO of IOSH said: “This year’s conference is about enabling insightful, future-orientated decision making in an ever-changing world of work. The demands on leaders are great so we are responding with a high-calibre speaker programme.”

It was the first time this year that the conference coincided with the Safety and Health Expo.

Mythbusting 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 reality’ arguments which appear in the media from time to time”.

Phil Jones

Fabric store could not employ work experience pupil due to scissors being around

The enquirer was looking for work experience for her daughter and asked at a local fabric store. She was told they could not employ work experience students “due to health and safety as there are scissors around”. Their insurers will not cover them.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

Public not allowed to remove out of date planning notices in public areas

A council planning department has asked the public not to remove out of date planning notices in public areas. The public are doing this in an effort to clean up their community.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.
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The Health & Safety Executives role in the Commonwealth Games.  Local authorities are the lead health and safety regulators for all Games-related activity during the competition events. They will support Local Authorities in adopting a proportionate approach to regulation of the Games in line with the National Local Authority Enforcement Code.They will seek primarily to influence through early intervention with duty-holders rather than proactive site inspection – this is in keeping with UK Government policy.  HSE will not conduct proactive inspections at Commonwealth venues and sites during the Games.

They will be ready to respond in the event of a work-related incident or emergency affecting the smooth running of the Games.

Find out more HERE.

Hear from our expert Philip Jones.He talks risk assessments, and the importance of them!Read his comments HERE
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