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News Round-Up

  • HSE Spot Checks

    by SG World
    September 26, 2012 0 comments
    HSE Spot Checks

    The Health and Safety Executive carried out spot checks on 22 sites where refurbishment construction was taking place in north-east London. The results were shocking, with many failing to meet the most fundamental requirements. Of the 22 sites where the spot checks were carried out, many required enforcement action. Six of these demanded that dangerous practices must immediately cease, and six required other improvements. One of the 22 sites was closed down entirely because the conditions were so exceptionally...

  • September 26, 2012 0 comments
    September News Round-Up

    News Round-Up: Children and Young People Get Free, Specially Designed, Age-Appropriate Health and Safety Training Resources

    This week has seen two new initiatives aimed at increasing children and young people's knowledge about issues surrounding their safety and wellbeing.

    The first is aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 11 and takes the form of videos and lesson plans, the second is aimed more at teenagers and is made available as an online video game, as well as smartphone and tablet...

  • August 24, 2012 0 comments
    News Round-Up: Free Health and Safety Seminars; GCSE Results Decline; Industrial Accident Risk Information to be Made Available to the Public

    Free Health and Safety Seminars in Solihull

    On the 12th and 13th September, the British Safety Council is hosting several free information sessions at the Health and Safety Midlands Exhibition and Seminar. The event is taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum and will include expert speakers on new developments in the fields of health and safety policy, environmental law and management.

    Rosi Edwards, the Regional Director of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for Wales, Midlands and the South West will...

  • August 10, 2012 0 comments
    News round-up: Call Centres Choose Targets Over Safety; Local Authority Enforcement Consultation; Employers Flout Safety Equipment Obligations

    Call centre problems highlight targets prioritised higher than safety

    Unison, the trade union, recently carried out a study in which they interviewed 800 call centre workers. They found that one in four of them had their bathroom use restricted, half had problems with their hearing and their voice, and 7 in 10 reported suffering from eyestrain. 80% of those questioned said that their work caused them stress.

    The restrictions on bathroom use were said to be a result of the large number...

  • July 6, 2012 0 comments

    Health and Safety Executive Chair Judith Hackitt CBE is to Continue in her Role

    After 5 years in the position of chair of firstly the Health and Safety Commission, which has since been renamed the Health and Safety Executive, the Department for Work and Pensions have announced that Judith Hackitt will remain in the role for another 3 year period.

    Ms Hackitt said: “My focus is clear – ensuring that we continue to drive down death, injury and ill...

  • June 22, 2012 0 comments

    Here is a summary of interesting stories that have been in the news recently, which relate to health and safety, education and visitor management.

    Free Electrical Safety iPhone App

    The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has released a free “safe isolation” iPhone App. This is designed to help electrical engineers and electricians to access information based on its Best Practice Guide No. 2 and offers step-by-step instructions in order to ensure their own safety, as well as the...

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