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Latest update on ISO 45001

ISO 45001 is a new standard consolidating the best practice knowledge on Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), and is expected to replace BS OHSAS 18001.

Key to good employee healthcare

Investing in services that can proactively work to prevent employees falling ill and being absent will be one of the key ways employers tackle the UK’s workplace health challenges over the next five years, a survey has forecast.

Changing PPE Regulations

A recent post on the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) website highlights how it has been widely reported that the original PPE Directive has been replaced by a new PPE Regulation. There is now a two year transition period for Member States to prepare for the introduction of this new Regulation.

Brake’s fleet safety survey

Road safety charity Brake is inviting all organisations with employees who drive for work to take part in its annual fleet safety survey.

Work halted on Olympic projects over safety fears

Work on the Olympic Park and Village in Rio de Janeiro has been halted over fears for the safety of workers, Reuters has reported.

With less than three months to go until the start of the games on 5 August, officials who reviewed work on a television tower in the Olympic park and digging work at the Olympic village have shut down operations at those and two other sites.

Building contractor sentenced over block collapse

A Cheshire building company has been sentenced for safety failings at a building site in Altrincham where they were building residential houses and apartments.

Explosives firm fined £40k

A vehicle seat manufacturing company based in Ebbw Vale has been fined after a worker was injured in an explosion.

Workers exposed to Hand Arm Vibration

Two Derbyshire-based construction firms have been fined for safety breaches as a result of separate investigations into reported cases of carpel tunnel syndrome and hand arm vibration syndrome to employees.

Worker fell through void

A Derbyshire construction company has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he fell through a void.

Excavation was directly behind door

A London based construction company has been fined for safety failings.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how RS Construction UK (London) Limited was working at a site on St Dionis Road, London which was inspected by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The inspector found there was an excavation directly behind the front door, which was the only entrance and exit for the site.

Suspended sentence for illegal rave organiser

A DJ who organised an illegal rave at a warehouse in Liverpool has been handed a suspended prison sentence after admitting breaches of fire safety rules.

Company’s management of FLT driving failed

A large steel fabrication company based in North Yorkshire has been fined after a forklift truck (FLT) operator was killed when the truck he was operating overturned. However, the offence to which the company pleaded guilty was not a significant cause of the fatal accident.

Managing work-related stress and mental well-being: workshop

(Northern Ireland)

The Mental Well-being at Work Advisory Service is planning to hold workshops throughout 2016-17 on managing work-related stress and mental well-being at an organisational and individual level.

CDM 2015 ACOP decision

The Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) met on Wednesday 16 March 2016 at HSE London HQ for a routine six monthly meeting.

The meeting agenda included Item 8 “CDM ACoP 2015 – Decision of HSE Board meeting 9 March 2016″.

Workplace safety concerns raised at event

UCATT, the union for construction workers, has had its motion on workplace safety passed unanimously at the STUC Congress in Dundee. The motion dealt with the issue of migrant workers on construction sites who do not have the necessary language skills which mean they are potentially posing a risk to both themselves and other workers. UCATT say it has uncovered unsafe practices on major infrastructure sites in Scotland, and moving the motion UCATT delegate Paul Bennett said: “This movement celebrates the diverse nature of Scotland – and welcomes workers from across the world here.

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