Health and safety competent person FAQs

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If you’re an employer, or responsible for health and safety within an organisation, it’s very likely you’ve come across the term ‘competent person’. It’s something you’ll hear a lot in discussion about health and safety, but what exactly does it mean? Do you need one? What skills make a person competent? Who can take on […]

Health and safety for office workers | Practical steps for employers

It’s quite common for employers in office-based businesses to have a relaxed attitude to health and safety. You might assume that if there are no obvious high-risk hazards, such as ladders to fall off or machines to get limbs caught in, then there’s nothing to worry about. Get your FREE consultation In reality, however, there […]

HSE enforcement notices | What they are and how to handle them

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All businesses have a duty of care to make sure relevant health and safety regulations are complied with. To ensure that employers are abiding by these duties, the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 gives Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authority inspectors extensive investigative powers.  HSE inspectors’ powers include the ability to: […]

What does ‘reasonably practicable’ mean? | 2019 Guide

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The term ‘reasonably practicable’ is widely used in Health & Safety law. But what does reasonably practicable mean? This is key to understanding the general duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and many supporting regulations. Under the HSWA 1974, for example, employers must “so far as is reasonably practicable” protect the health […]

Health and Safety Competent Person FAQ

If you’re an employer, or responsible for health and safety within an organisation, it’s very likely you’ve come across the term ‘competent person’. It’s something you’ll hear a lot in discussion about health and safety, but what exactly does it mean? Do you need one? What skills make a person competent? Who can take on […]

H&S NEWS | Manufacturer Fined

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A metal manufacturer has been fined after a worker was injured unblocking jammed machinery. The employee was operating an electromagnet to sort scrap casting from a vibro-charger machine. The magnet itself became stuck to the vibro-charger. In trying to free the machines, the vibro-charger was lifted off its running rails – it swung and struck […]

H&S NEWS | Induction Failings Fine after First Day Injury

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A distribution company has been fined after inadequate Health & Safety training led to a worker being seriously injured on his first day of work. The court heard that the agency worker was given a “brief” induction at the firm’s depot before starting work the same day as a multi-drop delivery driver. The worker delivered […]

H&S NEWS | Fine after Flour Dust Exposure

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Food manufacturers and in particular bakeries are being targeted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for proactive inspections.  In one example, a bakery chain has been heavily fined after the HSE found workers suffered long term exposure to flour dust. Inspectors discovered employees were consistently exposed to health risks between 2002 and 2016 – with […]

H&S NEWS | Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Nine hair and beauty workers from Havering College of Further and Higher Education have been awarded more than £100,000 in damages after being poisoned by carbon monoxide.  The court was told the workers suffered “vice-like” headaches, dizziness, fatigue, vomiting and hair loss. They frequently consulted doctors to try and discover the cause of their symptoms.  […]

H&S FINE | Manufacturer Fined

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A plastics manufacturer has been fined after a worker was fatally struck by a pressurised rod. A Health & Safety Executive  (HSE) investigation found the employee was removing the component from a long length rod casting machine when the incident happened. The rod was secured in the machine by a pressurised piston which should have been […]