BREAKING NEWS: BUILDING SAFETY BILL PUBLISHED

The Bill is published in response to the Grenfell Tower fire, which in 2017 claimed 72 lives.  The tragedy exposed serious failings in building and managing high-rise homes. The government accepted the recommendations of the Hackitt review and is also consulting on its Fire Safety Bill and fire safety.  Click here to see a full copy Key Points National regulator for building safety/ Building Safety Regulator: a new national regulator for building safety will … Read More

RIDDOR – reporting coronavirus (COVID-19)

HSE has issued details of when and how you should report coronavirus incidents under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013). You must only make a report under RIDDOR, relating to coronavirus, when: an unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence a … Read More

HSE Regulating occupational health and safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

As Britain’s statutory regulator of occupational health and safety The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has taken action to ensure that their important role continues effectively as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. These actions are being guided by the specific needs and characteristics of the various sectors we regulate.  This is in line with advice from the UK Government, Public Health … Read More

All drivers must have access to welfare facilities

All drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work. There have been reports that some drivers are not being allowed to use welfare facilities when they deliver. Preventing access to welfare facilities is against the law, equally it’s not the sensible thing to do. Drivers must have access to welfare facilities … Read More

Principal Designer, Designer & Principal Contractor Fined Over Fire Risk

Designers and contractor prosecuted for risk management failings Three companies have been prosecuted for failing to take adequate precautions against fire risk during construction of a timber frame extension to a sheltered accommodation residential home. Worcester Crown Court heard that in the months leading up to October 2017 the appointed designers and contractors were working on the project which involved … Read More

Engineering Company Exposed workers to the risk of dermatitis – Fined

An engineering company has been fined for failing to control the risk of its employees developing dermatitis following exposure to metalworking fluid. West Hampshire Magistrates’ Court heard that, between October 2017 and January 2019, employees were exposed to metalworking fluid.  They were exposed while working on conventional machines such as lathes and milling machines. Metalworking fluid is used on the … Read More

Revised upper limb disorder leaflet is published

Leaflet on managing upper limb disorders has been updated. The leaflet is aimed at employers and offers practical advice on reducing the risks of upper limb disorders (ULDs) and includes information on: what upper limb disorders are their symptoms and causes how to manage the risks around them what employers can do to help their workers The leaflet ‘Managing upper … Read More

Revised form to record details of a heavy goods vehicle (HGV)

A revised form VTG 788 to record HGVs with DVSA has been published. You will need to use the latest version of the correct form depending on how you registered the vehicle with DVLA. It only needs to be done once for each relevant vehicle to allow you to book an annual test for it. VTG 788 for vehicles approved under … Read More

New and revised Workplace Exposure Limits

EH40/2005 has been updated, to its fourth edition version 2020, to include new and revised Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for carcinogenic substances. Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people’s health at risk. To prevent ill health, the law requires employers to control exposure to such substances.   Employers must protect both employees and others who may be exposed.  They must comply with … Read More

Launching the Accident Button!

When the Worst Happens, We’ve Got Your Back! We are taking the hassle out of what you need do when an employee has had an accident in work! If you use SafetyMate™ it’s a simple visit to your dashboard to report an accident. SafetyMate™ will take care  and manage any Non-RIDDOR / RIDDOR incidents, Near Misses, Property Damage, Vehicle Damage … Read More

Double Celebration of Success!

Double celebration of success at Epica Health, Safety & Wellbeing! Elizabeth Sinclair Managing Director of Epica Health, Safety & Wellbeing started her career in the health and safety sector 20 years ago. It’s also a decade since the Epica team started to provide simple and competent health and safety advice and practical health and safety training in the UK.  Founded … Read More

Hannah Hart joins the team at Epica Health, Safety & Wellbeing Ltd

Hannah Hart joins the team at Epica Health, Safety & Wellbeing as Office Manager! Hannah has a varied background in customer service, recruitment and procurement. Her main talent is building relationships with stakeholders both internal and external. Her role in Epica Health, Safety & Wellbeing is to ensure the smooth running of the office and organising work coming in and … Read More

Staying Alive!

Elizabeth Sinclair, Director of Epica Health, Safety & Wellbeing ,one of the North West’s top experts in health and safety, is holding a social event with an introduction to those working as trades in the construction sector. The event is free to everyone but booking is essential.  The introduction is designed to help people working in trades keep up to date … Read More

HSE Construction Health Inspection Initiative

Starting on 17 June 2019, HSE will be carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative. This initiative will continue the focus on health, in particular the measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts when carrying out common construction tasks. HSE inspectors will be looking to ensure those involved with … Read More

Work in Stressful Job for 15yrs Increases Risk of Five Forms of Cancer

Working in a stressful job can put more than just an individual’s blood pressure at risk. An employee’s overall mental wellbeing will impact an organisation’s culture, environment and productivity in a drastic manner. A recent study by Preventative Medicine reports that significant links were found to stomach, lung, colon, rectal and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. However, researchers from Quebec University measured the link of this … Read More

43% of Sites Visited Fail HSE Construction Blitz

HSE Construction site ‘blitz’ finds breaches at 43% of site visits.  The HSE Board received a report on 12th December 2018 on the immediate findings from the four-week National Construction Inspection Initiative during October 2018. The initiative focused on health with an emphasis on lung disease and respiratory risks caused by asbestos and dust. The HSE Board was told that: “This was a collaborative … Read More

Santa’s List of Christmas Safety Tips

With Christmas almost upon us, it’s worth taking stock of elf and safety messages as the festive season is upon us! Here are 12 tips that will help you put safety at the top of your Christmas list: Secure your ho-ho-home (and office): Don’t be an easy target – thieves will go elsewhere if they have to work hard to steal … Read More

Fall From Loft Leads to £80k Fines

Major house builder lacked understanding of loft fragile surfaces risk. A construction company has been fined after an employee fell through a plasterboard ceiling onto a staircase below at a site in Basingstoke in October 2016. Basingstoke Magistrates heard how the employee was working in a loft space when he fell through a plasterboard ceiling onto the staircase below. He … Read More

Firms Back Mandatory Mental Health First Aid

Fifty employers have backed an open letter to the prime minister calling for the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations to be amended to make “mental health first aid” a legal requirement with the same statutory footing in workplaces as first aid. The letter has been signed by dozens of representatives of UK employers, including Universities UK, PwC, Royal Mail, … Read More

HSE Inspects Cladding Projects on Tall Buildings

Advice to Inspectors published on fire risk during work on tall buildings HSE has announced that the regulator is undertaking a series of inspections of removal and replacement of Aluminium Composite Material cladding projects on tall buildings. The focus of the visits will be on fire safety, though other matters of evident concern found will also be dealt with during the … Read More