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Bradford Area Occupational Health and Safety Forum (BAOHSF) is a unique partnership of public, private, voluntary and trade union organisations in the Bradford area working together to improve the health, safety and well being of people at work.

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Corporate Manslaughter Update

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 was introduced as a result of several cases (in particular the prosecution of Townsend Thoresen following the sinking of the Herald of Free Enterprise which resulted in 193 deaths). Under the principle of the ‘identification doctrine’ it was proving difficult to find a ‘controlling mind’ within organisations responsible for the sequence of events or circumstances that led to an accident resulting in fatalities.  The ‘new’ Act allows an organisation, rather than an individual to be prosecuted for one of the most serious of crimes, manslaughter. Obviously, an organisation cannot serve a custodial sentence – but as described below, the fines are in the order of £100s of 1000s. If an individual is found to be responsible they can still be prosecuted for Manslaughter by Gross Negligence.

It is fair to say that the number of prosecutions for Corporate Manslaughter was not as high as some had first thought in the years following the introduction of the legislation in 2007. However, momentum is growing and the CPS is using this sanction with increasing frequency (despite the numbers of fatalities at work initially dropping then remaining fairly stable since 2008/9). The graph below clearly illustrates the increase in the number of convictions over the last five years:

The level of fines handed out by the courts is also growing in these cases as shown below:

This increase in both frequency of prosecution and level of fine, together with the new sentencing guidelines which are also resulting in much higher levels of fine across the board for health and safety offences, sends out a clear message. All organisations need to sit up and take notice – if health and safety is not high up your agenda not only are you risking:

  • your employees (and others) health and safety

  • your reputation

You may well also be exposing your organisation to a huge financial risk.

Adam Varley, Occupational Safety Adviser

Further Information:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/corpmanslaughter/

http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/a_to_c/corporate_manslaughter/

The last FREE Seminar was held on the 18 October 2016

Health and Safety in the 21st Century: How Auditing, Technology and Training can aid compliance

Tuesday 18 October 2016  (09.30 – 12:30)

The seminar was aimed at providing guidance and tools to help businesses to comply with legislation using the technology available in order to assess and control risks in the workplace. The seminar was in conjunction and was sponsored by: Callidus (Expert Health and Safety services) 

Click on the link for the presentation:

Outline Timetable 

09.30 – 09.50 Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition Stand

09.50 – 10.00 Introduction by BAOHSF Chair – Andrew Mawson

10.00 – 10.30 Introduction to Utilising software to manage compliance: Danny Vyse, Marketing manager for Simple Compliance click here for presentation

10.30 – 11.00 The Importance of measuring performance: Jason Warren, Managing Director, Callidus Health and Safetyclick here for presentation

11.00 – 11.10 Leeds College – Introduction to their Apprenticeship Course click here for presentation

11.10 – 11.30 Comfort Break, Refreshments and Exhibition Stand

11.30 – 12.00 A case study by Cloud Trainer: Online Vs classroom trainingclick here for presentation

12.00 – 12.20 Healthy workplaces for 'all ages'  click here for presentation

12.20 – 12.30 Q & A

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THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) WILL BE HELD AFTER THE RISK ASSESSMENT SEMINAR, Please follow the link below for The AGM calling letter, any offers of interest can be sent up to 23 May 2016.


The last free event took place on 24 May 2016 - RISK ASSESSMENTS MADE SIMPLE



RISK ASSESSMENTS MADE SIMPLE

Tuesday 24 May 2016
09.30 – 13:00 (including AGM)

The seminar is aimed at providing guidance and tools to help businesses understand what they need to do to assess and control risks in the workplace and comply with health and safety law.

As part of managing the health and safety of your business you must control the risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm.

A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace.

The speakers will introduce and identify where a risk assessment may be required, incorporating what to include when considering vulnerable groups. The seminar will look at the requirement for Fire Risk assessments and provide practical advice and examples.

Outline Timetable (may be subject to change)

09.30 – 09.50 Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition Stand
09.50 – 10.00 Introduction by BAOHSF Chair – Andrew Mawson
10.00 – 10.10 Overview of Risk Assessments – Adam Varley 
10.10 – 10.40 Callidus Health and Safety discussing various types of risk assessment and providing practical examples
10.40 – 11.10 Tim Briggs on Vulnerable Groups, giving examples of reasonable adjustments (including how they deal with people whose first language is not English)
11.10 – 11.20 Leeds College – Introduction to their Apprenticeship Course
11.20 – 11.40 Comfort Break, Refreshments and Exhibition Stand
11.40 – 12.10 Balvinder Singh - Fire Risk Assessment

12.10 – 12.20 Presentation on navigating around the HSE Website
12.20 – 12.30 Q & A
12.30 – 12.40 Comfort Break
12.40 – 13.00 AGM

Please use the following link to book your place:  Click here




Previous events took place on 20th October 2015 - CDM 2015 - Constructing Healthy Workplaces

Presentations from the Seminar are available on the links below:

Speaker 1: Squire Patton Boggs

Speaker 2: Westfield UK (to follow)

Speaker 3: Callidus Health and Safety

Speaker 4: Peter Kelly HSE

Speaker 5: Leeds City Region (LEP)

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The Seminar's main focus is to help delegates to understand the New Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 and how they effect any businesses who need construction work completed.

The joint seminar is hosted by the Bradford Area Occupational Health and Safety Forum and the Enterprise Europe Network on the theme of 'Healthy Workplaces - Managing Stress' within the construction industry.

The seminar will look at explaining the implications of the CDM Regulations and providing practical solutions on how these Regulations may be put into practice.

The speakers will provide an interpretation of the Regulations, how this effects contractor safety on site and the clients responsibilities.

Outline Timetable (may be subject to change)

Time Activity/Speaker

09.30 – 09.50 Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition Stand

09.50 - 10.00 Introductions
10.00 – 10.30 Squire Patton Boggs – Interpretation of CDM Regs 2015

10.30 - 11.00 Westfield UK - Practical aspects on site of CDM
11.00 – 11.10 Leeds College – Introduction of to their Apprenticeship Course
11.10 – 11.30 Comfort Break, Refreshments and Exhibition Stand

11.30 - 11.40 Leeds City Region (LEP) - Business growth/advice
11.40 – 12.10 Callidus Health and Safety Ltd, practical aspects of Contractors
12.10 – 12.40 Peter Kelly, HSE Stressors in the construction industry
12.40 – 12.55 Questions and Answers

Please note that due to joint working with Enterprise Europe Network, your details will be shared on this occasion with the Network. http://www.bradford.gov.uk/bmdc/business_and_industry/advice_for_businesses/Enterprise_Europe_Network  

Enterprise Europe Network helps ambitious businesses innovate and grow internationally.  Jointly funded by the European Commission and Innovate UK, our experts advise and connect those looking to commercialise ideas and succeed in new markets.  In the UK, Enterprise Europe Network is delivered by 24 organisations located across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

     

Please use the following link to book your place: click here



The last event took place on Monday 27th April 2015 at the Banqueting Suite, Town Hall, Bradford.  The subject was 'Asbestos, The Hidden Killer'.  Copies of the presentations will be available here soon click here.






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