Health and Safety Executive updates


If you think health and safety has to be complicated - it doesn't

The Health and Safety Executive have launched an easy to use web site to help those new to health and safety, and small employers understand what they need to do to comply with the law.

For many businesses, all that's required is a basic series of tasks.  The site will take you through the steps and help you make sure you have done what you need to do - and more.  Click here to access the site.

Fee for Intervention (FFI)

HSE now operates a fee for intervention cost recovery scheme, which came into effect on the 1st October 2012.  Under the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, those who break health and safety laws are liable for recovery of HSE's related costs, including inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action.

The new regulations put a duty on the HSE to charge a fee (£124.00 per hour) where a material breach of the law is found.  For further information on what a material breach means, click here to take you to the HSE website - FFI page.

RIDDOR reporting change

As of 6th April 2012, RIDDOR's over-three-day injury reporting requirement has changed.  The trigger point has increased from over three days' to over seven days' incapacitation (not counting the day in which the accident happened).

For further information on the changes and to find out more about RIDDOR, and make a report click here.

Example risk assessments

The HSE have produced a wide range of risk assessment templates for use by small businesses. The examples show the approach small to medium businesses can take to assess risks in the workplace.

For access to the HSE risk assessment page click here.

Office health and safety tool

The HSE have launched a new site to guide employers and employees to information relating to health, safety and welfare in the office.

It will help office staff:

  • to save time on managing health and safety by using streamlined guidance with direct links to supporting material
  • see that in many low risk offices health and safety can be managed adequately in-house

For access to the site click here.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service updates

Proposals to change emergency cover in West Yorkshire - consultation

A 12-week public consultation 'listening exercise' is being undertaken on proposals to continue to provide an efficient and effective fire and rescue service whilst acknowledging the challenges posed by fundamental changes to public sector funding.

For more information on the proposal and have your say, click here.

 Fire safety at work - what do you have to do

The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service web site has a wide range of information, leaflets and advice for employers on what you need to do to comply with the law.  Click here to access.